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Does Holiday Exodus impact soldier training?

Does Holiday Exodus impact soldier training?
Does Holiday Exodus impact soldier training? Another year has come and gone, sending us all back to schools, jobs, and obligations we’ve put off to be with family—or maybe binge watch our favorite TV show. Do you remember what you were doing that final day in the office of 2017? I know I don’t—except for maybe willing the time to... Read More

The NCO Induction Ceremony

The NCO Induction Ceremony
This is an excerpt from my original 1998 Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony that eventually was added to the updated Army Noncommissioned Officer Guide FM 7-22.7 (TC 22-6) as Appendix F.  The yet unofficial Aug 2014 edition has removed the ceremony and it once again becomes an unrecognized informal ceremony. -Dan Induction Ceremony The concept of inducting newly promoted noncommissioned officers into the... Read More

History: 1SG Percival G. Lowe, 1828-1908

History: 1SG Percival G. Lowe, 1828-1908
This is an excerpt from a paper published by the US Army Sergeants Major Academy as a submission for the General Haines Award for Excellence in Research by CSM Joe Parson, the senior enlisted advisor of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia. This article was in response  to a course requirement and completed Oct 15, 2005. This excerpt is reprinted by... Read More

How to Create an Individual Development Plan

How to Create an Individual Development Plan
Individual Development Plans (IDPs) have long been used as a tool to help individuals develop their skills, further their unit’s mission, and achieve their career goals. Some units require all soldiers to prepare IDPs, while others rarely use them at all. All leaders, however, have the option of using IDPs–even in units where IDPs are not common. IDPs are an excellent... Read More

NCO Lessons in Leadership from Abu Ghraib

NCO Lessons in Leadership from Abu Ghraib
  This is an excerpt from a paper published in the MPRA magazine by CSM (Ret.) Jeffrey Butler, the former senior enlisted advisor of the 16th Military Police Brigade. This article was in response  to a course requirement where Butler was asked about his most challenging team assignment, the answers are timeless lessons in noncommissioned officer leadership. This excerpt is reprinted by permission of the... Read More