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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

What’s wrong with the Change of Responsibility Ceremony?

What’s wrong with the Change of Responsibility Ceremony?
Noncommissioned officers are expected to teach military customs, courtesies, and traditions, yet what do you do when customs and traditions either are non-standardized or are still emerging? I mean how can something be a tradition to share and hand down when it is only just now becoming mainstream? Today the Change of Responsibility Ceremony is one of those challenged traditions and... Read More

Ontology of NCO as the Backbone of the Army

Ontology of NCO as the Backbone of the Army
  Soldier’s, Marines, and now Armed Forces NCO/PO Book, hear told the story of the noncommissioned officer as “the Backbone of the Army,” but where does the phrase come from? It is easy to think how the Backbone holds up the body and understand the correlation, but few realize the phrase was first coined in 1896 by Rudyard Kipling in... Read More

Interview with a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Member

Interview with a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Member
This is one in our series of interviews with noncommissioned officers from the field, as well as those in key or strategic positions who are influencing the Army and the Noncommissioned Officer Corps. This current interview is with Master Sergeant Erica Lehmkuhl who has served over 19-years at nearly every enlisted level within a Signal Company and deployments to Bosnia and... Read More

Book Review-The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer: Backbone of the Armed Forces

Book Review-The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer: Backbone of the Armed Forces
I read the book The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer: Backbone of the Armed Forces on my iPad during a recent flight and it kept me company for the entire 2 hours. It may seem daunting once you see the 180ish pages, but don’t let that spook you off. Only 92 pages are new content, the rest are “Founding Documents,” items... Read More

The Case for an Enlisted Leadership University

The Case for an Enlisted Leadership University
Has the time come to retitle a revered institution with a name that more accurately reflects the breath and scope of what is going on at the Sergeants Major Academy? The US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) was established by General Order 98 in July 1972 and began educating selected noncommissioned officers in January 1973. According to their first Command Sergeant Major... Read More

Freelance blog writers wanted

Freelance blog writers wanted
The NCO Guide blog (www.danelder.com) is looking for active, guard, USAR, and veteran noncommissioned officers (CPL-CSM) and their family members who are interested in creating content that is of interest to the military community. We have set a goal to post up to 5 blog posts per week and we will make payment for every post that we publish. We... Read More

How to be promoted to Sergeant without even Trying

How to be promoted to Sergeant without even Trying
Imagine my surprise when I read that even without going before a promotion board and without the recommendation of a commander or a board of senior noncommissioned officers that a soldier can be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. No wonder that some think the noncommissioned officer corps is not professional,  the bean counters strike again. In a recent Army... Read More

Tolerating the shift in where Soldiers listen

Tolerating the shift in where Soldiers listen
Like all new roll-outs it is about getting your branding right, and this blog is no different. Though we have been around for a couple of years due to the new direction I am taking in my communication efforts, my project here requires a make-over. That, and the podcast effort is going to be somewhat revolutionary, but not likely to... Read More

You are a Command Sergeant Major, together we are Command Sergeants Major

You are a Command Sergeant Major, together we are Command Sergeants Major
I got a frantic text from a former soldier who is working for the Army and her boss, an Army Veteran, directed that she was to brief a senior sergeant major and he was demanding that she address him as “command sergeants major.” She was contacting me to make sure she wasn’t crazy and she didn’t even want to try... Read More

Retirees to lose AKO. Did you use it, will you miss it, or do you care?

Retirees to lose AKO. Did you use it, will you miss it, or do you care?
In the last edition of Army Echoes, it was announced that the Secretary of the Army directed a significant change to Army Knowledge Online (AKO), as HQDA moves toward “the information foundation of Army 2020.” The article explained that among the key components of this transformation will be that military retirees, family members and Army civilian retirees will lose their... Read More

It’s Noncommissioned Officer (not Non-commissioned)

It’s Noncommissioned Officer (not Non-commissioned)
In many written forms by private to general. I often see the word written in the British fashion with a hyphen, which is not the US spelling for a noncommissioned officer. I see mass produced documents, posters, memoranda and plaques with that simple error. Heck, even Linkedin is trying to correct me, but they don’t obvious read Army doctrine. Does... Read More