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Book: Soldier for Life, the story of SMA Jack L. Tilley

Book: Soldier for Life, the story of SMA Jack L. Tilley
Soldier for Life This book is more than just an autobiography of Jack L. Tilley, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, it is a series of leadership lessons based on selected stories from his more than 35-year career. The last Vietnam veteran to serve in that position from 2000-2004, SMA Tilley was at the Pentagon when terrorists crashed a... 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

Enlisted Promotions woes, 2001

Enlisted Promotions woes, 2001
“The only lesson of history is that men never learn anything from history. -George Hegel. This is a reprint of my Winter 2000-2001 article on the state of affairs concerning proposed changes to the semi-centralized promotion system, and some historically significant data points that reinforced assertions. It also highlights how we got to where we were (at the time). Though it... Read More

The Officer/Noncommissioned Officer Relationship

The Officer/Noncommissioned Officer Relationship
This is an excerpt from a paper published by the US Army Sergeants Major Academy as a research submission by CSM Terwan Crawley, the senior enlisted advisor of the 589th BSB, Fort Hood, TX. This article was in response to a course requirement and this excerpt is reprinted by permission of the author.  The disparity between officers and noncommissioned officers (NCO) in the... Read More

Bring back the Specialist Rank?

Bring back the Specialist Rank?
The Specialist Rank I was recently browsing through a 1-year old topic that is trending again on a military forum that I belong to where a member posted the oft asked (and usually not researched by the OP) question “Why doesn’t the Army bring back the ranks of specialist again?” Like they often do the writer emphasizes the divergence of technical versus leadership, and reminds... 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

What’s wrong with the Change of Responsibility Ceremony?

What’s wrong with the Change of Responsibility Ceremony?
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... Read More

Ontology of NCO as the Backbone of the Army

Ontology of NCO as the Backbone of the Army
Ontology of NCO 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... 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
Backbone of the Armed Forces Book Review 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... 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
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... Read More