Essay on SSD2 Module 2 Notes

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History of the NCO
Evolution of the NCO Insignia
The NCO insignia evolved through the years from a variety of shapes, styles, and colors to the chevrons worn today. Sometimes changes in uniform style and colors dictated changes in the style and color of the chevrons. The history of the insignia is complex and often confusing. In some cases, no official records survived to document the use of certain insignia. Many times, the vagueness of official records resulted in conflicting interpretations by individual NCOs, which led to a variety of insignia designs for the same official rank. In still other cases, NCOs wore unauthorized grade insignia, leaving little if any documentation.
The Year - 1775
At the beginning
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Squad, section and team leaders teach everything from the making of sound and timely decisions and physical training to ethics and values. Corporals and sergeants are the basic trainer of today's Soldiers.
CORPORAL (CPL) The base of the noncommissioned officer (NCO) ranks, CPLs serve as team leaders of the smallest Army units. Like SGTs, they are responsible for individual training, personal appearance and cleanliness of Soldiers.
SERGEANT (SGT) Typically commands a team (1 to 4 Soldiers). Considered to have the greatest impact on Soldiers because SGTs oversee them in their daily tasks. In short, SGTs set the example and the standard for Privates to look up to, and live up to.
STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) Commands a squad (9 to 10 Soldiers). Often has one or more SGTs under their leadership. Responsible for developing, maintaining and utilizing the full range of his Soldiers' potential.
The first sergeant (1SG) is the senior NCO in companies, batteries, and troops. The position of 1SG is similar to that of the Command Sergeant Major or CSM in importance, responsibility, and prestige. As far back as the Revolutionary War period, first sergeants have enforced discipline, fostered loyalty and commitment in their Soldiers, maintained duty rosters and made morning reports to their company commanders. The 1SG position requires extraordinary leadership and professional

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