The Code Of The Noncommissioned Officer Is The Blue Print For Leaders

1083 Words Nov 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Every Soldier has met a leader who made a negative or positive impact on them. Most often we recall the leaders associated with negative impacts. The Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer is the blue print for leaders to emulate. Utilizing peer evaluations will place struggling leaders, if not point them back on the path of effective leadership. “No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer I realize I am part of a time honored corps known as the Backbone of the Army” (Birgham; 1974). These words are an excerpt of what started out as three letters on paper, N.C.O; and have evolved into what Noncommissioned Officers (NCO) are to emulate. There is conviction behind each word belted out, whether it is recited in it’s entirety during a promotion board or at NCO leadership course. There is a great deal of discipline needed to be instilled to live out those words. However, there are individuals within our ranks do not follow the guidelines put forth by many who came before us. The issues plaguing our NCO Corps are lack of competent leaders and ineffective leadership. I was taught as a young Soldier to alleviate issues before become a catastrophe, by handling them at the lowest level. I suggest implementing peer evaluations. Peer evaluations would assist with mitigating ineffective leadership; they would provide a struggling leader with a peer’s perspective on what can be improved. They…

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