The Military Of The Army Essay

1579 Words Nov 13th, 2015 null Page
When people look at the U.S. Army, civilians often view soldiers as the same because they are usually unable to differentiate between ranks or positions of their authority. Nearly all people understand that there is a difference between a soldier and a leader, but they don’t know the Army has several types of leaders within its ranks and maintains an official chain of command. John C. Maxwell, a leadership expert, speaker, and author once said “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”. Throughout my career in the military, I quickly learned the Army has three official types of leaders within its ranks; however, all function differently in their roles, responsibilities, and authorities.
As soon as a soldier joins the military, they encounter the utmost important and influential leader, the Noncommissioned Officer. The Noncommissioned Officer has the most influence on the soldiers even though they possess the least amount of official authority since they are subordinate to both Warrant and Commissioned Officers. Since Noncommissioned Officers swear an oath of obedience to lawful orders of Commissioned Officers appointed above them. The Noncommissioned Officer is my favorite form of a leader because I fulfilled this leadership role during my military service; it was the most difficult yet rewarding role one could endure. Soldiers and leaders of all ranks consistently pursue Noncommissioned Officers due to their technical and tactical…

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