Essay on What It Means to Be an Nco

1168 Words Oct 2nd, 2013 5 Pages
An NCO in my eyes is first most a leader, someone that has his soldiers back, there to protect and defend them, mentor them, and guide them into being NCO's themselves one day. As an NCO you need to be able to share your knowledge with younger soldiers, teach them the ways of the Army, let them not only learn from their mistakes, but from the ones we have made along the way as well. An NCO needs to be able to trust in his soldiers, but more importantly, soldiers need to be able to trust their NCO's. How can a soldier follow us into battle if they cannot trust us with the smaller things? How can a soldier turn to you in confidence with an issue that they have if they can’t even trust you, as an NCO, to have their back about something small …show more content…
I have made myself look bad to others, and I have betrayed my own integrity. I am not proud of what I have done, but I will do what it takes to re-earn that trust from everyone that I have let down. One of the best lines I can remember from any movie is "It’s not about how hard you hit, It’s about hard you can get hit, and still get back up". I think that applies to a lot of things in life, and very much so in this instance. I have done wrong, but I will continue to push forward and prove my worth and regain that trust that I have lost.
As a Non-commissioned Officer, you can expect me to be a professional leader dedicated to taking care of soldiers, the mission, and the army way of life. You can expect me to use Army Regulations, Technical Manuals, and direct orders from my superiors as my guidance on what actions to take in each situation faced whether tactical or technical. I will not be afraid to make sound and timely decisions in the absence of my leadership’s orders. When left in charge I will take charge.
My leadership can expect a top tier performer who strives to be one of the most competent Non-commissioned Officer’s within the unit. I will do this by adhering to the regulations, unit sop’s and any other guidance which governs my section. I will ensure my soldiers do the same, holding them to strict but attainable standards and expecting nothing less. I will teach, coach, counsel, and mentor these soldiers-teaching them what a leader is and grooming…

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