WHAT IS AN NCO
Today I will remind myself as to why I am an NCO, and what it will take to improve my skills as an NCO.
“I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a Leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone of the Army". I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself.”
Although I have worked hard to conduct myself as an NCO, what occurred on 20 Aug. 2008 will always be a reminder of what not to do. My personal actions did not reflect the position I have been entrusted with as a NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER. I did not honor bring to the corps that I belong to. My behavior of that day continues to haunt me and is a reminder of the kind of leader I do not want to be. When referring to the position of NCO, which I hold; there were many ways I could have reacted. Number one would have been just to walk away; unfortunately this is not what happened. What could have been a happy day for a fellow soldier was ruined. Although I did apologize for my actions, the damage was already done. All I can do now is to try and rebuild my reputation as a NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER and hope that this could be put in the past so that my peers can see me for who I really am, someone who is willing to help his fellow soldier within my means.
“I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike.”
Respect is the acknowledgment that someone or something has value. As a NOC, I am responsible for showing a level of respect to peers and subordinates. When we are respected we gain the voluntary cooperation of our fellow soldiers. We do not have to use as much of our energy in trying to get our needs met. When soldiers respect one...