My essay is on the importance of non commissioned officers and theirorders. Non commissioned officers are important to the army and soldiers cause they are the backbone of the army or as I call it the glue that hold the ranks together. NCOs also give the soldiers direction and purpose. When I say direction I mean if there is a task or mission to do the NCO will give the mission to the soldiers and tell them what needs to get done and how to do it. NCOs also give the soldiers purpose by giving them a task or mission to do. Noncommissioned officers are also important because they can take care of soldier’s issues and problems. NCOs have been in the army for years and know how to help soldiers with their issues and if they do not know how to help the soldier they have the resources to lead the soldier to someone who can help. An NCO is an enlisted member in pay grades E-4 or higher, holding a position of authority obtained by promotion from within the enlisted ranks. NCO’s are recognized as leaders within their specialty. The importance of NCOs is derived directly from the NCO creed. “All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership.” This sentence suggests that all NCOs are going to supply the outstanding leadership for the junior enlisted soldiers.
Leadership is purpose, direction and motivation. NCOs must provide purpose for soldiers to ensure that a soldier always has something to strive for. Junior enlisted soldiers constantly need to be provided with a means to continue his or her growing knowledge of his or her military occupational specialty. NCOs have to supply soldiers with direction at all times. Soldiers do not have the same amount of knowledge as NCOs do and must look to them for a proper example. If a soldier lacks motivation he or she tends to lack at work. An NCO must provide a way to keep his or her soldiers motivated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once a soldier’s motivation starts to deteriorate he or she can start to form a disrespectful demeanor or even use foul language towards other soldiers in the unit. “Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. 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. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders.
I will not compromise my integrity, or my moral courage.” An NCO is there to ensure that the bridge between Officers and soldiers is always there so that the mission can be completed. Every soldier should respect his or her NCOs. A soldier should never feel that he or she can only respect the rank of the NCO and not the individual him or herself. Every NCO has a specific importance in a company. A team leader is responsible for his or her two soldiers and whatever issues should come. The team leader’s job is to make sure that his or her soldier ismission capable at all times. If anything should arise; finance issues, training issues, or personal issues, the team leader should be able to assist his or her soldier in correcting these issues. The team leader should be able to dedicate all of his or her time to his or her soldiers. The squad leader is in charge of the team leaders. The squad leader’sjob is to ensure that the team leaders are mission ready at all times.
The squad leader also has to make sure that the soldiers under the team leaders are fully prepared for anything that might happen on or off the battle field. If the team leader cannot handle a soldiers issue on that level, the squad leader must assist the team leader at anytime necessary. The platoon sergeant is the leader of the entire platoon. Any issue that a soldier may have, the platoon sergeant should be able to solve it or point the soldier to an individual that can. A platoon sergeant provides that highest example that a soldier should be able to model him or her selves after. If a platoon sergeant provides the wrong example or is a hypocrite, the soldier may start to think that he or she must also act this way. This can lead to soldiers talking back or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time for the wrong reason. NCOs are critical to shaping the future of the Army. The platoon sergeant should never step over other NCOs unless they are jeopardizing the safety or well being of other soldiers.