First off i would like to state a well known quote known by all Marines, “Non Commissioned Officers (NCO’s) are the backbone of the United States Marine Corps.” Without the NCO’s the Marine Corps could not function. This quote alone holds a great deal of history as well as gives a brief discription of what a Marine NCO truely is.
NCO’s execute all orders and lead their fellow Marines. An NCO will go out of his or her way in order to aid, or take care of their junior Marines. An NCO is looked up to by junior marines for guidance, and duties they need to carry out every day, and as a leader it is important not to give orders you would not follow yourself, and to have your junior Marines accomplish the mission not because you told them too but because they want too.
An NCO is like a father figure in a way, teaching junior Marines what they need to know in order to better themselves and make good decisions so that one day when they become an NCO they can look back and be like the NCO who tought them. As an NCO, we have to set standards for others to emulate and strive to be the best and surpass our leaders. NCO’s are the embodiment of honor, courage and commitment.
An NCO holds the legacy of the firm, fair, and just leader our corps holds so near and dear to its heart. NCO’s keep that alive by upholding the history and traditions set forth by the marines befor them, and is one of many traditions that sets Marine NCO’s and the rest of the fleet aside from other branches of service. NCO’s are taught to follow the traditions of the past.
NCO’s know that trust and respect is equally important from both the NCO to his subordinates, and from his subordinates. An NCO has to trust as well as respect others and be trusted and respected by others because they are the ones that are going to lead and work with the younger Marines. NCO’s need to make it so subordinates trust the NCO to take care of them when they have a problem.
Even though an NCO is a leader he/she still has to deal with the same responsibility they did in the past when they were junior marines. Some of thoes responsibilities include: haveing a clean and neat uniform every day, having a proper shave every morning, getting a fresh haircut befor the begining of the new week, and having all your uniforms up to date with rank, badges, and ribbons or medals. As an NCO you have to give your Marines something to look up to for guidance while still doing your part at covering all the basics just like your marines below you have to do.
Since the beginning of the Marine Corps, NCOs have played a very important and vital role, not only in the evolution but in the success of the Marine Corps and its missions. NCO’s are ultimately tasked with accomplishing the mission through small-unit leadership and protecting and making sure each Marine under him is fit and capable, not only for duty but the mission at hand. NCOs are also responsible for enhancing their junior Marine’s knowledge of the Marine Corps to give them the view of where they come from and what it means to be a Marine.
NCOs respect the traditions and their brothers as they should their own parents. NCOs are loyal to all that is important to them and the Corps. They understand that they must trust their men and be able to be trusted by them as well.
A Marine NCO in my eyes is characterized by being a leader, hard worker, and well disciplined individual. NCOs seek to improve the Marine Corps each and every day, and they reflect on how ones who came before influenced them and how they will influence the future of their Marines and the corps. An NCOs outward appearances is always clean cut. Their personal affairs are to be kept well managed so they do not interfere with their work lives or responsibilities.
The strong values and responsibilities of the Marine NCO are now, more than ever, necessary to carry out the operations being assigned to United States Marines. The role of the NCO is characterized by their leadership skills, ability to train and care for their subordinates, as well as their responsibility to enforce Marine Corps standards to ensure the proficiency of the Marines in their unit. Strong NCO leadership is extremely crucial out in combat, particularly when it comes to small unit combat operations.