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What It Means to Be a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO)

            "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." (Douglas MacArthur).
             I joined the Marine Corp in December 2009 because I wanted to make a difference. At that time I was not sure where my career choice might take me but I knew that I would never give less than 120%. I strive everyday to bring honor to the Corp and ensure that my contribution is greater than what is expected of me. When I became a Corporal in November of 2012 I knew that the time had come for me to give back to others the discipline and education that my commanding officers had given me. The lessons I have learned and continue to learn can be administered at a new level. .
             Since the War in Vietnam ended the focus of the military changed to being an Expeditionary Force in Readiness. The Marine Corp, being known as America's 911, this was no obstacle of change as we were already there. Society may have changed and advancements in technology may have affected how we operate but the moral obligation to our country has not wavered. This has made the role of Non- Commissioned Officers reach a different level of importance. NCO's are now the backup crew with strong values and responsibilities needed to carry out the operations of the Marine Corp. One way to define it is an Officer decides what had to be done and the NCO backs them up and decide how do get it done. .
             Reginald Hargreaves wrote; "The NCO exists to teach the soldier the detail of his business and to cushion those contacts between officers and man which would lead to disillusionment on both sides. " This is a good definition of the the role. Five important things to remember are NCO's job detail includes 1. To decentralize command authority in an orderly structure down to the smallest element in organization.

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