Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer and how it affects leading soldiers
The creed of the noncommissioned officer is a baseline for all noncommissioned officers Corporal all the way up to Sergeant Major, on how to conduct oneself in the leading of soldiers. It does not outline every single situation you may come into throughout your military career but if you live this creed then you should be set for success. In this paper we are going to take an in depth look into the creed and how you can apply every aspect of it to leadership. Starting with the first sentence in the creed “No one is more professional than I, I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers.” This is to be said with confidence, authority, and conviction so that whoever is listening, not only believes what you are saying, but also has confidence that the person speaking believes it as well. From the moment you pin on stripes someone somewhere above you has seen the confidence needed to lead soldiers within you. The next few sentences in the creed give backing to the first. It instills in a soldier that being a Noncommissioned officer means something, and you should conduct yourself appropriately, with honor and integrity. “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.” Then finally in the last line it states that as a Noncommissioned Officer we are not to let our rank allow us to feel as though we are owed something, quite the opposite actually. We are to be examples to our soldiers, not someone who sends them into the fight without us. We are to lead them, train them, and do all of this because of our leadership ability and experience in the military. “I will not use...
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