NCO Responsibility and Property Accountability
With great power comes great responsibility… As a Non Commissioned Officer we have great power, to influence, to mentor, provide motivation, and we hold others lives in our hands. This power is not to be taken lightly at all. Responsibility is defined as a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible, reliability or dependability. In this paper we will examine the role of the Non Commissioned Officer his/her duties and responsibilities, the Army Values that help provide a foundation for the Army as a whole, The Non Commissioned Officers Creed which helps provide guidance and stability for all Non Commissioned Officers, and property accountability which is of great importance because as leaders we are responsible for a wide range of equipment as well as personnel. In closing we will discuss how personal actions and mistakes can influence an individual soldier and unit.
The role of the Non Commissioned Officer is one of great importance. As a Sergeant in the U.S. Army on all levels such as Command Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major, Master Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, Staff Sergeant, all the way down to the Sergeant and even to Corporals, They all have basic responsibilities and specific responsibilities to uphold. Since the Sergeant is the one in direct contact with soldiers and scopes their mentality of what the army is and how it operates along with a number of other things we will focus on the Sergeants’ responsibilities today. The sergeant operates in an environment where the sparks fly , where the rubber meets the road. The sergeant can be best described as being where the axe meets the stone. Although not the lowest level of rank where command is exercised, this level is the first at which enlisted soldiers are referred to as sergeant, and of all the grades of the Non Commissioned Officer this one , very possibly, has the greatest impact on the lower ranking soldiers. Privates, who are basic manpower strength and grade of the Army, generally have sergeants as their first line leaders. It is the grade sergeant that the privates will look to for example. Like the next grade, the staff sergeant, the sergeant is responsible for the individual training, personal appearance and cleanliness of their soldiers. The sergeant is also responsible for insuring that each member of their unit is trained to competency in their MOS as prescribed in the appropriate soldiers manual. That all government property issued to members of their unit is properly maintained and accounted for at all times and that discrepancies are promptly reported. While on duty status, they are to be ready at all times to report to the location and activity of all members of their unit. They basically stand ready to deploy at all times. Their unit is trained to function in its primary mission role as a result of the sergeants’ role. The authority of the sergeant is equal to that of any other grade or rank of the Non Commissioned Officer. Often, however, a lack of delegation of authority by superiors improperly limit’s the sergeant’s ability to act. Professionally competent leaders inherently command respect for their authority and the sergeant must be unquestionably competent in order to carry out the mission correctly, accomplish each task and care for each and every soldier. The rank of Sergeant is not a position for learning how to become a leader, no apprenticeship here. While certainly the new Sergeant will be developing new skills, strengthening old ones and generally getting better, he/ she is a Sergeant!!! and is therefore, no less a professional than those grades of rank to follow. Responsible, the Sergeant is most definitely that, on a wide variety of levels. Now lets look at some of the tools that help provide structure for all soldiers and help Non Commissioned Officers maintain order.
The Army Values, these are taught to each and everyone of us the day we...
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