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The Modern Nco in the Marine Corps

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The Modern Nco in the Marine Corps

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Cpl John Schmuckatelle
Corporals Course 10-1
4th Squad
“Embodiment of Marine Corps History and Traditions: The modern NCO” The modern Marine NCO is the embodiment of the Corps’ history and traditions for more reasons that can be mentioned in this essay. Before we dive into the reasons, we must understand what does that statement really means. It means to that the current generation NCOs represent as a whole, or rather becomes, the Corps’ history and traditions. NCOs are the ones who make decisions that become yesterday’s history, are constant reminders in flesh of the history and traditions, and are the ones who passes on the history and traditions to our junior marines.

First we have the simple concept that NCOs are the ones who make decisions that become yesterday’s history. Every battle that we win, every mission we complete (like the closing the chapter in Iraq), and every life that we touch in and out of uniform become tomorrow’s history. This is simple, but huge, for the modern NCO because in order to be part of history and traditions, the NCO must contribute today. The NCO must uphold the NCO creed and basic Marine values and leadership traits in everyday life, and history will be made with every professional decision the NCO makes.

The walk and talk of the modern day Marine NCO serve as constant reminders in flesh of the history and traditions of the Corps. When an NCO reemphasizes common courtesy to other marines, some of those courtesies remain engrained and carries on to the civilian side. It is this civilian side where the Marine has high exposure. Sure, the news could show some feats that Cpl Schmuckatele accomplished, but the everyday interaction is what reminds the general population of what it means to be a Marine. It reminds them of the history, the pride in the Marine gets when he knows his history, and the proud look in each walk that he gets from knowing that he comes a long line of heroes. This is especially true of...