In this paper I will discuss the importance of why a NCO or Drill Sergeant should maintain proper military appearance and why it is important. The NCO’s Creed first states that “no one is more professional than I”, so I am sure that means more than just appearance. It is a statement that includes mannerism, attitude, professionalism etc. It also says that NCOs are the backbone of the Army, which will also tell you that we serve a critical role. Even though I respect the entire creed, the statement that most stands out to me is” All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own”. Although Drill Sergeants have another separate creed, we still have to abide by both creeds. My favorite line in the Drill Sergeants creed that stands out to me is “I will lead by example, never requiring a soldier to attempt any task that I would not do myself”. I will discuss wear of the uniform and how we should wear our hair, uniforms and how we should groom. I will also explain that it is our duty and responsibility to maintain these characteristics. Appearance reflects upon the basic character and work ethic of a person. Positive work ethic is the collection of all the values and actions that people feel are appropriate in the work place. Appropriate dress, grooming, hygiene, and etiquette. Appearance is our duty and responsibility as a NCO and Drill sergeant. No one has more to do with training and discipline of soldiers than the NCO and Drill Sergeant. Appearance deals with every aspect of how we perceive an individual. Therefore it is a must that we present ourselves the way we expect them to present themselves. A well trained soldier will reflect to the NCO or Drill Sergeant who is training or has trained them. A NCO/ Drill Sergeant’s duties are numerous and must not be taken for granted. Duty is explained as something you must do by...
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