Respect…. take a moment to think about this one little world that means so much to so many people. What does respect mean to you? Generally respect means treating others the way you would like to be treated. We are taught from infancy to respect our elders, teachers, friends, and everyone else whether we know them or not. Respect is a simple gesture like saying: thank you, you’re welcome, or even obeying an order. Many of us, like me, forget to do these small, simple gestures. Getting caught up in the moment and not realizing our actions can cause us to seem rude and disrespectful. When in our own minds we never realized we done anything wrong. As a whole, we need to stop and think about how our actions affect others. This leads to my next thought.
A Noncommissioned officer has through his or hers experience, been placed in a position to lead, supervise and train soldiers. The Noncommissioned Officer Corp is the backbone of a professional army. Through real "hands on" experiences, and progression through the enlisted ranks, the NCO should be in a position of self-confidence and esteem, that their position alone should demand respect from both enlisted soldiers and our officers. NCO’s represent the United States Army; their very existence allows the officers to plan, organize, lead, and direct combat operations. NCO’s are responsible for the preparation, training, and readiness of our soldiers. In the absence of commissioned officers, NCOs have been commissioned on the battlefield to continue the mission, and lead soldiers. It is not necessarily the man or woman wearing stripes that you are respecting but the rank in which they have achieved.
With that being said NCO’s are basically babysitters for the lower enlisted. The ideal NCO will show soldiers the path, will respect his or her soldiers, and will not show favoritism. He or she will always meet the standard and help others to achieve their goals.