June 2009
Soldiers;Jun2009, Vol. 64 Issue 6, p10
The article covers the development and evolution of Noncommissioned Officers (NCO), considered the backbone of the U.S. Army. Started in 1778 during the Revolutionary War, the regulations that would later create the rank of NCO were written by Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a former member of the Prussian army's general staff. NCOs train and motivate their Soldiers, taking initiative whenever they can to lead and inspire those under them. Several academies exist to train NCOs further, with various leadership courses offered.


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