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The Role of the NCO Inside the BCT Command Post

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196th Infantry Brigade CSM Fort Shafter United States

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Noncommissioned officers NCOs have been leading Soldiers since the days of General Friedrich von Steuben and the blue book that codified the responsibilities of NCOs during that period in history U.S. Army, TC 7-22.7, 2014. The NCO corps has grown a lot since then and so has its roles and responsibilities however, one thing has remained constant - accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of Soldiers. NCOs mostly operate at the tactical level conducting the day-to-day operations inside of the company team and are relied upon to execute complex tactical tasks, train junior enlisted Soldiers on military occupational skills and drills at the individual and team level. NCOs account for and maintain individual and unit equipment while caring for Soldiers and their families on and off duty. NCOs coach, mentor, and teach Soldiers on the units mission and create training programs and processes for supporting the mission. NCOs do this while demonstrating Army values and instilling the value of the professional Army ethic, ensuring that character and competence are measured equally and have balance throughout the formation.Doctrine 2015 introduced the importance of mission command doctrine into operations at all levels of leadership, and in the last five years NCOs have defined their role in mission command as it applies to their military occupational specialty duties and responsibilities. We as NCOs, however, sometimes find it difficult to identify our role during command post operations. This is understandable, because as NCOs we are familiar with executing at the tactical level and then after years of learning and refining our craft at the tactical level, we are introduced into the unfamiliar environment of the brigade combat team BCT command post.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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