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10-09-10, 01:12 PM #16
Congrats on your promotion to CPL, BruceTheFootman!
10-09-10, 06:54 PM #17
Welcome to the ranks of NCO!
10-09-10, 07:18 PM #18
welcome to the team
you have joined the ranks of leadership.
just remember that you are in good and bad company.
do us all proud and follow the good examples.
and if you ever have to sit in judgement of a lower rank. remember when you were there too.
not aying to give em a pass. but just remember and when you made the bone head plays. and let that guide your actions.
10-10-10, 05:44 PM #19
Congratulations on your upcoming promotion. What strikes me most is that you are even asking what it takes to be an NCO. That tells me you will not only make a good one, but a great one, seeking advice etc on the subject. Most people would worry about it as they went along. I like your attitude in trying to find out how you can improve yourself before you have the stripes. A very good post.
10-11-10, 10:08 PM #20
I weep for what this country is becoming, and fear for my children and grandchildren's future if any more democrats gain national office. We lose more and more freedoms every single day to creeping nannystatism and those who vote for Democrats only want to increase that. Anyone voting for a 'dem' is someone who likely wants to take everything YOU have worked for and mortgage your kids future as well.
The Malignant Leprechaun
10-11-10, 10:35 PM #21
awesome thread and great read...thanks gents!
I too am looking right in the eyes of picking up Cpl. but as ya'll could imagine at a reserve unit finding a good NCO to emulate is hard to come by. Already believe I am a decent leader but I am more concerned with what kind of NCO I do not want to be...a crap one.
10-11-10, 10:36 PM #22
Congratulations on your promotion!
Start with the posts from DrZ and Sgt Lep, flesh it out with your own experiences and you've got a great start on what to teach your squad about leadership.
10-11-10, 10:50 PM #23
I remember March 19, 1945 red headed Pfc G. C. Burke took over the leadership of our platoon. He listened to the men, but took full responsibility for his decision when he made it. Although we were down to less than a dozen men, he expected us to perform like a platoon with its 68 men. We did, and mostly because he made good decisions.
10-11-10, 11:08 PM #24
10-12-10, 04:00 AM #25
Congratulations Cpl. Be the leader we know you can be!
I am not particularly brave, courageous, nor even very smart. But I am a US Marine which makes up for all my other failings. - DrZ
"Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference in the world, Marines don't have that problem." President Ronald Regan
DrZ is the internet name I selected in the early days at University. So keep in mind I never was a DevilDoc.
Si Vis Pacem Para bellum
10-12-10, 10:35 PM #26
just dug out my old
dunks almanac. forgot how much good stuff was in there.
if any new NCO needs one I can see if I can mail mine.
never passed mine on. should have but didnt. so let me know if any one needs one.
10-12-10, 11:13 PM #27
The Wikipedia definition is quite sobering -- you have big shoes to fill and your men, senior NCOs, and your officers, depend on you for accomplishing the mission....
The non-commissioned officer corps is often referred to as "the backbone" of the armed services as the primary and most visible leaders for most military personnel. Additionally, they are the primary military leaders responsible for executing the military organization's mission and for training military personnel so they are prepared to execute their missions.
NCO training and education typically includes leadership and management as well as service specific and combat training.
Senior NCOs with their wealth of leadership, mission training and experience are considered the primary link between the bulk of the enlisted personnel and the officers in any military organization. Their advice and guidance is particularly important for junior officers, who begin their careers in a position of authority but generally lack practical experience.
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