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Chapter V


(Derived from a speech by GEN Paul F. Gorman)

The NCO:

  • Exerts the greatest single leadership influence on the unit. NCOs directly lead over 80% of the soldiers in our Army!

  • Is the principal means by which the will of the commander reaches down to the soldiers.

When a soldier looks up on the battlefield he will not see his first sergeant, sergeant major, company commander, battalion commander .... he won't even see his platoon sergeant! He WILL see HIS sergeant .... the squad leader, crew chief, team leader, tank commander .... and this NCO will principally provide the leadership, advice, counsel, and firm and reassuring direction on that battlefield.

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Chapter IV: Recent Trends
Chapter VI: Conclusions

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