History And Importance Of The Army 's Non Commissioned Officer

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The History and Importance of the Army’s Non Commissioned Officer. It is no small wonder for the Non-Commissioned Officer to be known as the backbone of the United States Army, a phrase coined by Rudyard Kipling. As we know the Non-Commissioned Army in todays military is but a mere remnant of what the NCO original was. The Non-Commissioned Officer existed during the European Hundred Years’ War, who at the time, were almost all upper ranks of European society, surprisingly. At the time, though, there was almost no interaction between soldiers and officers, so the Non-Commissioned Officer served as the link between the two, but to also maintain discipline in a garrison setting. Amazingly enough, the American Non-Commissioned Officer has been used since the first colonies in America, like Jamestown. An entire colony or town formed a much larger unit or company, which needed men to help organize soldier, so stepped in the Non-Commissioned Officer. This allowed the town sized company element to divide into squads to allow ease of disseminating duties to soldiers. A well-organized unit is essential to success in battle, which General George Washington used to his advantage during the Revolutionary War. Dully noted that the American NCO differs greatly from the English NCO, this is because the United States combined many traditions from the Prussian military, French military, and unsurprisingly British military ideology. Because of the American’s hatred for aristocracy during the…

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