CSM Notes

NCOs : Leaders in Training

By Command Sgt. Maj. Sterling T. McCormick

    Our noncommissioned officers must continue to lead the way in training our soldiers. This challenge is mostly on the shoulders of the NCOs because we, in most instances, are the first-line leaders of soldiers. They depend on us to look out for their welfare. An important factor in taking care of our soldiers is to help them develop in a way which allows them to successfully perform the unit's mission and to survive in any environment. Some of our missions are performed at fixed sites; this is no excuse to ignore our training responsibilities. In fact, we must take on the challenge to train soldiers in a variety of environments and situations.

    We must continue to be successful and innovative in training our shift workers and those who perform nontraditional technical tasks. Remember, we still have an obligation to prepare soldiers to perform in any possible assignment.

    We need the right mix of technical and tactical training in our units. We cannot degrade one at the expense of the other. This strategy takes lots of coordination and initiative by all who are involved. The emphasis, resources and time must be made available by the leader chain to make it effective.

    We must also have NCO and soldier input at our training meetings. Having the right people and input during the planning phase are important to the success of the training conducted. The planning should be done weeks in advance to ensure understanding and have the commitment of the leader chain to ensure training happens.

    There are also plenty of training opportunities for our soldiers within INSCOM. We should take advantage of our REDTRAIN opportunities, functional courses, cryptologic courses, training exercises, language training, etc. In the past, we have had very good success with NCO led training. It works, so let's make all training work for our soldiers and our units.

    Finally, I extend a heartfelt welcome to Brig. Gen. John D. Thomas Jr. and his lovely wife, Verdun, to the INSCOM family. Your added strength will continue to make INSCOM a great Army team.


    Command Sgt. Maj. McCormick is the INSCOM command sergeant major headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va.

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