The creed of the noncommissioned officer is a baseline for all noncommissioned officers Corporal all the way up to Sergeant Major, on how to conduct oneself in the leading of soldiers. It does not outline every single situation you may come into throughout your military career but if you live this creed then you should be set for success. In this paper we are going to take an in depth look into the creed and how you can apply every aspect of it to leadership.
Starting with the first sentence in the creed “No one is more professional than I, I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers. ” This is to be said with confidence, authority, and conviction so that whoever is listening, not only believes what you are saying, but also has confidence that the person speaking believes it as well. From the moment you pin on stripes someone somewhere above you has seen the confidence needed to lead soldiers within you. The next few sentences in the creed give backing to the first.
It instills in a soldier that being a Noncommissioned officer means something, and you should conduct yourself appropriately, with honor and integrity. “As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as the “Backbone of the Army”. I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service, and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. Then finally in the last line it states that as a Noncommissioned Officer we are not to let our rank allow us to feel as though we are owed something, quite the opposite actually. We are to be examples to our soldiers, not someone who sends them into the fight without us. We are to lead them, train them, and do all of this because of our leadership ability and experience in the military. “I will not use my grade or position for pleasure, profit, or personal safety. As leaders we need to still be there at all times with our soldiers, and as Noncommissioned Officers get in there and get our hands dirty as often as possible so that our soldiers can see that we not only have done it but are willing to continue to do so. Leading from the front is key for our soldiers in order maintain a high morale. The second paragraph of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer gives a basic outline as to how we should conduct ourselves as leaders towards our subordinates.
The second paragraph also ensures that we know as leaders that we are to be proficient in all aspects of our job, both as a soldier and in our military occupational specialty. “Competence is my watchword. ” This sentence is telling the leader that he is to be trained and proficient in his job. If he is not then how is he able to pass on the knowledge, thus creating question why that person is in that position to begin with. “My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind—accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers. Both in the warrior ethos and the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer you see reference in accomplishing the mission. From private all the way to when you pin on stripes accomplishment of the mission is key to success in our military. Whether it is overseas or here at home mission is not solely defined as a tactical operation. It could be training soldiers deploying to an austere environment, accomplishing things around the military installation in which you and other family’s reside, or being that soldier deploying to an austere environment.
Either way whatever our job is we are to do it to our best ability even testing our limits if the need be. “I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. ” Just like the first line of the second paragraph this too points out that we as leaders need to know our job better than anybody. This is a requirement of us in which we must give of our own time to ensure that we know everything there is to know about our job, changing with the times and not letting them pass us by. That covers the technical part, tactically we need to know as well as live the life of a soldier.
Always ready to defend our country at any point in time when called to do so. If a supply clerk needs to fire a weapon he should be able to do so proficiently especially if he is a Noncommissioned Officer. Knowing the METL (Mission Essential Task List) is the responsibility of all Noncommissioned Officers. “I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. ” This is a statement by the Noncommissioned Officer saying that he will do whatever it takes to fulfill the statements prior to this as well as throughout the entire creed.
As Noncommissioned Officers we are on call by our soldiers twenty four hours a day at all times. Just because we are home does not mean that we are “off work”. Our soldiers need us to be there for them at all times whether they are in trouble or just need somebody to listen. The final lines of the second paragraph are a promise to our soldiers. “All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them uninformed.
I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment. ” This is meant to be the Noncommissioned Officers basic outline of his attitude towards soldiers. The Noncommissioned Officer can add to but not take away from these sentences. It is a guide on what is expected from us as Noncommissioned Officers. Just like in the first paragraph “I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety. ” This too outlines giving more of oneself as a leader. “I know my soldiers and will always place their needs above my own. This has been in practice for many years. For example during chow times the lowest ranking person in a platoon is sent to the front of the line moving up in rank behind him, following the soldiers is the Noncommissioned Officers of that platoon, and then finally the platoon sergeant and platoon leader. The final paragraph of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer is a statement. Focused mainly on the officers and those senior to whoever is reciting the creed. A promise in the first sentence of the Noncommissioned Officers Creed aimed at the officers of the unit. Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. ” If everybody had to worry about doing somebody else’s job or picking up the slack from a soldier that cannot accomplish his job then nothing would get done. “I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. ” If a Noncommissioned Officer decides to throw away everything prior to this line then accomplishing this line is going to be very difficult to accomplish. Everything leading up to this will earn the respect and confidence of those you work with a breeze.
In the next line we have one of the army values posted up, one of the most important army values; Loyalty. “I will be loyal to those with whom I server; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. ” Without loyalty we are a lost organization. Without loyalty then how could we accomplish anything in high stress times of war? The truth is we couldn’t that is why it is so important to our success and is also why we have been so successful in the past. The final lines of the creed build, just like in the beginning, in both confidence and bravado.
Not that any part should be spoken quietly but when you say that you will take initiative in the absence of orders you need to instill confidence of those all around you that you can actually do it. “I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. ” Still not quite reaching the bravado of the first line towards the end each sentence builds. “I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. ” Integrity is another reference in the creed to the core army values. The integrity of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers rests upon those that serve in it.
If we as noncommissioned officers are lacking in integrity then the corps will also be lacking in integrity. Moral courage is a necessity of what we do. We are a highly trained military force whose sole purpose is to protect its people from enemy’s both foreign and domestic. Without moral courage how are we expected to accomplish this? Finally and said with just as much volume, confidence, and conviction, if not more, than the first line. “I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, LEADERS. This final statement is saying that not only will the Noncommissioned Officer not forget his duties but he will hold his fellow Noncommissioned Officers accountable if they forget theirs. We as Noncommissioned Officers are to be the example of all those that we work with seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. No matter what rank is being looked at such as a Corporal or Sergeant even a Colonel should be able to look at that Noncommissioned Officer and see that he is a professional. The final sentence in this is a call to all Noncommissioned Officers because we are human, no matter how hard we try to be perfect, we are built with flaws.
This calling is for all Noncommissioned Officers to hold your fellow Noncommissioned Officers accountable. Same goes for the Noncommissioned Officers finding themselves to have fallen. It is telling you that there is going to be a fellow Noncommissioned Officer there to hold you accountable for your actions. Take what you have coming and drive on. Do not dwell on the past otherwise it will consume you. In closing, if you cannot apply the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer to leadership then you probably have no business leading soldiers to begin with.