50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team CSM: Implied Duties
By Command Sgt. Maj. William R. Kryscnski
It doesn’t necessarily mean they
want to accept all the responsibilities
that go along with the job. So we need
to clarify what an NCO’s responsibilities
The two most important NCO responsibilities are: mission accomplishment and Soldiers’ welfare. NCOs are also responsible for conducting standards based, performance oriented, battle-focused training and providing feedback on proficiency. In addition, Senior NCOs (E-7 and above) also coach Junior NCOs (E-5 and E-6) to master a wide range of individual tasks. Although the definition of an NCO’s responsibilities is concise, the job of being an efficient NCO is immense.
The military has many outstanding NCOs who willingly
accept their responsibilities and perform their duties extremely
efficiently. However, there are also NCOs who do
I think the vast majority of NCO’s recognize what their responsibilities are. Good NCOs must be able to counsel and coach Soldiers on performance issues and conduct. They must also be consistent in their decisions, enforcing policies and performance.
One duty where most NCOs fail to perform satisfactorily is implied duties. Implied duties often support specified and direct duties, but may not relate to MOS and may not be written. They’re duties that improve the quality of the job and help keep the unit functioning at an optimum level. In most cases these duties depend on individual initiative. They improve the work environment and motivate Soldiers to perform because they want to, not because they have to. Let me tell you what I feel are some “Implied duties” of an NCO.
- Lead by example, be someone that Soldiers want to
These are just a few implied duties of an NCO that
come to mind. We can probably come up with a hundred
more. The point is how many of these implied duties that
The job of an NCO is probably the most important job
in the military. In order to gain the respect and confidence
of your Soldiers you need to display the individual initiative
Many people measure success in the military and in life by awards or finishing first in competitions. Being successful is very simple; set goals for yourself; try your hardest to accomplish those goals; overcome obstacles along the way and continue to move toward your goal. If you do this, then you have been a success.
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