States Army, United States Air Force and United States Marine Corps are termed Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) as are Corporals in the Army and Marine Corps.However, the rank of Corporal (E-4) in the US Army is known to be a junior NCOs whereas Corporals in the grades (E-7, E-8, and E-9) are referred to as senior noncommissioned officers.These roles are to be performed by individual NCO corps as well as the NCO leaders.
The NCOs are required to provide inspiration, motivation and purpose for the other military officers because soldiers look to their NCOs for inspiration, solutions and directions/guidance.
Due to their training, long-term service or experience in the military, an NCO officer should be capable of training other officers based on experience.
Each NCO should develop and demonstrate as a genuine concern about the well-being of the soldiers they are training or leading.
Taking care of the soldiers also entails preparing them adequately to face any challenge that lies ahead of them.
In terms of roles, the vision requires that NCOs should be capable of training, leading and motivating soldiers.
In terms of leadership, their chief role within the military organization is being a direct leader to the military officers.This means they are expected to understand and practice the ethical requirements of soldiers and perform their duties diligently so as to give a practical lead to the other soldiers.Their role modeling is important for the military personnel because they are the most visible leaders within the military organization.After the training of new recruits, NCOs are assigned to be the key direct leader and a trainer for crew, team and individual at the unit level (Chiefs of Staff, US Army, 1997).According to Fitton (1990), the NCOs are required to lead by example.When a person first enters the Army they are taught and instilled into our brain If I see an NCO or officer appointed over myself not doing the right thing, some soldiers if not I will continue my behavior thinking is it correct. Respect is neither a right nor a privilege; it is something that you earn over time through your actions, though in the army it is expected of all lower enlisted. When another person earns your respect you work harder to have that same respect returned to you.But now the behavior has been passed on and leaders will have a harder time dealing with their soldiers. I think that respect is taught by example, as most good things are.Respect is one the 7 Army Values and probably one of the most important in today’s Army.Discipline also works alongside respect even though it is not one of the Army Value’s; it falls under Self-less Service.Some people say that you should give respect to everyone. Discipline also known as Military Bearing is the glue that holds a combat team together.Without it there is no unit cohesion, no espirit de corps, and no coordination.