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My first chevron

February 02, 2011 | First Lieutenant Matthew Flynn

MSIII Cadet's recieve rank from Cadet Commander


During lab last week, everything looked the same as last semester. Same cadets, same time, same formalities. However, during this lab, there was a ceremony that occurred---which sets the pace for the rest of the semester. 

Our Battalion Commander began discussing with us the history of the chevron symbol found in most enlisted insignia. He told us about the history of the chevron. In midevil times,  a chevron was awarded to a Knight for every castle he conquered. He continued to say that the chevron symbol stood for service; defined as someone sacrificing their personal resources for others. 

After explaining the history of the chevron, our commander discussed the importance of the Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) in the Army. All of whose insignia contain multiple chevrons. During lab, all cadets were given NCO insignia. Before having our Battalion MSGT recite the NCO creed, MS4 cadets presented all MS1 cadets with Sergeant Insignia, and MS2 cadets with Staff Sergeant insignia.

NCO Creed:
No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers. 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. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.
Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind -- accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers. I will strive to remain technically and tactically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. 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.
Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!

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