ROLE OF THE
NONCOMMISSIONED
OFFICER
Combined Arms Center
Command Sergeant Major
Dave Bruner
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
AGENDA
Background
Role of the NCO
Duty Description of the NCO
Duties and Responsibilities
Communication
NCO role in transformation
Deployment/Combat Operations
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Combined Arms Center
Mission Statement
The Combined Arms Center provides leadership and
supervision for leader development and professional military
and civilian education; institutional and collective training;
functional training; training support; battle command;
doctrine; lessons learned and specified areas the Commanding
General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
designates in order to serve as a catalyst for change and to
support developing relevant and ready expeditionary land
formations with campaign qualities in support of the joint
force commander.
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
CAC - An Engine of Change
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Organizational Structure
The Combined Arms Center is organized along
four basic levels:
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The Commander exercises overall responsibility over assigned personnel and subordinate
organizations to insure that assigned missions are accomplished in the most efficient and
effective manner possible. The Command Sergeant Major, by tradition, is responsible for the
conduct and development of enlisted Soldiers and non-commissioned officers across the
Command.
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The CAC Chief of Staff manages and oversees the activities of a coordinating staff and a
special staff. The coordinating staff is focused on policy and procedure development for the
command; the special staff provides command-wide advice in specialized or technical areas.
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Major Subordinate Organizations carry out the majority of the functions assigned to the CAC
Commander. In general, each is resourced for and focused on a core function and one or
more specified functions.
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Schools, centers and specialized activities are spread across the country and are responsible
for executing a portion of the CAC mission. In general, each of these organizations is
responsible for the training of specific branch skills (such as “Infantry”) and serving as the
Army’s functional expert in that area. In this regard, CAC is an integrator of specialized
skills, on one hand, and an executor of common skills, on the other.
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Major Subordinate Organizations
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Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS)
Center for Army Leadership (CAL)
Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL)
Combat Studies Institute (CSI)
Combined Arms Center for Training (CAC-T)
Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD)
Current Force Integration Directorate (CFID)
Military Review
Training and Doctrine Command Program Integration Office/Battle
Command (TPIO-BC)
U.S. Army General and Staff College (CGSC)
United States Army Electronic Warfare Proponent (USAEWP)
United States Army Information Operations Proponent (USAIOP)
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Core Functions
• Battle Command
• Collective Training
• Doctrine Development
• Functional Training
• Leader Development
• Lessons Learned
• Training Support
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Other Functions
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Army Airspace Command & Control
Army Modular Force
Battle Command Knowledge System
CBRNE
Combat Training Centers
Combined Arms Training Strategy
Current Force Integration Directorate
Electronic Warfare
Information Operations
Joint Operations
Land WarNet
Live, Virtual, Constructive Training
Multinational
Network Integration
Personnel Recovery
Professional Military Education
Protection
Recon, Surveillance, Target Acquisition
Stability Operations
United States Army Information Operations Proponent (USAIOP)
Urban Operations
Warrior Ethos
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Centers, Schools and Special Activities
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Air Defense Center and School
Armor Center
Aviation Center
Field Artillery Center and School
Infantry Center
Military Intelligence Center and School
Maneuver Support Center
Signal Center
Chemical School
Command and General Staff College
Engineer School
Military Police School
Army Management Staff College
Defense Language Institute
Sergeant Major Academy
United States Disciplinary Barracks
Warrant Officer Career Course
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
The NCO Pentathlete
The NCO Pentathlete is effective in any environment and proficient in all aspects of being a Soldier
Vision
An innovative, competent professional enlisted leader grounded
in heritage, values, and tradition that embodies the Warrior
Ethos; champions continuous learning; and is capable of
leading, training, and motivating Soldiers. An adaptive leader
who is proficient in joint and combined expeditionary warfare
and continuous, simultaneous full spectrum operations, and
resilient to uncertain and ambiguous environments.
The NCO must always:
How Soldiers view the Pentathlete
• New path - moving ahead
• Understands the whole
spectrum of operations
• Effective in any environment
• Adapts quickly transitions between
combat and non-combat roles
• Lead by example
• Train from experience
• Maintain and enforce standards
• Take care of Soldiers
• Adapt to a changing world
Links future
characteristics to
NCO history
The NCO Pentathlete is a:
• Critical & Creative Thinker
• Warrior Leader
• Leader Developer
• Ambassador
• Resource Manager
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Pentathlete Characteristics
Warrior Leader
• Effective in any environment
• Understands whole spectrum of operations
• Educated military & civilian
• Proficient in all aspects of being a Soldier Warrior Ethos
• Leads from the front - a leader 24/7
• Effective communicator
• Creative-innovative-takes disciplined initiative
• Flexible-adapts quickly to environment/situation
• People/team oriented - builds effective teams
• Physically fit and culturally aware
Ambassador
• Ability to deal with various cultures - understands
other languages & cultures
• Character-Army Values represents American and
Army values & culture to the World
• Always respectful and understanding of Host
Nation values and culture
• Interacts with people on the street - wins the
support and trust of the local population
Critical & Creative Thinker
• Decisive--confident & competent decision maker
• Capable of using cognitive capacity skills and
strategies to achieve understanding and to
evaluate view points to solve problems
• Sound judgment ability to think fast -- split-second
decisions under stress
• Thinks outside the box
• Understand 2nd & 3rd order impacts of decisions tactical decisions with strategic implications
Leader Developer
• Leads by example - standard bearer
• Embraces personal and professional development
• Encourages/guides development of subordinates
• Creates positive learning environment
• Competent trainer - teach Soldiers how to learn
• Hungry for knowledge
Resource Manager
• Manages resources efficiently and effectively
• Meets deadlines and suspense's
• Gets things done - takes mission guidance - plans prepares and executes - accomplishes the mission
• Influences acquisition and distribution of
resources
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
The evolution and development of the NCO Corps started
in 1775
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The level of authority and responsibility that our officers give
us will be based on our demonstrated competence and
performance
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Physical Condition….Be in excellent shape, lead from the
front
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Military Bearing….Set the example (uniform,
professionalism, saluting
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Military Courtesy….Mutual respect, treat Soldiers with
dignity and respect
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Attention to Duty….Think of ways to better yourself, the unit
and your Soldiers
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
“The backbone of the Army is the noncommissioned
[officer.]” Rudyard Kipling, The Eathen, 1896
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Pride…If Soldiers don’t have pride, then more likely
because the CoC. Develop Esprit De Corps, Unit
history (make it part of training)
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Loyalty...It is an NCO Duty to tell his/her superiors the
truth, once a decision is made the NCO’s execute
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Maintenance…Maintenance and accountability is an
NCO responsibility. Use Fm’s/Tm’s…New
equipment?
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Sense of humor…Enjoy what you do; Soldiers who
enjoy their training will retain it
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Role of the NCO
“Noncommissioned officers are the standard bearers of
our Army.” Gen Carl E. Vuono, Army Chief of Staff, 1987
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IMPORTANCE OF STANDARDS-APPEARANCE/SALUTING ARE CORNER
STONES TO DISCIPLINE
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WHAT ARE STANDARDS?
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WHAT IS NCOPD?
- 1SG/CSM PAST TIME???
- HOW TO DO TRAINING
- LEADERS NOTEBOOK
- COUNSELING
- NCOERS
- AWARDS
- REGULATIONS UDATES
- READING LIST
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
NCOs' don’t meet the standard they set it!
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SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY
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Integration of new Soldiers to the unit.
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Ensure that newly assigned enlisted personnel are instructed in
military courtesy, customs of the service and command
regulations or policies.
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Leadership…Always set the example and be fair. I believe that
there are two reasons Soldiers fail at a task (lack of training &
Motivation). Soldiers look to NCOs' for action and as a role
model. “Lead your Soldiers and show you care”.
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITEIS
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PROVIDE COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE TO SOLDIER’S (STAY IN YOUR LANE)
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VISITORS TO THE UNIT
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INSPECT DUTIES PERFORMED BY SUBORDINATE NCO’S
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NOTE DISCREPANCIES AND INITIATE APPROPRIATE CORRECTIVE
INSTRUCTION
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OTHER DUTIES
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NCOES
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SPONSORSHIP (NEW SOLDIERS AND BATTLE BUDDIES)
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ANNUAL TRAINING
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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
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Role of the NCO
AUTHORITY?
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HOW DO WE GROW LEADERS IN THE ARMY
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3 STEP PROCESS.. (1) standards (2) put someone in charge (3)
hold them accountable
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NCOs' ARE PRODUCT OF THAT PROCESS
RESPONSIBILITIES
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MOST IMPORTANT IS ENFORCING STANDARDS AND WORK
WITHIN / TOWARDS THE COMMANDERS INTENT
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BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT YOU DO
THERE IS ONLY ONE COMMANDER
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NCOs' ARE A FORCE MULTIPLIER
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Role of the NCO
ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS
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TEAM/SQUAD MTG
SPONSORSHIP
PROMOTIONS
REENLISTMENT
NCO SUPPORT CHANNEL
COUNCILS/MEETINGS
NCOER
CAREER DEVELOPMENT
• MEDIA
• MEDPROS
• AWARDS
• SCHOOL SELECTION
• WEIGHT CONTROL
• PERSONNEL ACTIONS
• PAY
• COUNSELING
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
TRAINING AND MAINTENANCE
• NEW SOLDIER INTEGRATION • DISTRACTIONS
• FORCE PROTECTION
• FM 7.0 & 7.1
• NCOES
• RESOURCES
• SERGEANT’S TIME
• MENTORSHIP
• NCOPD
• COMMAND MAINTENANCE
• TRAINING MEETINGS
• PT
• LEADER BOOKS
• INDIVIDUAL AND SECTION
• PREPARATION
• LEVEL FOCUS
• METL
• OBSERVE/EVALUATE
• SECTION CERTIFICATIONS
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
UNIT DISCIPLINE
• APPEARANCE
• SPOT CORRECTIONS
• COUNSELING
• COURTESY/RESPECT
• DRILL AND CEREMONIES
• CAMOUFLAGE
• POLICE CALL
• BILLETS
• EXTRA DUTY
• MOTORPOOL
• TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
• SEPARATION
• BLOTTER REPORTS
• UCMJ
• COURTS MARTIAL
• SUSPENSION
• LOR
• STANDARDS
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Role of the NCO
MORALE AND WELFARE
• WORKING CONDITIONS
• PROMOTIONS AND PAY
• LEAVES AND PASSES
• BOSS
• SINGLE SOLDIER INITIATIVES
• FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS
• UNIT FUNCTIONS
• RECOGNITION PROGRAMS
• PREDICTABILITY
• EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
• SPORTS PROGRAM
• DINING FACILITIES
• STAYING INFORMED
• NCO/SOY
• FAMILY TIME
• AUDIE MURPHY
• LIVING CONDITIONS
• MWR ACTIVITIES
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
COMBAT/TRANSFORMATION
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PREDEPLOYMENT
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DEPLOYMENT
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ON THE BATTLEFIELD
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SUSTAINED OPERATIONS
REDEPLOYMENT
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RESETTING THE FORCE
LEADING CHANGE
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COMBAT
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WE ARE AN ARMY AT WAR…
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FOR NOW WE ARE UNITS IN COMBAT OR PREPARING TO
GO TO COMBAT
FOCUS ON GETTING OUT THE DOOR
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SOLDIERS
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SRP
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WEAPONS PROFICIENCY
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WARRIOR TASKS/DRILLS
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MRE SKILLS
EQUIPMENT
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READINESS / SERVICEABILITY
FAMILY
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FRGs
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BUILDING THE TEAM
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COMBAT
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WHERE IS NCO IN COMBAT? DEPENDS WHERE IS
NEEDED?
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BEFORE THE FIGHT-INSPECTING DEFENSIVE
POSITIONS/INSPECTING PRECOMBAT
CHECKS/WATCHING OVER THE SLICE UNITS
DURING-BREECH SITE/CASUALTY COLLECTION
POINT/OVERWATCH OF EMERGENCY
RESUPPLY/FLANK SECURITY/NET COMO
AFTER-GENERATING COMBAT
POWER/RESETTING THE FORCE
• GARRISON TO GARRISON OPERATIONS
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MAKE THE ROUTINE-ROUTINE
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Role of the NCO
QUESTIONS?
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
Role of the NCO
“LEADERSHIP”
A true leader has the confidence to stand
alone, the courage to make tough decisions
and the compassion to listen to the needs of
others. He does not set out to be a leader
but becomes one by the quality of his
actions and the integrity of his intent. In the
end, leaders are much like eagles; they don’t
flock together you find them one at a time.
Command Sergeant Major David M. Bruner
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