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Take Command as an NCO

No one is more professional than I.

I am a Non-Commissioned Officer, a leader of subordinates.
As a Non-Commissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone".

I am proud of the Corps of Non-Commissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Movement and the Corps 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 subordinates.

I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Non-Commissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All subordinates are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. 

I know my subordinates and I will always place their needs above my own.

I will communicate consistently with my subordinates and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and reprimands.

Commissioned 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 subordinates.

I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; superiors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate common-sense 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, Non-Commissioned Officers, leaders!

Leadership: "The Art of influencing human behavior to accomplish a mission or task in the manner so desired by the LEADER."



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