The Empowerment of the American Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the three most important factors that have led to the ever-increasing empowerment of the American Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).
# 150110 | 1,062 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 26, 2012 in Military (Branches of Military)


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The paper examines the three most important factors that have led to the ever-increasing empowerment of the American Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) over time. This paper addresses the questions of: What are the fundamental causes and consequences of this shift in responsibilities down the chain of command; how well has the U.S. military prepared its NCO for ever-increasing burdens of responsibility that have transpired; and will this trend continue or is this trend reversible.

Outline:
Objective
Statement of Thesis
US Army: NCO Study Report Findings
Limitations of NCO Self-Development Noted
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work entitled: "US Army: NCO Study Report" states that informal self-development takes place routinely among NCOs as they actively assess the experiences of their subordinates, their units, and themselves, learn from that assessment and apply it to their next experience." (The Army Training and Leader Development Panel Report NCO, 2002). Stated to be that which enables the process of feedback and assessment are factors including: (1) formal and informal counseling and mentoring; and (2) after-action reviews. (The Army Training and Leader Development Panel Report NCO, 2002). The expectations and outcomes of formal self-development of the Army are stated to fail to correspond with those of its NCOs" as the Army's expectations for self-development are in the form of a formalized, directed program that is the foundation of a professional's lifelong learning process by effectively linking operational and educational experiences with the tools to fill knowledge gaps." (The Army Training and Leader Development Panel Report NCO, 2002) NCOs are stated to view themselves as being "responsible for their learning" and therefore desire that the Army treat them as "capable of directing their self-development." (The Army Training and Leader Development Panel Report NCO, 2002)
"NCOs were found to be "familiar with distance learning...and...interested in using it." (The Army Training and Leader Development Panel Report NCO, 2002) However, it is reported that the Army and the field's expectations for distance learning "are not the same." (The Army Training and Leader Development Panel Report NCO, 2002) The perception of the field is that distance learning is a type of replacement for resident education..." and that the Army is presently unable to make provision of the "quality of products the field expects"."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Klein, G., Moon, B. and Hoffman, R.F. (2006a). Making sense of sensemaking I: alternative perspectives. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 21(4), 70-73.
  • Klein, G., Moon, B. and Hoffman, R.F. (2006b). Making sense of sensemaking Ii: a macrocognitive model. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 21(5), 88-92
  • Leedom, D.K. (2001). Final Report: Sensemaking Symposium. (Technical Report prepared under contract for Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence). Vienna, VA: Evidence Based Research. Inc. http://www.dodccrp.org/files/sensemaking_final_report.pdf

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