Army NCOs during the Revolutionary War Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Army NCOs during the Revolutionary War
A review of the significant role of the American Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) during the Revolutionary War.
# 153107 | 1,712 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper relates that in order to understand the importance of the American Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) today, one must look at the historical development of the position from the Revolutionary War. The paper explores warfare during that time period and highlights both the role that NCOs played in gun fighting and traditional linear tactics, as well as how the NCOs helped usher in an era of guerrilla warfare. In conclusion, the paper shows how the duties of the NCO in the Revolutionary War seem similar to the duties of NCOs in the modern army.

From the Paper:

"Obviously, prior to the American Revolution, there was no such thing as a US NCO in the United States. However, it would be erroneous to assume that US NCOs somehow developed in a vacuum. The American Army drew from historical precedence to help develop its entire army, including the NCO. However, it would be equally erroneous to assume that American NCOs were simply a carbon copy of the British NCO, though the assumption seems logical because the newly-minted Americans were fighting against the British for independence. However, that belief belies the fact that the colonies were an amalgamation of people from all over Europe, whose military experience came from various different locales, not simply Britain. "The U.S. NCO did not copy the British. He, like the U.S. Army itself, blended traditions of the French, British, and Prussian armies into a uniquely American institution" (U.S. Army, 2009). However, it is important to realize that the American NCO did draw heavily upon European tradition. "The Noncommissioned Officer as we know him today is a remnant of the organizational structure of the traditional European army, especially as it existed during the Hundred Years' War" (Smith, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arms, L.R. (1991). A short history of the NCO. Retrieved December 28, 2010 from Command and General Staff College website:
  • Perkioniemi, J. (2010, March 11). Army NCO history (part 1): American Revolution. Retrieved December 28, 2010 from ARNews website:
  • Smith, N. (2010). The history of the noncommissioned officer corps: 1765-1865. Retrieved December 28, 2010 from Article Myriad website:
  • U.S. Army. (2009). 2009- The year of the noncommissioned officer. Retrieved from
  • William, F. (1794). Baron von Steuben's Revolutionary War drill manual. Boston: I Thomas and E.T. Andrews.

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