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Brigade Special Troops Battalion holds NCO induction ceremony

 “No one is more professional than I I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers” These words give credence to the idea that NCOs are indeed the backbone of the Army

In a ceremony held by the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Brigade Special Troops Battalion (1/34th BSTB) Sep 22, 2012 at Camp Ripley, 42 members of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team were inducted into the corps of non-commissioned officers (NCO) The soldiers who were recommended for promotion to the rank of sergeant were chosen by a series of leaders based on their demonstrated skills, ability, and eligibility, as well as their potential for greater service to the nation


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“I feel that I have life experience and confidence to offer soldiers,” said Sgt Kelly Boylan, an inductee from Alpha Co, Brigade Special Troops Battalion  As an NCO, he now has the authority and position to pass on that experience to his fellow soldiers

Becoming an NCO is not a long and easy process, and no soldier does it alone The induction ceremony involves soldiers approaching the inducting Command Sergeant Major, and saying “Command Sergeant Major, I, Sgt ---, am ready to cross the line from soldier to Noncommissioned officer” In response, the CSM asks, “Who will sponsor this Noncommissioned officer into the NCO corps?”

Just as our youth learn from their parents and educators, young soldiers and NCOs learn from their senior leadership

Seven-year veteran of the Minnesota National Guard, Sgt Rendell Russell of Alpha Co, BSTB, said, “Sponsors are established NCOs They have knowledge to pass on to help others better understand what it is to be a leader”

“They also have skills, qualities, and strengths for us and other soldiers to draw from,” added Boylan

Once an inductee claims to be ready for the transition into becoming an NCO, the CSM asks three simple questions

“Are you ready to become a noncommissioned officer?”

“Are you ready to assume the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer?”

“Are you ready to always lead by example and lead from the front?”

For the inductees of the 1/34th BCT, the answer was loud and clear:

“Yes, Sergeant Major!”

Story and photos by Pfc Linsey Williams
1/34th BCT Public Affairs
Sep 22, 2012




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