Assignment: NCO Development Short

Assignment: NCO Development Short

Assignment: NCO Development Short


SHORT PAPER: NCO Development


As an organizational leader, consider how to optimize enlisted education (performance) to strengthen units (effect). As stated in the USSOCOM CETG, “NCOs are the backbone of SOF. Focus on improving educational opportunities early in their careers that enhance their ability to craft innovative solutions to complex problems” (USSOCOM CETG, 2013, p. 1).


  • Paper Preparation
    • Review the rubric (below) for this assignment
    • Review assigned and additional references for Leadership Lesson 5
    • Reflect on the current state of NCO professional development and education within your unit (you can make this up)
  • Clearly and concisely discuss the NCO professional development and education program in your unit
  • Follow the Environment / Problem / Approach framework as outlined in the Leadership Lesson 5 IMI.
  • I also attached a sample paper because my teacher is big on a Claim followed by credible reason format which can also be used as a attention step or create a single sentence attention step! I also have to highlight the Claim in red and credible reason in green or my paper will not be graded.  Additional I have to restate the thesis statement in the claim followed by credible reason in the conclusion paragraph (with the same color code).

NCO Development Paper Structure

  • Use APA format (double spaced, 12-point font in Times New Roman, ) (APA Format 6th Edition)
  • 500-750 Words
  • Title Page
  • Abstract (150-250 words) Not Required for this Assignment
  • Introduction, Body and Conclusion
  • APA-formatted References (least two credible resources), with matching in-text citations for each reference

NCO Development Resources


NCO Development Sample

The Profession of Arms Guides the Warrior

Since 1999, the primary tenants of the profession of arms have guided MSG Howell, SOF operator throughout his career MSG Howell has identified below a variety of strengths and weaknesses.  After reading General Dempsey’s “America’s military – A profession of arms white paper,” MSG Howell has identified internal trust as a strength and external trust as a weakness.  Internal trust is imperative to any soldier.

The concept of internal trust has been important to MSG Howell as both a leader and a subordinate.  General Dempsey wrote in his “America’s military – A profession of arms” white paper,” Internal trust is integral to the chain of command and it is both inherent in and demanded amongst peers, between seniors and subordinates” (n.d., p. 4).  MSG Howell, a SOF operator, has benefited from this concept both professionally and personally since 2008.  He was able to take what he learned, apply those concepts, learn from his inevitable mistakes, and pass his knowledge as the teacher to mold future generations.  General Dempsey also stated, “Followers trust that their leaders will take care of their charges even at their own expense.  Leaders set the example and foster a relationship with their subordinates as a teacher to scholar” (n.d., p. 4).  This model can only be successful if all parties trust each other.  This concept is imperative to ensuring the future success of special operations.  Units build trust when subordinates understand that their leaders have walked the same road and learned from making similar mistakes.  MSG Howell has employed this model throughout his career and the attribute of trust is a cornerstone of his leadership technique…

Assignment Policies



Please read all of the information about the assignments below:


The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

Grading Rubric-

The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

Any assignment that is late will have 10% deducted each day it is late. This is a 5- week class. It is imperative that you ask for help if you are having difficulty with an assignment.

You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.