Army NCO History (Part 1) American Revolution

By Staff Sgt. Jarod Perkioniemi (20th Public Affairs Detachment)

The history of the U.S. Army noncommissioned officer dates back to 1775 with the birth of the Continental Army. Like the Army itself, the NCO Corps did not copy the fundamental roles of just the British Army; instead it blended traditions of the British, French and Prussian armies to create its own unique institution.

As the American political system progressed over the years, the NCO Corps continually distinguished itself from its European counterparts as well. In 1778, at Valley Forge, Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian-German Army Officer, standardized NCO duties and responsibilities for the Continental Army NCO Corps.

Before this, there was very little standardization in what the true role of the NCO was in the new Continental Army. In his publication, Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, commonly called the Blue Book, Von Steuben set forth the duties and responsibilities of the NCO ranks at that time.

There were five NCO ranks: corporal, sergeant, first sergeant, quartermaster sergeant and sergeant major. When Von Steuben wrote his publication, which was printed in 1779, it became the primary regulation for the Army for the next 30 years.

Von Steuben was the first to refer to the NCO Corps as the backbone of the Army and his regulation established the centerpiece for NCO duties and responsibilities from 1778 to the present.

The development of the NCO Corps helped sustain the Continental Army through severe hardship towards finally achieving independence in 1783.

It was customary during battles that NCOs were to fire rapidly and true, while also close gaps created by casualties.

NCOs were also responsible for keeping men silent during night missions, while leading them through the terrain. This was a key factor during the Battle of Stony Point, where the bayonet training received from Von Steuben played a critical role in the charge to capture the fort from the British.

NCOs wore an epaulet, a French word meaning little shoulder, to signify their rank. Sergeants wore red epaulets while corporals wore green. It was in 1779 that sergeants began to wear two epaulets while corporals retained their single epaulet.

It was not uncommon that a Soldier would often spend their entire career within the same regiment. If a Soldier were to change regiments, he would not take his rank with him; the stripes remained with the regiment.

At that time, all promotions that a Soldier received came directly from the regimental commander. No NCO could transfer in grade from one regiment to the other without the permission of the General in Chief of the Army, who was the Commanding General of the U.S. Army, which was rarely done.

During the American Revolutionary War, historians indicate that only three Soldiers were awarded the Badge of Military Merit for their acts of heroism. All of them were NCOs and received the award from Gen. George Washington himself.

The Badge of Military Merit was a purple heart with a floral border and the word merit inscribed across the center. The badge is the predecessor to both the Medal of Honor, which was first awarded during the Civil War, and the Purple Heart, which was first awarded in 1927. After the American Revolutionary War, the award faded from use, though it was never abolished. The award of the badge was not recommended again until after World War I.

In the years following the American Revolution, many changes and additions were made to the NCO ranks leading up to the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War in 1846.

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Army Programs

The ASAPs mission is to strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Armys total workforce and to enhance the combat readiness of its Soldiers.

Increase individual fitness and overall unit readiness.

Provide services, which are adequate and responsive to the needs of the total workforce and emphasize alcohol and other drug abuse deterrence, prevention, education, and treatment.

Implement alcohol and other drug risk reduction and prevention strategies that respond to potential problems before they jeopardize readiness, productivity, and careers.

Restore to duty those substance-impaired Soldiers who have the potential for continued military service.

Provide effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and education at all levels of command, and encourage commanders to provide alcohol and drug-free leisure activities.

Ensure all military and civilian personnel assigned to ASAP staff are appropriately trained and experienced to accomplish their mission.Achieve maximum productivity and reduce absenteeism and attrition among DA civilian employees by reducing the effects of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Improve readiness by extending services to the total Army.

4.What is meant by de-glamorization of alcohol?

Personnel will not promote any function glamorizing the use of alcohol through drinking contests, games, initiations, or the awarding of alcoholic beverages as prizes in contests.

6.Is ASAP participation mandatory for Individuals that are command referred?

ASAP participation is mandatory for all Soldiers who are command referred. Failure to attend a mandatory counseling session may constitute a violation of Article 86 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

7.What will happen to Soldiers who fail to participate in or fail to respond successfully to rehabilitation?

Soldiers who fail to participate adequately in, or to respond successfully to,rehabilitation will be processed for administrative separation and not be provided another opportunity for rehabilitation except under the most extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the CD in consultation with the unit commander.

8.What are the ways that Soldiers can be identified as having a substance abuse problem?

Commander / Supervisor Identification

9.What are the objectives of rehabilitation with ASAP?

Return Soldiers to full duty as soon as possible.

Identify Soldiers who cannot be rehabilitated within the scope of this regulation and to advise their unit commanders.

Assist and refer Soldiers who cannot be rehabilitated in the ASAP to a treatment facility in the vicinity where they reside after discharge from the Army.

Help resolve alcohol and other drug abuse problems in the family, with the ultimate goal of enabling the Soldier to perform more effectively.

10.What are the objectives of bio-chemical testing (also called a urinalysis)?

The objectives of ArmysBiochemical Testing Program are to:

Deter Soldiers, including those members on initial entry on AD after enlistment or appointment, from abusing drugs (including illegal drugs, other illicit substances, and prescribed medication).

Facilitate early identification of alcohol and/or other drug abuse.

Enable commanders to assess the security, military fitness, good order and discipline of their units, and to use information obtained to take appropriate action (for example, UCMJ, administrative, or other actions, including referral to the ASAP counseling center for screening, evaluation, and possible treatment).

Monitor rehabilitation of those enrolled for alcohol and/or other drug abuse.

Collect data on the prevalence of alcohol and/or other drug abuse within the Army.

Unit inspections. (either the entire or part of a unit)

Consent (specimen may be provided voluntarily by a Soldier).

12.All ASAP referrals are accomplished by the Commander or 1SG using what form?

Completing and signing the DA 8003 Referral Form.

13.Can Soldiers that are enrolled in an ASAP rehabilitation program reenlist?

Soldiers currently enrolled in the ASAP rehabilitation program are not allowed to reenlist. However, Soldiers who need additional service time to complete their enrollment may be extended for the number of months necessary to permit completion.

14.Will Soldiers who are command referred to ASAP be flagged?

Yes, IAW AR600-8-2 (Suspension of Favorable Personnel Action (flags).

16.What does the ACS symbol represent?

The heart = giving, the cross = help, the gyroscope = stability

17.What is the ACS mission statement?

The mission of the ACS center is toFacilitate commanders ability to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and responsive services that support readiness of soldiers, civilian employees and their families.

Maximize technology and resources, adapt to unique installation requirements, eliminate duplication in service delivery, and measure service effectiveness.

19.How is ACS staffed for the most part?

In the United States,the following personnel are eligible for ACS assistance:

All active duty and retired military personnel and their family members, if otherwise eligible for services.

Members of the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve when on active duty and their family members, if otherwise eligible for services.Army appropriated fund(APF) and non appropriated fund (NAF) employees and their family members, if otherwise eligible for services. Family members of prisoners of war or personnel missing in action, if otherwise eligible for services.Surviving family members of military personnel who died while on active duty, if otherwise eligible for overseas commands, the Commander will determine eligibility according to international treatise and agreements.

Donate Staple foodstuff to the food lockers, usable household goods, and volunteer your time.

24.What regulation covers Army Learning Centers?

Develop confident,competent leaders.

Support the enlistment, retention, and transition of soldiers.

Provide self-development opportunities for soldiers and adult family members.

Provide self-development opportunities for DACs.

Provide self-development opportunities for DAC ACES professional and support staff.

27.How much of your tuition does the tuition assistance grant pay?

< some federal financial aid programs available to Soldiers through ACES

29.What are some of the basic services offered by the Army Continuing Education Center?

Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)

Advanced Skills Education Program (ASEP)

Service members Opportunity Colleges Associates Degree Program (SOCAD)

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)/Montgomery G. I. Bill (MGIB)

Command Language Programs (Head start – Gateway)

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

30.What Soldier development programs does ACES provide?

Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST).

Mission-related Language (Head start and Gateway).

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support

DANTES provides standardized testing services free to military personnel. Family members and civilians may take DANTES tests but must pay for each test taken.

33.Soldiers with a GT score of less than 110 should be referred to what?

BSEP – Soldiers with a GT less than 100 are normally automatically eligible. Soldiers with a GT between 100 and 110 may be command referred.

34.Soldiers who begin their active service after what date are eligible to receive the new GI Bill?

July 1985, but they are required to pay $100 per month for the first 12 months

Service members Opportunity Colleges

Service members Opportunity College Army Degrees

37.AER closely coordinates with what other organization?

AER is a private, nonprofit organization to collect and hold funds to relieve distress of members of the Army and their dependents. AER provides emergency financial assistance to soldiers (active and retired) and their families in time of distress.

40.What is the Army regulation that covers AER?

41.Are you required to contribute to AER to receive help?

Soldiers on extended active duty and their dependents.

Members of the Reserve Components of the Army (Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve) on continuous active duty for more than 30 days and their dependents. (This applies to soldiers on AD for training (ADT) or serving under various sections of title 10, United States Code).Soldiers retired from active duty because of longevity or physical disability, or retired upon reaching age 60 (Reserve Components) and their dependents.Widows (ers) and orphans of soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired.

43.How are monetary contributions made to AER?

44.When is the AER annual fund campaign held army-wide?

45.How does AER provide financial assistance?

AER provides financial assistance by either a loan without interest, a grant or a combination of both

AER provides emergency financial assistance to soldiers (active and retired) and their families in time of distress.

47.What is the dollar limit on AER loans?

There is no dollar limit. AER Assistance will meet your emergency need.

48. Failure to repay an AER loan (unless repayment would cause undo hardship) will cause the Soldiers name to be placed on an AER restricted list which is disseminated Army-wide. What does this mean for the Soldier?

Individuals who appear on this list will not be approved for AER assistance without the specific prior approval of HQ AER.

Helping the Army Take Care Of its Own

50.The minimum amount that can be contributed to AER through allotment is what amount?

Through Voluntary Contributions from Soldiers (tax free), through unsolicited contributions, repayments of loans, and income from investments.

52,What is the purpose of the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program?

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program reinforces the Armys commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response,reporting, and accountability.

53,The Armys policy on Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program applies where and when?

Both on and off post and during duty and non-duty hours.

To working, living, and recreational environments (including both on- and off-post housing).

54.What are the goals of the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program?

Create a climate that minimizes sexual assault incidents, which impact Army personnel, Army civilians, and family members, and, if an incident should occur, ensure that victims and subjects are treated according to Army policy.

Create a climate that encourages victims to report incidents of sexual assault without fear.

Establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate Soldiers.

Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims health and well-being.

Ensure leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault victims, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault, and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action.

Sexual assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent.

56.Sexual assault includes what acts?

Non consensual Sodomy (oral or anal sex)

Indecent Assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling)

57.More than half of sexual assault offenses include what?

58.Prevention of sexual harassment is whose responsibility?

59.Define the following terms as they apply to the Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program: victim, alleged perpetrator, and perpetrator.

Victim- One who has been sexually assaulted.

Alleged Perpetrator- One who has been accused of committing a crime (subject).

Perpetrator- One who has committed a crime (offender).

60,What is the Armys policy on sexual assault?

Sexual assault is a criminal offense that has no place in the Army. It degrades mission readiness by devastating the Armys ability to work effectively as a team. Every Soldier who is aware of a sexual assault should immediately (within 24 hours) report incidents. Sexual assault is incompatible with Army values and is punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other federal and local civilian laws.The Army will use training, education, and awareness to minimize sexual assault; to promote the sensitive handling of victims of sexual assault; to offer victim assistance and counseling; to hold those who commit sexual assault offenses accountable; to provide confidential avenues for reporting, and to reinforce a commitment to Army values.The Army will treat all victims of sexual assault with dignity, fairness, and respect.The Army will treat every reported sexual assault incident seriously by following proper guidelines. The information and circumstances of the allegations will be disclosed on a need-to-know basis only.

This policy appliesBoth on and off post and during duty and non-duty hours.

To working, living, and recreational environments (including both on- and off-post housing).

61.If someone has been sexually assaulted, to whom may they report the crime?

Military Police/Criminal Investigation Division.

62.Army Regulation 27-10 outlines the rights of crime victims, what are they?

The right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and a respect for privacy

The right to be protected from the accused offender

The right to be notified of court proceedings

The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the assault unless the court determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial, or for other good cause

The right to talk to the attorney for the Government in the case

The right to seek restitution, if appropriate

The right to information regarding conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender from custody.

63.What must Commanders do to implement and support the Armys Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program?

Ensure that assigned personnel (to include RC personnel under their jurisdiction) are familiar with the Army policy on sexual harassment.

Publish and post written command policy statements for the prevention of sexual harassment.

Continually assess and be aware of the climate of command regarding sexual harassment. Identify problems or potential problems. Take prompt, decisive action to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment. Either resolve the problem at the lowest possible level or, if necessary, take formal disciplinary or administrative action. Do not allow Soldiers to be retaliated against for filing complaints. Continually monitor the unit and assess sexual harassment prevention policies and programs at all levels within area of responsibility. Ensure all leaders understand that if they witness or otherwise know of incidents of sexual harassment, they are obligated to act. If they do not, they themselves are also engaging in sexual harassment.

64.What are the categories of sexual harassment and give some examples?

Verbal Examples of verbal sexual harassment may include telling sexual jokes; using sexually explicit profanity, threats, sexually oriented cadences, or sexual comments.

Nonverbal Examples of nonverbal sexual harassment may include staring at someone (that is, undressing someone with ones eyes), blowing kisses, winking, or licking ones lips in a suggestive manner.

Physical Contact- Examples of physical sexual harassment may include touching, patting, pinching, bumping, grabbing, cornering, or blocking a passageway; kissing; and providing unsolicited back or neck rubs.

67.What rank should an EOR normally be?

68.What are some of the special commemorations / ethnic observances listed in AR 600-20?

January 3rd Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

February 1-28/29 – African-American/Black History Month

March 1-31 – Womens History Month

April/May – Sunday to Sunday for Week Incorporating Yom Hashoah – Days of Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust

May 1-31 – Asian Pacific Heritage Month

September/October – 15 Sep.-15 Oct. – Hispanic Heritage Month

November 1-30 – National Native American Indian Heritage Month

69.What Army Regulation covers the EO program?

70.What are the goals of the EO program?

Provide EO for military personnel and family members, both on and off post and within the limits of the laws of localities, states, and host nations.

Create and sustain effective units by eliminating discriminatory behaviors or practices that undermine teamwork, mutual respect, loyalty, and shared sacrifice of the men and women of Americas Army.

71.What are the three policies each commander is required to publish and post on equal opportunity?

Written command policy statements for EO

Equal Opportunity Complaint Procedures

72.Soldiers are required to have how many periods of EO training per year?

A segment of the population that possesses common characteristics and a cultural heritage based to some degree on: faith or faiths; shared traditions, values or symbols;literature, folklore, or music; an internal sense of distinctiveness; and/or an external perception of distinctiveness.

Any attitude or action of a person or institutional structure that subordinates a person or group because of skin color or race.

Any group distinguished from the general population in terms of race, religion, color,gender, or national origin.

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature between the same or opposite genders when

Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a persons job, pay, career, orSubmission to, or rejection of, such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person, orSuch conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individuals work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Any person in a supervisory or command position who uses or condones implicit or explicit sexual behavior to control, influence, or affect the career, pay, or job of a Soldier or civilian employee is engaging in sexual harassment. Similarly, any Soldier or civilian employee who makes deliberate or repeated unwelcome verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature is engaging in sexual harassment.

77.What is an Affirmative Actions Plan (AAP)?

A management document that consists of statements of attainable goals and timetables. This document is required of all Army organizations, commands,agencies, and activities down to brigade (or equivalent) level. It is designed to achieve EO for all military personnel.

78.What is the primary channel for correcting discriminatory practices and for communications on equal opportunity matters?

79.Does every unit have an EO representative?

Yes, each Commander is required to appoint an EOR in the rank of SGT (P) through 1LT.

81.What Army Regulation covers the Army Family Action Plan?

82.When was the AFAP program established?

The AFAP program was established in 1983 as a result of the Chief of Staff, Army (CSA),1983 White Paper, The Army Family.

83.The AFAP program creates an information loop between whom?

The Global Army Family and Leadership. The AFAP provides a means for Army constituents to address and report issues of well-being concern to leadership at regular intervals.

84,The AFAP programs process of improvement begins where?

At the local level, where an annual symposium is held to examine issues of concern that delegates believe need to be fixed.

85.The Army family has been symbolized by the Secretary of the Army as an equilateral triangle. How is each side of the triangle expressed?

Base: Family of Components (Total Force)

86.The philosophy toward the family, based on the Army Family White Paper, consists of three critical elements. What are they?

87.What are some things that the AFAP does?

Gives commanders a gauge to validate concerns and measure satisfaction

Results in legislation, policies, programs and services that strengthen readiness and retention

88.What types of programs are focused on in the Family of Components?

Programs relating to the Active Army, National Guard, Army Reserve and civilian employees

89.What type of programs are focused on in the Family of Units?

Programs relating to the unique relationship of soldiers to their units and unit ties to other components of the command, such as squad to its platoon or the platoon to its company (battery)

90.What is the basis for the Army theme, The Army family?

A joint announcement signed by the Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the Army. This announcement was based on the C/S white paper 1983

91.What types of programs are focused on in the Family of People?

Programs relating to all areas of concern to the service members and their families, including the military and civilian retiree

92.What are some activities that the American Red Cross offers?

CPR instruction, Blood drives, Swimming lessons, Communication services (by wire), Financial assistance, Counseling and referral services, Transplantation services, AIDS education, Health and safety services.

93.How is the ARC staffed for the most part?

94.What is the major service that Red Cross offers?

Communication between soldiers and their families for both problem solving and emergency (especially the notification or red cross message)

95.What Army Regulation covers Red Cross?

96.What Army Regulation covers the Army Retention Program?

97.What are some reasons that a soldier may be ineligible for reenlistment?

If the soldier is barred or flagged and if the soldier is enrolled in ASAP

99.What is the minimum number of years that a soldier must reenlist for to be eligible for an SRB?

100.Can a Soldier request separation if a bar to reenlistment is imposed?

Administrative action initiated by the commander to prevent a substandard soldier from reenlisting or reentering the service

102.A Bar to Reenlistment is reviewed how often?

Every three months or 30 days prior to PCS / ETS

103.Who can initiate a Bar to Reenlistment?

Any commander in the soldiers chain of command

104.Who is the final approving authority for a Bar to Reenlistment?

A Commander who is one approval level higher than the commanding authority

105.Soldiers SGM and below who have not reenlisted under the indefinite reenlistment program are required to receive Retention Interviews. When are they done?

Career Counselor: 30 days from arrival to unit

Unit Commander 15-16 months prior to ETS

Career Counselor 13-14 months prior to ETS

Career Counselor 4 months prior to ETS

Reserve Component Career counselor 90-120 days prior to ETS

The same authority that approved the Bar may lift it with a written recommendation by the unit Commander

107.What type of fire extinguisher must not be used on electrical fires?

108.Who is responsible for the Army Safety Program?

It is the responsibility of each soldier

109.The word SAFETY is often associated with what term?

110.What accounts for the majority of accidents?

111.Accidents are reported in accordance with what regulation?

112. Name 3 safety features commonly found in any barracks.

Storage of dangerous tools and chemicals

113.What safety features are stressed in the motor pool?

Reduced speed, no smoking except in designated areas, fire extinguishers in buildings and vehicles, proper utilization of tool safety equipment (goggles, safety toe shoes, etc.)

114.How often are fire extinguishers in the barracks required to be checked for serviceability, and how can this be determined?

Once a month, a tag on the fire extinguisher indicating the date and initials of authorized unit safety personnel

116.Where on post can you find out how many privately owned vehicle accidents that were fatal have occurred this year?

A sign in the vicinity of the outbound gate on post

117.Should there be a sponsorship program for a soldier departing a unit?

118.What Army Regulation covers the Total Army Sponsorship Program?

S-Gate provides information for incoming soldiers entering the USAREUR Theater of command. An incoming soldier can find out who their sponsor is and how to contact them. S-Gate includes their pinpoint assignment, sponsor information, a welcome letter, a needs assessment checklist and links to other useful USAREUR web sites and regulatory information.

120.What DA Form is used to transmit sponsorship requirements to gaining commands?

DA Form 5434 or the Electronically Generated DA Form 5434-E

121.How soon after the DA Form 5434 is received should a sponsor be assigned?

10 days unless the sponsorship is declined

122.What are the general rules for appointing a sponsor?

The Soldier should be in a grade equal to or higher ranking than the incoming soldier. The sponsor should be the same sex (gender) as the sponsor. The sponsor should be familiar with the unit or activity and community

123.What are the six elements of the sponsorship program?

124.The primary goal of the Armys QOLP is to promote the development of military group commitment and cohesiveness, is essential to what?

125.What are some examples of the QOLP?

127.The Armys Quality of Life program is dedicated to the precept that the Armys number one operational resource must be taken care of. What is this resource?

128.Quality of Life needs and the programs and actions to address them, are categorized under two general headings. What are they?

129.Who is the senior enlisted advisor to the BOSS council, and approves members selected to serve on BOSS committees?

The Installation Command Sergeant Major

130,According to AR 215-1, what does the BOSS program provide?

It provides opportunities for active duty soldiers, with an emphasis on single and unaccompanied soldiers, to participate in physical, self-development, leisure, and educational related services.

BOSS is categorized as a category B Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program.

132.How many officers are on the BOSS council?

Three: President, Vice-President, and Secretary and Treasurer

133.What is the lowest level unit that has a BOSS council representative?

Recreation and Leisure:Activities may be planned by the BOSS committee or by the BOSS committee working in conjunction with other MWR activities. Service members will assume a lead role in planning BOSS events. Events should be planned that meet the needs and desires of the single service member.

Community Service:The BOSS committee may elect to participate in community programs or projects that make a difference in the lives of others, in the community, and ultimately, in themselves. The service will be voluntary in nature and in accordance with the installation volunteer program. The program can be implemented in support of existing or established volunteer programs or programs developed by the BOSS committee.

Well Being:For single service members, Well being includes those things that single service members can directly or indirectly influence to enhance their morale, living environment, or personal growth and development. The well being issue identified or raised during the BOSS meetings will be directed to the appropriated command or staff agency for resolution on the installation.

Civilian Health And Medical Program for the Uniformed Services. It is a cost-sharing program that is used to provide in-patient and outpatient care for dependents from civilian sources.

136. What Army regulation covers CHAMPUS?

Family members of active duty military personnel, Family members of either deceased or retired personnel, and retired military personnel and their family members under the age of 65

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

To obtain dependent ID cards for eligible spouse and children

Non commissioned Officer Development Program

overarching Army Non commissioned Officer Professional Development Program.

142.As with all leader training and leader development, who is responsible for NCODP?

143.NCODP is typically managed by whom?

The CSMor Senior NCO in the organization.

144,What are some objectives of NCODP?

Develop and strengthen the skills, knowledge, and abilities to train, deploy, and lead soldiers in combat through battle focused training.

Develop NCOs who are selfaware, ad

an Army Linguist Foreign language codes payment schedules

This is NOT an official Army-sanctioned webpage. This is just an NCO trying to help other Soldiers out. Whatever my opinions are on here are not to be considered the opinions of the Army, or even considered fact. All information presented should be double-checked with your CLPM and Retention NCO/Recruiter, or double-checked in the Army Regulation or message provided. Despite my best efforts and collaboration with other NCOs, I am sometimes wrong and you shouldnt base your enlistment/re-enlistment solely on what I have to say, but rather use this information as a base for your research.Foreign language codes, payment schedulesNot many people realized that the Army no longer calls it Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) and has changed it somewhat recently to Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB). If you hear someone saying Flip Bee or Flip thats what theyre referring to.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit theFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Here is the payment schedule based on your language. Remember that getting paid requires you to either be in a language-dependent MOS (such as 35P), or a language-capable MOS (such as 35M) in a language coded billet (or any billet if you are DLI trained). Thanks to one of our readers and the division CLPM I was able to get clarification that you MAY in fact get paid FLPB if you have a very important language and it is NOT considered a dominant language (such as Spanish is dominant). Here is the reference: According to MILPER Message 08-114: D. IAW CHAPTER 6, FLPB ENTITLEMENT IS NOT LIMITED TO LANGUAGE DEPENDENT SOLDIERS OR SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO A LANGUAGE CODED BILLET. ALL SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED ENTITLEMENT TO FLPB IF THEY MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN AR 11-6 AND ARE PROFICIENT IN ONE OF THE LANGUAGES LISTED IN PAYMENT LIST A, B, OR C, AS LONG AS THE LANGUAGE IS NOT DESIGNATED AS A DOMINANT LANGUAGE.

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References for the above information can be found on the regulatory guidance page (see the links on the top of the page). Click on the link and reference AR 11-6 and MILPER Message 08-114.

SFC J, I thought that certain critical languages were paid a FLPB regardless of language billet. The ones Im thinking of specifically are Pashto, Dari, and certain Arabic Dialects.

Im going to have to get back with you on that, probably Monday. I cant seem to find the guidance that indicates what you are saying. Sorry, I wish I knew everything, but alas I have to look stuff up too 🙂

According to DoD instruction 7280.3 it seems to indicate what you are saying. That can be found here:

Im still trying to figure out exactly what it is referencing because it is very vague. It says that people can get paid if the secretary deems a language critical regardless of job, but it doesnt elaborate.

The MILPER index also seems to be down because I am not getting any search results.

Ill contact my BDE CLPM Monday for guidance. Sorry.

Dont worry, Ive read similar documents before. One of the indications was that if I returned to a CMF 12 unit for some reason, I should receive a minimal FLPB for my 1/1+ in Pashto, because I could deploy with that unit and be utilized as a part-time linguist for them. Thanks to your earlier posting, I will be able to maintain most of what I have in preparation for returning to class, so I will likely finish off the PV basic course at near a 3/3/2.

Ok, I updated the post with a link to the regulation. Thank you very much for pointing out this error to me so that I could find the information out for people.

Not only is it beneficial for future Soldiers and Linguists, but it helps me out as well. I learned something today because of your question, and I thank you for that!!! No leader, no matter what rank, is above learning something on a daily basis. 🙂

You mention one of my earlier posts, are you referring to my study reference page?

Also I havent heard of being paid for 1/1+. Are you a native speaker or did you just get some quickstart information before you deployed?

Either way, thanks for reading my blog. And future linguists thank you as well.

I was referencing the linguist maintainence post. Im not 100% certain on the 1/1+, just that Ive heard that combat related jobs get paid a small FLPB for having that minimum proficiency in a critical language. Something about Commanders discretion to that. Im at DLI right now, but Im on a med hold. That 1/1+ was my mock DLPT before I finally got put on the med hold. And as you said, no matter how high the leader, there is always something new to learn, which is why the army has Sr. NCOs and Warrant Officers.

Well, thanks again for contributing. Hopefully some of the resources can help you. The sad part is, there are so many resources that you can use, but they arent always easy to locate. I only recently found out about the Defense Connect Online to be honest. I plan on enrolling in every Farsi course for the rest of my career that I can. The only downfall is that I have to leave work early on Mondays and Tuesdays to get to it…and I have 43 Soldiers in my platoon, so its hard to pull away from work.

Im waiting on my interim TS. How long did yours take?

I am trying to find out if i can get paid for more than one dialect of Arabic. I could not find anything regarding this in AR 11-6. My finance office said that i can only get paid for one dialect but there is no such thing in the regulation.

Mine was 4 months total from start to finish. I never really had an interim. I spent about a month preparing my clearance though and everything was perfect, making the investigation easier.

I didnt see German on the list? Any ideas where I could find that rate?

If its a dominant language you wont likely be paid.

What do the letters mean for example crypto linguist (jn) the letters in paranthesis

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They are the language codes….for example, PF is Persian-Farsi, AD is Modern Standard Arabic, QB is Spanish (I have no idea how QB equates to Spanish), etc.

Would I get anything for 2 reading and 1+ listening?

No, you must score a minimum of 2/2. Also, when you get your scores, you are paid at the lowest rate. For example, a 2/2+ gets paid at a 2/2 level, and a 2/3 would still get paid at the 2/2 level, etc.

Havent gotten a penny yet 8 months after i did my test and got 3/3. Am now struggling to fill up a DA 4187 to take to finance. Anyone know how to fill one?

Go to your NCO and he should take you to the orderly room NCO

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For the different use of the term brevet in military aviation, seeaircrew brevet.For other uses, seeBrevet.

In many of the worlds military establishments, abrevet(/brəvɛt/or/brɛvɪt/)[1]was a warrant authorizing acommissioned officerto hold a higherranktemporarily, but usually without receiving the pay of that higher rank except when actually serving in that role. An officer so promoted may be referred to as beingbrevetted. For example, He was brevettedmajor general. The promotion would be noted in the officers title, for example, Bvt. Maj. Gen.Joshua L. Chamberlainor Bvt. Maj Gen.John Aaron Rawlins. This is not to be confused with aBrevetin Francophone Europe military circles, where it is an award.

TheArticles of Waradopted by theUnited States Armyin 1776 and slightly revised in 1806 established the use and significance of brevet ranks or awards in the U.S. Army. When first used, a brevet commission in the U.S. Army entitled the officer to be identified by a higher rank but the award had limited effect on the right to higher command or pay. A brevet rank had no effect within the officers current unit, but when assigned duty at the brevet rank by the U.S. President such an officer would command with the brevet rank and be paid at the higher rank. This higher command and pay would last only for the duration of that assignment. The brevet promotion would not affect the officers seniority and actual permanent rank in the army.[2]Beginning on April 16, 1818, brevet commissions also required confirmation by the United States Senate, just as all other varieties of officer commissions did.[3]

Brevets were first used in the U.S. Army during theAmerican Revolutionary War. Often, the nations Continental Congress could not find suitable positions for foreign officersmostly from Francewho sought commissions. The first U.S. brevet was given toJacques Antoine de Franchessinon July 20, 1776, allowing him to hold the rank oflieutenant colonelwithin theContinental Army. Franchessin and another 35 men of foreign birth would hold brevet commissions in the army by the end of the war. By 1784, an additional 50 officers would receive brevets for meritorious services during the conflict.[2]

In the 19th century U.S. Army, brevet promotions were quite common because the army had many frontier forts to garrison and other missions to perform but could not always appoint appropriately ranked officers to command these forts or missions. The U.S. Congress permitted only a limited number of officers of each rank. Thus, an officer of lower rank might receive a brevet commission to a rank more appropriate for his assignment. Also, newly commissioned officers often received brevet rank until authorized positions became available. For example, an officer might graduate fromWest Pointand be appointed a brevetsecond lieutenantuntil a permanent posting opened up. In early 1861, some recent graduates ofWest Pointtemporarily were named brevet second lieutenants because not enoughRegular Armyofficer vacancies were available to give them commissions as regular second lieutenants.[4]In addition to officers being appointed to a brevet rank to temporarily serve in positions designated for higher-ranked officers (i.e., in lieu of promotion to permanent rank), officers might be awarded brevet rank as recognition for gallantry or meritorious service.

During theAmerican Civil War, almost all senior officers received some form of brevet award, mainly during the final months of the war. These awards were made for gallantry or meritorious service, rather than for command. In addition to the authorization in a previous law for awards of brevet ranks toRegular Armyofficers, an act of Congress of March 3, 1863 authorized the award of brevet rank to officers of theUnited States Volunteers.[5]Thus, brevet awards became increasingly common later in the war. Some officers even received more than one award. Because of the existence of both Regular Army and United States Volunteers ranks and the possibility that an officer could hold actual and brevet ranks in both services, some general and other officers could hold as many as four different ranks simultaneously. For example, by the end of the war,Ranald S. Mackenziewas a brevetmajor generalof volunteers, an actual, full rankbrigadier generalof volunteers, a brevetbrigadier generalin the United StatesRegular Army, and an actual Regular Armycaptain.[6]

Brevet rank in theUnion Army, whether in theRegular Armyor theUnited States Volunteers, during and at the conclusion of the American Civil War, may be regarded as an honorary title which conferred none of the authority, precedence, nor pay of real or full rank.[7]The vast majority of the Union Army brevet ranks were awarded posthumously or on or as of March 13, 1865 as the war was coming to a close.[7]U.S. Army regulations concerning brevet rank provided that brevet rank could be claimed in courts-martial and on detachments, when composed of different corps and when the officer served with provisional formations made up of different regiments or companies, or on other occasions.[7]These regulations were vague enough to support the positions of some brevet generals who caused controversies by claiming supposed priorities or privileges of brevet ranks that had been awarded to them at earlier dates during the war.[7]

Some full rank brigadier generals in the United States Volunteers (USV) in the American Civil War were awarded brevet brigadier general rank in the USV before they received a promotion to full rank brigadier general of United States Volunteers. Some full rank brigadier generals in the USV were awarded the rank of brevet major general in the USV, but were not promoted to full rank major generals in the USV. Some United States Regular Army officers who served with the USV in ranks below general officer were awarded brevet general officer rank in the USV, but were not promoted to full rank general officers in the USV. On the other hand, at least a few USV general officers also were awarded brevet general officer rank in the Regular Army in addition to their full rank appointments or brevet major general awards in the United States Volunteers. Many of the Regular Army officers of lower rank who became full rank USV generals, however, received neither actual promotions to a general officer rank nor brevet general officer awards in the Regular Army in addition to their USV ranks or awards. Some of them who stayed in the United States Regular Army after the war did achieve general officer rank in later years.

In addition to the brevet awards to current (or future) full-rank United States Volunteers (USV) generals during the American Civil War, 1,367 other USV officers of lower ranks were awarded the rank of brevet brigadier general, brevet major general, or both, in the United States Volunteers but not promoted to full-rank USV generals.[8]At least one enlisted man,PrivateFrederick W. Stowe, was brevetted as a second lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War.[9]

TheConfederate States of Americahad legislation and regulations for the use of brevets in their armed forces, provided by Article 61 of the nations Articles of War, and by their 1861Army Regulations, which were based on the U.S. Armys 1857 version of their regulations. Although Article 61 was revised in 1862, it ultimately had no practical effect since theConfederate States Armydid not use any brevet commissions or awards during its existence.[10]

The United States Marine Corps also issued brevets. After officers became eligible for theMedal of Honor, a rareMarine Corps Brevet Medalwas issued to living officers who had been brevetted between 1861 and 1915.[11]

The practice of brevetting disappeared from the (regular) U.S. military at the end of the 19th century; honors were bestowed instead with a series of medals. However, the similar practice offrockingcontinues in four of the five branches of the U.S. armed forces. TheU.S. Air Forcedoes not allow the regular practice of frocking before a promotion date.

Although brevetting as such was no longer in effect in the 20th century U.S. military, it was common during the First and Second World Wars, and for at least four decades after WWII,citation neededfor officers in theRegular Army(the peacetime, permanent standing army composed of career soldiers) to be given temporary promotion to higher ranks in the wartimeNational ArmyorArmy of the United Statescomposed primarily of volunteers and draftees. For instance,Dwight D. Eisenhowerhad the permanent rank of Captain but the effective rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the First World War. At wars end, the National Army was disbanded and he reverted to his permanent rank of Captain. Such quasi-brevet promotions may become permanent. During the Second World War, Eisenhower had the permanent rank of Brigadier General but served asGeneral of the Army. At wars end, this promotion was confirmed in the Regular Army.

Today, brevetting still occurs on rare occasions when officers are selected for promotion to a higher rank, but have yet to reach the effective date of promotion. For brevetting to occur today, an unusual set of circumstances must be present to justify wearing the higher rank before the promotion becomes effective. For example, in 2005, two U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonels selected for promotion to Colonel were brevetted (frocked) Colonel about six months ahead of their effective dates of promotion because of the high-profile nature of the duties that they were performing.

The U.S. National Guard, which depends on the governor of a state to concede its commissions, may still confer brevets. Many states maintain a clause permitting the governor to confer any rank in its defense forces, including the militia and National Guards. Some states provide that the sitting governor may confer any rank, but this appointment is considered valid only for the duration of the governors own term in office.

Some states also confer brevets as part of their regular honors system. Georgia confers honorary ranks into its state police force. Kentucky is famous forits colonels, and so too is Tennessee, both of which make the appointment as an honorary member of the governors staff. Alabama, Texas andNebraskaalso confer an admiralty within a symbolic navy. Similar honors have been issued for Georgias militia navy, which has only existed on paper since 1908. In all cases these honorary titles may be considered effective brevets, equal to that of the National Guard, by being conferred by a sitting governor.

In theUnited Kingdomthe brevet commission was only by courtesy. Officially, both titles were used, as: Major and Brevet Lieutenant ColonelCornwallis. Originally the term designated a promotion given on such occasions as a coronation, or the termination of a great war, and had its origin during the reign ofJames II(168588); but it was abused so frequently and used to such an extent by the general award of brevet commissions, that in 1854, during and after theCrimean War, its bestowal was limited strictly to cases of very distinguished service in thefieldand on the principle of seniority. In the United Kingdom, brevet commissions were confined to grades from captain to lieutenant-colonel.

The Brevet conferred rank in the army, but importantly, not in theregiment. Advancement in the regiment could take place generally only bypurchaseor by seniority, and when there was a suitable vacancy (caused by the death, retirement or promotion of a more senior officer). When on duty with his regiment, only regimental rank counted; if the regiment was with a larger formation then brevet rank could be used to determine command of temporary units formed for special purposes. In particularBrigadierwas not then a permanent rank so command ofbrigadeswas determined by seniority, including date of promotion to any brevet rank. Thus it was possible for a regimentalMajorto hold a brevetLieutenant-colonelcywith seniority over the commission of his own commanding officer as Lieutenant-Colonel and be given command of a brigade (potentially including his own regiment). Similarly, if the officer was serving in a staff position or as anAide-de-campthen they could use their brevet rank. Appointment to a brevet also counted towards the requirement to have served for a sufficient time in a lower rank to be eligible for promotion (by purchase) to a more senior one.[12]

In French usage it applies to commissions in general. The French military used provisional commissions much similar to current US brevet ranks, that is, promotions given to officers performing high-profile duties before the effective date of promotion. As an example,Charles de Gaullewas promoted provisional brigadier general (gnral de brigade titre provisoire) in 1940 when he was commander of an armoured division.

In French, anofficier brevetis known between 1870 to 1940 as an officier who studied in Lcole suprieure de guerre, where lieutenants and capitaines could reinforce their knowledge.[13]

In the Prussian and German army and navy, it was possible to bestow aCharakterrank on officers that was in many respects similar to a brevet rank. For example, anOberstcould receive theCharakter als Generalmajor. Very often, German officers would be promoted to the next higherCharakterrank on the day of their retirement.

It was not uncommon during the 19th century to distinguish betweenempleo(employed) rank andgraduacin(grade) being the effective command position. In the 1884 rank regulations (which with minor modifications were in force during theSpanishAmerican War) stars marked the rank whilst the actual post was reflected in gold lace on the cuffs.

As in practice both situations coincided the system was dropped in 1908 leaving only the starred system of denoting rank. Nevertheless during the Spanish Civil War the system was revived in the Nationalist side due to the lack of trained officers because of the enlargement of the army. The breveted officers (known ashabilitadosorestampillados) wore their actual rank on the cuffs but their brevetted one in a rectangular black patch on the left breast of their coats or shirts.

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