Year of the NCO Commentary: 'Do You Know the NCO Creed?'
USArmy | May 1, 2009 at 07:35 amby
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Sgt. Jermaine Betton provides an inspiring commentary on his feelings of pride while reciting the NCO Creed.
The spotlight blinded me, but I lost all the fear and anxiety that just moments ago overwhelmed me. It was as if the uniform shielded me from anything negative.
I never felt this before, as if I were the highest ranking person - not only in the room - but in the entire building.
I continued on with the reciting of the creed: "I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a Leader of Soldiers..."
At that moment I began to simultaneously reflect on all the Soldiers who have been under my direct leadership, and then continued with the creed.
"As a noncommissioned officer, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored Corps, known as "The Backbone of the Army."
By the time I reached the second paragraph, the creed was no longer being recited but spoken as a testimony because I could not stop thinking about how these words apply to me.
To this very moment, I honestly do not know exactly how I looked or sounded to that particular audience. But I do know this. I had to dig deep within myself and apply a key Army value called personal courage which enabled me to march across that stage in front of more than 700 people and open my mouth. I told myself that I would never simply recite the NCO Creed again because I must speak it from my personal experience.
I sincerely appreciate my leadership for being able to see something in me which I had not. If I have made anyone proud it is only because, while standing on that stage, I reflected on the many Soldiers who have made me proud. Leaders, let's continue to put Soldiers first.
This is still the "Year of the NCO" - Train to Lead, Lead to Train, NCOs Make it Happen.
To read the full story, see Year of the NCO Commentary: "Do You Know the NCO Creed?"