FM 7-22.7 NCO Guide (History of the NCO)


A link to FM 7-22.7 can be found here.

1) Who is CSM Gary Litrell?

A: CSM Littrell was a MOH recipient for actions his in April 1970 and wrote a very meaningful and informative Introduction for FM 7-22.7

2) Who is SGT Patrick Glass?

A: He was the last living person from the Lewis and Clark expedition,
winner of the first election West of the Mississippi River, kept a detailed journal of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and showed that a good NCO was invaluable to Officers

3) Who is SGT Rissler?

A: SGT Rissler was a Senior Medic that managed to keep 25 casualties alive during a Battle that is now known  as “The 18 hour Miracle”

4) When was the NCO Corps born?

A: 14 JUNE 1775 with the birth of the Continental Army

5) What three country traditions formed the foundation of our NCO Corps?

A: French, British, and Prussian

6) Who standardized the duties and responsibilities of the NCO Corps?

A: Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben in 1778 at Valley Forge

7) What was the name of the book that standardized the duties of the NCO Corps?

A: “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States”, commonly referred to as the blue book

8) What part of the blue book is still with us today?

A: TC 3-21.5 Drill and Ceremonies

9) What three NCOs received special recognition for heroism during the Revolutionary War?

A: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, Sergeant William Brown and Sergeant Daniel Bissell whom received the Badge of Military Merit

10) What did the Badge of Military Merit precede?

A: The Medal of Honor during the Civil War

11) When was the Badge of Military Merit reinstated?

A: in 1932 as the Purple Heart and is a decoration for members of the armed forces wounded or killed in action or as a result of a terrorist attack

12) Who established the company court martial?

A: First Sergeant Percival Lowe to allow noncommissioned officers to enforce discipline, for the breaking of minor regulations, without lengthy proceedings.  He noticed Alcohol was a big problem and would lock drunk Soldiers in a Storeroom until they sobered up.

13) Who was the first African American to win the Medal of Honor?

A: Sergeant William H. Carney

14) When did NCO chevrons change in direction and begin pointing up?

A: 1902

15) What was the Black Book, who carried it, and what was in it?

A: A book the 1SG carried that contained administrative files names of everyone in the company and their professional history (AWOLs, work habits, promotions, etc.)

16) When did the Army formally add women to its ranks?

A: 1942

17) When did the Army first fight an integrated war between whites and African Americans?

A: The Korean War

18) Who was the first Sergeant Major of the Army?

A: SMA William Woolridge in 1966

19) Who were MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randall Shughart?

A: On 17 October 1993 A Sniper Team with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu that volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel of a downed black hawk, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site.  Both were  posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor

20) What is the cornerstone of operational success?

A: Effective training

21) Why should you stand by Soldiers’ honest mistakes?

A: They cant learn without them

22) What should an NCO ensure their Soldiers understand about their mission?

A: they understand their mission, know how to accomplish it and why it is important and are part of a bigger picture and every soldier has a task that supports the overall objective

23) What should you do when no one is watching?

A: The right thing

24) What are you asked to put ahead of you and the welfare of your Soldiers?

A: mission accomplishment and the Nation’s welfare

25) What should you do if you make a mistake?

A: Acknowledge it, learn from it and move on

26) What are the three pillars of leader development?

A: Institutional training, operational assignments, and self-development

27) What is the keystone for NCO development?

A: Noncommisioned Officer Education System (NCOES)

28) What is a Professional Development Model (PDM)?

A: Provides career and educational road maps for NCOs to assist in self development located in DA PAM 600-25

29) What is duty?

A: something you must do by virtue of your position and is a legal and moral obligation

30) What three types of duties do NCOs have?

A: Specified, directed, and implied

*HINT* Remember SID

31) What are specified duties?

A: The duty you have to follow Directives such as Army regulations, Department of the Army (DA) general orders, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), soldier’s manuals, Army Training and Evaluation Program publications and MOS job descriptions specify the duties

32) What are implied duties?

A: Duties which are not specifically written down, but are implied because they will improve the functioning of the unit

33) What are directed duties?

A: Directed duties include being in charge of quarters (CQ) or serving as sergeant of the guard, staff duty officer,  company training NCO and NBC NCO, where these duties are not found in the unit’s organization charts

34) What is general military authority?

A: General military authority is authority extended to all soldiers to take action and act in the absence of a unit leader or other designated authority

35) What is responsibility?

A: being accountable for what you do or dont do

36) What is authority?

A: legitimate power of leaders to direct Soldiers or take action within the scope of their position

37) What are the two types of authority?

A: Command and general military

38) What is command authority?

A: the authority leaders have over soldiers by virtue of rank or assignment

39) What manual describes legal aspects for the authority of an NCO?

A: Manual for Courts Martial (MCM)

40) What are the two categories of inspections?

A: In-ranks and in-quarters

41) What is an in-quarters inspection?

A: include personal appearance, individual weapons, field equipment, displays, maintenance and sanitary conditions

42) What is an in-ranks inspection?

A: An in-ranks inspection is of personnel and equipment in a unit formation

43) What is an on the spot correction?

A: A correction immediately administered to a Soldier who doesn’t know the standard or doesn’t care what it is

44) What does PCC/PCI stand for?

A: Precombat Checks/Inspections

45) What is unique about a squad or team leader?

A: This NCO is the first link in both the NCO support channel and chain of command and takes orders from both the Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Leader

46) What is subordinate to and supportive of the Chain of Command?

A: The NCO Support Channel

47) When was the NCO Support Channel formally recognized?

A: DEC 1976 in AR 600-20

48) What are the four fundamental tasks in supervising subordinates?

A: Assign the task, set standards, inspect progress, determine if standards have been met

49) What are the five types of power?

A: Legal, Reward, Coercive, Referent, Expert

50) What is legal power?

A: power derived from law and regulation

51) What is reward power?

A: power derived from capacity of leader to provide rewards for good performance

52) What is coercive power?

A: power which influences a person to behave in a manner contrary to how they wish to behave at that time

53) What is referent power?

A: power derived from a leader’s personality and is effective to the extent the leader is respected and admired

54) What is expert power?

A: power derived from leader’s knowledge, skills, and capabilities

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