About the NCO Historical Society

The NCO Historical Society is an online, central repository allowing free access to information and material relating to the US Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

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We seek to provide easy access for soldiers, historians, researchers or others seeking to learn more about the professional enlisted Corps of the United States Army.

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The curator and founder of the NCO Historical Society is available for lectures, presentation or professional development sessions on NCO History.

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2013 Call for Papers

Please join the NCO Historical Society in an exploration of the United States Army Noncommissioned Officer, focusing on the history, meaning, and legacies of the post American Revolutionary War enlisted soldier. We invite our visitors to submit articles that address interesting events of historical significance. Writers, researchers in all fields of history are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

For more information, please contact Dan Elder, Curator, at (254) 220-2310, email curator@ncohistory.com or use the Inquiry form here.


40 Years of the Modern Volunteer Army: Noncommissioned Officer Leadership for the 1970's | United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Historical Society | 2013 CFP

Not unlike today, in 1970 the United States Army was winding down its wartime commitments in Vietnam and the services were reaping the benefits of conscription service that had been in place since the Selective Service Act of 1940. The Army had a large requirement for men to fight overseas and the other services benefited as draft-age males filled their ranks mostly as volunteers, often just ahead of a draft notice.

As the Army began an inward look at how it must change itself to rely fully on volunteers, Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland commission a study by the US Army War College where an 18-man research team of staff, faculty and students conducted a survey of the force. Over 1,800 individuals participated, including between 8-10% of the Army General Officer population. The team included two senior enlisted soldiers, CSM Robert L. Careless and CSM Myrl G. Blum. The study spawned not only action, but a follow-on  effort by the Continental Army Command (CONARC) to form a Leadership Board to plan improved leadership development activities throughout the Army.

For the 2013 NCO Historical Society Writing Award possible themes might include:    

*The effect on morale of career noncommissioned officers during transition to an all-volunteer force.

*Professionalism of the 1970s era noncommissioned officer corps and steps taken to enhance their prestige.

*The creation of a central management system for career enlisted soldiers.

*Creation of an NCO College, the Army Sergeants Major Academy.

*The effects of Proficiency Pay for Combat Arms military occupational specialties.

*US Army enlisted Recruiters of the Volunteer Army (VOLAR).

*How the creation of the Army Training and Doctrine Command affected enlisted training and oversight.

We welcome papers from scholars, researchers, soldiers and students with an interest in furthering the study of the professional enlisted force of the US Army.

Working languages: English
The duration of the papers: Not more than 10,000 words

Additional information that should be included with the submission:

Title of the paper;
Name and Surname;
Institution (optional);
E-mail address

Deadline for submission of Papers: October 31, 2013
Notifications of award: end of December 2013
Paper can be submitted via e-mail to contact below

There are plans to publish the papers, or the winning paper here. Additionally we have consideration from the Army Historical Foundation to publish the winning article in On Point.

Submission Procedures

Essays, including footnotes, should not exceed 10,000 words. The electronic version of the essay should be sent to dan.elder@topsarge.com with “2013 NCO Society History Award Entry” noted in the subject line, and one hard copy should be submitted to the address below.

Significance of the subject matter, literary craftsmanship, and competence in the handling of evidence are some of the factors that will be considered in judging the essays. The deadline for submitting an essay for consideration is October 31, 2013.

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