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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The Vault

This is the directory of the private archives of the Curator. Over time we will attempt to scan and post as many hard-to-find documents as possible. You can make a special request if you need something now.

July 5th, 2013

  • Revision of the Enlisted Evaluation Report (DA Form 2166-4, 1 Jul 70) US Army Enlisted Evaluation Center, Ft Benjamin Harrison, IN

September 2, 2012

  • Significant Studies - This page makes an attempt to highlight some significant studies and articles or stories relating to the development of the US Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

August 18, 2010

Original recommendation for rank and isgnia for the newly created Senior Enlisted Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC), by CSM Dan Elder, Aug 20, 2005.

CSM Program Approval, Jul 67

CSM Program Staff Study, May 67

CSM Program Draft, May 67

Misc documents related to the creation of a CSM program

 

December 5, 2009

AR 350-90, 25 June, 1957 Noncommissioned Officers Academies - The first ever Army Regulation laying out Noncommissioned Officer specific training.

AR 350-90, 29 Mar 1968, Noncommissioned Officers Academies - Second edition, much smaller.

AR 350-90, 30 Oct 1973, Noncommissioned Officers Academies, with Intermin Change 1 & 2.

 

November 11, 2009

Research Memorandum, Leadership Climate for Trainee Leaders: The Army AIT Platoon, Paul D. Hood, Aug 1963, US Army Leadership Human Research Unit, USACONARC

TR 67-2, Implementation and Utilization of the Leader Preparation Program, HumRRO, Paul D. Hood, Mar 1967. Prepared for the Office, Chief of Research and Development, Department of the Army.

TR 67-8 Preliminary Assessment of Three NCO Leader Preparation Training Systems, HumRRO, Paul D. Hood, Morris Showel, John E. Taylor, Edward C. Stewart, Jacklyn Boyd, Jun 1967. Prepared for the Office, Chief of Research and Development, Department of the Army.

TR 67-12, Evaluation of Three Experimental Systems for Noncommissioned Officer Training, Paul D. Hood, Morris Showel, Edward C. Stewart, Sep 1967. Prepared for the Office, Chief of Research and Development, Department of the Army.

Wilson Institutes New War Honors: Distinguished Service Cross and Medal to be Given to Men and Women, Chevrons for Wounded. Six months' duty in the Fighting Zone will Entitle Soldiers to Service Chevrons. New York Times, Mar 7, 1917.

 

June 21, 2009

The NCO Charge The NCO Charge, as published in the Summer 2001 NCO Journal.

May 26, 2009

By United States. War Dept, United States. Department of War
Published by J.B. Lippincott company, 1917
Original from the University of Michigan

Dec 6, 2008

October 25, 2008

October 23, 2008

  • The NCO: Backbone of the Army - Bibliography prepared by the Pentagon Library in honor of the Year of the NCO, May 1989. 
  • NCO to NCO - CSM Harry E. Hicks - U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, reflects on the 1989 Year of the NCO Theme, Air Defense Magazine, Jan-Feb 89. 
  • Single Soldier Quality of Life Initiative - A Thesis Presented to The Judge Advocate General's School by Major Jacqueline Scott, Apr. 1995. Provides actual copies of references and a historical context. 
  • Troopers Handbook - United States Constabulary, 15 Feb. 1946. 

February 5, 2008

January 31, 2008

November 11, 2007:

November 5, 2007:

June 9, 2007

February 5, 2007

January 14, 2007

September 10, 2006

  • The History of Battledown - an almost forgotten unit sport challenge invented in 1943 by then MAJ Ralph F. Miles. Used to train hand-to-hand combat.
  • History of Hooah - Three supporting documents that attribute the phrase "hooah" (or hough) to Chief Coacoochee and adopted by the 2nd Dragoons (now 2d Cavalry Regiment). Mosses 1913 edition of the NCO Manual lays claim to its use as early as 1789. Read for yourself.

August 8, 2006 - New Find! Due to an arrangement with the author, the below offering has been made available exclusively here on NCOHistory.com

  • The Care and Cleaning of NCOs - Colonel John M. Collins produced The Care and Cleaning of NCOs when he was a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1966-67. It catalogs many of the ills that gripped the NCO Corps of the era, many of which have been corrected.

July 31, 2006

  • Sergeants' Legacy:The European Roots (Date to Renaissance) MSG Tom Fuller article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal traces the NCO pre-America.
  • Before Chevrons: Identifying NCO Rank Pictorial by L.R. Arms article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal that displays methods of rank identification prior to chevrons.
  • Corporals: Where NCO Leadership Begins SSG David Abrams article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal traces lineage of the Corporal.
  • Establishing the NCO Tradition Dr. Robert Bouilly article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal reviews early-day traditions employing the NCO Corps.
  • The Continental Army SSG David Abrams article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal reviews NCOs of that era, including a sidebar on the Badge for Military Merit.
  • Era of Frontier Conflicts (1795-1890) SSG David Abrams article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal traces evolution of the NCO Corps.
  • Civil War NCOs Dr John Wands Sacca article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal highlights the NCO of that time.
  • Opening the West: Buffalo Soldiers Play Key Role James P Finely article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal on Buffalo Soldiers, and includes a sidebar on 1st Sgt Vance Marchbanks, a 43 year veteran and Buffalo Soldier.
  • Immigrants Flood the Army L.R. Arms article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal on the affect of immigrants in the 1800s Army.
  • NCO Responsibilities Grow... Douglas V. Meed article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal reviews the role of the NCOs up to the early 1900s.
  • Noncommissioned Officers: Technicians and Leaders Dr John Wands Sacca article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal takes a look at skills, rank and education.
  • Memories of a Brown Shoe Army SFC (Ret.) Richard Raymond III article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal looks at the Army of 1920-1940.
  • The Lean, Lean Years of the Depression Army COL (Ret.) John M. Collins article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal looks at the pre WWII NCO.
  • Evolution of NCOs in Training Soldiers SGM Robert Rush timeline in the Summer 1995 special edition from 1814 to 1993.
  • WACs Go To War Heike Hasenauer article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal reviews the Women's Army Corps of WWII and beyond.
  • Rise of a Professional NCO Corps Dr. Robert Bouilly article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal lists career management and NCOES advances.
  • NCO Pay Dr John Wands Sacca article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal article discussing historical aspects of NCO Pay.
  • First Sergeant, Two articles on the first sergeant in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal.
  • SMA's Role Evolves, Grows SSG David Abrams article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal.
  • CSMs...much more than figureheads SSG David Abrams article in the Summer 1995 special edition of the NCO Journal.

July 30, 2006

  • Doolittle Board - Officer - Enlisted Man Relationships 1946 Report of the Secretary of War's Board on Officer - Enlisted Man Relationships.
  • Hook Commission - 1949 article from Army Information Digest, "Career Compensation for the Services" discussing the Hook Commission results.
  • Womble Board 1953 Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Military Service as a Career that will Attract and Retain Capable Career Personnel.
  • Cordiner Committee - Executive Summary (only) of the 1957 Report of the Defense Advisory Committee on Professional and Technical Compensation.
  • Haines Board - 1966 article in Army Digest reporting highlights of the Haines board on Military Education.
  • Emerson Board - Introduction (only) of the 1971 Report of the CONARC Leadership Board.
  • USAWC Study of Leadership for the Professional Soldier - Executive Summary (only) of the 1 July 1971 report done by the US Army War College.

July 23, 2006

July 16, 2006:

  • Circular 611-31, 8 Jan 1968 Command Sergeants Major The official listing of the first 192 E-9s selected for promotion to Command Sergeant Major.

July 9, 2006

July 7, 2006

July 2, 2006

July 1, 2006

 

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