History of the NCO Creed

NCO Creed scroll

It started on the fourth floor of Building 4 at Fort
Benning, Georgia, in 1973 with a plain white sheet of paper
and three letters; N-C-O. From there begins the history of
the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer
The Creed has been around for many years in different
forms and fashions. Sergeants can recall reading the Creed
on the day they were first inducted into the NCO Corps.
Most of us have a copy hanging on our wall in our office,
our work place, or at our home. Some have special versions
etched into metal on a wooden plaque, or printed in fine
calligraphy. One Sergeant Major of the Army could pick up
and recite the Creed from any place selected.1 But take a
quick glance at any Creed and you will notice the absence
of the author’s name at the bottom. Where the Creed
originated from has questioned many.