Standards for submission
Thank you for submitting your NCO experiences! Collecting and making available experiences helps develop NCO Esprit de Corps, preserves institutional memory, creates and sustains a sense of professional NCO identity, clarifies roles and responsibilities, suggests new ways of approaching job and career, and inspires others rising through the ranks. Your contribution, then, is a contribution to the Army and NCO Corps as a whole. Not only that, but The NCO Corps History website is part of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy website. As the world’s premier institution devoted to Noncommissioned Officer education and training readiness, being selected for publication reflects your commitment to professionalism and personal accomplishment.
The standards for writing are as follows –
- Make sure your story, document or photo does not violate OPSEC.
- All visual items or stand-alone documents must include a publishable explanation of who, what, where, when and why it is important.
For written work –
- Follow the US Army CMH Style Guide. The APA style is preferred but not exclusively.
- Think about a “lesson learned” approach to submitting your story. How has your account defined your role as an NCO? What would you like others to take away from your account?
- If you are writing about a problem you have had, do not use specific names. Rank and a letter is preferred (SP4 Y, SGT W.)
- Avoid using personal information. Because this is a published site, you may want to use your rank and last name, but no other personal information should be used.
- Use the “if in doubt, throw it out” rule when considering OPSEC. Don’t mention anything that might compromise security – rephrase it so there can be no question. “I was serving in an airborne unit when this happened” is preferable to “I was in XXX Bn, 50X Airborne, in Italy when this happened.”
Submissions must include your name, rank, subject you are writing about from the list on the Shared Experiences page, and the rank you were at the time of your experiences. Additional information such as the unit or type of unit you were in at the time can be included but is not necessary. If you wish to publish anonymously, that is possible, but we still need to put in a header (“MSG writing about his most difficult problem as an E5 Team Leader,” for example.)
Thank you again for your willingness to contribute! If you have any concerns or suggestions, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Submit
We are seeking pieces on all aspects of the NCO experience. If you have an experience you think will contribute to the identity, mission, understanding or professional development of your peers, or if you want to contribute to NCO history in general, please contribute! Here are two general guidelines –
- Your grade does not matter. We are looking for E5 through E9 accounts of what has shaped your understanding of what it means to be part of the US Army’s NCO Corps. From preparing for the Board to being the SMA, your contributions are unique and valuable, and the purpose of this page is help capture your experiences for the benefit of the entire Corps.
- You can contribute photos, documents, and written accounts. For guidelines, download the Guidelines Pdf. Be aware of OPSEC when submitting!
You may get the original idea on what you want to say from multiple sources. For example, go to the Shared Experiences page and look at the topics – they may suggest something. Or you may already have an idea and are not sure if it fits. You read of an issue another NCO is having and want to suggest a solution. In any case, email us at email@example.com and ask. We can help!
When you have decided on what you want to say and where you want it published, write. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement. If you are having trouble, again, email us. Once done, submit your writing as a text document (Word preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org which goes to the NCOL CoE & USASMA historian. He’ll review it and make editing suggestions. When that’s done, it goes for OPSEC review and is sent for publication on the website. And that’s it!