MODULE 02 NOTES
History of the NCO
Evolution of the NCO Insignia
The NCO insignia evolved through the years from a variety of shapes, styles, and colors to the chevrons worn today. Sometimes changes in uniform style and colors dictated changes in the style and color of the chevrons. The history of the insignia is complex and often confusing. In some cases, no official records survived to document the use of certain insignia. Many times, the vagueness of official records resulted in conflicting interpretations by individual NCOs, which led to a variety of insignia designs for the same official rank. In still other cases, NCOs wore unauthorized grade insignia, leaving little if any documentation.
The Year - 1775
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The Year - 1958
In June 1958, the Army adopted the basic chevron system in use today. The seven pay grades expanded to nine. One new chevron appeared (the three stripes with three rockers and a star for sergeant major), and one chevron returned (the simple three stripes denoting sergeant). The addition of the three-stripe sergeant bumped each chevron up one grade with the result that the ranks of sergeant, staff sergeant, and sergeant first class wore one rocker less.
Corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants are normally squad, section and team leaders, and are critical links in the NCO support channel. These NCOs live and work with their Soldiers every day, and are responsible for their health, welfare, and safety. Squad, section and team leaders ensure their Soldiers meet standards in personal appearance, and teach them to maintain and account for their individual and unit equipment and property.
Squad, section and team leaders teach everything from the making of sound and timely decisions and physical training to ethics and values. Corporals and sergeants are the basic trainer of today's Soldiers. loading images...
Corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants are normally squad, section and team leaders, and are critical links in the NCO support channel. These NCOs live and work with their Soldiers every day, and are responsible