Who was John Berryman?

Introduction John Berryman VC (18 July 1825 to 27 June 1896) was a British Army non-commissioned officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Victoria Cross Action Born in Dudley, England, Berriman was 29 years… Read More

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Who was John Clem?

Introduction John Lincoln Clem (13 August 1851 to 31 May 1937), famously known as Johnny Shiloh, was a United States Army general who served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He gained fame for his bravery on the battlefield, becoming the youngest non-commissioned officer in Army history. He… Read More

Groomed & Grown…

“Good NCOs are not just born – they are groomed and grown through a lot of hard work and strong leadership by senior NCOs.” Sergeant Major of the Army William A. Connelly (1931 to 2019) William A. Connelly was a retired United States Army soldier who served as the sixth Sergeant Major of the Army.… Read More

More Important…

“We have good corporals and sergeants, and some good lieutenants and captains, and those are far more important than good generals.” William Sherman (1820 to 1891) William Tecumseh Sherman was an American Civil War general and a major architect of modern warfare. He led Union forces in crushing campaigns through the South, marching through Georgia… Read More

NCO’s & Battlefield Reassurance…

“When a soldier looks up on the battlefield he will not see his first sergeant, sergeant major, company commander, battalion commander …. he won’t even see his platoon sergeant! He WILL see HIS sergeant …. the squad leader, crew chief, team leader, tank commander …. and this NCO will principally provide the leadership, advice, counsel,… Read More

Good NCO’s…

“Good NCOs are not just born – they are groomed and grown through a lot of hard work and strong leadership by senior NCOs.” William A. Connelly (1931 to 2019) William A. Connelly was a retired United States Army soldier (1953 to 1983) who served as the sixth Sergeant Major of the Army. He was… Read More

US Air Force Introduces Indefinite Enlistments for Enlisted Personnel

Introduction The US Air Force has moved to a new system of “indefinite enlistment” for airmen with at least 12 years of service. Introduced on 18 November 2019, the new system officially called the Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Career Status Programme will be a game changer for thousands of active-duty enlisted airmen. How Does it Work?… Read More