SACEUR, SACT, CSELs re-affirm commitment to NATO NCO corps
SACEUR and SACT along with their Command Senior Enlisted Leaders signed the NATO Non-Commissioned Officer Bi-Strategic Command Strategy and NCO Guidelines in Tirana, Albania on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. -Photo courtesy of the Albanian Ministry of Defence
TIRANA, Albania – General Curtis M. Scaparrotti and General
Denis Mercier, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Supreme Allied Commander
Transformation, together with their Command Senior Enlisted Leaders, Command
Sergeant Major Davor Petek and Chief Command Master Sergeant Jack Johnson, Jr.,
signed the NATO Non-Commissioned Officer Bi-Strategic Command Strategy and NCO
Guidelines during a ceremony, Sept. 15, 2017.
The document affects both
strategic commands and outlines NATO's growing expectations of its
multi-national NCO Corps while focusing on a more methodical means of creating
the best prepared and professional NCO. It also provides guidelines on how to
effectively measure NCO growth and increase interoperability across the corps.
NCO Corps is the backbone of any military organisation and NATO is no
exception," said General Scaparrotti. "As NATO adapts to the demands
of a changing strategic landscape and dynamic security environment, our NCOs
will play a lead role in our warfighting readiness. They are on the front lines, maintaining the
standards and ensuring the professional development of our forces."
The document identifies
three key areas to affect in order to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency,
interoperability and readiness of the NATO NCO Corps: human capital,
professional development and partnerships.
Finally, the strategy
outlines key expectations for enlisted personnel and NCOs at all ranks. This
provides every NCO and aspiring NCO an idea of what will be demanded of them at
the next level.
"Our goal is to
encourage a professional, competent, resilient and capably responsible NCO
Corps that is adaptive to face new challenges, social dynamics and
technological advances," said Command Sergeant Major Petek. "Our NCOs and
enlisted personnel will be more empowered than ever to fulfil their tactical,
operational and strategic missions."
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office