EP011: The Keys to Effective Officer-NCO Relationships

Non-commissioned officers are the backbone of the Army. They serve as primary trainers, advisors, and enforcers. The relationship between the officer and their NCO counterpart is critical to empowering subordinates, building cohesion, and creating effective teams. Our discussion today is with Sergeant Major Stanley Hood. SGM Hood has served the Army for over 28 years. His most recent command level assignment was with the 555th Engineer Brigade, “triple nickle”, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As the first non-commissioned officer on the Leaders Huddle, we ask SGM Hood to share his views on effective officer-NCO relationships. We also cover counselling, leader development, junior officer development, and taking care of Soldiers. If you’re a junior officer preparing to sit down with your platoon sergeant or first sergeant, this podcast will help you shape that discussion in order to create a shared understanding and cohesive team.

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Host: CPT David Weart
Guest: SGM Stanley Hood
Editor: CPT Micah Klein, CPT Guillermo Guandique