Ukraine Can’t Win Without NCOs and Junior Officers

Wes O'Donnell
7 min readNov 13, 2023
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Beau Benton, assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command fires his M4 carbine assault rifle during the 2013 Best Junior Officer Competition, sponsored by U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, Aug. 20, 2013. Public domain

Junior commissioned officers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs) are instrumental in synchronizing and executing medium to large combat operations.

This shortcoming is one of the reasons why Ukraine has been restricted to “bite and hold” missions — where a small platoon-sized element of approximately 30 soldiers (or less) takes ground.

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Wes O'Donnell

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