Modern Battlefields Need NCOs — And Russia Doesn’t Have Any

A Russian military honor guard drawn from the 154th Commandant’s Regiment. Public domain.

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) are the ‘secret sauce’ that makes America’s military lethal on the battlefield.

Within many modern militaries, servicemembers are divided into officers (those with at least a 4-year degree) and enlisted (those with a high school diploma — although many enlisted have degrees also).

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Multi-Branch Veteran | Military & Global Security Writer for War is Boring, GENmag, OneZero, Edge | Law Student at WMU | TEDx Speaker | Dad to 3 | Hates nukes

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Wes O'Donnell

Multi-Branch Veteran | Military & Global Security Writer for War is Boring, GENmag, OneZero, Edge | Law Student at WMU | TEDx Speaker | Dad to 3 | Hates nukes