NCO Writing Excellence Program


The program is structured to recognize excellence in writing from the Army’s NCO corps on topics pertinent to the doctrinal, operational, professional, and institutional concerns of the Army. NCOs are encouraged to write about their experiences, concerns, ideas and recommendations in an environment that rewards original thinking and the willingness to dedicate intellectual energy to the production of quality articles.

Program guidelines
Sample Manuscript

Writing skills are a priority in the Noncommissioned Officer Education System. The winning submissions were professionally written and fine representations of the kind of writing NCOs are capable of. Their command of this valuable skill serves as an example to other NCOs and demonstrates the relevance of clear, articulately written communication.

Congratulations to the winning submissions in the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston (ret.) NCO Writing Excellence Program competition.

The winners are:

January 2017

By Staff Sgt. Oren Hammerquist
(Staff Sgt. Hammerquist submitted the essay entitled “Recruit the Selfish: Stressing Individual Opportunity in Army Recruiting“)

October 2016

By Staff Sgt. Brian C. Darling
(Staff Sgt. Darling submitted the essay entitled “Toward a Leaner, More Agile Force: The Army in a Time of Fiscal Austerity“)

July 2016

Staff Sgt. Adam E. Wahl
(Staff Sgt. Wahl submitted the essay entitled “Educational Shifts within the United States Army: Changing the Perception of Education at the Unit Level”)

May 2016

Master Sgt. Jorge A. Rivera and Sgt. 1st Class Edrena R. Roberts
(Master Sgt. Rivera and Sgt. 1st Class Roberts co-wrote and submitted the essay entitled: “Achieving Leader Development through Strategic Broadening Seminars: The Red Team NCO Education Experience“)

Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Rance
(Staff Sgt. Rance wrote and submitted the essay entitled: “Commander, May I Engage?“)

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