I'm not sure what is is with today's army but as NCO's in some aspects we are failing. I know not everyone or every unit is but I've been from FT Campbell, to Korea, to FT Campbell to Iraq in the last 3 years and I've seen a poor attempt at SGT's time training, a lack of NCOPD's, confusion on what we should be doing for NCOPD's........and unfortunately alot of this is at the senior leader level.
Some very good topics and statements were made in this forum on possible NCOPD's and if you are in a unit that does not seem to be giving NCOPD's then use your chain of command and NCO support channel and request them. Offer to teach a class, even something basic. NCOPD's are a perfect way for us to mentor young NCO's, to perhaps correct mistakes some leaders make, and to ensure that NCO's are T'd on tasks prior to taking things down to the soldiers. We owe it to ourselves and each other to check each other out and ensure that we are giving the most appropriate and professional appearance and sometimes that doesn't happen without a little NCOPD......since being in Iraq I've witnessed a few NCOPD's one turned out to be a fraternization class with a CSM flirting with female NCO's in front of everyone, another happened to be 1SG's explaining the role of their companies and the leaders that fill positions. (kind of tacky and late in the game I thought)
If you are facing deployment teach some troop leading procedures, some PCI's, some basic infantry, security, defense, force protection measures......put together some convoy battle drills. If there is a class that your unit needs chances are it can be taught as NCOPD to leaders first, and then one leader or a few can take that same instruction and bring it down to the lower enlisted as well. This won't always work with all tasks but by far seize the opportunity.
If your unit is not doing Sergeant's Time Training then perhaps look or request to a senior NonCom a class on the proper way to conduct Sergeant's Time Training.
I believe more often then not at this point NCOPD's or STT events aren't occuring because we as leaders are getting caught up in things that we think are more important, or they get shoveled under a training calendar and forgotten about.
I had someone once say in reference to training and whether or not my soldiers were prepared for war: "How often does everyone get an hour and a half for lunch, or has an hour and a half after PT before work call, or gets off at 1500 or even 1600. How often is there a few soldiers sitting around while leaders are deciding what to do.....those are all training opportunities......Kinda makes you think doesn't it. Yes we all know that training should be planned, prepared, and resourced in order to be valuable and presentable but don't make it harder then it is. Take a simple task, some equipment, manuals, resources and present it.....and then build on that task by incorporating it into others. Do your soldiers know how to call up an ACE report or SALUTE, do they know how to handle EPW's, do they know how to clear a building or perform in urban terrain, when is the last time someone went over terrain association, map reading skills, determining an azimuth........If the squad leader is taken out, does the next person in line know what to do? If the convoy commander is killed who is the next inline, and does the person 4 or 5 people down know the succession of command? How many NCO's don't know about MDMP (military decision making process) or OPORD's, etc.
I think I wandered a bit off the path with this post but I think you all get where I'm coming from. NCOPD's tailored to unit, promoted from senior enlisted leadership, to ensure confidence and ability in lower leaders to employ their soldiers successfully.....
sorry for the long winded post, and I look forward to more topics and ways to conduct NCOPD's and leadership training