Junior NCO Leadership

A Junior NCO from the RIFLES in Kenya

As a Junior NCO you are the bedrock of the British Army. You’re at the first leadership rank in the Army, perhaps the most difficult. As a junior leader you are taking the first step that makes a distinction between you and your friends. Getting that right can be tough. On the other hand, you are the most powerful group of role models a unit has – you live with your soldiers, train with them, parade with them, eat with them and sleep in the same block. To a young new soldier you are a god. And you have the same level of power over him and responsibility for him.

Being a Junior NCO can be tough, but it’s the first rung of leadership and one of the most satisfying jobs in the Army. You’ll find some of our recommended podcasts will give you some reflections on leadership that might be helpful.

Your section or team will look up to you and you can mould them – not into being another version of you but into being the best version of themselves. You’ll need to know how to get the best from people – inspiring them, motivating them and sometimes grabbing them by the scruffs of their necks.  The articles below are for you.


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