Soldiers Magazine

Monthly magazine provides news and information about Army operations and policies

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 6, June

A Family of Sergeants Major
ONLY one percent of Reserve Soldiers and 0.8 percent of active-duty Soldiers who raise their hands on enlistment day will ever reach the rank of sergeant major or command sergeant major. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tell that to the Yingsts. The family...
A 'Yes' That Changed My Life
WE were headed straight into the storm. I pressed my face hard against the plastic window, watching the wing tip lights as t hey disappeared in the blackness. I put up my tray table and glanced down at y watch. It had been less than two hours since...
Day of the Sniper: The Story Behind 'The Million-Dollar Shot'
THE four-man sniper team hardly dared to breathe. For two days and nights they had waited for the right situation, and it was finally here. To Sgt. 1st Class Brandon McGuire, it seemed that all his prior experiences, such as serving on the 82nd...
From NCO to CEO: Master Sgt. Mark "Ranger" Jones
NOT many people afraid of heights would jump our of an airplane willingly. Most people don't live our of their car for two years. But chats exactly what Mark "Ranger" Jones was doing when he began his Army career. Jones is a retired master sergeant...
NCO Pride & Heritage Run Deep
NONCOMMISSIONED officers are "the backbone of the Army," states the U.S. Army's NCO Creed. "Backbone" refers to the critical role NCOs play: training and looking after the welfare of junior Soldiers, leading by example, and advising officers and executing...
NCO Ranks & Responsibilities
Corporal A corporal serves as team leader of the smallest Army units. Like sergeants, they are responsible for individual training, health, welfare and safety of their Soldiers. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sergeant The sergeant typically leads...
Rigging for Success
Achieving goals [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sergeant Gregory Hublitz, a packing and processing inspector with 11th Quartermaster Company, finishes packing a parachute and signs the log book to verify the parachute was properly packed. Hublitz has...
Rising to the Challenge
WHEN Staff Sgt. Michael Noyce Merino agreed to go before his unit's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year board last year, he had no idea what he was getting into, no idea that he would soon be an ambassador for the Army and an example for NCOs and other...
The Man in the Mirror: Sgt. Robert Bartlett
"WHEN you look in the mirror, who do you see?" On May 20, 2005, a 31-year-old Army scout sniper named Pfc. Robert Bartlett glanced at the mirror placed before him with his right eye, his left eye blinded. Burns covered his face and hands; his bottom...