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When was the NCO support channel formally recognized?
20 December 1976

What is Sergeant's Business?
To train and lead soldiers

What is a Sergeant?
A leader

Explain the Chain of Command.
The succession of commanders superior to subordinates through which command is exercised

Define Responsibility
Being accountable for what you do

How does the Chain of Command support the NCO support channel?
By legally punishing those who challenge a sergeant's authority

Define Duty.
Duty is a legal or moral obligation to do what should be done without being told to do it

What is the role of the CSM?
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Battalion commander

How does a Commander exercise command?
Through subordinate commanders

When was the position of Sergeant Major of the Army established?
4 July 1966

Is the CSM in the Chain of Command?
No (but he supervises the NCO support channel)

What are key elements of command?
Authority and Responsibility

What is the NCO Support Channel?
It is the channel of communication that reinforces the Chain of Command

What must a Sergeant have in order to accomplish Sergeant's Business?
The Skill, ability and Leadership to train soldiers for combat and lead them into combat

Who is the only member of both your chain of command and your NCO support channel?
Your first line supervisor, section, team or crew leader.

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