MCCOE News Archive

Wed, 2015-10-14 09:31

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 12, 2015) — Today, the Army launched a new website, “Not In My Squad Assessment Resource,” or NIMS, a tool designed to help improve squad leaders’ professional development and make good squads even greater, said Sgt. Maj. David L. Stewart.

Stewart, who is sergeant major of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, known as CAPE, located at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, said that as the Army lead for the “Not In My Squad” initiative, CAPE designed this online resource as a way to help the sergeant major of the Army, or SMA, in that initiative.

The online assessment focuses on four areas:

  • Shared identity of trusted Army professionals
  • Standards and discipline
  • Professional climate
  • Esprit de corps


In June, the SMA invited 32 of the best squad leaders from around the Army to the Pentagon to discuss how junior noncommissioned officers can further build and sustain a climate of dignity, respect, trust and inclusion, Stewart said.

CAPE listened in on that discussion and used the squad leaders’ feedback to design the assessment, which consists of 24 statements related to NIMS focus areas. For example, one statement reads: “In my squad, we feel a conflict between loyalty to each other and doing what is right.” Those who participate in the assessment will be asked to rate how strongly they agree or disagree with that statement.

Once the evaluation is taken, results are immediately calculated and are available to the Soldier, said Timothy B. Lempicki, a CAPE knowledge management consultant.

If the Soldier wishes, he or she can share a link of those results with other squad members. The link will not give that Soldier’s name or other identifier, just the numerical results by category.

Another feature is that once the assessment is completed, the Soldier will see how well he or she scored compared to everyone else who participated, Lempicki aid. Over time, as more and more data comes in, it should offer an even better comparison.

An important note on terminology: Stewart said he uses the term “squad” and “squad leader,” but in some of the non-combat arms branches, the term team, “crew” or “section leader” can be substituted.

While the assessment is designed with the squad-level in mind, higher formations like platoons or even companies could use it as well, Stewart said. Senior noncommissioned officers, officers and Army civilians might even be interested in using it too.

Taking the test is voluntary and shouldn’t take longer than 10 or 15 minutes, he said.

Ideally, members of the squad will take it at the same time, share their results, and then have a group discussion on ways they can improve, he said. The squad leader may or may not have the same perception about the squad that the junior Soldiers have. It could be an interesting and sometimes eye-opening experience for them to share, he said.

To aid the squad in improving, the assessment links the Soldier with training and education materials, Stewart said. As more helpful and relevant resources become available, those will be added to the site over time.

Stewart suggested taking the assessment more than once to see if there’s any improvement. He said there’s no limit to how many times the assessment can be taken, and it’s easy to take, since a common access card is not needed to log onto the site.

Stewart said when he was a squad leader years ago, the assessment would have been a welcome tool for leader and Soldier development. Soldiers with a lot of drive and initiative won’t be disappointed with its effectiveness, he promised.

Photo Credit: A Soldier looks at the Army’s new website, “Not In My Squad Assessment Resource,” a tool designed to help improve squad leaders’ professional development and make good squads even greater. (U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)

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Wed, 2015-10-07 13:10

See this 4-minute video by leaders from 2/1 AD as they describe how the Performance Triad has changed attitudes towards health, improved Soldier optimization, and unit readiness: Media/

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Tue, 2015-09-15 09:21

Heads-of-Delegation, Maj. Gen. Gook Je Cho, Chief of Doctrine Development, ROKA, and Brig. Gen. Willard M. Burleson III, Director, Mission Command Center of Excellence, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the closing ceremony for the two-day ROKA-TRADOC TDT X. The TDT supports HQDA and US Army Pacific security cooperation objectives by sharing information on issues that affect interoperability.

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Wed, 2015-09-02 16:54

Sergeant Major Thomas C. Reitmeier assumed responsibility as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Mission Command Center of Excellence (MC CoE) in a Change of Responsibility Ceremony, September 1 at the Post Theater. Reitmeier comes to Fort Leavenworth from his most recent assignment as the Command Sergeant Major of the 189th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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Fri, 2015-07-31 09:31

The new logo for the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) reflects the organization’s 30 years of service to the Army. CALL was established August 1, 1985, by the 30th Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. John A. Wickam Jr., in recognition of the need to collect lessons from training and combat operations and share them across the Army. “The Center for Army Lessons Learned is one of the oldest institutions in the Department of Defense that studies and distributes lessons and best practices in the United States Army and to Unified Action partners. Since its establishment … CALL identifies, collects, analyzes, disseminates and archives lessons and best practices at the tactical, operational and strategic levels, whether at home during training or deployed around the world." – Brig. Gen. Willard Burleson, Director, Mission Command Center of Excellence, Fort Leavenworth

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Tue, 2015-07-14 08:18

With the publication of Field Manual (FM) 6-22, Leader Development, the Army is helping Army leaders understand how to develop other leaders, their units, and themselves.

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Wed, 2015-06-24 09:03

A major revision of Army Doctrine Reference Publication, or ADRP 1, the Army Profession, includes a new chapter on the Army ethic. "With the addition of Chapter 2 to ADRP 1, we now have a concisely articulated, easily accessible, and understandable expression of the Army ethic," said Brig. Gen. Bill Burleson, director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence, or MC CoE.

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Thu, 2015-05-07 11:30

The Army Leadership Exchange (ALx) held an Army Leadership Exchange Panel, May 6. The Panel continued the ongoing professional discussion on 'Leadership Through a Changing Environment,' moving outside the military perspective and delving into "Authentic Leadership." The speakers included Mr. Bob Chapman (center), Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, and Mr. Simon Sinek (right), Author of 'Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't' and RAND Corporation adjunct staff member advising on matters of military innovation and planning. Both gentlemen are noted experts in authentic leadership both in practice and in theory. The Panel was led by Col. Christopher Croft (left), director of the Center for Army Leadership (CAL), the Panel took place in Eisenhower Auditorium, Fort Leavenworth. (photo by Dan Neal)

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Wed, 2015-04-29 12:31

Lieutenant General Robert B. Brown; Commanding General, US Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) and Fort Leavenworth, KS; Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College open the Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Solarium on the morning of April 29, 2015. The event brings together 84 sergeants first class and master sergeants, including first sergeants, to CAC through May 1. Through the Solarium the sergeants will identify issues and provide recommendations to the Sergeant Major of the Army.

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