GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The Sergeant Morales Club welcomed its newest members to the USAG Bavaria chapter, Sgt. 1st Class Edward Jervis, Staff Sgt. Danny Gardner and Staff Sgt. Robert Carter, all from 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Sept. 29, 2016, after completing the final selection board held at the 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy, here.

Established in 1973 by Lt. Gen. George S. Blanchard, the Sergeant Morales Club promotes the highest ideals of integrity, professionalism and leadership for the enlisted force serving in Europe and its members exemplify a special kind of leadership characterized by a personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers.

"A Sergeant Morales Club member is the epitome of what an NCO is supposed to be, how they are supposed to act, how they should treat other Soldiers and fellow leaders," said James P. Federline, a government relations advisor for the 7th Army Training Command.

Federline, who has been a member of the club since March 1984, explained that the standards are similar but it takes a little more to become a member today as it did then.

"They will be members of the club for life, regardless of the chapter they are in," he said. "At meetings they will be expected to give their advice, take charge, and do things that other NCOs wouldn't volunteer to do."

Each NCO was clear that they did not participate just to make themselves look good on paper, they did it for a bigger reason.

"I saw a chance to better myself, my peers and my subordinates around me and I want help build a better NCO corps through the Sergeant Morales Club, "said Carter.

Garner added, "This board is different from normal boards because you have to dig deep into the Army regulations and the questions are more situational, where as a normal board have direct answers to the questions."

And Jervis recommends this board to junior NCOs because it helps build your knowledge and can help you to become a better NCO.

Currently, the USAG Bavaria chapter has 12 members. Study sessions are held every week at the various locations throughout Grafenwoehr Training Area. Noncommissioned officers interested in joining the Sergeant Morales Club can visit the USAG Bavaria's Sergeant Morales Club on Facebook.