FORT POLK, La. — Six newly promoted sergeants from Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital joined the ranks of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps during an induction ceremony held at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk’s Memorial Park April 21. The ceremonial event is a symbolic act for enlisted Soldiers as they take their place as leaders in the organization.
Sgt. 1st Class Terrance Richey, Soldier Center Medical Home noncommissioned officer in charge, said the ceremony was a formal way to welcome the new NCOs and to build esprit-de-corps.
“Crossing through the archway signifies a rite of passage,” he said. “We are officially welcoming each of these NCOs into the corps. This ceremony is an important way to carry on the traditions of the U.S. Army.”
Richey said the ceremony is critical because it not only illustrates that NCOs are now part of a team, but also that they are joining a long lineage of professional military leaders.
During the ceremony three candles were lit representing the values that NCOs uphold. A red candle symbolizes courage and strength, white for purity and commitment and blue for valor and pride.
After the candles were lit, Soldiers and NCOs recited the Soldier’s Request. “Treat me with respect; talk to me often; train me,” were pleas from Soldiers to their NCOs during the oration. With each request the NCOs promised to lead, train and respect their Soldiers.
Sgt. Elvin Vann, a respiratory specialist for BJACH, was the newest NCO in the ceremony. With a date of rank of April 1, Vann has only been an NCO for 21 days.
“It feels good to be a part of something much larger than myself,” he said. “This ceremony reinforces the scope of responsibilities required of an NCO. As a Soldier I was always hooah, hooah, go, go, go. Before I was told to do, now I’m learning the why behind what we do.”
Vann said he hopes he will live up to the expectations and examples of his NCO support chain and be the best NCO he can be.
Editor’s note: To learn more about the NCO Induction Ceremony, the Soldier’s request and the NCO response read TC 7-22.7, The Noncommissioned Officer Guide, B1-8. Caution-https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/ARN20340_TC%207-22x7%20FINAL%20WEB.pdf < Caution-https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/ARN20340_TC%207-22x7%20FINAL%20WEB.pdf >