Before the sun rose on November 10, members of the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence were testing and scoring University of Texas at El Paso Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets on the Army Combat Fitness Test. NCO’s from the NCOCLoE prepared the field and recorded the scores of the Cadets.
More than 40 cadets and a few additional interested UTEP students joined the ROTC program in taking the Army Combat Fitness Test. Soldiers and cadets are required to take the ACFT twice year to ensure combat readiness.
“It has been a great opportunity to work with the Cadets from UTEP,” Sgt. 1st Class Michael McMullen Policy and Governance Directorate, said. “This may be some of the cadets first experience with NCOs so this is our time as NCOs to be the example.”
McMullen added. “We lead by example so we get out there and show them what right looks like so they understand what the standard is and what the expectation going forward is as they become commissioned officers in the United States Army and what they can expect from the NCO Corps.”
The role of the NCO is defined by the Army’s NCO Guide as, those who are responsible for maintaining and enforcing standards and a high degree of discipline. NCOs are trainers, mentors, advisors, and communicators. Fulfilling these roles NCOs lead the ACFT for these cadets.
“It has been a great opportunity to work with the cadets from UTEP,” Master Sgt. Desman Harvey, the UTEP ROTC program instructor, said. “It builds a strong relationship between the Sergeant Major Academy and the UTEP ROTC program.”
“The Army Combat Fitness test is important,” Harvey added. “To make sure they are physically capable so they can commission as officer in the future and meet the physical demands of deployments.”
The mission of ROTC programs is to train college men and women to become commissioned officers in the United States Army, Army National Guard, and United States Army Reserve.
The NCOLCoE provides professional military education that develops holistically fit, disciplined, well-educated professionals capable of meeting the challenges of large-scale combat operations in a multi-domain environment.