Only ‘the best of the best’ need apply
Sgt. Morales Club

Master Sgt. Derrick Crawford, Story and photo
21st Theater Support Command

***image1***Wanted: A squared-away NCO. Must exhibit strong leadership, be committed to taking care of Soldiers and focused on providing selfless service.

This is the member requirement for the Sergeant Morales Club, a leadership organization sponsored by the 21st Theater Support Command.

The club is an exclusive organization of NCOs whose demonstrated performance is characterized by that of Sergeant Morales, a fictitious NCO who, as a squad leader, consistently demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership, professionalism and high regard for the welfare of the Soldier.
“When you think of a Sergeant Morales Club member, you think of someone who sets the example at all times,” said 21st TSC Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Reid, who presides over the club’s board.
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey D. Legg of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion, was recently selected for membership.

“I want to be a good role model for my Soldiers to show that you keep striving for excellence even after reaching the NCO ranks,” said Sergeant Legg.

The board, consisting of the command’s senior enlisted leaders, peppers each Soldier with situational questions to get an idea of the candidate’s leadership when faced with real-world scenarios. Soldiers who make it to the board have already been through similar boards at the brigade and battalion level. These boards differ from other boards in that Soldiers must be unanimously selected by all board members.

“It’s not all based on answers from the book,” said Command Sergeant Major Reid. “A lot of it is seeing how the Soldiers handle themselves. They need to be up to date on everything a Soldier needs in order to operate.”

An NCO who is selected to become a member must be focused on service and commitment – to the NCO corps and their fellow Soldiers. Members are also active in the community, donating care baskets to military families staying at the Landstuhl Fisher House, organizing a step team for area teens and more.

“We have many good (NCOs), and I’d like to see more of them come before the (board),” said Command Sergeant Major Reid. “I would recommend leaders encourage any NCOs that they rate ‘among the best’ to come before the (board), since its members are expected to be the best of the best.”

Soldiers interested in joining should notify someone in their chain of command. A selection board is held quarterly. Those who are selected will be inducted in a formal ceremony in June.
Visit the Web site:
NCOoutlook/SMClub%20Page.htm for more information about the club.