The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer
BACKBONE of the Armed Forces
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The noncommissioned officer and petty officer : backbone of the armed forces.
“Through the direction of the Office of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this book was written by a team of enlisted leaders representing the U.S.
Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard with the participation and support of
the National Defense University.”
1. United States—Armed Forces—Non-commissioned officers—History. 2. United States.
Navy—Petty officers—History. 3. United States. Coast Guard—Petty officers—History. I.
United States. Office of the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
II. National Defense University Press.
Book design by Chris Dunham, U.S. Government Printing Office
Cover concept by Hugo Cantu, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy
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