Editor’s Note: The following piece was submitted by SOFREP reader and Former United States Marine Julian McBride. A million thanks to Julian for his contribution. 

A Western Military Tradition

The Non-Commissioned Officer Corps has been a Western military standard in maintaining unit cohesion and professionalism. Training enlisted members to have effective small-unit leadership has had great effects in conventional warfare and in peacetime settings.

One of the core aspects of small unit leadership in the US military has been the NCOs, who have learned critical decision-making abilities to save lives and continue to run the operational tempo in battalions smoothly. In Russia, the complete opposite has taken place.

With NCOs being non-existent in the Russian Armed Forces, their organization has incorporated undisciplined junior officers who are forced to recognize heavy top-down orders from senior officers with ties to the oligarchy system of government Putin’s federation has implemented.