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It can go both ways. I arrived in Germany in early 1971 assigned to a Pershing 1A missile battalion. Throughout ROTC and Officer Basic Course we had pounded into our heads that we were to rely on and trust our NCO's. But I was quickly sobered up from this induced sense of euphoria when I realized my platoon sergeant and all the section chiefs were worthless. (3x Pershing launch platoons, each with three launchers, per battery.) They were all retrained and involuntarily reassigned from air defense Nike Hercules units, and they were not happy with that. Their bad attitude was infectious and the platoon's operational performance showed it. I quickly learned to rely only on my "acting jack" sergeants - E4/Spec 4 - to get things done. I made a point of taking care of them, and they reciprocated.we got new second lt,s who had never been in country and they relyed on non coms a lot and we trused the older non coms over them.