LANSING, Mich. — The Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion will be conducted a change of responsibility ceremony on July 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
The change of responsibility ceremony is deeply rooted in military history. By the Civil War, Non-commissioned officers (NCO) assumed the duties of carrying the flags and regimental colors. In 1840, the Army introduced the distinctive model 1840 NCO sword as an effort to give the NCO added prestige. The sword itself was carried into battle by NCOs through the early 1900s. Though no longer issued equipment, the sword remains a visual reminder of the power, strength and fidelity of the position it represents.
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When used as part of a change of responsibility ceremony, the sword reminds the Soldiers of the unit that the senior NCO is responsible for good order and discipline among the troops. It also reminds the senior NCO of the responsibility to care for the troops.
When a change of responsibility took place, the sword was passed to the individual assuming responsibility of the Soldiers in their command. This gesture was accomplished in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who held the sword also held the Soldier’s allegiance. Currently, Command Sergeant Major Stephen F. McCartney is the senior advisor to the commander of the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion. He will be relinquishing this important responsibility over to Command Sergeant Major Jamie L. Hollen.
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