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What is the difference between NCO and Commissioned Officer?

Asked by G. Cole, Last updated: Jul 28, 2020

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E. Dixon

E. Dixon

Answered May 25, 2020

You may become confused with the differences between an NCO and a commissioned officer. The NCO is someone who is an enlisted soldier. The NCO will have different skills, training, and have undergone a lot of challenges in order to be considered NCOs. The army thinks that they are the backbone of the army.

The commissioned officer, on the other hand, is considered to be the officer who will be in charge of all the things that would need to be managed. They are in charge of providing the missions that the NCOs are supposed to do. They also provide the lower ranks with the right tasks to do.

 

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Answered May 19, 2020

NCO or Non-Commissioned Officer and Commissioned Officer are two terms in the military, referring to the status of every military personnel. Non-commissioned officers are soldiers in the military who have not received a direct conveyance of authority from the sovereign government, and as such, they can't issue commands except to the low ranking soldiers under them, especially during training and other military actions. Sergeant and corporal are two common examples of positions for non-commissioned officers.

On the other hand, a commissioned officer is a military officer who has received a commission from the sovereign government; and, as such, has the power to issue commands and orders to carry out certain duties and responsibilities that are tied to such position or office.

Commissioned officers are high ranking officers in the military. They set policies and programs to be carried out by the non-commissioned officers. They also get higher pay compared to the non-commissioned officers.

 

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