PROMOTION SCRIPT

EMCEE:

"PLEASE RISE FOR THE (PRESIDING OFFICER'S TITLE) AND NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE INVOCATION BY CHAPLIN (LAST NAME)"

Presiding officer enters followed by his/her senior enlisted representative

EMCEE:

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE BE SEATED."

"(PRESIDING OFFICER'S RANK AND LAST NAME),( SENIOR ENLISTED REPRESENTATIVE'S RANK AND LAST NAME), DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM (EMCEE'S RANK AND LAST NAME), YOUR MASTER OF CEREMONIES. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO THIS MONTH’S NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER PROMOTION, APPOINTMENT AND INDUCTION CEREMONY."

"TODAY WE ARE RECOGNIZING A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO THROUGH PROFESSIONALISM, COMPETENCE, AND A DEMONSTRATED CAPABILITY TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY, HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR PROMOTION TO THE NEXT HIGHER GRADE."

"IN ADDITION, YOU WILL WITNESS TWO TIME-HONORED EVENTS IN AN ENLISTED CAREER--THE TRANSITION OF AIRMEN TO NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER STATUS AND NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS INDUCTED INTO SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER TIER."

"WHAT SETS THIS INDUCTION CEREMONY APART FROM THE ACTUAL PROMOTION IS THE CHANGE IN STATUS REPRESENTED BY THE ACCEPTANCE OF NCO AND SENIOR NCO CHARGES AND ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES."

"WE COMBINED THE NCO AND SENIOR NCO INDUCTION CEREMONIES TODAY FOR A SPECIFIC REASON. EACH NEW NCO SHOULD LOOK AT THE SENIOR NCO INDUCTEES AS MODELS FOR THEIR FUTURE. LIKEWISE, EACH SENIOR NCO SHOULD LOOK BACK, TO THESE YOUNG STAFF SERGEANTS REMEMBERING WHERE THEY CAME FROM. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONDUCT THIS INDUCTION CEREMONY TODAY, WHEN OUR NEW NCO’S AND SENIOR NCO’S MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STATUS, TAKING ON HIGHER LEVELS OF RESPONSIBILITY."

"AS MEMBERS OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESPECTED AEROSPACE FORCE, WE SHARE TESTED AND PROVEN CORE VALUES: INTEGRITY, COURAGE, COMPETENCE, TENACITY, SERVICE, AND PATRIOTISM. THESE INDUCTEES REFLECT THOSE CORE VALUES, AS DO ALL AIR FORCE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS."

"AT THIS TIME, I’D LIKE TO ASK (RANK AND LAST NAME), FROM THE (UNIT), TO PLEASE COME FORWARD AND READ THE "CREED OF THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER."

Reader comes forward and take his/her position

NCO CREED

"NO ONE IS MORE PROFESSIONAL THAN I. I AM A NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER, A LEADER OF PEOPLE. AS A NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER, I REALIZE THAT I AM A MEMBER OF A TIME-HONORED FORCE. I AM PROUD OF THE FORCE OF NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND WILL, AT ALL TIMES, CONDUCT MYSELF SO AS TO BRING CREDIT UPON THE FORCE, THE MILITARY SERVICE, AND MY COUNTRY REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION IN WHICH I FIND MYSELF."

"I WILL NOT USE MY GRADE OR POSITION TO ATTAIN PLEASURE, PROFIT, OR PERSONAL SAFETY. COMPETENCE IS MY WATCHWORD. MY TWO BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES WILL ALWAYS BE UPPERMOST IN MY MIND--ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MY MISSION AND THE WELFARE OF MY PEOPLE. I WILL STRIVE TO REMAIN TACTICALLY AND TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT."

"I AM AWARE OF MY ROLE AS A NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER, I WILL FULFILL THE RESPONSIBILITIES INHERENT IN THAT ROLE. ALL AIRMEN ARE ENTITLED TO OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP. I WILL PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP. I KNOW MY PEOPLE AND I WILL ALWAYS PLACE THEIR NEEDS ABOVE MY OWN. I WILL COMMUNICATE CONSISTENTLY WITH MY PEOPLE AND NEVER LEAVE THEM UNINFORMED. I WILL BE FAIR AND IMPARTIAL WHEN RECOMMENDING BOTH REWARDS AND PUNISHMENT."

"OFFICERS OF MY UNIT WILL HAVE MAXIMUM TIME TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR DUTIES, THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH MINE. I WILL EARN THEIR RESPECT AND CONFIDENCE AS WELL AS THAT OF MY PEOPLE. I WILL BE LOYAL TO THOSE WITH WHOM I SERVE--SENIORS, PEERS, AND SUBORDINATES ALIKE. I WILL EXERCISE INITIATIVE, BY TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTION IN THE ABSENCE OF ORDERS. I WILL NOT COMPROMISE MY INTEGRITY NOR MY MORAL COURAGE."

"I WILL NOT FORGET, NOR WILL I ALLOW MY COMRADES TO FORGET, THAT WE ARE PROFESSIONALS--NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS--LEADERS."

Reader returns to his/her seat

EMCEE:

THANK YOU (RANK AND LAST NAME).

"TO MARK THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS OCCASION AND TO FORMALLY WELCOME THE NEW PROMOTEES AND NCO’S, I ASK THAT (PRESIDING OFFICER'S RANK AND LAST NAME) AND (SENIOR ENLISTED REPRESENTATIVE' RANK AND LAST NAME), PLEASE STAND."

Presiding officer and senior enlisted representative stand and take their position

"WE ASK THAT EACH COMMANDER TAKE HIS OR HER PLACE TO THE LEFT OF THE (SENIOR ENLISTED REPRESENTATIVE'S TITLE) AS THEIR UNIT IS ANNOUNCED. THE PROMOTEES WILL THEN COME FORWARD INDIVIDUALLY AS THEIR NAMES ARE CALLED."

"(RANK AND LAST NAME) FROM THE (UNIT) WILL HAND OUT THE STRIPES FOR TODAYS CEREMONY."

As each promotee's name is called, they come forward with the person they selected to assist in pinning on their new stripes (wife, co-worker, supervisor, etc.). They approach the presiding officer, stop, salute and shake hands. Then they side step to the senior enlisted representative and shake hands. Then side step to their commander, salute, have their stripes placed on their uniform and or receive their induction certificate and pose for a photo. Then return to their seat.

"WE WILL START BY PROMOTING MEMBERS FROM THE (UNIT), (UNIT COMMANDER'S RANK AND LAST NAME) WOULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD."

Place promotee's rank and name here

TO SSGT

TO TSGT

TO MSGT

TO SMSGT

TO CMSGT

Continue this way through each squadron or unit until all promotee's are recognizied

"THANK YOU (PRESIDING OFFICER'S RANK AND LAST NAME), (SENIOR ENLISTED REPRESENTATIVE'S RANK AND LAST NAME) AND UNIT COMMANDERS."

Presiding officer and senior enlisted representative return to their seats

"WOULD OUR NEW STAFF SERGEANTS PLEASE RISE AND FACE THE PODIUM. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO ASK (SENIOR ENLISTED REPRESENTATIVE'S RANK AND LAST NAME) TO CHARGE OUR NEW STAFF SERGEANTS AND THEN ADMINISTER THE OATH OF INDUCTION."

Senior enlisted representative comes forward and takes his/her position

NCO CHARGE

"THE AIR FORCE BESTOWS UPON ITS NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS CERTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITIES BY TRADITION. YOUR PROMOTION TO STAFF SERGEANT CARRIES WITH IT THE OBLIGATION YOU EXERCISE ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY AND WILLINGLY ACCEPT GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES. AIR FORCE DIRECTIVES SPECIFICALLY CHARGE YOU, AS NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS, WITH THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES:"

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH ENSURING THAT PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES UNDER YOUR CONTROL ARE EFFECTIVELY USED."

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH REMAINING ALERT TO DETECTING ADVERSE MORALE TRENDS AND INITIATING CORRECTIVE ACTION WITHIN YOUR CONTROL, PROVIDING APPROPRIATE FEEDBACK TO SUPERIORS."

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH MAINTAINING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMMUNICATION AND RAPPORT WITH SUBORDINATES, REMAINING ATTUNED TO THEIR NEEDS, BEING EVER-MINDFUL THAT THE KEY IS EMPATHY, NOT APATHY."

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH ACTIVELY ENCOURAGING AND MOTIVATING BOTH ON AND OFF-DUTY INVOLVEMENT IN UNIT AND BASE ACTIVITIES BY LEADING THE WAY."

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH ENSURING THAT PEOPLE ARE TREATED FAIRLY BY ALL AGENCIES AND ACTIVITIES, BOTH ON AND OFF-BASE, AND INITIATING CORRECTIVE ACTION IN ANY INSTANCE WHICH VIOLATES THIS PRINCIPLE."

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH ALWAYS WEARING THE UNIFORM PROPERLY AND ENSURING COMPLIANCE FROM SUBORDINATES."

"YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ON AND OFF-DUTY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WHICH WILL ENHANCE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PREPARATION TO ASSUME INCREASED LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES IN YOUR QUEST TO ATTAIN HIGHER NCO GRADES."

"YOU ARE CHARGED AT ALL TIMES WITH PRESENTING AN IMAGE OF COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY, AND PRIDE--THE IMAGE OF A PROFESSIONAL NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER."

Senior enlisted representative raises his/her right hand

"RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME."

"I (STATE YOUR NAME), AS A NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE,DO HEREBY WILLINGLY ACCEPT THE FOREGOING CHARGE.FURTHER, IT IS RECOGNIZEDTHAT MY STATUS AS AN NCO WAS ACHIEVEDTHROUGH GREAT EFFORTS ON MY PART AND I DO AGREE TO GUIDE MY FUTURE CONDUCT BY THE CHARGE."

EMCEE:

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WOULD YOU PLEASE JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR (NAME OF BASE) NEWEST NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS.STAFF SERGEANTS, PLEASE BE SEATED."

Senior enlisted representative returns to his/her seat

"(RANK AND LAST NAME) FROM THE (UNIT) WILL NOW READ THE SENIOR NCO CREED AND CHARGE OUR NEW SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS. WOULD THE NEW MASTER SERGEANTS PLEASE RISE AND FACE THE PODIUM."

Person reading SNCO Creed comes forward and takes his/her position

SNCO CREED

"IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, A MASTER SERGEANT JOINS AN ELITE GROUP. THE TERM "SERGEANT" IS AN ANCIENT, HONORABLE ONE THAT DENOTES A PERSON POSSESSING SPECIAL SKILLS, TRUST, AND INTEGRITY. ALL OF YOU ARE NOW MASTER SERGEANTS, WHICH MEANS YOU HAVE MASTERED THE TECHNIQUES AND ABILITIES REQUIRED OF NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS. AS YOU PROGRESS TO SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT AND CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT, YOUR TITLE WILL CHANGE, BUT NOT THE DESIGNATION AS A SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER. YOU ARE AFFORDED PRIVILEGES NOT AWARDED TO OTHERS, AND YOU HAVE FREELY ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY BEYOND THE CALL OF NORMAL DUTY. YOU HAVE, BY YOUR ACTIONS AND PERFORMANCE, EARNED THE RESPECT OF YOUR SENIORS AND JUNIORS. AS MASTER SERGEANTS, YOUR ENTIRE WAY OF LIFE WILL CHANGE. MORE WILL BE EXPECTED OF YOU; MORE WILL BE DEMANDED OF YOU--NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE A MASTER SERGEANT, BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE NOW A SENIOR NCO. YOU HAVE NOT MERELY BEEN PROMOTED ONE PAY GRADE, YOU HAVE JOINED AN EXCLUSIVE GROUP--A GROUP DEDICATED TO TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS. AS A MEMBER OF THIS GROUP, YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO YOUR FELLOW SENIOR NCO’S EVEN AS THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO YOU."

Reader raises his/her right hand

"RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND REPEAT AFTER ME."

"I (STATE YOUR NAME), SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO ABIDE BY THE FOREGOING CHARGES AND TO ASPIRE TO ALWAYS MAINTAIN THE HIGH STANDARDS EXPECTED OF A SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER. FURTHERMORE, I WILL STRIVE TO IMPROVE MY LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL SKILLS BY ALL MEANS MADE AVAILABLE TO ME. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT MY ULTIMATE GOAL REMAINS TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES."

"CONGRATULATIONS, SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS."

Reader returns to his/her seat

EMCEE:

"THANK YOU (RANK AND LAST NAME)."

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR (NAME OF BASE) NEWEST SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS. MASTER SERGEANTS, PLEASE BE SEATED."

"(PRESIDING OFFICER'S RANK AND LAST NAME) WOULD YOU CARE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?"

Presiding officer comes forward and speaks

EMCEE:

"THANK YOU (PRESIDING OFFICER'S RANK AND LAST NAME)."

"THIS CONCLUDES OUR CEREMONY AND EVERYONE IS INVITED TO REMAIN FOR A FEW MINUTES AND CONGRATULATE ALL OF OUR PROMOTEES."

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