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The JAF, like most of the armies of its Arab neighbors, lacks a well-developed, professionally trained, and empowered NCO corps. This likely is attributable to cultural factors as well as the fact that the JAF still operates using a highly directive centralized command system dominated by officers down to the lowest level, rather than a mission command model.1 Understanding why Middle Eastern armies such as Jordan’s lack a MILITARY REVIEW  September-October 2014 professional NCO corps would certainly make for a worthy study of itself. Among other intriguing questions is to what extent the deficiency of small-unit NCO leadership among front-line units has contributed to a shortage of significant military victories and decisive operations among Arab armies over the past century. This was especially so when they were operating against armies with well-developed NCO leadership. Prince of Jordan Faisal Bin Al-Hussein, Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander, U.S. Central Command, and Jordanian Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mashal Zaben converse moments before a combined arms live fire exercise demonstration in Jebel Petra, Jordan, 5 June 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo Master Sgt. Will Price, Marine Corps Forces Central Command) 25