Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 28

Members of the Jordan Armed Forces ( JAF) march outside at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, 21 September 2009. The JAF is working to strengthen their noncommissioned officer corps and make it the backbone of their forces. (Cpl. Jordan Johnson, 13th Public Affairs Detachment) 26 Setting aside speculation as to the causes, this article focuses on describing steps the U.S. Army took from 2010 to 2013 to help its Jordanian partners build a functioning and empowered NCO corps. It describes each step taken and the thought process behind it. The authors hope these observations will be useful to others supporting partners who face similar cultural and organizational hurdles in professionalizing and modernizing their armed forces. Tasting Real Combat Combat was the impetus to change in the JAF. The son of one of Jordan’s first sergeants major trained by the British, Jordanian Lt. Gen. Mashal al Zaben, chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs September-October 2014  MILITARY REVIEW