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with and shadow U.S. NCOs. Basically, this was an opportunity for the Jordanian NCOs to observe to the best possible example of U.S. Army NCOs conducting their daily duties, interacting with the soldiers and officers of their units, and, most importantly, exercising small-unit NCO leadership. Deployment to Afghanistan. The final step in the plan called for all graduates of this program to deploy with JAF units to Afghanistan. Of 98 who graduated, 75 deployed to Afghanistan for a six-month tour and returned with combat experience. The graduates who did not deploy were assigned to JAF Headquarters or to the JAF Lessons Learned Center, both in Amman, Jordan. Overcoming Program Challenges Not surprisingly, there were Sgt. 1st Class Sidney Curtis (right) Arabian Peninsula/Levant Branch NCO-in-charge, walks challenges throughout the prowith Jordanian Maj. Ibraheem Al-Garalleh at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, 21 cess of moving approximately one September 2011. Curtis was one of four senior noncommissioned officers who traveled to Jordan to discuss procedures and ideas for strengthening the Jordanian noncommissioned hundred NCOs through training officer corps. whose English skills and exposure to Western armies were limited. Some of the key challenges experienced were that— Building a Jordanian The process took a long time—over two years. Noncommissioned Officer Course There were significant cultural differences to After successfully training 98 NCOs in the United overcome between Jordanian and American soldiers. States, the logical next step was to support the JAF Jordanian NCOs were unab K܈[