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Non-commissioned officers who know their soldiers well will be better able to thwart problems and meet challenges when they arise, the Army’s senior-most enlisted leader has said.

“When we focus in on fit, disciplined and well-trained teams, we’re going to drive down all the negatives that happen to us on a daily basis,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston told a virtual audience in an Oct. 13 speech during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting and exposition.

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By imparting upon troops the importance of caring for each other, Grinston said, NCOs will be able to help the Army finally mitigate long-standing issues like sexual harassment, assault and suicide. He wants to see NCOs correct unwanted behavior with the intent of teaching soldiers why it is wrong, rather than merely meting out punishment.

“The whole point of correction is not to just say, ‘Hey, I can have you do some pushups.’ It’s about your ability to do something when you see something wrong,” Grinston said.