U.S. Security Cooperation Office Marks Six Years of Engagements with Kazakhstan’s Non-Commissioned Officer Corps

United States Security Cooperation Office Marks Six Years of Engagements with Kazakhstan’s Non-Commissioned Officer Corps to Improve Effectiveness of Military Training & Operations

Since 2015, SCO-Kazakhstan has facilitated four military training teams and multiple engagements to improve the effectiveness and organizational capacity for Kazakhstan’s Non-Commissioned Officer Corps.

The first military training event took place six years ago in Schuchinsk, where the United States Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization (USASATMO) team conducted a 4-week Drill Instructor Course to certify the “first ever” Kazakhstani Drill Instructors.

The 5 member MTT conducted classroom and hands-on range events from 19 June – 20 July 2015 and 36 Kazakhstani sergeants from all services were certified as their nation’s very first drill instructors on 20 July. Class award winners were Snr SGT Yerkebulan Serikbayev (Land Navigation), Sgt3 class Azamat Zhakupov (Physical Training), SFC Albert Aidarkhayev (Leadership), Snr Sgt Ruslan Kenishbayev (Marksmanship). Another 47 sergeants were trained to become drill instructors in summer 2016 and another 16 in 2018.

The development of the NCO Corps is one of the most successful and promising areas of reform within the Kazakhstani MoD professionalization program.

The utilization of non-commissioned officers is a means of delegating authority to lower levels of leadership once appropriate education and training has been provided and is credited for allowing many nations around the world employ more agile, responsive, and efficient military operations with greater tactical advantages.