Backbone of the Army
A group of senior noncommissioned officers sit patiently waiting for their names to be called during Fort Stewart Georgia's first ever Master Leader Course graduation ceremony July 31. Although the Army has been developing and refining the MLC for the past two years, it became a requirement for sergeants first class to be promoted to master sergeant under the Select, Train, Educate and Promote (STEP) policy on January 1, 2017. (Official U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)