A noncommissioned officer is a military officer who has not earned a commission. Non-commissioned officers obtain their position of authority by promotion through the enlisted ranks. In contrast, commissioned officers enter direct from a military academy, are expected to have a university degree; the NCO corps includes all grades of corporal and sergeant. The naval equivalent includes all grades of petty officer. There are different classes of non-commissioned officers, including junior non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers; the non-commissioned officer corps has been referred to as "the backbone" of the armed services, as they are the primary and most visible leaders for most military personnel. Additionally, they are the leaders responsible for executing a military organization's mission and for training military personnel so they are prepared to execute their missions. NCO training and education includes leadership and management as well as service-specific and combat training.
Senior NCOs are considered the primary link between enlisted personnel and the commissioned officers in a military organization. Their advice and guidance are considered important for junior officers and in many cases to officers of all senior ranks. In the Australian Army, lance corporals and corporals are classified as junior NCOs, sergeants and staff sergeants are classified as senior NCOs and warrant officer class two and warrant officer class one are classified as warrant officers. In the New South Wales Police Force, NCOs perform supervisory and coordination roles; the ranks of probationary constable through to leading senior constable are referred to as "constables". All NCOs within the NSW Police are given a warrant of appointment under the Commissioner's hand and seal. All officers within the Australian Defence Force Cadets are non-commissioned. ADFC officers are appointed by the Director-General of their respective branch. In Brazil, a non-commissioned officer is called "Graduado" and includes the ranks from corporal to sub-lieutenant, the latter being equivalent to warrant officers.
In the Canadian Forces, the Queen's Regulations and Orders formally defined a non-commissioned officer as "A Canadian Forces member holding the rank of Sergeant or Corporal." In the 1990s, the term "non-commissioned member" was introduced to indicate all ranks in the Canadian Forces from recruit to chief warrant officer. By definition, with the unification of the CF into one service, the rank of sergeant included the naval rank of petty officer 2nd class, corporal includes the naval rank of leading seaman. NCOs are divided into two categories: junior non-commissioned officers, consisting of corporals/leading seamen and master corporals/master seamen. In the Royal Canadian Navy, the accepted definition of "NCO" reflects the international use of the term. Junior non-commissioned officers billet with privates and seamen. Conversely, senior non-commissioned officers billet with warrant officers; as a group, NCOs rank below warrant officers. The term "non-commissioned members" includes these ranks.
In the Finnish Defence Force, NCO's includes all ranks from corporal to sergeant major. Ranks of lance corporal and leading seaman are considered not to be NCO ranks; this ruling applies to all branches of service and to the troops of the Border Guard. In France and most former French colonies, the term sous-officier is a class of ranks between the rank-and-file and commissioned officers. Corporals belong to the rank-and-file. Sous-officiers include two subclasses: "subalternes" and "supérieurs". "Sous-officiers supérieurs" can perform various functions within a regiment or battalion, including commanding a platoon or section. In Germany and German-speaking countries like Austria, the term Unteroffizier describes a class of ranks between normal enlisted personnel and officers. In this group of ranks there are, in Germany, two other classes: Unteroffiziere mit Portepee and Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee, both containing several ranks, which in Austria would be Unteroffiziere and Höhere Unteroffiziere.
Tara Kemp is an American singer, signed to the Giant Records label. She is best known for her two top ten 1991 singles "Hold You Tight" and "Piece of My Heart." "Hold You Tight" achieved RIAA gold status and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was No. 25 for the year on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1991. It peaked at No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart. It was followed by another Top 10 single, "Piece of My Heart", which reached No. 7 in July 1991 and came in at No. 84 for the year. Kemp's quick success was short-lived, however. 95, with further releases failing to chart at all. She recorded a song titled "Action Speaks Louder Than Words,", featured on the soundtrack for the Fox television series, Beverly Hills, 90210. "Come Correct" was released in 1994. Giant Records folded not long thereafter. In 2013, Kemp launched a Facebook page and YouTube channel containing new photography, uploads of vintage material and teasers to a new track called "Water." In 2014 and 2015, Kemp revealed in interviews.
In April 2016, Kemp released "Paris in Spring", her first single in 22 years, as a charity single to benefit victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks. Tara Kemp at Allmusic Tara Kemp discography at Discogs Tara Kemp on IMDb
Nils Severin Lynge Hansteen was a Norwegian painter. He was known principally for his landscape painting as well as his marine art featuring ships in a stormy seas. Nils Hansteen painted with motifs from marine and forest environments, his art is on exhibit at a number of public art museum throughout Norway including Trondheim Kunstmuseum, as well as the Kunstforening in Drammen and the Kunstmuseene in Bergen. Two of his paintings, including Snøtykke, are owned by the National Gallery of Norway. Nils Hansteen was born in the county of Nordland, Norway, he first attended a technical college in Trondheim to study mechanical engineering. He subsequently attended the Bergslien School of Art where he studied under Knud Bergslien and Morten Müller during 1873 and with Peder Thurmann Cappelen at the Royal Drawing and Art School, he studied under Hans Gude in Karlsruhe where Gude led him into marine painting and influenced his artistic development. He lived in Munich and Italy. In 1881, he came back to Norway, was resident in Christiania until his death, except the period 1887 to 1892 when he stayed in Copenhagen.
Was a member for Norway of the exposition committee at Nordic Exhibition of 1888. Artworks by Nils Hansteen Nils Hansteen - Artworks