Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Sword

Learn the history of the sword carried by NCOs and SNCOs in the Marine Corps.
Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Sword
Posted on 4/15/2022

Adopted in 1859, the United States Marine Corps NCO sword is carried by Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs).

Currently used solely for ceremonial purposes, the M1859 NCO sword was introduced by the sixth Commandant of the Marine Corps, Colonel John Harris in recognition of the leadership of NCOs/SNCOs in combat.


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