The Sergeants Major of the Army adds to the growing literature on the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Corps, which has always stood proudly in the front ranks to serve the nation in war and peace. Daniel K. Elder and his fellow contributors tell two stories, an institutional one and a personal one. In the first part of the book they discuss the origin and growth of the Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, explaining why someone saw a need for such an office and identifying who supported it in its infancy, who made it work, and why it has succeeded as well as it has. In the second part they introduce photographic portraits and biographical vignettes on the soldiers who have occupied this most important post over the past forty years, providing insights into their character, motivations, goals, and accomplishments. The career and life stories of the SMAs are both inspirational and instructive, giving today’s soldiers a useful perspective as the Army once again endeavors to transform itself into an even more effective institution.