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Noncommissioned Officer Professional
Development System (NCOPDS) Requirements


The Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development
System (NCOPDS) is the keystone for NCO development.
The NCOPDS establishes an organizational framework to
develop the next generation of competent and committed
NCOs.


NCO's develop as leaders throughout their career through
progressive and sequential processes.  These processes
incorporate training, education, and experience across
three learning domains--Institutional, Operational, and
Self-Development.


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Basic Leaders Course (BLC) is a branch-immaterial
course that provides basic leadership training. BLC
provides Soldiers an opportunity to acquire the leader
skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead team-
level size units. BLC is a four week, non-MOS specific
course conducted at sixteen Noncommissioned Officer
Academies (NCOA) worldwide.

  • Completion of DLC Level 1 is a prerequisite for
    attendance at BLC. Priority goes to SGT and SPC(P)
    who have not yet attended. Effective January 1, 2016,
    promotion to SGT requires Soldiers to complete BLC
    before pinning on the rank of SGT.

  • Scheduling for BLC is done at installation level except
    for USAR-AGR Soldiers.

Advanced Leaders Course (ALC) is a branch-specific
course that provides Soldiers selected for promotion to
SSG an opportunity to enhance leadership, technical
skill, tactical expertise and experience needed to lead
squad-size units.

  • Completion of DLC Level 2 is a prerequisite for
    attendance at ALC. Priority goes to SSG and SGT(P)
    who have not yet attended. Effective January 1, 2016,
    promotion to SSG requires Soldiers to complete ALC
    before pinning on the rank of SSG.

  • Military Schools Branch is responsible for scheduling
    ALC


Seniors Leaders Course (SLC) is a branch-specific
course that provides an opportunity for Soldiers selected
for promotion to SFC to acquire the leader, technical, and
tactical skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead
platoon-size units.

  • Completion of DLC Level 3 is a prerequisite for
    attendance at SLC. Priority goes to SFC and SSG(P)
    who have not yet attended. Effective upon release of
    the FY 16 SFC Promotion Board, promotion to SFC
    requires Soldiers to complete SLC before pinning on the
    rank of SFC.

  • Military Schools Branch is responsible for scheduling
    SLC.



Master Leaders Course (MLC) is a branch-immaterial
course that provides an opportunity for Soldiers selected
for promotion to MSG to acquire the leader skills required
for success at both troop and staff assignments
throughout the defense establishment. MLC is now a pre-
requisite for promotion to MSG.

  • Military Schools Branch is responsible for scheduling
    MLC.


Sergeants Major Course (SMC) is the capstone of
enlisted training. Master Sergeants are prepared for both
troop and staff assignments throughout the defense
establishment. The SMC is task based and performance
oriented. Areas of study include leadership, combat
operations, sustainment operations, team building,
communication skills, training management, and
professional development electives.

  • Completion of SSD Level 4 is a prerequisite for
    attendance at SMC.  MSG promotable only, will attend
    SMC. Promotion to SGM requires Soldiers to complete
    SMC before pinning on the rank of SGM. The SMC is a
    ten-month resident course conducted at Fort Bliss, TX.
    Selected individuals may complete the SMC by
    corresponding studies. Attendance to resident or non-
    resident training is determined by a Department of the
    Army Selection Board. Soldiers selected will attend the
    next resident SMC. Soldiers may be deferred for
    compassionate or medical reasons, but they may not
    decline once selected.

  • Military Schools Branch is responsible for scheduling
    SMC.

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