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Non-Commissioned Officer Education System

What is it?
The current Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) is a military education system that maintains a blend of leadership and technical training to develop leaders for current and future requirements of the Army within the context of an Army at war and Joint and expeditionary capabilities. Elements of the system include the following:

What has the Army done?
The NCOES is transforming to better meet the needs of an Army at war and to develop the NCO for current and future requirements of the Army within the context of the contemporary operational environment (COE) and the impact of Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) processes. The Army is redesigning and revising all courses to produce leaders who are culturally aware and highly skilled across the full spectrum of operations as part of the Joint team.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to require Soldiers and leaders who are steeped in war fighting capabilities and doctrine, and knowledgeable and experienced in how to analyze the ability of their units to operate and sustain themselves on the battlefield. Lessons learned are being integrated into curricula, including combat veterans’ experiences as well as observations and analyses of pre deployment, deployment, and post deployment operations.

Why is this important to the Army?
The current COE demands strategically agile and adaptive leaders who are broadly skilled and able to transition smoothly among disparate mission sets and proficient in full-spectrum operations.