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:
- Warrior Leader Course, the first line leader course through which Soldiers transition to NCOs possessed of the knowledge and skills that will enable them to be technically and tactically proficient leaders.
- Basic NCO Course (BNCOC), through which section and squad leaders become masters of their military occupational specialties (MOSs) as well as expert trainers and training managers. BNCOC focuses on leading and training inside the platoon formation and provides the initial exposure to core staff skills needed inside the battalion formation.
- Advanced NCO Course, focusing on equipping the platoon sergeant for leading and training inside the company formation and expanding the NCO’s staff skills to those needed inside the brigade formation.
- Sergeants Major Course, the capstone of the NCOES that aims to produce senior NCOs with the ability to lead in combat and manage at battalion and higher levels.
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.