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Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Courses

What is it?
The Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) and the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC) provide leadership training to mid-career noncommissioned officers (NCO). The BNCOC is designed for staff sergeants with 8 to 10 years of service. The ANCOC is geared toward sergeants first class, with 10 to 14 years of service. Both courses are currently under transformation in order to accelerate development of the Army's enlisted Soldiers by migrating tasks down and training Soldiers earlier. The Advanced Leader's Course (ALC) will replace BNCOC, and the Senior Leader's Course (SLC) will replace ANCOC.

On September 15, 2007, the Chief of Staff of the Army authorized the development of a Structured Self-Development Program (SSD) for NCOs. Under this plan, Soldiers will complete up to 80 hours of distributed learning instruction during the period between resident courses. The instruction contained in SSD will supplement residential institutional and unit training and will also cover topics not trained in another domain.

Content for the ALC will include content required for success at both the squad and platoon level and will include relevant parts of the current ANCOC. The scope of the tasks and competencies addressed in ALC will provide the squad and platoon level perspectives where appropriate. Tasks that focus primarily on the squad level will be evaluated for migration downward to the Warrior Leader Course (WLC) and SSD- 2.

Content for the SLC will include content required for success at both the platoon and company level. Relevant parts of the current First Sergeants Course will be migrated into the SLC and SSD- 4. The scope of the tasks and competencies addressed in SLC will provide the platoon and company level perspectives where appropriate. Tasks that focus primarily at the platoon level will be evaluated for migration downward to the ALC and SSD-3.

What has the Army done?
The Army has completed the redesign of BNCOC core content to a web-based delivery media. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has completed three validation pilots and will conduct the final pilot in January 2009, using a group of geographically dispersed students. Following the final pilot, the Army will begin a phased implementation effort with a goal of all students receiving the course via the web by FY11. This will allow NCOs greater flexibility in completing the common core. We are also incorporating SSD into the NCO development program to provide opportunities for additional training between institutional training opportunities.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The TRADOC schools are currently redesigning their BNCOC and ANCOC to become ALC and SLC, respectively, with an implementation date of October 1, 2009. Army TRADOC is also evaluating a new course designed to provide staff skills for assignments above the Brigade Combat Team level. This training may be provided either through a new NCO Staff Course or as a modification to the current BNCOC.

Why is this important to the Army?
The transformation of the noncommissioned officer education system (NCOES) provides training and education, aligned with the Army Force Generation process, at the right place and at the right time. It provides NCOs flexibility to attend and complete training at more convenient times and locations. It also allows NCOs to complete SSD while deployed. A transformed NCOES will develop broadly-skilled NCOs who think and adapt quickly by accelerating development and preparing them to operate at higher levels of responsibility.

 
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