Army Leadership Class comes to Fort Bragg
December 9, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - In an effort to cut cost, the Army continues to use mobile training teams to meet the training demands of Soldiers across America.
Rather than uprooting Soldier training groups and transporting them to conventional classrooms, the Army has cut costs by sending instructors to the students.
"The average class size for one instructor is sixteen students," said Staff Sgt. Sheneida Harvey, Fort Jackson Army Leadership Class, Noncommissioned officer Academy instructor. "It just makes more sense for the Army to send me somewhere as oppose to packing up a whole class, paying for a rental car, food and all the things associated with travel.
"Even though these Soldiers aren't being instructed in the so called 'designated classrooms' where these classes are normally taught, they are still getting all the same training and good information that goes into the actual course," she said.
Harvey takes the job of educating future NCO leaders seriously and tries to maintain the courses educational integrity even while away from her actual school.
"The teaching environment here is a little different," said Harvey, "but we are still putting out the same good information to the students."
The class puts an emphasis on teaching 42 Alphas how to lead, as well as how to command situations that would call for them to educate others on what they have learned. Part of the training that goes into the course was a community project and the Soldiers are not only expected to participate, but they are also expected to implement the training within their own units.
"This course is great because we get to learn more about our jobs," said Staff Sgt. Vagif Seidov of Headquarters and Headquarter Detachment, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group.
"As Part of the training we were allowed to choose a community service project that allowed us to give back because as noncommissioned officers, we should encourage Soldiers we lead to be a part of the community."