Basic Officer Leader Course

Wednesday April 25, 2007

What is it? Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) is a three phase training program to provide initial military training for officers in both active and reserve components.

- BOLC Phase I. Phase I is the pre-commissioning phase. It includes all required preparatory training at the U.S. Military Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Officer Candidate Schools and Direct Commissioned Officers.
- BOLC Phase II. Phase II is a new initial-entry, common core, field-leadership experience after Lieutenants are commissioned. BOLC II is a rigorous six-week, branch-immaterial course focused on small-unit leadership and tactics designed to challenge officers physically and mentally. Fort Benning, GA and Fort Sill, OK host this phase.
- BOLC Phase III. Phase III is the branch technical phase where Lieutenants will learn the specialized skills, doctrine, tactics and techniques of their assigned branch. Since BOLC III is branch-specific, these courses are taught at the appropriate TRADOC schoolhouse or training center and range from 6 to 15 weeks.

What has the Army done? The Army created a common core, tactical leadership phase of training - BOLC II. The old style of training at the schools/centers has been revamped to make greater use of experiential training to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the branch-specific course. All is part of the transformation of the Officer Education System so it better supports the goals of increased readiness, greater relevance of the force, and a more Joint and expeditionary Army.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue to identify training shortfalls from the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE) using a Gap Analysis process to improve training for BOLC I, II and III. Those gaps will be identified, prioritized and integrated into training as the COE changes.

Why is this important to the Army? BOLC is developing leaders with a common warrior experience - more competent, confident and adaptable - effective at solving problems, making rapid decisions, and leading Soldiers in any COE. Each leader will be ready to train and lead small units in combat immediately upon arrival at his or her first unit of assignment.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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