Welcome to The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence

  • NCOL CoE provides Professional Military Education that develops enlisted leaders to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

Since 1972 the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, has developed, integrated, and delivered education and training readiness for the Army graduating hundreds of thousands of Soldiers from various Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System courses. To meet the needs of NCO 2025 and beyond, a need arose to reorganize the USASMA mission. On June 22, 2018, The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence was established to meet that mission allowing the USASMA to focus on its original mission, that of a special preparation source for the Army’s NCO elite. The Center is headed by a three-star level nominative command sergeant major and is supported by a world-class staff and academic faculty.

Our mission is to provide professional military education that develops enlisted into fit, disciplined, well-educated professionals capable of meeting  the challenges of an increasingly complex world..

ATTENTION!! The Basic Leader Course – Redesigned – launches August 3 and the Distributed Leader Course I will launch this Fall. Check out the Fact Sheets below.

BLC Fact Sheet with FAQs

DLC Fact Sheet with FAQs

NCOL CoE holds inaugural Facilitator of the Year competition






By David Crozier, Command Communications

Across the Army’s 33 NCO Academies facilitators, formerly known as instructors, are leading military education classes for Soldiers preparing to become noncommissioned officers and master sergeants. During the weekend of October 13-14, the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence held a competition to see who the best was at facilitating the Basic Leader Course and the Master leader Course.

“Each of these competitors were selected to represent their academy,” Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Simmons, director of NCO Professional Development and Education said. “They volunteered to be here.”

Simmons explained the competitors were selected to represent their academy through an arduous process that began at their academy and included a digital board conducted by members of the Center of Excellence.

Once selected, the competitors were tested over the two-day event on their physical fitness, their facilitation of a 20 minutes class using the Experiential Leaning Model, and their ability to answer a 5-essay test. A total of nine Soldiers competed in the inaugural event: Staff Sgts. Johnnie Ayala from the Fort Dix, New Jersey NCOA; Vanessa R. Carillo from the 7th Army NCOA in Germany; Jeremy S. Dodge from the Fort Indiantown Gap NCOA in Pennsylvania; Jimmee S. Laster from the Fort Bragg NCOA in North Carolina; Sgts. 1st Class Andre Mangual from the Fort Dix NCOA; Michael V. Davis from Joint Base Lewis-McChord NCOA in Washington; Master Sgts. Colbie T. Jackson from JBLM NCOA; Aaron L. Griffing from Fort Bragg NCOA; and Larry D. Foreman from Fort Dix NCOA.  …Read More

Redesigned Basic Leader Course: Changing Paradigms

The redesigned Basic Leader Course is one of several NCO Professional Military Educations courses that is changing the way the Army educates is enlisted leaders. Above, Staff Sgt. Marquita Davis, a facilitator at the 101st Airborne NCO Academy, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, observes students in the classroom work through a problem using team dynamics and collaboration.

By David Crozier, Command Communications

Since the development of the Primary Leadership Course in the late 1970s, the way to train potential junior leaders has been as regimented as the way Soldiers how to fire their weapons. Teaching consisted of instructors imparting step-by-step procedures of how to’s without the why’s and consequences of failure to achieve mission success. A normal 2-hour block of instruction consisted of “Death by PowerPoint”. With the newly redesigned Basic Leader Course, now being taught using the Experiential Learning Method at every NCO Academy, that paradigm is a thing of the past.

“I think today’s course is more on target and more in line with what adult learning should be and that is backed up by educational theory,” Theresa “Tess” Spagna, BLC course manager, Directorate Curriculum Development and Education, NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, said. “The Experiential Learning Model is not facilitator-centric, it’s student-centric and research shows that if [students] are engaged, if they are responsible for their learning, they retain it.”

Spagna said that is exactly what the redesigned BLC does – education in a collaborative, safe, environment where students are able to open up to one another and discuss things.

“They are learning things and find things on their own. Facilitators are there to guide them in the right direction,” she said. “It’s like the old saying, we are no longer the sage on the stage, we are the guide on the side.”

Focused on the six Leader Core Competencies of Readiness, Leadership, Training Management, Communications, Operations, and Program Management, the redesigned Basic Leader Course is designed to build leader and. … Read More


What to expect for the new BLC

Many discussions are happening across the Army about what the newly redesign Basic Leader Course will be like. Below are some of the big changes for the Basic Leader Course:

  • Minimal PowerPoint slides (No Death by PowerPoint)
  • Emphasis is on collaborative learning (students working in groups through difficult issues) instead of lecture-type lessons
  • Teaching students “How to think” instead of “What to think”
  • Students become trainers of Skill Level 1 tasks instead of training on Skill Level 1 tasks themselves (Land navigation will be executed differently)
  • Emphasis is on thinking, writing, speaking and training as a leader

What Is NCOL CoE For?

To Develop, Integrate and Deliver Education and Training Readiness.

What Do We Do?

We Develop, Teach, Maintain. Train. Distribute, Operate


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