Basic Leadership Courses (SSD I/BLC/SSD II)


MSG. Kevin L. Kendrick
Course Manager

Distributed Leaders Course Level I

The Distributed Leaders Course (DLC) level I course teaches initial term Soldiers to communicate ideas and thoughts clearly, recognize the need for strong character and values, demonstrate tactical and technical competence, and take initiative to become a lifelong learner by exploring interests and pursuing a civilian education. Structured Self-Development level I is a prerequisite for the Basic Leader Course.

Basic Leader Course

The Basic Leader Course prepares corporals and specialists to execute the duties of a team leader who assumes responsibility to employ comprehensive Soldier fitness elements for self and subordinates, promotes readiness for all contingencies instilling teamwork and collaboration by applying training management principles, thinks critically through sensitive leadership and counseling situations with total ownership of decisions, takes accountability for character development in self and subordinates, and confidently communicates time sensitive information through the chain of command.

Structured Self-Development II

The Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II course prepares sergeants to react to cultural dynamics in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment; develop self and subordinates to use sound and ethical judgement; be an agile and a multi-skilled leader in the operating environment even when information is ambiguous and uncertain; and be accountable with moral and ethical character when managing programs. Structured Self-Development level II is a prerequisite for the Advanced Leader Course.

SSD Help Desk

Mr. George Guzman (915) 744-2370

Course Manager

MSG Kevin Kendrick (915) 744-8318

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