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Commandants Pre-Command Course graduates final pilot class

Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese, commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy welcomes the students to the final pilot class of the Commandants Pre-command Course October 17 in the Shugart Conference room at the Academy. The course is a first of its kind developed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com¬mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO.
Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese, commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy welcomes the students to the final pilot class of the Commandants Pre-command Course October 17 in the Shugart Conference room at the Academy. The course is a first of its kind developed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com¬mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO.

The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas, handed out certificates of graduation October 23, to the 13 students who made up the final pilot class of the Commandants Pre-Command Course.

Before handing out the certificates to the seven commandants, three deputy commandants and one incoming Sergeants Major Course director, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese, USASMA’s 21st commandant, made a few remarks about the course and its ultimate goal.

“Hopefully you got something out of this. Our goal for this (course) is for it to be a dynamic, and by dynamic I mean we will change it based on input and the needs of our commandants and deputy commandants out in the force. We also want it to be relevant to the position that you are in,” Defreese said. “We don’t train to do this kind of a job so my hope is that we have given you some tools and if not you need to tell us.”

Defreese urged the graduates to inclusive in their role as commandant.

“Never forget to input compassion and understanding when you are dealing with your students. By the time it gets to you for a drop (or other administrative issue), that you are looking at both sides,” Defreese said. “You are not just the staff and faculty commandant; you are the commandant for the students and the staff and faculty. (Remember) the reason you are the commandant is because you are looking at both sides and you are the person who says, ‘I believe this is the right way to go.’”

On the job for only 60 days as the commandant of the NCO Academy at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer said attending the course was very beneficial.

“When I first got (to Fort Shafter) I was inundated with a lot of stuff and not really understanding anything. Coming here to this course with everything they have provided has given me a basis for really what my job is and what I should be looking for,” he said. “More importantly than the things they taught in the course was the ability to talk to the other commandants who have been in position for a while. They give context to everything and allow me to balance a little bit more on what should be done and methods to do it.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Alma Zeladaparedes, who will soon take over as commandant of the NCO Academy at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, said she came to the course with no knowledge of what a commandant is.

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, command sergeant major of Training and Doctrine Command, spent two hours on the morning of October 22, with the students of the Commandants Pre-command course discussing the different roles of the commandant as well as several TRADOC initiatives. The course is a first of its kind developed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com¬mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO.
Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, command sergeant major of Training and Doctrine Command, spent two hours on the morning of October 22, with the students of the Commandants Pre-command course discussing the different roles of the commandant as well as several TRADOC initiatives. The course is a first of its kind developed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com¬mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO.

“I came here empty. You know you have your rucksack and it is empty. Here from day one I collected so many things that I can say that now I am in full battle rattle, fully equipped, with what I need to do to be successful,” Zeladaparedes said. “Being around this network of sergeants major and mentors who have been successful, to know that network is amazing; to know that I can come here empty handed and leave with this amount of knowledge because what they know, I know because all I have to do is reach out to them. That’s amazing.”

While the course was developed to better prepare command sergeants major to take on the role of commandant, seats were also made available to deputy commandants to help them understand the complexities of commanding an academy. Attending the course was humbling for Sgt. Maj. Robyn Collier, deputy commandant of the NCO Academy at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and who has been in the position for about a year.

“I was honored to be invited to this class and see what other commandants and other deputies are doing,” she said. “I would have liked to attend something like this prior to taking on my duty as deputy. I fell that this is definitely beneficial in preparing you and giving you some insight on what goes on. What the mission command is all about. It is a really good course. They thought of a lot of things that are very important to being a commandant.”

Sgt. Maj. Jude Landry, course manager for USASMA, said he believed the course was on track to be very valuable and does not believe there will be many changes going into the future.

“Most of the changes I see that will take place are just continuing to keep up with Army transformation. Regulations are constantly changing, so we need to stay on top of that,” he said. “There were couple of instances where things changed in October, regulatory guidance change, and we didn’t have time to get it into the current course, the mentors and the (subject matter experts) were able to articulate those changes in the classroom. So we were able to put out the most up-to-date information we could possibly do.”

Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Dominguez, course facilitator for the final pilot class called the class “phenomenal.”

“I think it is a phenomenal course, something that we cannot let die out,” he said. “We need to continue to push it because as a command sergeant major at a brigade level your roles and responsibilities are different than a commandant in a command position. This course gave the students the tools they need to know as a commandant.”

Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer, commandant of the NCO Academy at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, accepts his certificate of graduation from Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese October 23. The Commandants Pre-Command Course is a first of its kind developed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com¬mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO. The first class consisted of 12 students who are either currently serving as a commandant or deputy commandant, or are preparing to take over those duties.
Command Sgt. Maj. John McDwyer, commandant of the NCO Academy at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, accepts his certificate of graduation from Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese October 23. The Commandants Pre-Command Course is a first of its kind developed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com¬mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO. The first class consisted of 12 students who are either currently serving as a commandant or deputy commandant, or are preparing to take over those duties.

The biggest takeaway for most of the students, besides learning what their right and left limits are as an enlisted commander/commandant, was the importance of networking.

“How big relationships are with your installation, between all of the commandants where you have can help each other out so that you are not reinventing the wheel and there is somebody out there if you have a question,” said McDwyer. “You are not alone. Sometimes as a commandant you feel like you are alone because of all of your responsibilities, but there is a support network there to get you the right answers to make sure you are not messing up.”

The Commandants Pre-command Course is a challenging week-long 50-hour course of instruction designed to prepare commandants and deputy commandants assigned in positions throughout the Army’s noncommissioned officer educational institution. It is designed to bring command sergeants major into those unique positions where they are actually executing com­mand-type leadership – a relationship that is not traditionally associated with being an NCO. It consists of instruction in 15 different topic areas: The Authorities of an Enlisted Comman­dant, Joint Ethics, Lines of Com­mand/Support, Training Management, Inventory Management/Property Accountability, Budget Manage­ment, Academy Manning, Course Administrative Requirements, Instructor Development program, Civilian Personnel Manage­ment System, Student records, Learning Theories and Styles, Law for Leaders, Registrar, and Accreditation. The initial proof of principle was conducted in September of 2013.

Academy embraces holiday spirit with 12 Days of USASMA

The students and families of Sergeants Major Course Class 64 joined forces with the Staff, Faculty and families of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy to celebrate the holiday season Ultima-style with the 12 Days of USASMA.

The Fort Bliss Bell Choir entertains the USASMA family during opening ceremonies of the 12 Days of USASMA. The bell choir has been a staple of the Academy’s holidays events for several years and are always well received.
The Fort Bliss Bell Choir entertains the USASMA family during opening ceremonies of the 12 Days of USASMA. The bell choir has been a staple of the Academy’s holidays events for several years and are always well received.

The annual event began on Dec. 4 with the International Holiday Celebration and tree lighting ceremony which attendees were treated to a musical compilation from the Fort Bliss Hand Bell Choir, and songs of the season from the USASMA Carolers and Word of Life Combined Choir. Attendees also learned a bit of Christmas culture from abroad with presentations of how Christmas is celebrated in Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. Following the opening ceremony Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, USASMA commandant, brought everyone outside for the lighting of the Academy’s Christmas Tree.

Surrounded by children, Malloy commenced the countdown and within seconds The 12 Days of USASMA were officially in full gear to include the introduction of Santa with candy canes for the children.

“One of the biggest reasons why we do the 12 Days of USASMA is because one of the most important assets the Army has, and which leads to a lot of our success, is the families,” Malloy said. So when you look at the holiday season, especially around the Christmas events, we leverage the opportunity to do different things for the families. You have the 12 days of Christmas so we just changed it upon a little bit to the 12 days of USASMA and have events so that we could open up a broad window on the calendar for families to come out and participate in various scheduled events as their schedules allowed.”

The Sergeants Major Course Class 64 Carolers entertains the crowd with some Christmas favorites during opening ceremonies of the 12 Days of USASMA.
The Sergeants Major Course Class 64 Carolers entertains the crowd with some Christmas favorites during opening ceremonies of the 12 Days of USASMA.

Each night from Dec. 4 through Dec. 13, weekend not included, the Academy planned different activities for the families that included pictures with Santa; movie nights with pajama contests, popcorn, hot cocoa; the reading of the “Night before Christmas;” a Magic show; Holiday Treat night featuring foods from around the world; and the Bus tour of Holiday Lights which culminated with a stop at Fred Loya’s holiday of lights spectacular in East El Paso.

“One of our strongest supporters year after year has been Fred Loya and the Christmas light show that he puts on. It really sends a strong message and sets the example for what it means to give,” Malloy said. “He starts setting up his lights in August and it is an absolutely first-class professional event. Then on a Wednesday and Thursday night each year he opens up his home for special sessions for the Sergeants Major Academy and their families. This year we took about eight bus loads of families over to see his light show. Absolutely a first class event and is really one of the highlights of what we do during the 12 days of USASMA. “

The event was the culmination of planning from the entire Academy, Malloy said, and is just another example of Team Ultima and how it does business.

USASMA families get a close up look at the festival of lights on the property of Fred Loya during the Bus Tour of Holiday Lights portion of the 12 Days of USASMA. Each year Fred Loya puts on two special shows exclusively for USASMA and its family members.
USASMA families get a close up look at the festival of lights on the property of Fred Loya during the Bus Tour of Holiday Lights portion of the 12 Days of USASMA. Each year Fred Loya puts on two special shows exclusively for USASMA and its family members.

“Between the entire Academy, each one of them took a portion of the 12 Days of USASMA and worked it. The students of Class 64 did a phenomenal job with the opening ceremonies and all of the events associated with that all the way up to the closing events with the international students lead by the international military student office. The Staff and Faculty directorate as well as the Sergeants Major Course and the Fort Bliss NCO Academy did an amazing job on the 12 Days of USASMA. It was a huge success.”

Arnett assumes leadership of Fort Bliss NCO Academy

 

Photo by David Crozier, USASMA Command Sgt. Maj. Marion Arnett receives the NCO Academy colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Wesley Weygandt, deputy commandant of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, during a change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 15 in the academy’s Cooper Lecture Center, while Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Forsyth looks on. The passing of the unit colors signifies the changing of responsibility from one commandant to the other and puts full faith and confidence in the ability to command with fairness and impartiality and to train and mentor and care for the welfare of the Soldiers.

Photo by David Crozier, USASMA

Command Sgt. Maj. Marion Arnett receives the NCO Academy colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Wesley Weygandt, deputy commandant of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, during a change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 15 in the academy’s Cooper Lecture Center, while Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Forsyth looks on. The passing of the unit colors signifies the changing of responsibility from one commandant to the other and puts full faith and confidence in the ability to command with fairness and impartiality and to train and mentor and care for the welfare of the Soldiers.

The Fort Bliss Noncommissioned Officer Academy changed leadership Aug. 15 as Command Sgt. Maj. Marion Arnett assumed the responsibility as the commandant from Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Forsyth during a change of responsibility ceremony held at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Command Sgt. Maj. Wesley Weygandt, USASMA’s deputy commandant, presided over the change of responsibility and gave remarks after the unit colors were passed between the outgoing and incoming NCO Academy commandants.

“Today we are changing out the guard of one of the most challenging positions that an NCO could ever serve,” Weygandt said. “This is a position where command sergeants major are asked to demonstrate their incredible resolve and fortitude and step well outside their comfort zone to perform command-like duties; something that is unfamiliar and quite frankly uncomfortable for an NCO.”

Weygandt said the Army only selects the best to fill a commandant position and that it did right selecting Forsyth to serve for the past 3 years and also did right in selecting Arnett as his replacement.

“The Army did well when they picked sergeant major Forsyth to serve in this position.  He has held the torch of leadership for more than three years and has performed exceptionally well expanding the role of the NCO academy in so many ways,” he said. “His academy has served as the test bed for proponency-adaptive initiatives for the Warrior Leaders Course. This was critical in ensuring new curricula systems and outcomes were on point before USASMA released the final product to the Army. He has lived through the evolution of three different programs of instruction changes and is narrowly escaping the start of the next generation change. He even led the charge in earning the title of institution of excellence.”

In addressing Arnett and his family, Weygandt expressed the Army’s confidence in his ability to continue the path of excellence into the future.

“I am sure that the Army has got it right as we are looking forward to you picking up the reigns and continuing to strive for excellence in educating the next generation of NCO leadership for our Army,” he said. “Please take solace in knowing that you are coming into a great family and we are proud to have you as part of this great ULTIMA team.”

Following Weygandt’s comments, Forsyth and Arnett addressed the crowd.

“Six thousand two hundred and seventy nine students, 139 internationals, 37 months, 34 cycles, 33 Saturdays, 24 training holidays, 5 piloted concepts, three curriculum changes, two first sergeants, one triennial accreditation, and zero smoke breaks,” Forsyth said.  “My assignment as the commandant has been fast, furious, and truly rewarding. I thank the dedication and devotion of all members of the NCOA both past and present. I attribute [the academy’s] success not to any one individual, but to the culminating efforts of all assigned.”

Arnett said that he wanted to keep things very short when addressing the crowd and thanked all for attending. He particularly thanked Forsyth for the easy transition of authority and that he understands he has big shoes to fill.

“I can’t do it by myself. It is not a one man or one woman thing to do,” he said. “I believe in one team one fight, and I am looking forward to moving forward and picking up where sergeant major Forsyth left off. I have two words for you – by example.”

Arnett comes to USASMA from an assignment with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Forsyth will transition to USASMA’s Directorate of Training as he prepares for his retirement after 31 years of service.  Forsyth is also the longest serving commandant of the Fort Bliss NCO Academy.

Structured Self-Development and Advanced Leaders Course – Common Core

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The Army’s vision in 2001, was to move to a learning environment enhanced by distance learning meant to bridge the operational and institutional domains of Army learning for enlisted Soldiers. By 2007, the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy began development of structured self-development and on Oct. 1, 2010, Structured Self-Development Level I was offered to the force, thus setting conditions for continuous growth and life-long learning throughout a Soldier’s career. SSD began as, and remains a program with individual and leader responsibilities.

In 2004, the Army directed the transformation of the Primary Leadership Development, Basic NCO, Advanced NCO and the Sergeants Major courses. What evolved from this was the Warrior Leader, Advanced Leader, and Senior Leader courses and a completely redesigned Sergeants Major Course. The BNCOC Phase I distance learning program was transformed into Advanced Leader Course- Common Core delivered via blackboard starting on Oct. 1, 2009. Soldiers must complete both the common core and MOS specific phases in order to successfully graduate the ALC.

Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Bailey, director of Structured Self-Development at the Sergeants Major Academy, speaks with the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers about Structured Self Development Sept. 13 during his visit to Camp Humphreys, Korea.
Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Bailey, director of Structured Self-Development at the Sergeants Major Academy, speaks with the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers about Structured Self Development Sept. 13 during his visit to Camp Humphreys, Korea.

Once launched, the force experienced difficulties in executing SSD and ALC-CC, some caused by technology, others caused by a lack of unit oversight to complete the courses. Structured Self- Development was never intended to be a completely self-developmental tool, but requires leader oversight which provides purpose, direction and motivation in getting Soldiers to meet the prerequisites for every level of NCOES. Likewise, leaders must have oversight and account for Soldier enrollment, progression, and completion of ALC-CC.

As the concept of SSD evolved so did its connectivity to NCOES. Army policy established each level of SSD as a prerequisite for attendance to the next NCOES course. Automatic enrollment into SSD Level I was implemented on Oct. 1, 2010, with an adjusted prerequisite date of April 1, 2013. The implementation date for SSD Level III for NCOs who graduated ALC occurred on May 19, 2011 with a prerequisite date of June 1, 2013. The implementation date for SSD Level IV, for NCOs who graduated SLC, occurred on May 19, 2011 with a prerequisite date of June 1, 2013. The implementation date for SSD Level V, for NCOs who graduated the Sergeants Major Course, is yet to be determined with a prerequisite date also yet to be determined. Each of the SSD courses contain upwards of 80 hours of study and Soldiers have three years to complete each of the four courses. Based on established prerequisites dates, Soldiers will now be denied enrollment to WLC if they have not successfully completed SSD I.

As of June 1, Soldiers will be denied enrollment to SLC and the SMC and the Sergeants Major Nonresident Course if they have not successfully completed SSD Level III and IV respectively. Having their ERB annotated with a “G” code showing successful completion and/or presenting an unaltered completion certificate will show proof of meeting the prerequisite. It is also incumbent upon component Army Training Reservation and Resource System managers to ensure Soldiers meet all prerequisites before making reservations to attend NCOES. Too often, USASMA is seeing Soldiers showing up to NCO academies without successfully completing the appropriate level of SSD, yet a training seat reservation was made by their ATRRS managers. This problem occurs when managers override the system to make the reservation. We are working with TRADOC to close this back door problem.

How SSD and ALC-CC work

In the Fall of 2012, USASMA developed a new graphic user interface and a series of templates to deliver a new interactive multimedia instructional design which resulted in immediate improvements in ease of access and functionality, and updated course content to be relevant to the issues facing today’s Soldiers. The first and most telling impact was a reduction of help desk trouble tickets from more than 8,000 a month to well under 500 with most due to operator inexperience. USASMA is currently engaged in transforming SSD Level III and IV to the same GUI delivery system as ALC-CC and working to transform SSD Level I and V by FY14. When fully developed, these courses provide USASMA with the means for rapid adaptability to changes in doctrine, processes, policies, procedures, and to ensure content is current, relevant, easily accessible, mobile compliant, and operationally user friendly – something that is being experienced now by Soldiers enrolled in ALC-CC. The courseware is built using ATSC’s business rules and best practices as well as private sector Web best practices.

 Where are we now?

A screen shot of an ALC-CC module utilizing the new graphics user interface.
A screen shot of an ALC-CC module utilizing the new graphics user interface.

The features of ALC-CC will also be the features developed for SSD. Below are the improvements we made to ALC-CC:

• Response times are 4x faster due to optimized communication with the Web server.

• The new GUI is compatible with today’s Web browsers and platforms including: iPhones, smartphones, IOS Android and Windows.

• The source files provide the means to rapidly develop and maintain content in real time.

• All lessons include page numbers and progress bars to queue students to where they are in the lesson, and bookmarking is built-in for every page in the browser.

• The new GUI also provides an expandable closed caption box which allows students to read the lesson at their own pace if they desire to mute the narration.

• A lesson menu is provided so that students can travel back and forth to the section they desire

• Three learner preferences are addressed: auditory (through narration), visual (text and images), and tactile (through mouse interaction-clicks, hovers and drags)

• Doctrine 2015 reference material was updated and is accessible on each page and in the help menu. Students have the ability to check the exact page being referenced with one click

• There are Checks-on-Learning in every lesson with practical exercises built into the lesson courseware

• Fifty-seven critical tasks are taught.

 Where we are going

The initial 2001 vision to implement SSD as a distance learning delivery method still holds true today. Structured Self-Development links to NCO professional development by ensuring the self-development domain is well defined, meaningful, and integrated into the leader development process. Distance learning is the way of the future and more emphasis is being placed on it as a viable tool for self-development. The content of SSD I, III, IV and V was developed to link to operational needs and institutional training and education. The USASMA conducted extensive gap analysis, looking at each level of SSD to ensure it is linked progressively, sequentially and with relevance to the next level of NCOES. In conjunction with TRADOC’s ATSC and the Army G6, USASMA is working to improve the capabilities of ALMS functionality and accessibility of SSD. ATSC made significant progress in eliminating frustration associated with maneuvering through SSD courses. In addition, ATSC added additional help desk personnel to provide rapid response to trouble tickets. It is USASMA’s goal to eliminate frustrations experienced with ALMS with the delivery of the newly designed SSD to IMI by second quarter of FY14.

USASMA is also working towards virtual and gaming content, developing more challenging examinations which assess each Soldier’s skills in becoming a critical-thinking, problem-solving adaptive leader where the emphasis on learning falls on the Soldier.

How do you get enrolled?

Photo by Sgt. Mark A. Cloutier, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Sgt. Dariusz Krzywonos works on an SSD course to increase his knowledge base at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Photo by Sgt. Mark A. Cloutier, 5th Mobile Public Affairs
Sgt. Dariusz Krzywonos works on an SSD course to increase his knowledge base at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Human Resources Command has appointed an individual to assist with all SSD enrollment and disenrollment issues and has also established a mailbox at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.epmd-ncoes-ssd@mail.mil for requests. For Army Reserve Soldiers, the USARC is the resource manager for enrollment. Army National Guard Soldiers are managed by their State’s quota managers. Once a Soldier has been identified as not being automatically enrolled, the schools or training NCOs send an e-mail and roster of all those who need to be enrolled to HRC who will ensure Soldiers are enrolled. Automatic enrollment into SSD is accomplished by HRC based on:• Completion of AIT or OSUT, Soldiers are enrolled into SSD I.• Enrollment into ALC-CC is automatic. Human Resources Command Schools Branch is the proponent for enrollment.

• Upon completion of all phases of ALC, Soldiers are enrolled into SSD III.

• Upon completion of SLC, Soldiers are automatically enrolled into SSD IV.

• NCOs are automatically enrolled into SSD V upon graduation from the SMC.

Once a Soldier has completed WLC and their completion certificate or graduate code is inputted into EDAS or eMILPO, HRC builds an Army Order of Merit list. The OML is refined every 30 days against flag codes, reduction codes, deployments, PCS, categories by grade, and each NCO is prioritized for attendance. Human Resources Command sends the class roster to the ATRRS to reserve each NCO’s training seat. Once the reservation is made, ATRRS generates a message through AKO or enterprise e-mail to the NCO with the class attendance date. The NCO opens up the message, which gives instructions to pre-register for his/her designated class. In some situations HRC will contact the individual who may be sitting on OML directly through AKO or enterprise e-mail with instructions to pre-register in order to fill potential vacant seats.

Note: Soldiers can also enroll through the Army Career Tracker at https://actnow.army.mil.

 Additional requirements

IAW AR 614-200, dated Feb. 26, 2009/Rapid Army Revision, dated Sept. 3, 2009, Para 3-12. Subject: Warrior Attributes Inventory (WAI) assessment, each NCO is required to enroll into the WAI assessment to evaluate each NCO’s individual capabilities and potential for future assignments in the Institutional Army. Completion of the WAI assessment is mandatory for all active Army NCOs upon promotion to the rank of sergeant. Any active Army sergeant with a date of rank of Dec. 31, 2007 and earlier are not required to complete the WAI assessment. Reserve component NCOs (SGT through SFC) must upon entry into an Active Guard or Reserve Program take the WAI. The RC NCOs (SGT through SFC) accessed into an AGR program prior to April 1, 2008 are not required to take the WAI assessment. Active Army sergeants with a date of rank of Jan. 1, 2008 and later and RC NCOs (SGT through SFC) assessed into an AGR program on April 1, 2008 and later must complete the WAI assessment as a requirement for ALC graduation. Active Army Soldiers will be notified of the requirement to take the WAI assessment through the ATRRS within one month of their promotion effective date. The RC NCOs will be manually enrolled into the WAI assessment in ATRRS by their respective component and will take the assessment as part of accessions in-processing.