The intent of DLC is to bridge the operational and institutional domains and set conditions for continuous growth. DLC will ensure learning is continuous and enduring, not sporadic and transitory. DLC is required learning that continues throughout a career and that is closely linked to and synchronized with classroom and experiential learning. DLC sets the conditions for continuous growth both as a warrior and a warrior leader. DLC builds knowledge and skills through a defined sequence of learning approaches with the adjuncts of formal education and experiential learning.
DLC Preparation Tips
Confirm Technical Requirements
Make sure before the course starts that your computer will work with [all the online tools], and that you know how to navigate them so that you do not have to spend time during the course trying to figure out the technology. Also determine the type and speed of internet connection you will need. Have the Army Training Help Desk (ATHD) contact information with you at all times in case you experience technical difficulties, you can get the help you need quickly. You can check that your computer meets the Army standard requirements here
Truth is, the average working American has about 30 hours of free time per week. That’s right: 30 hours! The key is learning how to manage your time tightly. The most common culprit of free time is television. Most adults spend about 20 hours per week watching TV/Netflix/Hulu, etc. Free up some of your time. Record what you love for viewing on demand and nix the rest of that dead TV time. Reducing your TV watching by 10 hours per week will result in 10 hours of free time to devote to your DLC work. Ten hours of free time per week is enough to complete at least two or more DLC lessons.
Claim a Study Space
Online learning is demanding work. It takes time, discipline, and most importantly…QUIET. Take a look around your home/apartment and find a place to claim as your own. For many that place is the garage, basement, attic, laundry room, man cave, or she shed. Once you have claimed your study space, make sure everyone in the family understands it’s your sacred area. Put up a DO NOT DISTURB sign and enforce it!
Make a Study Plan and Stick to it
Establish a home study schedule of about three to five hours per week. Pick two times that re each at least two hours long for your regular study time—for example, Tuesday nights from 6-8 pm and Sunday nights from 7-9 pm. And remember that studying online does not completely rule out using pen and paper. You may find there are times you learn better by physically writing down notes. On your first study day each week, ready any required materials and take notes. Go back a few days later to review your reading notes and begin work on your lessons content before attempting the lesson scenario. Now that you have identified your regular study times, tell everyone in the family. Post a note on the refrigerator that you will be studying at these times each week. Ask family members to respect this time. Make sure everyone especially the kids understand you are NOT to be disturbed during your study time. NEVER SKIP STUDY TIMES! Always sit down at your desk at study time. Keeping a regular study schedule will help prevent procrastination. If you find yourself sitting at your desk and looking at your reading/reference materials, but not reading, remind yourself that you only have to study for a short amount of time. Set a timer and at the end of that time, close your materials and give yourself a break.
Plan for Child and Elder Care Issues
For most working adults, the option of professional childcare is an expensive one. Moreover, most professional daycare centers are not open weekends or late at night, the times when most adults are in classes. Here are some creative childcare options:
- Check with Family Members. Maybe your sister will babysit for you if you take her kids for a weekend or two so she and her husband can have a romantic night free of children. Maybe your brother will take the kids to dinner and a movie if you pay. Ask!
- Check with Older Neighbors. Many retired people welcome odd jobs that can be done from home. Take a walk. Say hello to your neighbors.
- Start a Parent Study Pool. This is great especially for single parents! Get with other single parents in your unit or company that are taking DLC that live close to you. You could watch your battle buddy’s kids on Wednesday nights when he/she has her study time in exchange for him/her watching your kids during your Monday night study time.
Distributed Leaders Course Levels
DLC 1 prepares the Corporal/Specialist to improve basic communication skills to message ideas and thoughts clearly; recognize the need for strong character and values; demonstrate tactical and technical competence in leading teams; and take initiative to become a lifelong learner by exploring interests and executing measures to pursue civilian education. DLC I is a prerequisite for the Basic Leader Course (BLC).
DLC II prepares the Sergeant 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 when information is ambiguous and uncertain; and be accountable with moral and ethical character when managing programs; and take initiative to become a lifelong learner by exploring interests and executing measures to pursue civilian education. DLC II is a prerequisite for the Advanced Leader Course (ALC).
DLC III prepares the Staff Sergeant by providing an opportunity to improve as a leader, a professional, and as an individual in the human dimension. The course develops the leadership skills needed to lead a platoon size element and to make quick, accurate decisions that are in the best interest of the mission and Soldiers. DLC III is a prerequisite for the Senior Leader Course (SLC).
DLC IV prepares the Sergeant First Class to lead at the unit and organizational level by developing the Leader Core Competencies (LCC) and attributes associated with the Leader Requirements Model. Learners will develop the skills necessary to ensure the unit is ready, trained, proficient, disciplined, and motivated. In addition, the course will prepare the learner for unit-level administrative and staff roles to ensure successful operations. DLC IV is a prerequisite for the Master Leader Course.
DLC V prepares the Master Sergeant to lead at the unit, organizational, and operational level; it is designed to close the gap between strategic and tactical planning. Learners analyze and apply knowledge which will assist them in carrying out policies and standards on the performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted personnel. The course further develops the Leader Core Competencies (LCC) and attributes associated with the Leader Requirements Model resulting in senior leaders who are ready to advise and initiate recommendations pertaining to the local NCO support channel. DLC V is a prerequisite for the Sergeants Major Course (SMC).
DLC VI educates senior 6C/6S and 7C/7S to perform senior-level duties at the nominative level positions throughout today’s operational environment (OE). This course provides the Army with self-aware, adaptive leaders of character and competence with the skills to shape and overcome the friction created by uncertainty and operate in an operational environment. DLC VI is a prerequisite for the Nominative Leader Course (NLC).
ATRRS Help Desk Information
(Overseas DSN Code: 312)
DLC Help Desk
Contact Numbers: (915)744-2977/9139/2370