Structured Self-Development

Structured Self Development Levels

 Bridge (Logos)Bridging the Gap – Graphic Illustration describing the different phases in Structured Self Development

SSD Level I

The Structured Self-Development (SSD) 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.

SSD Level 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.


The Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III course prepares staff sergeants by providing an opportunity to improve as a professional and as an individual in the human dimension. Additionally, it will provide an opportunity to acquire the be-know-do model skills needed to lead a platoon-size element. Students will analyze and apply leadership development, mission command, cognitive dominance, and Army programs. Structured Self-Development level III is a prerequisite for the Senior Leader Course.

SSD Level IV

The Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV course prepares staff sergeants and sergeants first class by providing them with an opportunity to improve as individuals and as professionals. Students will enhance their ability to apply cognitive dominance while preparing professionally for the Master Leader Course. Soldiers will study organizational leadership, functions of a joint staff, principles of sustainment, the exercise of mission command, and the problem solving process. Structured Self-Development level IV is a prerequisite for the Master Leader Course.

SSD Level V

The Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V course prepares master sergeants by providing them with an opportunity to improve as individuals and as professionals. Students will enhance their ability to apply cognitive dominance while preparing professionally for the Sergeants Major Course. Students will analyze leading change in an organization, receive an introduction to contracting and funding, understand the capabilities of multinational and inter-governmental agencies, and study contemporary legal issues.

SSD Level VI

In development.

Course Notes

For inquiries on ALC-CC (dL) completion certificates. Soldiers can access their ALC certificates through ATRRS by following these instructions:


2. Once logged in you will click on View ATRRS Training Record under user tools on the upper left.

  1. Look for your ALC course 600-C45 (DL) and click on the certificate link.

NOTE: If you receive an error or certificate is not showing please call ATRRS below:

ATRRS Help Desk Information


DSN: 225-2353

(Overseas DSN Code: 312)

COMM: (703) 695-2353

Monday-Friday 0730 to 1730 EST

For issues with ALMS web-site call: 1-800-275-2872

For Blackboard issues call: 1-915-744-2370

To search for the current Structured Self-Development Army Directives (AD), All Army Activity (ALARACT), and MILPER messages go to:

Recently published Army Directives (AD) and All Army Activity (ALARACT) messages. For research purposes, all ALARACTs are posted on AKO at the following link.

Recently published Military Personnel (MILPER) messages. All MILPER messages are available on the HRC MILPER web page at

For enrollment issues please DO NOT contact the course managers. The course managers cannot enroll Soldiers into any SSD level.

For Regular Army enrollment issues: Through your CHAIN OF COMMAND contact AHRC at

For AGR, IRR, and IMA enrollment issues: Through your CHAIN OF COMMAND contact AHRC at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.epmd-ncoes–

For USAR Soldiers: Through your TRAINING NCO and CHAIN OF COMMAND, contact the MSC Quota Source Manager or

For ARNG Soldiers: Through your CHAIN OF COMMAND contact the State Quota Managers appointed by the State or Mr. James Vail at

The POC for issues with course updates on ERBs is

To retrieve completed SSD content: In ALMS, under “Completed Learning” go to your “Detailed Training Record.” In the “From” field, ensure the date is prior to the training. Find your course and select “Actions” then “View Content.” From there you may “Launch” any lesson you like.

SSD Help Desk

Contact Numbers: (915)744-2977/9139/2370

Having issues with SSD please submit a trouble ticket via the Army Training Help Desk online at Please wait for a response from NCOPDS support as trouble tickets are worked in the order they are received.


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