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 effective 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.

BLC Preparation Tips

  1. Refresh on Drill & Ceremony
  2. Refresh on Physical Readiness Training (PRT)
  3. Refresh on basic grammar and writing skills
  4. Understand that the Basic Leader Course is a professional education environment
  5. Be ready to collaborate with your peers

Course Objectives

The BLC focuses on six Leader Core Competencies (LCC). These competencies are: Readiness, Leadership, Training Management, Communications, Operations, and Program Management. BLC is designed to build basic leader and trainer skills needed to lead a team size element; while providing the foundation for further development along the PME learning continuum.

Course Structure

Instruction at the Basic Leader Course is accomplished through the use of the Army Experiential Learning Model (ELM) methodology. Lessons are facilitated in a small group setting with a collaborative approach, which allows the Soldiers to discover information and then apply it to new and ambiguous situations. Lessons include critical and creative thinking activities and exercises, which aid in learning. Facilitators assess the Soldiers’ leadership ability and potential through observing discussions and interactions.

The BLC is a 22-academic day course consisting of 169 academic hours. The course map below shows a listing of the lessons that make up the course. It reflects the mandatory sequence, the lesson identification number, the lesson title, the length of the lesson (total), and the phase for rotation purposes. (NOTE: The six administrative lessons are not part of the course map).

The BLC is conducted in four phases with three rotations: Foundations (Base Group), Leadership (1st Rotation), Readiness (2nd Rotation), and Assessment (3rd Rotation returning to Base Group). Soldiers will rotate to a new classroom with new facilitators at the beginning of each phase. All facilitators will continue to teach following the course map and training schedule.

Course Map

Note: Questions concerning attendance at any of the BLC academies should be directed to that specific academy. Individuals with questions attending the Fort Bliss NCO Academy Basic or Master Leader courses should call (915) 568-4744.

NCO Professional Development & Education

NCOPD&E serves as the single proponent to provide mission command of all active component Noncommissioned Officer Academies that will deliver the Basic and Master Leader Courses.

NCO Academies

The below NCO academies fall under NCOL CoE’s mission command:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Fort Hood
Fort Drum
Fort Campbell
Fort Bragg
Fort Stewart

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