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Leadership is crucial to the success of the U.S. Army. The most effective leaders are those who "lead from the front" — this means they lead by example in thought, word and deed. Soldiers who choose Leadership Training are making it clear that they wish to take on more responsibility and thus rise in rank. The Army provides many opportunities for Soldiers to learn how to improve their leadership and teamwork skills.
One path for enlisted Soldiers to move up in rank is through the Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). The NCOES is a series of courses that train Soldiers how to lead at varying levels from Sergeant to Command Sergeant Major. Each course is specifically designed for each level of increased responsibility and accountability. Below are the courses included in NCOES.
The Senior Leader Course (SLC) is a branch–specific course that provides an opportunity for Soldiers selected for promotion to sergeant first class to acquire the leader, technical, and tactical skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead platoon/company size units.Learn More
The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) is acknowledged by military and civilian organizations as the world's premiere institution for the education of noncommissioned officers, is accredited as an academic Institution of Excellence, and is a direct reporting unit to Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).Learn More