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Basic Leader Course (BLC)

BLC is the first course of many leadership courses in a program called the Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). Any Soldier who wants to become a sergeant must attend BLC. Take this opportunity to see the things Soldiers experience in this course.

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Advanced Leader Course (ALC)

This course focuses on leadership and technical skills required to prepare Soldiers selected for promotion to staff sergeant to effectively lead squad- and platoon-size units.

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Senior Leader Course (SLC)

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 leadership, technical and tactical skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead platoon and company size units.

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First Sergeant Academy

This fast-paced course prepares sergeants first class and master sergeants for the position of first sergeant of a company, battery or troop.

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U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy

U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)

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).

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Command Sergeants Major Academy

This course is designed for sergeants major to learn how to lead at the Battalion Command level.

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