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NCOES update: changes make courses more relevant to GWOT.

The mission of the NCO Education System (NCOES) is to provide training to selected Soldiers on the technical and tactical competencies to perform their inherent occupational requirements in the areas of: leadership duties, responsibilities and authority, maintenance, training management, warfighting skills, and knowledge and behaviors to perform in table of organization & equipment (TO&E) and equivalent table of distribution allowance (TDA) units.

The Warrior Leader Course (WLC) is where junior leaders are prepared for their first leadership positions as team or section leaders. This non-MOS specific course is changing and adapting to the needs of the operational Army by providing more hands on, warrior-focused training and leadership skills. WLC reinforces small arms weapons training and is grounded in the warrior tasks and drills. By introducing more advanced course content at the squad level, the course is more relevant to the global war on terrorism and lessons learned from current operations.

The Basic NCO Course (BNCOC) for infantrymen provides NCOs with progressive and sequential tactical and technical training which is relevant to infantry Soldiers' duties, responsibilities, and missions which will be performed in operational units after completion of the course. BNCOC will change its name to the Advanced Leaders Course in October 2008. BNCOC's core training builds on each individual's experience gained in previous training and operational assignments. Infantrymen's BNCOC is divided into two parts: CMF 11 Common Infantry Training and CMF 11B Specific Training. CMF 11 Common Infantry Training puts two Military Occupational Specialties (MOS)--11b and 11C in the same learning environment. Many basic skills are reinforced throughout BNCOC such as performing land navigation (day and night), Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) operations, vehicle maintenance, and forward observer procedures. Once the Soldiers separate to their CMF 11B/C MOS's, they begin to hone their MOS-specific skills. The 11Bs train on Javelin operations, demolitions, warrior battle drills, combatives, combat orders, platoon tactical operations (Close Combat Tactical Trainer), situational training exercises (STX), and small arms proficiency training (SAPT). The 11C Soldiers conduct their own MOS-specific tasks such as the tactical employment of the infantry mortar platoon, fire support planning, forward observation procedures, fire direction center procedures, maintenance, and survey techniques.

In addition to the Soldiers trained onsite at Fort Benning, BNCOC also provides mobile training teams (MTTs) that train at other installations upon request. This saves the installation and the Army approximately $3,000 for every Soldier trained. For the fiscal year the BNCOC MTTs saved the Army over $2 million for the 689 Soldiers trained during this year. Also, since most Soldiers have been away (deployed) from their families the MTT gives the NCOES Soldier and their families more time to spend together reducing the stress of being away from their families for school and increasing their quality of life.

The Maneuver Advanced NCO Course (ANCOC) will change its name to the Senior Leaders Course (SLC) in October 2008. The SLC focus is on MOS technical skills at the platoon and company levels. SLC will also help to prepare NCOs to assume their duties as a first sergeant by incorporating critical tasks from the current First Sergeant's Course and the Battle Staff NCO course into the SLC in order to prepare NCOs to serve on battalion and brigade combat team staffs. The SLC at the Infantry and Armor Schools will continue to be a Maneuver SLC in that all 19 and 11 series NCOs will continue to train together as they now do in Maneuver ANCOC. Both ALC and SLC focus heavily on the guided experiential learning model, outcome-based education, and practical application exercises in order to achieve the educational objectives.

Mastery (formal evaluation)--the student can accomplish the task alone, to a set standard and time; requires repetitive training and multiple experiences. Proficiency (informal evaluation)--the student can solve the problem or execute the task with some assistance: the aid of another NCO or officer, a checklist, decision aid, or a manual. Understanding (checks on learning) the student can explain and/or demonstrate a strong understanding of the task and knows how to acquire further information on the task. NCOs must be adaptive leaders, critical & creative thinkers, armed with the technical, tactical, administrative, and logistical skills necessary to serve successfully at the platoon and company level.

Augustus J. Francis, Sr, currently serves as the Chief of Training for the Henry Caro NCO Academy at Fort Benning, Georgia. He retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service. He has a master's degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.

11B/C 11B 11C
Ph1 Ph2 Ph2

 214 16
151 30
 200 19
 198 17
160 17
 200 15
150 29
 190 20
 198 0
160 208 0
621 1408 185

Maneuver ANCOC

11B 11C 19K 19D

 78 12 10 10
 87 10 14 11
 80 10 12 12
 87 12 17 11
 98 12 16 10
430 56 69 54

FY 08 Attendence at BNCOC and ANCOC
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Title Annotation:U.S. Army Infantry School Update--Henry Caro NCO Academy
Author:Francis, Augustus J., Sr.
Publication:Infantry Magazine
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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