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Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy

Kisling HallThis virtual course is a full-up version of SNCOA with ample face-to-face time with your instructor and teammates.  This course doesn’t resemble course 14 or other distance learning courses in any way.  If you are unable to participate fully in the class you will need to work with your chain of command and Base Training Manager to get a deferment and reschedule you into a future class; the schoolhouse cannot assist you in this process.

AFSNCOA class 20F will be virtual in-resident, reporting instructions are located on the right hand side of this page.

The official class 20F roster will be posted on 14 Aug.

Virtual in-resident/traditional in-resident status for future classes is determined 45 days from class start date.

The schoolhouse plays no part in USAF active duty, guard or reserve student selection; contact your local Base Training Office if you would like to obtain a slot.

The Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) is the third level of enlisted PME. AFSNCOA prepares senior NCOs to lead the enlisted force in the employment of air and space power in support of US national security objectives. There is a single resident AFSNCOA located at Maxwell AFB–Gunter Annex.

The Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) is a resident CCAF-affiliated program that consists of 200 classroom hours. The curriculum prepares SNCOs for increased leadership responsibilities in the joint, combined, and inter-agency operating/strategic environment. Specifically, the AFSNCOA educates SNCOs to help them become adaptable senior enlisted leaders able to operate critically, strategically and jointly in complex and ambiguous environments through the application of four learning outcomes:  Leadership, Problem Solving, Mission, and Culture.

Learning Outcomes. SNCOA curriculum prepares SNCOs to:

  • lead the enlisted force
  • effectively communicate rank-appropriate tasks
  • model and develop professional military attributes

Faculty. The AFSNCOA faculty members are required to have an associate’s degree (or fall within one year of completion) and complete the Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course (EPMEIC) before assignment to the academy. Within the first year of teaching, faculty must complete a 120-hour internship at the school.

Duration. The AFSNCOA program is delivered in 25 academic days. There are 6 classes each year with approximately 300 students in each class.

Eligibility. SNCOs from the total force, active-duty Air Force, active-duty Space Force, selected Air Force Reserve (AFRES), and Air National Guard (ANG) may attend the resident AFSNCOA. Selected Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and international military personnel also attend on a limited basis. Active-duty Air and Space Force personnel must have at least one year of retainability following graduation. The Air Force Military Personnel Center (AFPC) identifies and notifies active-duty Air Force students for program attendance. Potential Air Force personnel should go through their base training manager for all questions regarding attendance, waivers and class dates. All students must meet their respective service standards.

Reference AFI 36-2656, Developmental Education, for Active Duty Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve scheduling information.

Sister service members interested in attending should contact the following POC's:

US Navy:  NCC Triston Thomas, AFSNCOA Coordinator (triston.q.thomas@navy.mil)

US Marine Corps:  GySgt David Spurling, Deputy Director Senior Enlisted Academy (david.spurling@usmcu.edu)

US Army:  MSG Yairick McFadden, Executive Officer, The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence (yairick.d.mcfadden.mil@mail.mil)

US Coast Guard:  MKCS Christopher Wilson, Office of Leadership (CG-128), Enlisted Professional Development (christopher.h.wilson@uscg.mil)

Students selected for the course may email Student Administration or call:  Cell (334) 201-2400  Commercial (334) 416-1651 or (334) 201-2400 for any questions.

The in-residence AFSNCOA does not manage/administer the AFSNCOA DLC (Course 14). For assistance with the AFSNCOA DLC, visit https://auservicedesk.af.edu or call: Commercial (334) 416-1736 or DSN 596-1736.

This virtual course is a full-up version of SNCOA with ample face-to-face time with your instructor and teammates.  This course doesn’t resemble course 14 or other distance learning courses in any way.  If you are unable to participate fully in the class you will need to work with your chain of command and Base Training Manager to get a deferment and reschedule you into a future class; the schoolhouse cannot assist you in this process.

AFSNCOA class 20F will be virtual in-resident, reporting instructions are located on the right hand side of this page.

The official class roster will be posted on 14 Aug.

Cal(334) 201-2400 for assistance.

Course Schedule

Class Start Graduate
20F 20 Aug 20 25 Sep 20
21A 2 Oct 20 6 Nov 20
21B 12 Nov 20 18 Dec 20
21C 13 Jan 21 18 Feb 21
21D 4 Mar 21 7 Apr 21
21E 22 Apr 21 26 May 21

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