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 Upcoming Class Notes

IMPORTANT: Class 22B scheduled from 16 Nov - 22 Dec has been cancelled.  AFPC is currently rescheduling affected members into future classes and notices are being sent to Priority 1 & 2 students for selection into future classes.   Please reach out to your Base Training Office if you are expecting notification and have not received it. 

COVID Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Vaccination Status Memo are available under Documents tab on the left.  SOPs are updated frequently; please review periodically prior to reporting. 

If you are unable to participate fully in the class you will need to work with your chain of command and Base Training Office to get a deferment and reschedule you into a future class; the schoolhouse cannot assist you in this process.  MyPers deferment and declination procedures can be found here:  MyPers Link 1  and here:  MyPers Link 2

Due to the current USAF PT test suspension, students are required to be on a 'Pass' from their last PT test for SNCOA classes until further notice.


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

The AFSNCOA is an in-resident CCAF-affiliated program that consists of 200 classroom hours, which prepares SNCOs to lead the enlisted force in the employment of air and space power in support of US national security objectives. Specifically, the AFSNCOA educates SNCOs to 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.

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 7 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 and Space Force students for program attendance. Potential 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.

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

Reference AFI 36-2670, Total Force Development, for Active Duty Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve scheduling information.

Sister service members interested in attending should contact the following POCs:

US Navy:  CMDCS Laura Blanco, Navy SEL (laura.blanco.1@us.af.mil) 

US Marine Corps:  GySgt Jeremy Tolhurst, Marine Corps University (jeremy.tolhurst@usmcu.edu)

US Army:  SGM Alvaro Madrigal, Operations SGM, NCO Professional Development Directorate (alvaro.madrigal.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: Commercial (334) 416-1651//Cell (334) 201-2400 for any questions.

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

Academy orientation information is located here; reporting instructions are located here.  

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