Welcome to the AF Senior NCO Academy

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Welcome to the United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy.  Congratulations on your attendance at this exceptionally prestigious level of enlisted professional military education. The staff members of the academy are dedicated to providing you an innovative and educational experience to broaden your abilities and encourage you to inspire others.

We are ever mindful the United States is engaged in operations across the full-spectrum. Accordingly, the United States Air Force is undergoing a transformation in response to the new global landscape, fiscal challenges, and adversaries who use non-traditional methods of attack and warfare. Our mission is to further develop your effectiveness as a senior enlisted leader in shaping future operations to meet those challenges. We will do that by focusing on leadership, culture, problem solving, and managing operations with military professionalism. Make no mistake, you can expect a highly rigorous academic experience. Success greatly depends on your ability to operate critically and efficiently in a time constrained environment.

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 possess at least an associate’s degree from an accredited institution (or completed before the end of their first year of teaching) 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 180-hour Teaching 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.

As a member of the United States Air Force, one of the sister military services, or one of our many Partnered Nations, your feedback on our course curriculum is vital to ensure we provide relevant and current instruction. As we continue to function in a joint and coalition environment, and as our world becomes more interdependent, academy leaders encourage and depend upon constructive feedback from all attendees to ensure we meet our mission.