Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course

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Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course

Modules and LessonsProgram Description.  The Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course (CLC), located on Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL, is a resident program that consists of 160 academic hours.  The CLC is the capstone and pinnacle level of enlisted professional military education (EPME).  The CLC provides Chief Master Sergeants the education to bridge strategic vision into tactical execution.  Throughout the program, the CLC emphasizes critical thinking and an enterprise-level view in order to educate, inspire, and develop Chief Master Sergeants into strategic-level leaders who effectively lead, manage, and mentor lethal and ready organizations.  The chiefs will continue to build on foundational strategic-level leadership competencies that are instrumental to fly, flight and win across the full spectrum of conflict and all domains of military power.   

Learning Outcomes.  The CLC prepares Chief Master Sergeants to:

  • Critically analyze competencies and develop strategies to lead the enlisted force through uncertain environments;
  • Develop awareness of self and others that fosters continuous learning and strengthens the profession of arms;
  • Cultivate strategic and professional relationships and inspire collaboration to effectively accomplish the mission;
  • Create and deliver strategic communication to inform and encourage superiors, subordinates, and the public.

 Faculty.  The teaching staff of the CLC is composed of highly experienced active duty Chief Master Sergeants, along with retired Chief Master Sergeants who hold a minimum Masters level academic and/or instructional credentials.  Instructor selection is determined by professional experience, academic background, and faculty qualification.

Duration.  Completion of the course is delivered in 20 academic days.  The CLC conducts seven classes per year with 96 to 108 students in each class.

Eligibility.  The Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course selection and scheduling for the CLC is done by AF/DPE and AFPC/DPSIT, and is driven by the CMSgt promotion release.  Selection and scheduling is done in accordance with AFI 36-2301 and the Chief Leadership Course ETCA based on grade and availability.  Air Reserve Component Members will be scheduled by NGB/HR and AFRC/A1KO respectively, per the abovementioned Instruction.

Reference the ETCA website (.mil only) for additional information.


Leadership Team

Mr. Kyle Robinette
Mr. Kyle Robinette
Director of Education

Mr. Toxie Robbins
Mr. Toxie Robbins
Director of Operations

Mrs. Bobbie Meyer-Piper
Mrs. Bobbie Meyer-Piper
Director of Curriculum

Course Schedule

Class Start Graduate
20F 20 Jul 20 16 Aug 20
20G 14 Sep 20 11 Oct 20

AU Student Support & Research Guides

Air University Student Support & Research Guides

CMSAF Professional Reading Picks

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Reading List

Required Reading

Self-Assessment and Your RTL
LDP401B Read Ahead, Self-Assessment and Your RTL

Doctrine Annex 1-1 Force DevelopmentLDP402A Read Ahead, Doctrine Annex 1-1 Force Development

Making Twenty-First Century Strategy, Dew and Snow
LDP402A Read Ahead, Making Twenty-First Century Strategy, Dew and Snow

Emotional Intelligence for LeadersLDP402B Read Ahead, Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel GolemanLDP402B Read Ahead, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

Strategic Leadership, Chapter 10 LDP402C Read ahead, Strategic Leadership Ch 10 Organizational Climate and Culture


Nine Principles of Strategic Communication LDP403 Read ahead, Nine Principles of Strategic Communication

NDS SummaryMSN401A Read Ahead, National Defense Strategy Summary

Capstone Concept for Joint Ops, Joint Force 2020, 2012 MSN401A Read ahead, Capstone Concept for Joint Ops, Joint Force 2020, 2012

National Security Strategy MSN401A Read Ahead, National Security Strategy

Twenty-First-Century Strategy Chapters 4 & 5 MSN401A Read ahead, Twenty-First-Century Strategy Chapters 4 & 5

UNCLASS_2018_National_Military_Strategy_Description MSN401A Read Ahead, UNCLASS_2018_National_Military_Strategy_Description

Making Twenty-First Century Strategy MSN401C Read ahead, Making Twenty-First Century Strategy, chapter 11 condensed

The North Atlantic Treaty MSN401C Read ahead, The North Atlantic Treaty

A Call to the Future-(Primer) MSN402B Read ahead, A Call to the Future-(Primer)


Joe 2035 MSN402B Read Ahead, Joe 2035

Strategic Master Plan MSN402B Strategic Master Plan, Human Capital Annex 

Strategic Master Plan, Strategic Posture Annex MSN402B Read ahead, Strategic Master Plan, Strategic Posture Annex

Developing Leaders in a VUCA Environent PBS401A Optional - Developing Leaders in a VUCA Environent

Critical Thinking for the Military Professional PBS401B Student Reading, Critical Thinking for the Military Professional

What is RED Critical Thinking PBS401B Student Reading, What is RED Critical Thinking

Cognitive Influences on Decision Making PBS402A Reading, Cognitive Influences on Decision Making

Decision Making at the Strategic Level, Chapter 7 PBS402C STUDENT READING Decision Making at the Strategic Level, Ch7

Framing the Issue PBS402C STUDENT READING Framing the Issue

The Critical Difference between Complex and Complicated PBS402C STUDENT READING The Critical Difference between Complex and Complicated