Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course

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 80 classroom hours.  The CLC is designed to prepare Chiefs for their initial CMSgt roles and responsibilities, primarily targeting Chiefs serving at the squadron level. This course 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 who effectively lead, manage, and mentor lethal and ready organizations. Chiefs will attend the CLC within two years of receiving their promotion line number. Chiefs will continue to build on foundational leadership competencies invaluable to fly, fight, and win across the full-spectrum of conflict and all domains of military power.    

Learning Outcomes.  The CLC prepares Chief Master Sergeants to:

  • Apply deliberate metacognitive strategies to conceptualize and frame adaptive approaches to problem-solving.
  • Articulate how the military instrument of power/enterprise contributes to the NSS.
  • Identify personal and organizational leadership strategies to intentionally exert a positive influence in and across AF networks.
  • Develop purposeful strategies to lead Airmen with character and mission focus

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 10 academic days.  The CLC conducts ten classes per year with 72 to 84 students in each class.

Eligibility.  Chief Master Sergeants from the total force (AD, AFR, and ANG) may attend the CLC. The course is mandatory for active duty Chiefs who meet Air Force standards of performance, appearance, and fitness. Active duty Air Force personnel must have at least one year of retainability following graduation. Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) identifies and notifies active duty students for CLC attendance. Selected AFR and ANG Chiefs are scheduled through their unit training manager.

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Refer to AFI 36-2656, Developmental Education, and the ETCA website (.mil only) for additional information.

Course Schedule

Class Start Graduate
23D 9 Jan 23
20 Jan 23
23E 6 Feb 23
17 Feb 23
23F 10 Apr 23 21 Apr 23
23G 8 May 23 19 May 23
23H 5 Jun 23 16 Jun 23
23I 17 Jul 23 28 Jul 23

AU Student Support & Research Guides

Air University Student Support & Research Guides

CMSAF Professional Reading Picks

CMSAF Joanne Bass - Reading List

Leadership Team

Required Reading


Self-Assessment and Your RTL
 Self-Assessment and Your RTL

Doctrine Annex 1-1 Force Development Doctrine Annex 1-1 Force Development

Making Twenty-First Century Strategy, Dew and Snow
Making Twenty-First Century Strategy, Dew and Snow

Emotional Intelligence for LeadersEmotional Intelligence for Leaders

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel GolemanEmotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

Strategic Leadership Ch 10 Organizational Climate and Culture

NDS Summary National Defense Strategy Summary

National Security Strategy  National Security Strategy - 2017

UNCLASS_2018_National_Military_Strategy_Description UNCLASS 2018 National Military Strategy Description


 Renewed Great Power Competition Implications for Defense

Developing Leaders in a VUCA EnvironentDeveloping Leaders in a VUCA Environent

Critical Thinking for the Military ProfessionalCritical Thinking for the Military Professional

What is RED Critical ThinkingWhat is RED Critical Thinking

Cognitive Influences on Decision Making  Cognitive Influences on Decision Making

Framing the Issue Framing the Issue

The Critical Difference between Complex and Complicated The Critical Difference between Complex and Complicated

Self-Assessment and Your RTL
Accelerate Change or Lose


Self-Assessment and Your RTL
Interim NSS (Optional)

Self-Assessment and Your RTL
Interim NSS (Optional)