Program 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:
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.
The Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Academy completed the beta course for the Strategic Leader Course April 1, 2022 on Gunter Annex, Alabama, providing targeted development and investment in growing enlisted strategic thinkers.
Addressing the ever-shifting dynamics of the global political and military landscapes, Air University has undertaken the most significant overhaul of professional military education since the end of the Cold War.
Starting this month, AU’s Squadron Officer School, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy and Chief Leadership Academy began resuming in-residence classes.
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