Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education
/ Published July 12, 2016
Airman Leadership School (ALS) is the first level of the Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) continuum and prepares senior Airmen to be professional, war-fighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of airpower. Completion is required to assume the grade of Staff Sergeant.
Although the individual Airmen Leadership Schools are managed by their respective MAJCOMS, the Barnes Center provides comprehensive curriculum materials and program management guidance to each of the schools. There are 68 Active Duty ALS Schools and 1 ANG ALS School located around the world.
The Barnes Center fields a voluntary self-study version of the ALS program to facilitate PME completion for ANG and AFRES airmen for whom resident attendance is not possible.