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USAF First Sergeant Academy

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The USAF First Sergeant Academy (FSA), a CCAF affiliated course, consists of 20 days of resident learning. The USAF FSA mission is to develop, through education and training, selected senior noncommissioned officers to serve as advisors to commanders on issues that impact our Airmen in successfully accomplishing the Air Force mission. The FSA is a total force academy, consisting of active duty, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), and ANG. The course is validated by the CCAF and has been accredited for nine semester hours in Human Resource Management, Maintenance of Discipline, and Readiness.  Upon graduation, students are awarded special duty identifier (SDI) 8F000.

The resident learning course consists of 190 hours and is divided into four weeks of demanding curriculum, to include: Alternate Dispute Resolution, Resiliency Training, Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Partnering with other Air University Schools, and Forming the Flight/Open Ranks Inspection.  Vectored first sergeants will attend 20 days of resident study at the FSA at Maxwell AFB–Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Alabama.

In addition, each component has a non-CCAF-accredited first sergeant additional duty seminar, overseen by the FSA through the First Sergeant Academy Sharepoint, ensuring each installation imparts the exact same curriculum. The areas of study are Human Resource Management, Maintenance of Discipline, and Readiness. 

Learning Outcomes. The FSA graduate will be able to

  • Provide commanders with a mission-ready force by advising on all matters affecting unit readiness, health, morale, discipline, welfare, quality of life, legal, and quality force indicators
  • Lead the unit effort in developing, nurturing and cultivating a professional culture of character grounded in the Air Force Core Values
  • Facilitate and execute commander’s intent by ensuring unit policies, goals, and objectives are understood and adhered to
  • Prepare the unit’s enlisted force to best execute all assigned tasks through effective written and oral communication
  • Support their units in regard to drill and ceremony

Faculty. All personnel selected as FSA faculty must carry the first sergeant SDI. FSA faculty members are required to have an associate’s degree and must complete the Academic Instructor Course (or equivalent) after arrival. Within the first year of teaching, the faculty must complete 120 hours of student contact internship and 30 hours of curriculum development.

Duration. The course length is 20 academic days in residence, and the facility can support up to 98 students per resident class.  There are seven resident courses offered each fiscal year.

Eligibility. The USAF FSA course enrolls master sergeants from active duty, ANG, and AFRC. Refer to AFI 36-2113, The First Sergeant, and the special duty catalog (SPECAT) guide for the application, training, and selection process for first sergeant duty in each of the three components.

Reference the ETCA website at https://etca.randolph.af.mil for additional information. 



USAF First Sergeant Academy
550 McDonald St, Bldg 1143
Maxwell-Gunter AFB AL 36114-3107