“Known as “the backbone” of our United States military, our NCOs focus on continued growth in their professions and the development of others to deliver mission excellence.”
The Blueprint: Enlisted Force Development, 2022
To meet this extraordinary charge from Air Force leadership, enlisted members will eventually attend the Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA). As the second level of Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME), with 10 academies worldwide, the course prepares Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) for increased responsibilities by developing their leadership capabilities and expanding their understanding of the military profession to achieve national strategic objectives.
The NCOA course is a resident Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) affiliated course that consists of 196 hours of classroom instruction delivered over 25 academic days. The overall goals of NCOA are to develop the leadership capability of NCOs with relevant and solution-focused leadership attributes to successfully lead teams, strengthen their organizations culture, solve problems collaboratively, and expand their understanding of the Air Force’s role in joint operations to achieve national strategic objectives. The NCOA meets these goals by providing the best academic program possible through the delivery of outcome-based objectives related to the curriculum areas of Team Leadership, Joint Warfighting, and Strategic Thinking.
A self-study version of the NCOA program is available through Air University’s Global College of PME to facilitate EPME completion for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves members for whom resident attendance may not be possible.
The course syllabus is located here.
OUTCOMES-BASED MILITARY EDUCATION.
Upon completion of the course, NCOs will be able to:
Tyndall AFB, FL
Lackland AFB, TX
Lankford EPME Center
McGhee-Tyson ANGB, TN
Keesler AFB, MS
Sheppard AFB, TX
Peterson AFB, CO
Elmendorf PME Center
Kadena AB, Japan
Kapaun AS, Germany
A team of Barnes Center for Enlisted Education instructors traveled to the Middle East recently to deliver noncommissioned officer leadership curriculum to members of the United Arab Emirates Air Force.
Servicemembers are now required to complete a mock physical fitness test within the first five days of any Air Force Enlisted Professional Military Education course lasting more than 20 days.
The Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base - Gunter Annex, Alabama, is closing indefinitely once the current class graduates on May 12, 2023.
The first of its kind four-day Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education workshop began Nov. 28, with the goal of increasing instructor knowledge of curriculum development to enhance the quality of future changes.
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- The Air University hosted the Japanese senior enlisted advisor to the Japan Joint Staff chairman Oct. 18-19, 2022, to showcase the development cycle of an enlisted Airman.
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