Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Academy


The Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course is designed to prepare Chiefs for their initial roles and responsibilities, primarily targeting those serving at the squadron level. This course provides the education to bridge strategic vision into tactical execution.

Throughout the program, the CLC emphasizes critical thinking and an enterprise-level view to educate, inspire and develop Chiefs 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.

The CLC is a resident program that consists of 80 classroom hours, and is located on Gunter Annex, Ala. The CLC conducts ten classes per year with 72 to 84 students in each class.

CSAF Action Orders:
Action Order A – Airmen-Line of effort: Transform the way we learn across all facets of the USAF Education and Training.

Action Order C – Competition: Ensure PME educates Airman for competition including the strategy, force design, and warfighting approaches for key adversaries.

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
Course as of 20 April 2023

Lesson Concepts

  • Enduring Understandings for CMSgts
  • National Strategy & Strategic Alignment
  • USAF strategy in Era of Great Power Competition
  • Air Force Doctrine
  • Critical Thinking for Senior Enlisted Leaders
  • Metacognitive Strategies
  • Problem Analysis & Approach
  • Decision Analysis & Heuristics
  • Accelerate Change or Lose & VUCA
  • Force Development Challenges
  • Leveraging Leadership & Self Awareness
  • Capstone Concepts