Basic Leader Course


Noncommissioned Officer Academies develop agile, adaptive, and resilient leaders capable of meeting the challenges of unified land operations in an era of persistent conflict by educating junior NCOs in leadership and war fighting, as well as individual and team training.

Course Description

The Basic Leader Course is the first step in the Noncommissioned Officer Education System and represents a Soldiers’ first return to formal schooling after Advanced Individual Training (AIT). BLC is geared toward Soldiers preparing for promotion to sergeant. BLC is a non-MOS specific leadership course that provides Soldiers with the basic tools to do what is expected of them as noncommissioned officers. Students are provided opportunities to practice and demonstrate what they are taught in a fast-paced and challenging atmosphere. They are placed in leadership positions and evaluated on their leadership abilities.

Note: Questions concerning attendance at any of the BLC academies should be directed to that specific academy. Individuals with questions attending the Fort Bliss NCO Academy Basic or Master Leader courses should call (915) 568-4744.

NCOA Mission Command

NCOA Mission Command serves as the single proponent to provide mission command of all active component Noncommissioned Officer Academies that will deliver the Basic and Master Leader Courses.

NCO Academies

The below NCO academies fall under USASMA’s mission command:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Fort Bliss
Fort Hood
Fort Drum
Fort Campbell
Fort Bragg
Fort Stewart


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