As I talk to the force, team members continue to ask for updates on changes to the Professional Military Education curriculum. The changes in the enlisted curriculum for self-development and PME courses will provide an improved and engaging learning experience for our force. I am excited about the changes and want to share with everyone a quick overview on where we are regarding the development and timelines. Please know that timelines listed are for planning purposes and may change due to mission requirements.
Structured Self-Development I – VI redesign
The legacy levels of Structured Self-Development will continue until the redesigned courses go through validation and are activated in the Army Learning Management System. U.S. Army Human Resources Command will continue to enroll Soldiers in the legacy courses until Oct. 1, 2019, then start enrollment in the new courses thereafter. Our goal is to have the team deliver levels I & II first, then activate the remaining levels III-VI no later than Oct. 1, 2019. You will see a dramatic change in the lessons that will act as building blocks to each level of noncommissioned officer PME and will directly relate to your duties, roles and responsibilities. The content will be streamlined and rigorous, but relevant and progressive to your development. I approved the redesigned lesson plan outlines and look forward to the final product.
Basic Leaders Course ready for validation
The lessons plans for the revised curriculum for the Basic Leaders Course are complete. The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy will begin the process of validating the curriculum at designated schools and installations across the force. The redesigned BLC will address leader competencies and attributes with concentration in communications, leadership, training management, readiness, operations and program management. The validation process includes all components, as we will continue to support the One Army School System. The USASMA will begin content validation starting in October 2017 and finish by the spring of 2018.
Advanced Leaders Course and Senior Leaders Course being validated
The USASMA is validating the curriculum for the leader core competencies curriculum at various Army installations between June and November 2017. The NCO feedback from the first two locations has been fantastic. As with the other NCO courses, the Advanced Leaders Course and Senior Leaders Course curriculum closes the development gap across all levels of NCO PME, linking BLC through MLC and ultimately, the Sergeants Major Course.
I know we are on the right track with ensuring you receive the best educational product during these courses. The validation process will continue through November 2017 as we travel to five more locations to deliver the content to the appropriate schools and centers of excellence to continue to improve the content.
Master Leaders Course validated
The MLC is the most challenging and demanding NCO course that will put your abilities and competencies to the test. You will experience a great sense of accomplishment and take away valuable skills that enhance your problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The USASMA is finishing the MLC validation at the last four of ten locations. The resident phase of the MLC will be operational to the force Oct. 1, 2017. The USASMA is developing the MLC as a nonresident course that will present the same academic challenges and demands as the resident course and will be facilitated from the academy. The nonresident MLC course will be operational April 1, 2018.
As you can see, we are changing the entire learning continuum for the enlisted cohort. For the first time in the history of our Army, the curriculum is progressive and sequentially linked throughout the entire continuum. We owe you the right leadership development in your NCO courses, and we are doing that by putting leadership front and center in our leader courses. You deserve the best educational experience possible in your courses, and we will continue to listen, adjust and provide you with a better learning experience.