Noncommissioned Officer Academy
The Fort Sill Noncommissioned Officer Academy develops 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.
Basic Leader Course
The Basic Leader Course (BLC) is a non-military occupational specialty specific, leader-centric course that serves as the foundation of the NCO Professional Development System (NCOPDS). BLC focuses on six leader core competencies:
- Training management
- Program management
BLC was designed to build the basic leader and trainer skills necessary to lead a team-size element. BLC provides the foundation for further development throughout the professional military education learning continuum. BLC provides education through use of the Army experiential learning model (ELM) methodology. Small group leaders (facilitators) facilitate lessons in a small group setting applying a collaborative approach, allowing you and your classmates to discover information and then apply this information to new and ambiguous situations. Lessons include critical and creative thinking activities and exercises, aiding in your ELM experience. Your facilitators will assess your leadership ability, success, and potential through actively observing students’ discussions and interactions.
BLC Welcome Letter
* * * ATTENTION ALL INCOMING STUDENTS * * *
All students will report to the Basic Leaders Course at Building 3669 located on the corner of Thomas and Currie Road. Student must be escorted by his or her sponsor. If out-of-town, Soldiers reporting do not need a sponsor. Student will have all in-processing required documents as stated in the Welcome Letter. Reporting time is at 0530. BE ON TIME. Uniform for reporting is APFU. Please read the Welcome Letter to its entirety.
Out of town Soldiers are to report NLT 2359 of the reporting date. It is strongly encouraged for all out of town Soldiers to report on or before 0830 of the reporting date only because a lot will be discussed and covered on day 0. If any out of town Soldiers fail to report later than 2359 of the reporting date, BLC will not take any late comers. Out-of-town Soldiers are expected to pack sleeping covers, sheets, blanket, and pillow to bring with them since we only provide the barracks room; especially if they are reporting late. SPONSORS OF ALL OUT OF TOWN SOLDIERS, IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL IF WE WERE NOTIFIED IF YOUR SOLDIERS WILL MAKE IT TO THE COURSE OR NOT TO BETTER ASSIST US PREPARE YOUR SOLDIER FOR THE COURSE. Sponsors, please inform your Soldier to call the NCOA Staff Duty once they arrive to BLC Building # 3669 to sign in if he or she reports after 1730. The Staff Duty number is 580-695-2816.
Privately owned vehicle inspections will be conducted before the report date no more than 30 days old by student’s sponsor if not already completed (please see the NCO Support Channel/POV inspection Sheet in the link above). All student must have a valid license, current state registration tags and proof of insurance if driving a POV. No student are authorized the use of their privately owned motorcycle for the duration of their assignment to the academy.
Student must update their DD Form 93/SGLI 30 days prior to attending school and bring a copy with them. Privately owned weapons are not authorized. Ensure that your CAC card is registered and does not expire prior to graduation before reporting for BLC. Please read the Welcome Letter to its entirety.
Hyperlinks provided below contain documents needed for Fort Sill Basic Leader Course NCOA:
BLC Welcome Letter
FY20 BLC Class Dates
TASS (Pre-Executioin) Checklist
Fort Sill BLC Packing List
BLC Example Orders 4187
Fort Sill Form 116 (Acceptable Use Policy)
Student Account Guide for Local Out-of-Town Students
BLC NCO Support Channel/POV Inspection Sheet
NCOA Headquarters: (580) 442-2417
Commandant: (580) 442-3141
Deputy Commandant: (580) 442-3141
BLC 1School Chief: (580) 442-3562
BLC Senior Small Group Leader: (580) 442-7490