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Noncommissioned Officer Academy

Commandant, NCOA, Fort Rucker

Command Sgt. Maj. Jean P. Thomas Jr.

Commandant, NCOA, Fort Rucker

Command Sgt. Maj. Jean P. Thomas, Jr. is a native of Detroit, Mich., where he enlisted in the U.S. Army December 28, 1984.  He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning... More

Deputy Commandant, NCOA, Fort Rucker

1 Sgt. Carl A. Miller

Deputy Commandant, NCOA, Fort Rucker

1 Sgt. Carl A. Miller is a native of Snohomish, Wash., where he enlisted in the Army on August 4, 1992. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Okla., and Advance Individual Training at Redstone Arsenal, Ala... More

The NCO Academy conducts Advanced and Senior NCO Leadership courses that provide Aviation NCOs with opportunities to demonstrate and practice what they learn in a fast paced atmosphere.

The NCO Academy staff, made up only of NCOs, is structured with a Command Sergeant Major as the Commandant, a First Sergeant as the Assistant Commandant, Operations and Maintenance Branch Chiefs, an Operations NCOIC with administrative and logistical personnel, and a Development Cell for writing lesson plans and programs of instruction.

The NCO Academy performs the functions associated with a battalion-size unit. This includes administrative operations, training, supply, and security with responsibility for the health, welfare, morale, and discipline of students attending the NCO Academy.

Students are required to complete Common Leaders Combat Skills training before they graduate. The NCO Academy provides the Aviation Branch NCOs realistic training to prepare them to be technically and tactically qualified to assume leadership positions and to challenge them to lead by example.

The NCO Academy places NCOs in leadership positions under various conditions to evaluate their leadership abilities. The academy graduates only NCOs who meet or exceed Army standards and who can demonstrate the capability and desire to lead, as well as the potential and motivation to succeed as NCOs.

Course Information

The Basic NCO Course is divided into two phases of training:

  • Phase I training covers the theory and principles of common leader subjects and common leader training. This training, developed by the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, is conducted throughout the Army for all NCOs.
  • Phase II training, which is primarily performance oriented, involves practical application in a branch or MOS environment, to include common aviation subjects and MOS specific subjects that reinforce tasks taught in Phase I.

The Advanced NCO Course consists of a single phase of training that is performance oriented and focused on supervisory skills.

Student Section

You will find your training at the USAACE NCO Academy both demanding and rewarding. The training will challenge you physically and mentally with an overall goal of professional grown and development. Our mission is for each student to return to their unit a better Noncommissioned Officer, ready to lead Soldiers in combat while serving at the next level.

During your training you will be placed in leadership positions and evaluated by your peers and Small Group Leader. At the completion of the course you will receive an Academic Evaluation Report that will reflect your performance under the "whole Soldier" concept.

Ensure that you have all required documents listed in the Student Guide when you arrive for training. Report Procedures: report by date designated, NLT 0600 at Building 4301, Andrews Ave, Fort Rucker, AL, 36362. Uniform: IPFU (Seasonal).

The NCO Academy SGLs are highly motivated, well-trained and ready to assist you. If you have any questions or concerns contact your SGL or Branch Chief.

Again, congratulations and welcome to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

Detailed student information is available on the USAACE NCO Academy website on AKO.

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