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From the Commandant

Dear Student:

Welcome to the Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officer Academy and Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Georgia. Your selection to attend this academy indicates that your chain of command and the Army have placed a great deal of confidence in your potential to serve in positions of increased responsibility. The mission of the NCO Academy is to provide exceptional training to qualified noncommissioned officers. Our goal is to provide you with a relevant and challenging course that will better prepare you to assume duties at your next level.

The academy provides instruction for three of the four Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) courses: WLC, ALC, and Maneuver SLC. The Warrior Leader Course (WLC) is an MOS non-specific course designed to train Specialists recommended for promotion to Sergeant. Emphasis is placed on how to train, fight, and lead at the Team Leader level. The Advanced Leader Course (ALC) trains Sergeants and Staff Sergeants on how to lead a Squad or Section in a tactical environment. The Maneuver Senior Leader (Maneuver SLC) trains Staff Sergeants and Sergeants First Class for assignment as a Platoon Sergeant.

Each course has its own prerequisites and program of instruction. Specific information on your particular course may be found on this site. Please review in advance and come prepared to excel. Your performance in the course will be evaluated using an Academic Evaluation Report and will reflect your performance under the "Whole Soldier" concept, (Leadership, Training, and Technical proficiencies).

Again, welcome to the NCO Academy.

"Standards and Discipline!"

 

 

Timothy L. Methany
CSM, USA
COMMANDANT

Academy Mission

The Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) Noncommissioned Officer Academy provides the education, training and experience necessary to enhance leader development by conducting tough and demanding Warrior, Advanced and Senior Leader Courses which develop adaptive, self-confident leaders who provide inspired leadership to solve complex problems, while operating in a full spectrum environment and providing an exceptional quality of life for our Soldiers, DA Civilians and their families.

The NCO Creed

No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone of the Army."

I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.

Competence is my watchword; my two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind-accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers. I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All Soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my Soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my Soldiers and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.

Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my Soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals. Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!

Quotation

"The choice of non-commissioned officers is .. of the greatest importance: The order and discipline...depends so much upon their behaviors, that too much care cannot be taken.. to trust but those who by their merit and good conduct are entitled to it. Honesty, sobriety and a remarkable attention to every point of duty, with a neatness to their dress are indispensable requisites; a spirit to command respect and obedience from the men, an expertness in performing every part of the exercise, and an ability to teach it, are absolutely necessary..... nor can a sergeant or corporal be said to be qualified who does not write and read in a tolerable manner."

Baron Von Steuben,
The Regulation for the Order of Discipline of Troops of the United States, 1779.

Maneuver Senior Leaders Course (M-SLC)

Infantry Advanced Leaders Course (ALC)

IN ALC

Armor Advanced Leaders Course (ALC)

Warrior Leaders Course (WLC)

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The following link will take you to The Army School System (TASS) Unit Pre-Execution Checklist. Please note that this version (dated: Oct 04) is the only version that will be accepted at the Fort Benning Noncommissioned officer Academy. Commanders must ensure their soldier(s) report with the proper Unit Pre-Execution Checklist.

TASS Unit Pre-Execution Checklist

The following link will take you to the Heat Acclimatization Guide. This guide is designed to assist soldiers in preparing for the warm climates of Fort Benning, Georgia.

Heat Acclimatization Guide

Instructor Application

Got what it takes to become an Instructor?

Commandants must take a personal interest in the selection and assignment of SGLs/instructors. They must interview potential SGLs/instructors and select them based on their apparent leadership ability, communications skills, military bearing and appearance, physical fitness, attitude, and demonstrated motivation. SGLs/instructors are leadership mentors, role models, and teachers, and must lead by example. They must understand that their role as a mentor requires them to be there for the student, and this requires the highest level of dedication.

The SGLs/instructors conduct leadership assessments and counseling. They assist students to identify strengths, weaknesses, and actions to improve their performance. They are responsible for student physical conditioning, control, discipline, and administrative requirements. Commandants will consider the following selection criteria for SGL/instructor duty from AR 614-200:

If you meet the above criteria and would like to be considered for an instructor assignment at Fort Benning's Noncommissioned Officer Academy, submit the following information:

(NOTE: Not all applicants will qualify for an SGL/instructor position. Only those applicants that appear qualified during the pre-screening process will be contacted.)

Send the above information in an email to NCOA IMO/IASO/TCO









(Include Area Code and DSN, NO Home Numbers) Are you currently stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia?
No Yes If you answered "NO" to the above question, are you on orders to Fort Benning, Georgia?
No Yes As a Professional Noncommissioned Officer, what can you offer our Academy?

I would like to become an instructor in the following area:
Where Needed M-SLC ALC(Infantry) ALC(Armor) WLC

Bio of CSM Henry Caro

CSM Henry Caro enlisted in the military in May of 1955. He was discharged in May 1958. After 2 months as a civilian, he re-entered the Army and for the next 18 years he served with: 101st Airborne Division, Ft Campbell, Kentucky; 2d Battalion Combat Team, Iceland; 1st Infantry Division, Ft Riley, Kansas; 82d Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, North Carolina; Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; Infantry School, Ft Benning, Georgia; 173d BDE, Co N (Ranger), 75th IN, RVN; and 1st (Ranger), 75th IN, Ft Stewart, Georgia.

He served as the Infantry School Command Sergeant Major at Ft Benning, Georgia. CSM Caro received an Associate's Degree. He graduated from Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Land Search Rescue School, Ranger School, Jungle Warfare School, Raider Course, Military Advisor Training Course, Defense Language Institute (Vietnamese), NCO Academy, ANCOC, and the Sergeants Major Academy.

CSM Caro's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V Device (4th OLC), Purple Heart (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with V Device (3d OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7th award), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (9 Battle Stars), Vietnam Gallantry Cross (Gold and Bronze Star), Vietnam Honor Medal (2d Class), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Master Vietnamese Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Ranger Tab.

STRUCTURED SELF DEVELOPMENT PREREQUISTIES (SSD)

WLC - effective 1 April 2013
SSD1 Must be Completed prior to attendance in the Course.

Enrolled is not acceptable. Completed is the Prerequisite.

SLC - effective 1 June 2013
SSD3 Must be Completed prior to attendance in the Course.

Enrolled is not acceptable. Completed is the Prerequisite.

Any questions regarding SSD requirement please contact office of Chief of Training @ 706 545-6240