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Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy

Kisling HallThe Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) is the third level of enlisted PME. AFSNCOA prepares senior NCOs to lead the enlisted force in the employment of airpower in support of US national security objectives. There is a single resident AFSNCOA located at Maxwell AFB–Gunter Annex.

The Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) Advanced Leadership Experience (ALE) is a resident CCAF-affiliated program that consists of 200 classroom hours. The ALE prepares SNCOs for increased leadership responsibilities in the joint, combined, and interagency operating/strategic environment. Specifically, the AFSNCOA ALE educates SNCOs to help them become adaptable, critically thinking, and strategically relevant leaders in their operating environment.  

Learning Outcomes. SNCOA ALE program prepares SNCOs to:

  • lead the enlisted force;
  • effectively communicate rank-appropriate tasks; and
  • model and develop professional military attributes.

Faculty. The AFSNCOA faculty members are required to have an associate’s degree (or fall within one year of completion) and to complete the Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course (EPMEIC) before assignment to the academy. Within the first year of teaching, faculty must complete a 120-hour internship at the school.

Duration. The AFSNCOA program is delivered in 25 academic days. There are 6 classes each year with approximately 300 students in each class.

Eligibility. SNCOs from the total force, active-duty Air Force, selected Air Force Reserve (AFRES), and Air National Guard (ANG) may attend the resident AFSNCOA. Selected Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and international military personnel also attend on a limited basis. Active-duty Air Force personnel must have at least one year of retainability following graduation. The Air Force Military Personnel Center identifies and notifies active-duty students for ALE program attendance. Air Force students must meet Air Force standards.  Students from other services must meet their service’s standards.

Reference AFI 36-2656, Developmental Education for more information.

International Partner and Sister Service students, please email Student Administration or call: Commercial (334) 416-1651 or DSN 596-1651.

The in-residence AFSNCOA does not manage/administer the AFSNCOA DLC (Course 14). For assistance with the AFSNCOA DLC, visit https://airu.edusupportcenter.com or call: Commercial (334) 416-1736 or DSN 596-1736.




Course Schedule

Class Start Graduate
 18F 23 Aug 2018 28 Sep 2018
 19A 23 Oct 2018 29 Nov 2018
 19B 16 Jan 2019 21 Feb 2019
 19C 13 Mar 2019 16 Apr 2019
 19D  1 May 2019 6 Jun 2019
 19E 8 Jul 2019 19 Aug 2019

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If you are planning on attending as a member of class 18-E, a Facebook group has been made by one of the students if you're interested in connecting with each other. Disclaimer: this is not an official SNCOA group and you are under no obligation to join it. <a href="https://m.facebook.com/groups/214788479114865" target="_blank">https://m.facebook.com/groups/214788479114865</a> Closed Group
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Please consider joining us at the Maxwell AFB Cypress Tree Golf Course on April 13th for our "Drive Out Sexual Assault" Golf Tournament. There will be many prizes and all proceeds will go towards local victim advocacy groups! Please feel free to share this flyer with anyone who might be interested. Thanks!
17-F Graduation pictures have been posted! Take a look and tag yourself and your friends! Safe travels and best wishes to all of our students.
Today is graduation day! Congratulations to class 17-F on this huge milestone in their Air Force career!!
Attention all incoming 17-F students: as of right now, there are no changes to the reporting instructions. Please proceed with your travel plans as normal. If there are any changes due to weather we will post a notification here ASAP. Thank you!
Welcome Class 17-E! We are excited to have you here!
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