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Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy

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The 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 18 28 Sep 18
 19A 23 Oct 18 29 Nov 18
 19B 16 Jan 19 21 Feb 19
 19C 13 Mar 19 16 Apr 19
 19D  1 May 19 6 Jun 19
 19E 8 Jul 19 19 Aug 19

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