Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

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Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
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Lead SGM Anthony Preacher
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Version Information
Version: Version 1.0
Effective Date: 09 JAN 2021
Last Modified Date: 20 AUG 2023
Approving Authority: Regimental Command Sergeant Major
Point of Contact: NCOA Lead



Introduction

The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) is a Regimental level School. The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy trains enlisted Soldiers to become Non-Commissioned Officers in the 7th Cavalry Regiment. The School's courses are a requirement for Soldiers to be promoted to the rank of Corporal, and is a requirement for Soldiers who wish to become a commissioned officer.

The School has two courses, Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.

Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Officer Development School is listed as: The 7th Cavalry Non-Commissioned Officer Academy will train and impart leadership excellence in the future of the 7th Cavalry Regiments' Non-Commissioned Officer Corps through demanding, realistic, and transformational training. The School will impart ethical behavior and judgement into all Students, enabling the next generation of Warrior-Leaders in support of Tactical Operational, and Strategic missions.

The Vision of the School is listed as: The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy will maintain its position as the Functional Center of Excellence for Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Training. The School will look throughout the Army to ensure that its content remains relevant, targeted, and designed to create the best possible Non-Commissioned Officer. The Instructors of the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy are leaders in their own right, who pursue excellence at every turn, and impart their experience through a variety of instructional methods.

Leadership

Here represent the dedicated NCOs who have helped pass hundreds of new troopers into leadership into the 7th Cav. The ranks reflected here are either their current or when they retired.

Lead Instructor

Rank Name Dates of Service
Sergeant Major Preacher.A 03AUG23 - Present
Command Sergeant Major Nexhex.A 19JAN20 - 03AUG23
Major Waldie.A 01AUG19 - 19JAN20
Captain Gerrish.T 26FEB19 - 01AUG19
Sergeant Ari.M 03JUL18 - 22FEB19
Major General Holmes.S 30JUL10 - 03JUL18

Senior Instructor

Rank Name Dates of Service
First Lieutenant Stetchkov.A 07MAR23 - 02SEP23
Sergeant Major Preacher.A 22JUN21 - 03AUG22
First Sergeant Cobel.J 28JAN21 - 04MAY21

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy is divided into two phases.

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Phase 1 (NCOA1)

The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Phase 1 focuses on the fundamentals of leadership in a general context. Students learn about leadership principles, administration of subordinates, and general duties and responsibilities of Non-Commissioned Officers. This phase is 2 hours long, delivered in one day.

Pre-Requisites
Minimum Time in Service of 45 Days
Specialist or Above (exceptions can be made if the member is in an ASL/SL Position)
No negative actions in past 3 months, or current negative action
Not currently banned from NCOA classes

Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Phase 2 (NCOA2)

The Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Phase 2 teaches Students the specific duties and responsibilities of an Army Squad or Section Leader. Students learn the specific administration that a Squad or Section Leader must undertake, such as roll-call tracking and reporting to a higher headquarters. This phase is 2 hours long, delivered in one day.

Pre-Requisites
NCOA Phase 1
Minimum Time in Service of 45 Days
Specialist or Above (exceptions can be made if the member is in an ASL/SL Position)
No negative actions in past 3 months, or current negative action
Not currently banned from NCOA classes

Course Request Form

If a soldier requires a course at a specific time or date, they may submit a request to the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFPls5dzZKLLVPWjM9KkecH1nO7kfKIdbQtfQy-xmw4mZxxA/viewform

School Standard Operating Procedures

School Non-Attendance Policy

Students who fail to notify the NCOA Chain of Command of their absence in a class will face a temporary ban from attending further courses. This ban lasts two months, and then a member may re-apply to take either phase that was missed.

Instructor Qualification Policy

Due to the specialized nature of the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, new instructors must meet specific requirements.

  • Must be a Corporal or higher. Specialist will be considered for exceptional cases only.
  • Must instruct the NCOA Phase 1 or 2 once every 2 months
  • Must submit 2 letters of recommendation from a superior NCO or Officer, depending on the applicants role
  • Must send an application letter to the NCOA Commander with the following information:
    • Name
    • Time in service
    • Why the member wants to be an NCOA instructor
    • Short reason why member will be successful
    • Attach both letters of recommendation

Roles and Responsibilities

Overall Responsibilities

The NCOA must run, at a minimum one class in the North American and European timezone every month of both Phase 1 and Phase 2. The school must work to ensure course material is updated and in-line with current Regimental operating procedures. The department should be available to assist members to update their knowledge if they have questions about course material.

Lead Instructor

The NCOA Lead Instructor is the Commander of the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. Duties of the Lead Instructor include:

Responsibility Priority Description
Priority Instructs NCOA Phase 1 and 2 Classes
Priority Maintains accountability records and enforces School standards
Priority Responsible to supervise NCOA Senior & Instructors
Priority Responsible to provide guidance to Instructors to conduct NCOA courses
Routine Reports to the CSM
Routine Forwards medal recommendations
Routine Manages the NCOA tracker
Routine Updates course material

Senior Instructor

Duties of the Senior Instructor include:

Responsibility Priority Description
Priority Instructs NCOA Phase 1 and 2 Classes
Priority Maintains accountability records and enforces School standards
Priority Responsible to provide guidance to Instructors to conduct NCOA courses
Priority Must attend one NCOA class and provide instructor feedback once every 2 months
Routine Reports to the NCOA Lead
Routine Manages the NCOA Tracker
Routine Maintains course material

Instructor

NCOA Instructors are assigned to teach both phases of the NCOA course and their responsibilities include:

Responsibility Priority Description
Priority Instructs NCOA Phase 1 and 2 Classes with one class every 2 months
Priority Marks student courseware submissions within one day of course being held for Phase 1, and within 7 Days for Phase 2
Priority Logs all marking on the NCOA Phase 2 Tracker
Priority Posts a class a minimum of 5 days in advance
Routine Reports inaccurate material to Lead and/or the Senior Instructor