To provide high quality, professional curriculum that is rigorous, current, relevant, sequential, and progressive which helps educate and develop Soldiers and noncommissioned officers in support of lifelong learning.


DCD will set the standard for curriculum development and education for the NCO of 2020 and beyond. We are committed to creating and sustaining professional and learner-centered products that link NCO education with students’ experiences focused on six NCO Common Core Competencies: readiness, leadership, operations, training management, program management, and communications.

Distributed Leader Course

The intent of DLC is to bridge the operational and institutional domains and set conditions for continuous growth. DLC will ensure learning is continuous and enduring, not sporadic and transitory. DLC is required learning that continues throughout a career and that is closely linked to and synchronized with classroom and experiential learning. DLC sets the conditions for continuous growth both as a warrior and a warrior leader. DLC builds knowledge and skills through a defined sequence of learning approaches with the adjuncts of formal education and experiential learning.

Basic Leader Course

BLC prepares sergeants, promotable specialists, and corporals to lead team-level size units by providing an opportunity to acquire the leader skills, knowledge, and experience needed to be successful as noncommissioned officers. The Basic Leader Course (BLC) is the foundation for further training and leader development.

Master Leader Course

The Master Leader Course (MLC) prepares Sergeants First Class for leadership and staff assignments as Master Sergeants. Students will develop skills in written and oral communications, critical and creative thinking, and complex problem solving. They will discuss contemporary leadership issues, examine training management strategies, and apply both the Joint Operations Planning Process (JOPP) and the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). As a result, students will be able to plan training, lead Soldiers, properly advise their officer counterparts, and conduct operational planning in support of unified land operations at company level and above.

Battle Staff Course

Educate Staff Sergeants through Master Sergeants to serve as battle staff noncommissioned officers at battalion and higher level staff positions. Battle Staff NCO Course provides selected noncommissioned officers with the tools necessary to learn specific staff duties and become familiar with the duties of other staff sections. BSNCOC provides technical and tactical curriculum relevant to the missions, duties, and responsibilities assigned to battle staff members in battalion and brigade-level units.

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