The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy formed on 1 July 1972 and began its program of instruction on 8 January 1973. The Sergeants Major Course (SMC) is the capstone of the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS) and seeks to educate master sergeants and sergeants major to effectively assist commanders and field grade officers accomplish their units’ missions.
In addition to delivering the resident SMC and the Sergeants Major Course-Distance Learning (SMC-DL), SGM-A provides a twelve-week SMC International Military Student Pre-Course (IMSPC ) and an eight-day Spouse Leader Development Course (SLDC).
On 21 March 2018, SGM-A became part of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and is recognized by the Higher Learning Commission as a CGSC branch campus on Fort Bliss, TX. This enables CGSC to offer the BA in Leadership and Workforce Development as a bachelor’s degree completion program for SMC students at SGM-A. For more on the SGM-A relationship to CGSC and the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, see page 9-11 in CGSC Circular 350-1 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Catalog (AY 2018-2019).
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