DCD Courses

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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 NCO Course

The Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course (BSNCOC) is a branch-immaterial functional course for the noncommissioned officer (NCO) in the ranks of staff sergeant through master sergeant to develop for staff assignments. This course will challenge learners to think creatively and critically to solve complex problems. Key topics include: mission command-command and control; decisive action; Army operations to include multidomain operations and large scale combat operations (LSCO); military decision-making process (MDMP) to include the joint planning process (JPP).

Advanced Leaders Course – NCO Common Core Competencies (NCO-C3)

The Advanced Leader Course NCO Common Core Competencies (ALC NCO-C3) prepares sergeants for duties as a staff sergeant. Using the Leadership Requirements Model (LRM) through a holistic approach, learners will develop skills in written and oral communications and challenge learners to think critically, generate creative ideas, and learn to solve complex problems. Learners will develop skills in written and oral communications. Key lessons include discussing servant leadership, examining the mission command philosophy, writing an persuasive essay, preparing and delivering a military briefing, and using the military decision making process (MDMP). As a result, leaners will be able to train, lead, and conduct operations at the squad level.

Senior Leaders Course – NCO Common Core Competencies (NCO-C3)

The Senior Leader Course NCO Common Core Competencies (SLC NCO-C3) prepares staff sergeants for duties as a sergeant first class. Using the be-know-do model, learners will collaborate and exchange ideas on innovative approaches to leadership and training. Learners will examine management techniques, analyze mission command systems, construct an analytical essay, and create platoon training and leader development plans. As a result, learners will gain an understanding of the significance of becoming a senior noncommissioned officer and the responsibilities inherent in that role.

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