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Basic Leader's Course (BLC)

The Basic Leader Course (BLC) is the first step in the Noncomissioned Officer Education System. BLC trains Soldiers in basic leadership skills, Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) duties, responsibilities and authority, and how to conduct performance-oriented training. BLC focuses on leadership training. The course produces battle-competent junior NCOs who are qualified team/section/squad leaders, trainers of leader and war fighting skills, evaluators and counselors, conductors/participants in individual and collective training, and performers/teachers of leader skills, knowledge and attitudes.


  • Graduation Requirements

      a. The graduation requirements are shown in the two tables below. The tables also indicate if the assessment is part of the student’s GPA or not. See each of the individual assessments for specific criteria.

      Assessment Title Associated Lesson Grade Point Average
      1009S Public Speaking and Information Briefing B104 GPA
      1009W Assessing Writing, Compare and Contrast Essay B112 GPA
      1009W Assessing Writing, Informative Essay B103 GPA
      Conduct Individual Training, Rubric B116 GPA
      Conduct Physical Readiness Training, Rubric B111 GPA
      Conduct Squad Drill, Rubric B114 GPA

      b. There are six assessments that are mandatory and graduation requirements, but do not count toward the student GPA as shown in the table below.

      Assessment Title Associated Lesson Grade Point Average
      Compliance with the Army Body Composition Program In-Processing Non-GPA
      The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) In-Processing Non-GPA
      1009A Assessing Attributes and Competencies Entire course Non-GPA
      SHARP Essay (Commandant’s Writing Award) B128 Non-GPA

Related Files

BLC Entry Requirements

BLC Class Dates FY22

BLC Individual Student Assessment Plan (ISAP)

BLC Student Guide, 1 April 2021

BLC Winter Packing List (OCT-MAR)

BLC Summer Packing List (APR-SEPT)

Contact Information

Chief of BLC:

MSG Christopher R. Coalter, DSN: (315) 756-3510

BLC Mailbox: