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Airman Leadership School

In April 1991, the Air Force directed that Headquarters Air University establish the Airman Leadership School (ALS) program. On 1 October 1991, a new and standardized program came on-line to teach senior airmen professional military education. The stand up of the new Airman Leadership School discontinued the Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course (NCOPC) and the Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School (NCOLS) programs. ALS became the first of three professional education programs that enlisted professionals attend during their Air Force careers.

Mission: Prepare Air Force personnel in the rank of senior airmen for supervisory duties and foster a commitment to the profession of arms.

Goal: Provide senior airmen an opportunity to understand more fully their position in the USAF organizational structure and the continued need for professional development to be effective NCOs.

Resident Curriculum

ALS consists of 189 curriculum hours conducted over 24 academic days at 68 locations worldwide. Students are senior airmen with 48 months in service and one year retainability in the Air Force. ALS completion is required before attaining the rank of staff sergeant. The primary instructional methodologies are the guided discussion and informal lecture. Instruction covers three broad academic areas including profession of arms, communication skills, and leadership. Flight Chief's time and the collateral curriculum round out the course.

Academic Credit Recommendation

All Airman Leadership Schools are individually affiliated with the Community College of the Air Force, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Graduates of the resident course receive eight semester hours of undergraduate college credit with CCAF. CCAF is automatically notified of class graduations for update of CCAF records and transcripts.

Curriculum Summary

Instructional Area

Academic Hours

Profession of Arms


Communication Skills


Leadership and Management


Collateral Curriculum


Flight Chief's Time




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