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College for Enlisted Professional Military Education  
Noncommissioned Officer Academies

In October 1993, a Headquarters USAF program action directive ordered the transfer of the 10 continental United States (CONUS) NCO academies from Air Force major air commands to Air Education and Training Command (AETC). In November 1993, AETC assigned these academies to the newly formed College for Enlisted Professional Military Education. Currently, eight NCO academies aligned under CEPME operate in CONUS at Goodfellow, Keesler, Kirtland, Lackland, McGuire, Peterson, Robins, and Tyndall Air Force bases. An NCO academy, located at McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, Tennessee, is under the functional control of the Air National Guard. Overseas Air Force major commands overseas operate their own academies. The Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) has three academies: Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Kadena AB Okinawa, Japan; and Hickam AFB, Hawaii. The US Air Forces, Europe, has one academy in Kapaun AS, Germany.

Mission: Provide professional military education to prepare noncommissioned officers for positions of greater responsibility by broadening their leadership and supervisory skills and expanding their perspective of the military profession.

Goal: Furnish an environment for students to gain an understanding of their positions in the military structure and develop the skills necessary for effectiveness in those supervisory positions.

Resident Curriculum

The NCO academy 220-hour curriculum consists of three academic areas—profession of arms, communication, and leadership. The principal method of instruction used at this level of EPME is the guided discussion.

Curriculum Summary

Instructional Area Academic Hours
Profession of Arms 44
Communication Skills 53
Leadership and Management 88
Collateral Curriculum 28
Commandant’s Time 7

Academic Credit Recommendation

The eight CONUS NCO academies are affiliated through the College for Enlisted PME to the Community College of the Air Force, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Overseas NCOAs and the Air National Guard NCOA located at McGhee Tyson Airport are affiliated directly with the CCAF. All graduates of the resident course receive 10 semester hours of undergraduate credit with CCAF.


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