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College for Enlisted Professional Military Education  
Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy  
CMSgt Roger Ball, Commandant

      The Air Force established the AFSNCOA in 1972 to fill a void in professional military education (PME) for AF senior NCOs. In January 1973, the academy began its first class with 120 senior NCOs and a curriculum divided into two major areas: military environment and military management. Presently, the academy has an annual enrollment of over 1,800 senior NCOs, chief petty officers, and international senior NCOs. Offering instruction in three major areas, the AFSNCOA is the capstone of enlisted PME.
      The instruction provided by the AFSNCOA makes a positive impact on the careers of its graduates. Eight academy graduates have served as the chief master sergeant of the Air Force-Thomas N. Barnes, James M. McCoy, Arthur L. Andrews, Sam E. Parish, James C. Binnicker, David J. Campanale, Eric Benken, and Frederick J. Finch. Most command chief master sergeants are also academy alumni.

Mission: Expand the leadership capabilities of senior enlisted leaders and reinforce a commitment to the profession of arms through a dedicated and professional team.

Goal: Conduct a relevant and rigorous educational program contributing to the professional development and motivation of senior NCOs.

Eligibility:  AF and selected Air Force Reserve (AFRes) and ANG senior NCOs attend the academy in residence. Selected Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and international military personnel also attend on a limited basis. Active duty AF personnel must have at least one-year retainability following graduation, and this course must be completed before they can be promoted to chief master sergeant.

Resident Curriculum

      The academy's philosophy is that senior enlisted leaders have the need and desire for advanced PME to assist them in fulfilling their expanding leadership and management roles. The senior EPME program is based on sound educational principles with high academic standards. It strives to satisfy student needs with individualized instruction where possible.

                                                                              Curriculum Summary

Instructional Area

Academic Hours

Profession of Arms


Communication Skills


Leadership and Management


Collateral Curriculum


Commandantís Time




Duration and Quota:  The AFSNCOA conducts five, 30-academic-day resident classes each year with a student quota of 360 per class.

Selection: The Air Force Military Personnel Center identifies and notifies active duty students for attendance. AF students must meet all AF standards. Students from other services must meet their service's standards. Complete eligibility and selection criteria can be found in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2301, Professional Military Education and on-line at the Air Force Education and Training Course Announcements (ETCA) (

Academic Credit:  The AFSNCOA is affiliated through CEPME to CCAF, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Graduates of the resident course are currently awarded nine semester hours of undergraduate credit from the CCAF.

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