Air University Catalog
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.
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.
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.
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) (https://etca.keesler.af.mil).
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.