Jim Caldwell, Army
FORT MONROE, Va. - More schools in The Army School
System (TASS) are teaching or soon will be teaching the stand-alone
common core for basic and advanced NCO courses (BNCOC and ANCOC).
1st Class Eric Dore, an ANCOC instructor for the Fort McCoy NCO
Academy, emphasizes a point with the students in a recent
course. (Photo by Rob
"Expanding throughout TASS gives even more soldiers the
opportunity to complete the common core phase of BNCOC and ANCOC at or
near their home installations," said Sgt. Maj. Steve Merrill,
chief of the NCO branch for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Training
(DCST) at the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
Forts Lewis, Wash., and Huachuca, Ariz., and the South Carolina
Army National Guard at Eastover, S.C., originally piloted this course
in the summer of 2000, according to Master Sgt. Dennis Martinson, Fort
McCoy NCO Academy ANCOC and BNCOC course manager. Several
active-component schools started instructing it in October 2000.
in a BNCOC at the McCoy NCO Academy do small group practical
exercises. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
The U.S. Army Reserve NCO Academy at Fort Lewis, Wash., was
scheduled to begin teaching the stand-alone common core in classes
beginning in early January.
The 3747th U.S. Army Reserve Multifunctional Training Brigade
(Europe), Graffenwoehr, Germany, starts classes later this month.
May, the NCO Academy in Alaska and the 25th Infantry Division NCO
Academy, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, will enter the pilot program and begin
teaching the common core.
All branch-specific NCO academies were teaching common core basic
leadership tasks as Phase 1 for both BNCOC and ANCOC courses as of
last October. Soldiers
must pass this Phase I before taking the military occupational
specialty-specific Phase II in residence.
"NCOs selected by Personnel Command to attend BNCOC and
ANCOC may take the stand-alone common core at any location that
teaches it, regardless of military occupational specialty, as long as
it's within 50 miles of where they're stationed," Merrill said.
Soldiers will not be reimbursed for mileage if they elect to
take the common core at or near their home installation.
"If I'm an infantry soldier stationed at Fort
Huachuca, Ariz., I have the alternative to take the BNCOC or ANCOC
stand-alone common core at Fort Huachuca.
Then I can go to my Phase II at Fort Benning, Ga.," said
Jeffrey Coliman, senior military analyst in DCST's personnel proponent
That means that it will be two less weeks a soldier must be
away from the family, Coliman said. It also will be two less weeks for which the Army won't have
to pay temporary duty costs to send the soldier to his or her branch
offers options at McCoy
The Fort McCoy NCO
Academy has offered the BNCOC and ANCOC stand-alone common core
courses since December 2000, said Master Sgt. Dennis Martinson,
Fort McCoy NCO Academy ANCOC and BNCOC course manager.
Martinson said a big advantage for soldiers and their
units is that unlike active-component schools, the Fort McCoy
NCO Academy teaches the courses in 12 consecutive days (no
weekends off), while the active-component schools don't have
instruction on weekends.
Having active-component personnel take the course at the
McCoy NCO Academy allows units to get these soldiers back to do
their jobs sooner, Martinson
Martinson said the student population who needs the
courses has been sufficient so that the wider availability of
the courses has not affected attendance at the McCoy NCO Academy
courses to date.
"The additional courses have given soldiers more
convenience in choosing where to attend the training," he
Soldiers also have the opportunity to attend a branch
school of another military occupational specialty (MOS) for
Phase II BNCOC or ANCOC on the same installation.
To do so, an NCO must have been selected to attend ANCOC
or BNCOC by Army Personnel Command, Army National Guard or Army
Reserve personnel. The
school also must have room in a class.
At Fort McCoy, BNCOC and ANCOC training opportunities in
CMF 63 (maintenance) are offered at Regional Training
Site-Maintenance, according to RTS-Maintenance Commandant Maj.
"This allows the students to do all the training at
one place and cuts down on their TDY travel," Norton said.
"The students also can get back to their units quicker and
are trained and ready to do their assigned duties."
"The interesting aspect of the stand-alone common core
training in Europe is that it will be done by distance learning,"
Coliman said. "It
will be broadcast through video teletraining from Graffenwoehr to
several locations in Germany and to other locations in Europe, such as
Merrill also said active soldiers can only take the stand-alone
common core at reserve-component schools when the training is
conducted as a two-week block of instruction.
More TASS schools will be added each year so that by 2004 the
stand-alone common core will be taught in schools convenient to nearly
every soldier, TRADOC officials said.
"The Army School System is one system, one standard, so
every soldier taking the stand-alone common core will receive
identical training no matter which school he or she attends,"
note: Jim Caldwell writes for the TRADOC News Service.)