Battle Staff NCO Course

1.  Scope.  The BSNCOC is a fast-paced and challenging course, designed to assist you in both your present and future assignments. Prepare yourself to work evenings and weekends as part of your battle-room staff assignments in addition to numerous self-study hours. Although there are many challenges in the course, graduation is very attainable as long as you apply yourself.

2.  Prerequisites. Students must:

Students attending the BSNCOC must be in the rank of SSG through SGM, assigned to or projected for assignment to a valid ASI coded "2S" position IAW DA PAM 611-21.

a.  Each Soldier attending the Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course needs to have a memorandum for record signed by the first O-5 in their chain of command stating they are in a valid ASI 2S position, pending reassignment to an ASI 2S position, or on orders to an assignment requiring an ASI 2S qualification. A GS-12 or CSM (in the case of NCOAs) may also sign this memorandum if there is not an O-5 in the Soldiers chain of command. Soldiers who are in a valid 2S position may submit a Unit Manning Report (UMR) that shows that they are in a valid 2S position in place of this memorandum. This memorandum or UMR does not need to be submitted prior to the start of the course, but needs to be turned in during student in processing as part of the students packet.

b. Units may request an exception to policy for Soldiers in the rank of SGT (E-5) to attend the BSNCOC.  This request for exception to policy must justify why the Soldier needs to attend the BSNCOC and be signed by the first O-5 in Soldier's chain of command.  A GS-12 or CSM (in the case of NCOAs) may sign this request for exception to policy if there is not an O-5 in the Soldier's chain of command. Soldiers who show up to the BSNCOC without this request for exception to policy will be returned to Unit as a prerequisite failure.

c. Units may request an exception to policy for Soldiers who are not in a valid ASI 2S position, pending reassignment to an ASI 2S position, or on orders to an assignment requiring an ASI 2S qualification to attend the BSNCOC.  This request for exception to policy must justify why the Soldier needs to attend the BSNCOC and be signed by the first O-5 in Soldier's chain of command.  A GS-12 or CSM (in the case of NCOAs) may sign this request for exception to policy if there is not an O-5 in the Soldier's chain of command. Soldiers who show up to the BSNCOC without this request for exception to policy will be returned to Unit as a prerequisite failure.

In accordance with ALARACT 075/2007 PHYSICAL FITNESS AND HEIGHT AND WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING, DTG 171414Z APR 07. Soldiers attending institutional training courses (including NCOES and functional courses) are still expected to meet the height/weight standards of AR 600-9. 

3.  Course OverviewAll students must meet the standards outlined in AR 350-1, TRADOC Reg 350-10, TRADOC Reg 350-18, AR 600-9, and AR 670-1, and be selected by their command for attendance.  Active Army Soldiers must have at least 12 months remaining in their enlistment, and ARNG Soldiers must have at least 24 months remaining.  USAR Soldiers must meet the obligations outlined in AR 135-200.  Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course Length: 23 days ADT.  Enlisted members of the Reserve Component or Active Component in the grade of E5 thru E9, assigned to or projected for assignment to a valid ASI coded "2S" position IAW DA PAM 611-21.

Basic computer skill is highly recommended.  Students should be able to utilize Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

4.  Academic Standards.  To meet course graduation requirements students must achieve an overall rating of “GO” with at least 70 percent or better on the 6 written examinations; and two briefings and an evaluation on the CPX performance. Only one retest is allowed for each primary evaluation/exam. 

a.   E130 is a knowledge-based examination covering Warfighter.

b.   E129 is a knowledge-based examination covering Sustainment.

c.   E128 is a knowledge-based examination covering Plans, Orders and Attachments.

d.   E127 is a knowledge-based examination covering Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield

e.   E126 is a knowledge-based examination covering The Military Decision Making Process.

f.    E125 is a knowledge-based examination covering Graphics and Overlays.   

Students will strive to meet height and weight standards outlined in AR 600-9, meet all academic, conduct and discipline standards. Student evaluations will take place during the war fighter exercise (WFX). Commandants may not supplement these graduation requirements. Upon completion of the BSNCOC, academies will issue students a copy of DA Form 1059 (Service School Academic Evaluation Report) indicating the student has successfully completed the BSNCOC.

5. Reporting.  Report to Staff Duty in Building 8-80 to receive in-processing instructions.  It is recommended to report by 1300 hours in order for you to be able to make any final preparations for the start of training.

6.  Documentation.  Bring the following documents for in processing.

 a.  A properly filled out Pre-Execution Checklist TRADOC Form 350-18-2-RE, JUL 2009. 

 b.  Five copies of your orders.

 c.  DA Form 3349 (Physical Profile).  Permanent profiles are permitted.  The Commandant may approve temporary profiles on a case-by-case basis.  Soldiers with permanent or temporary profiles that preclude full participation in training will not attend this course.

7.  Transportation.  The academy provides shuttle service from Harrisburg International Airport, Harrisburg AMTRAK Station, and the Greyhound/Capitol Trailways Bus Station.  In order for us to schedule our personnel appropriately insure you provide your arrival time and flight/bus/train information when you reply advising us of your status to attend the course. When you arrive at one of these locations call (717) 861-8863 or (717) 861-8876 for shuttle service.

8.  Billeting.  Rooms are available at this academy.  The rooms are 2 person rooms with a shower. There is no charge to the Soldier or their unit for these rooms.

9. Billeting Transportation/Shuttle Service.  Billeting Transportation/Shuttle Service to and from billeting to the 166th Regiment is not available.

10.  Meals.  The academy provides meals for all students at no cost to the Soldier.

11.  Pay.  Your unit is responsible for all pay and allowances.

12.  Uniforms/Equipment.  The uniform for class is the ACU.  The uniform for the weigh-in and physical fitness training is the Army issue PT uniform.  During cold/wet weather bring the appropriate cold/wet weather clothing to compliment the ACU and Army PT uniforms in accordance with AR 670-1.  You may wear civilian attire after duty hours.  Graduation uniform is ACU.

13.  Standards.  You must meet the uniform and personal appearance standards in AR 670-1.  The academy enforces the Honor Code and expects complete honesty at all times. 

14.  Weapons.  The possession of privately owned firearms within the boundaries of Fort Indiantown Gap is prohibited.

15.  Helpful Hints.  The keys to successful completion of BSNCOC are preparation and organization.  I recommend Post-it Tape Flags to tab your references and study materials to assist your research during the open book examinations.  Also permanent alcohol-marking pens (fine and super fine work best) and eraser “Afro” tipped dry erase markers will be helpful for the Graphics and Overlays class.

Contact Us:
3rd Battalion, 166th Regiment (NCOA)
Bldg. 8-80, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003-5002
Phone: (717) 861-8876
Fax: (717) 861-8271

 
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