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Milper Message Number 16-089 ...Issued: [29 Mar 16]...
SELECT-TRAIN-EDUCATE-PROMOTE (STEP) NCOPDS SCHEDULING PROCEDURES

1. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, SELECT, TRAIN, EDUCATE, AND PROMOTE (STEP) WILL TAKE EFFECT FOR JUNIOR
ENLISTED SOLDIERS SELECTED FOR PROMOTION TO SGT AND SSG. STEP WILL TAKE EFFECT FOR SSG
SELECTED TO SFC BEGINNING WITH THE JUN 16 SFC BOARD.

2. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER EDUCATION SYSTEM (NCOES) AND
STRUCTURED SELF DEVELOPMENT (SSD) ARE AS FOLLOWS:
* WARRIOR LEADER COURSE (WLC) NAME CHANGED TO BASIC LEADER COURSE (BLC)
* MLC, MASTER LEADER COURSE, EFFECTIVE FY 18.

3. BASIC LEADER COURSE (BLC) SCHEDULING: BLC IS SCHEDULED AT THE INSTALLATION LEVEL. ONLY
SOLDIERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED BLC ARE FULLY ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION TO SGT (REF B). ARMY
COMMANDS AND ARMY SERVICE COMMANDS MUST ESTABLISH A QUOTA MANAGEMENT PLAN TO SUPPORT
BLC AND ENSURE ATTENDANCE OF FULLY QUALIFIED SOLDIERS. IN ORDER TO BE CONSISTENT WITH
ESTABLISHED ARMY TRAINING PRIORITIES, COMMANDS MUST MANAGE QUOTAS TO ENSURE THAT SOLDIERS
WITH THE HIGHEST PROMOTION POINTS ON AN ORDER OF MERIT LIST (OML) ATTEND BLC PRIOR TO
SOLDIERS WITH LOWER PRIORITY.

4. ADVANCED LEADER COURSE (ALC) SCHEDULING:

A. U.S. ARMY HUMAN RESOURCES COMMAND (HRC) WILL SCHEDULE AVAILABLE SEATS 90-120 DAYS IN
ADVANCE (I.E., IN JAN, HRC WILL SCHEDULE AVAILABLE SEATS FOR THE MONTH OF APR). SOLDIERS WITH
THE HIGHEST PROMOTION POINTS IN THEIR MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY (MOS) WILL BE SCHEDULED
FOR ATTENDANCE FIRST. SOLDIERS WILL BE SCHEDULED REGARDLESS IF THE UNIT IS ON THE PATCH
CHART. IF COMMANDERS DETERMINE A SOLDIER CANNOT ATTEND TRAINING, A DEFERMENT REQUEST MUST
BE SUBMITTED TO HRC IN ACCORDANCE WITH AR 350-1 AND THIS MESSAGE.

B. SOLDIERS WILL BE SCHEDULED TO ATTEND EITHER A PROPONENT SCHOOL OR AN APPROVED RESERVE
COMPONENT (ARNG OR USAR) REGIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ENSURE
SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO OR WITH DUTY AT APPLICABLE TRAINING LOCATIONS ARE TRAINED AT HOME
STATION TO AVOID EXCESSIVE TRAVEL EXPENSES. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS WHEN THE SOLDIER’S
PROMOTION DATE IS JEOPARDIZED. TRAINING TRAVEL GUIDANCE TO SUPPORT EXECUTION OF TRAVEL
ORDERS CAN BE FOUND AT HTTPS://G357.ARMY.PENTAGON.MIL/TR/TRI/ITTG/DEFAULT.ASPX.

C. ONCE A SOLDIER IS SELECTED FOR ATTENDANCE TO ALC, THEY WILL NOT BE REMOVED FROM CLASS
UNLESS THE SOLDIER NO LONGER MEETS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OR A DEFERMENT IS APPROVED BY
HRC. SOLDIERS WILL NOT BE REMOVED FROM CLASS BASED SOLELY ON OTHER SOLDIERS SUBSEQUENTLY
OBTAINING MORE PROMOTION POINTS.

D. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO SCHEDULE TRAINING FOR SOLDIERS WHO HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR
DEPLOYMENT, SHORT TOUR, OR UNIT ROTATION, PRIOR TO THE EVENT, IF THE SOLDIER WOULD HAVE BEEN
SCHEDULED DURING DEPLOYMENT, SHORT TOUR OR UNIT ROTATION.

E. SOLDIERS WHO ARE SERVING ON AN OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENT ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE SIX MONTHS
REMAINING TO SERVE IN THE OVERSEAS COMMAND AFTER COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

F. RE-SCHEDULING SOLDIERS WHO PREVIOUSLY WERE NO-SHOWS, DISMISSED FOR FAILING TO MEET
COURSE STANDARDS, OR FOR DISCIPLINARY, MEDICAL, OR COMPASSIONATE REASONS WILL REQUIRE A
WRITTEN REQUEST TO HRC WITH ENDORSEMENT BY THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN THE SOLDIER’S CHAIN
OF COMMAND.

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