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Basic Leader Course


BLC prepares the Specialist/Corporal for duties and responsibilities as a Sergeant. Using the Leadership Requirements Model (LRM) through a holistic approach, learners will develop skills in written and oral communications, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, leadership and counseling, drill and ceremonies, how to train Soldiers, character development, nutrition and physical fitness, troop leading procedures and mission orders, Army programs, and how to build effective teams. As a result, learners will be able to train, lead, and conduct operations at the team level.

BLC Preparation Tips

  1. Refresh on Drill & Ceremony
  2. Refresh on Physical Readiness Training (PRT)
  3. Refresh on basic grammar and writing skills
  4. Understand that the Basic Leader Course is a professional education environment
  5. Be ready to collaborate with your peers

Course Objectives

The BLC focuses on six NCO Common Core Competencies (NCO-C3). These competencies are: Readiness, Leadership, Training Management, Communications, Operations, and Program Management. BLC is designed to build basic leader and trainer skills needed to lead a team size element; while providing the foundation for further development along the PME learning continuum.

Course Structure
Instruction at the BLC is accomplished with the Army Experiential Learning Model (ELM) methodology. Lessons are facilitated in a small group setting with a collaborative approach, which allows the Soldiers to discover information and then apply it to new and ambiguous situations. Lessons include critical and creative thinking activities and exercises, which aid in learning. Facilitators assess the Soldiers’ leadership ability and potential through observing discussions and interactions.  

The BLC is a 22-academic day course consisting of 169 academic hours. The course map below shows a listing of the lessons that make up the course. It reflects the mandatory sequence, the lesson identification number, the lesson title, the length of the lesson (total), and the phase for rotation purposes. (NOTE: The six administrative lessons are not part of the course map). Research Time: Students are provided 22 hours of academic/research time throughout the course to produce four products associated with writing, public speaking/presentation, training management, and SHARP. This time allows students to research, collaborate with peers, and develop their academically required products which will be assessed for grading. This is academic time and by no means considered study hall.  

The BLC is conducted in four phases with one rotation. The Foundations Phase and Leadership Phase will be conducted in the base group. Students will then rotate to new classrooms with new facilitators to conduct the Readiness and Assessment Phases. All facilitators will continue to teach following the course map and training schedule.  

Day 0-6 = Foundation PhaseDay 7-11 = Leadership PhaseDay 12-16 = Readiness PhaseDay 17-22 = Assessment Phase

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Course Map
Lesson Foundations Hours
B100 Basic Leader Course Overview/Blackboard Review 3
B101 Group Dynamics 3
B111 Introduction to Physical Readiness Training PRT 19
B114 Drill and Ceremonies 6
B123 Army Physical Fitness Test 3
B105 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 4
B102 Effective Listening 3
B103 Written Communication *Assignment due in Assessment Phase 13
B116 Training Management/CIT *8 hours evaluated in Assessment Phase 16
B104 Public Speaking *4 hours evaluated in Assessment Phase 12
Total Hours 82
  SHARP Essay Due
B106 The Army's Leadership Requirements Model 4
B108 Cultural Competencies 4
B107 Counseling 7
B109 Army Values, Ethics and Integration of Soldier 2020 5
B123 Legal Responsibilies and Limits of NCO Authority 4
B112 Followership and Servant Leadership Fundamentals 6
B113 Team Building and Conflict Management 7
Total Hours 37
B115 Mission Orders and Troop Leading Procedures 5
B117 Soldier for Life/Transition Assistance Program *Resume due in Assessment Phase 4
B119 Soldier Readiness 6
B121 Resiliency 6
B118 Command Supply Discipline Program 4
Total Hours 25
B122 End of Course Essays (includes two 500-word reflective essays) Due: Information Paper (B103), Information Brief (B104), Conduct Individual Training (B116), and Resume (B117) 24
Total Hours 169
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