The Basic Leader Course prepares corporals and specialists to execute the duties of a team leader who assumes responsibility to employ comprehensive Soldier fitness elements for self and subordinates, promotes readiness for all contingencies instilling teamwork and collaboration by applying training management principles, thinks critically through effective leadership and counseling situations with total ownership of decisions, takes accountability for character development in self and subordinates, and confidently communicates time sensitive information through the chain of command.
BLC Preparation Tips
- Refresh on Drill & Ceremony
- Refresh on Physical Readiness Training (PRT)
- Refresh on basic grammar and writing skills
- Understand that the Basic Leader Course is a professional education environment
- Be ready to collaborate with your peers
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.
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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