Provide the Army with agile, adaptive senior enlisted leaders of character, competence and commitment to be effective leaders. These leaders, grounded in Army and Joint doctrine, exploit opportunities by leveraging and applying Army resources.
The SGM-A is the premier professional military education (PME) institution focused on providing the Army with agile and adaptive senior enlisted leaders.
The Sergeants Major Academy prepares master sergeants and sergeants major to elevate from a tactical level of thinking to an operational and strategic perspective thus preparing them for leadership positions in organizations executing unified land operations. What Soldiers learn prepares them for leadership positions in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, multinational organizations (JIIM) as well as battalion, brigade, and division through echelons-above-corps (EAC) staff sergeants major command levels.
The Sergeants Major Academy (SGM-A) was formed on 1 July 1972 and began its program of instruction on 8 January 1973. The SGM-A became the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s (CGSC) fourth school on 21 March 2018. The Sergeants Major Course (SMC) is the capstone of the Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS) and seeks to educate Master Sergeants and Sergeants Major, to effectively assist commanders and field grade officers accomplish their units’ missions. In addition to delivering resident and distance learning, the SGM-A provides curriculum oversight of Distributed Leader Course V (DLC V), which is a pre-requisite to attend the SMC.