Q – Who can attend MLC?
A – Those who were selected on the FY 19 MSG promotion list and non-promotable SFCs are eligible to attend MLC. Once the FY 20 list is released, those selected will be scheduled to attend MLC IAW the Army’s Select Train Educate Promote (S.T.E.P.) education / promotion strategy.
Q – How can I walk on to MLC?
A – You must be a non-promotable SFC, SSD 4/DLC 4 complete, and a 4187 signed by the first O-5 in your chain of command. Get with your local NCOA for any additional requirements.
Q – How are enrollments into MLC managed?
A – Like ALC and SLC, enrollments into MLC are managed by HRC Schools Branch.
Q – If I am already a MSG, do I need to attend MLC to be eligible to compete for promotion to SGM?
A – No. If you were promoted on the FY 18 MSG promotion list or prior you do not need MLC to compete for promotion to SGM.
Q – I am scheduled to attend MLC. Where does my information regarding the course come from, and who does my DTS request?
A – If you are scheduled to attend MLC, you can find some information about attending the course from ATRRS. You should also receive a Welcome Letter from the NCOA where you will attend MLC that details some specifics about report times and locations, and prerequisite requirements. You must schedule your own travel requests through DTS to attend the course.
Q – Is there a current plan to discontinue MLC resident or DL?
A – There are no current plans to discontinue the MLC resident course or the MLC DL course. Classes are scheduled for both resident and DL courses until 30 September 2020.
Q – I am scheduled to go to MLC at Fort Bragg (or other locations) can you give me the specific information for that location?
A – No, this is the Fort Bliss MLC and we can only answer specific questions pertaining to MLC located here. Please contact the specific MLC at the location you are scheduled to attend.
Q – Are you accepting the ACFT Diagnostic scorecard in place of the APFT?
A – No, the APFT will continue to be a requirement until 30 September 2020 unless HQDA / HRC makes a change prior to the new fiscal year.
Q – Is there anything that I can study right now to prepare me for MLC?
A – Yes, prospective students will benefit significantly from a review of the following publications: ADP 3-0, ADP 5-0, ADP 6-0, ADP 6-22. Students may also benefit from completing the SEJPME I and the JFC 100 Module 5 (Joint Planning Process) found on Joint Knowledge Online. Become familiar with APA (American Psychological Association) 6th Edition Format and Style Guide that can be found at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html
Q – What role / obligation does my chain of command have during my MLC DL course?
A – Due to the academic rigor of the MLCNR, students and commanders are STRONGLY encouraged to abide by guidance set forth in AR 350-1. Students assigned to units that cannot comply due to mission requirements, or have a high level of personal life demands, should be considered ineligible to attend this course, and should consider enrolling in the resident version of MLC when possible. According to AR 350-1 (Dec 2017), Chap 2, para 2-44 (12): (Commanders) Support The Army Distance Learning Program (TADLP): (a) Ensure that Soldiers complete HQDA mandatory training and structured self-development. (b) Ensure Soldiers are available for HQDA-directed and quota managed DL training and have no command directed conflicts that will interfere with their scheduled DL training. Commanders will schedule DL training that supports collective training. Soldiers will accomplish self-development training on their own time unless otherwise directed by their commander.
Q – What is NCOPDS and how does it differ from NCOES?
A – The Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS) is the keystone for NCO development. The NCOPDS establishes an organizational framework to develop the next generation of competent and committed NCOs. Noncommissioned Officers develop as leaders throughout their career through progressive and sequential processes. These processes incorporate training, education, and experience across three learning domains: Institutional, Operational, and Self-Development. The NCOES was a system that focused on leveraging experience in the operational realm and providing exposure to technical training in the institution. The NCOPDS is a system with a more holistic approach focused on integrating and synchronizing training, education, and experience across the operational, institutional, and self-development learning domains. NCOPDS is not a replacement for the NCO Education System. Instead, it retains many aspects of NCOES with proven effectiveness in the technical, tactical, and self-improvement learning arenas. Adding to the mix is a greater emphasis on opportunities to gain experience from different assignments as well as a focus on education. The latter component anchors the STEP strategy—Select, Train, Educate, Promote that came online in January 2016.
Q – What is Adult Learning?
A – Adult learning is a practice in which adults engage in systematic and sustained self-educating activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. Understanding how adults learn is a key component of teaching. This understanding arises from acknowledging three important aspects of adult learning: experience, relevance, and reflective thinking.
Q – What is the Army Learning Model (ALM)?
A – The Army Learning Model calls for outcome-oriented instructional strategies that foster thinking and innovation, provide operationally relevant context, and best fit the learning audience and range of desired outcomes. Army U adopted the Experiential Learning Model (ELM) instructional strategy as the tool through which an instructor accomplishes teaching and learning. Understand that education connects experiences and prior knowledge through reflective judgment to construct a new understanding of complex situations allows adaptive instructors to facilitate learning through the Army U ELM.
Q – What is ELM?
A – The Experiential Learning Model (ELM) is an instructional strategy by which all of the courses within NCOPDS are instructed. The ELM consists of five phases: concrete experience (CE) (a trigger of prior experience and knowledge); publishing and processing (reactions and observations are shared); generalizing new information (focuses on content and methodology); developing (student-centric focus on how the lesson will be valuable to the student); and applying (a check on learning; determination of achievement of learning objectives). 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.