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Background/Organization,Mission and Responsibilities Director's Corner

Background: Under direction of the TRADOC Commanding General, the Institute for NCO Professional Development (INCOPD) began operations on the 7th of August 2009 with initial operating capability on 8th of September 2009. The primary reason for the formation was to bring a fragmented NCO professional development program under a single effort. The INCOPD provides a means of integrating all of the activities associated with NCO development and reports directly to the Commander of TRADOC.

Organization, Mission and Responsibilities:   
INCOPD's mission: To provide direction and oversight to the NCOES across the Army; to integrate all actions and activities related to NCO Leader development into the Army Leader Development Strategy, and to serve as the NCO subject matter experts for the Army Leader Development Community.
Responsibilities include:

(1) Serve as the principal advisor to the Army Leader Development Enterprise on NCO development, monitoring the quality of NCO development products and courses to ensure the NCO leader development program meets the intent of the Army’s Leader Development Strategy.

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The Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development is dedicated to the advancement of Professional Military Education (PME) for NCOs. The staff at the Institute is comprised of Soldiers, former Soldiers who have attended PME and career civilians that absolutely are dedicated to our mission.

Our mission places the Noncommissioned Officer first. Everything we do is based on how we can improve the Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). We are always looking for ways to improve and never think that we have all the good ideas. As a matter of fact, we care more about what you think than what we think. We gather feedback from all sources; we visit units, NCO Academies, academic organizations, and any other entity that can provide us with knowledge that will benefit NCOs.

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Initiatives Spotlight

Army Career Tracker (ACT)

Army Career Tracker (ACT)

ACT, as a portal, links the Army's leadership development initiatives and lifelong learning as a continuum of service throughout one's career and beyond. Effective self-development and leader development require that individuals plan and capture their career goals and objectives within the Army training and leader development systems. Effective self-development and leader development require a system that allows the Soldiers and Army Civilians to:

  • See: Give the ability for the individual to see their past accomplishments and their potential career development opportunities in a single easy to use interface.
  • Understand: Provide context to the data being aggregated and provide recommendations to the individual on what courses of action to take to further develop their concerns.
  • ACT: Once a course of action has been decided upon, give the ability to take action on this decision.


Army Posture Statement for ACT
Civilian Brochure
Enlisted Brochure
INCOPD Form 1-R-E
ACT Authorization Request Form

 

One Army School System (OASS)

One Army School System (OASS)

The One Army School System is one such initiative designed to enhance the Institutional Army's support of the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model. The current initiative at Fort Carson, Colo. will lead to a multi-component NCO Academy Table of Allowances and changes to WLC regionalization and distribution policies, which will accomplish the following:

  • Streamline WLC student throughput.
  • Gain training efficiencies in the planning and conduct of WLC throughout the Army.
  • Achieve standardization of NCO Academy force structure throughout the Army.

Upon full implementation, the One Army School System will provide increased training and education by leveraging the available resources of all three Army Components and establish multi-component facilities to train future warriors.

Structured Self-Development (SSD)

Structured Self-Development (SSD)

Self Development is a key area and one of three domains of training and leader development. Structured Self Development (SSD) is planned; goal-oriented learning that reinforces and expands the depth and breadth of an individual's knowledge base, self awareness, and situational awareness. It complements institutional and operational learning, enhances professional competence, and meets personal objectives. The self development domain has three components: structured, guided and personal development. As an enabler to lifelong learning, SSD and Guided Self Development (GSD) bridge the gap between the institutional and operational domains in support of NCOES transformation. Enabling a train-ahead approach, the SSD consists of five levels of mandatory development spread across a Soldier's career. It will be supported by a robust evaluation and feedback process that includes self-assessment tools, the increased use of advanced technology like the Army Career Tracker, a secure test environment, achievable requirements, and policies that set the conditions for continuous growth. When fully implemented, SSD and GSD will improve Army readiness by integrating self-development into a lifelong learning approach. Lifelong learning is important to the entire Army, and for NCOs it is critical to foster an environment of continuous learning, since the challenges that face our NCOs are continuous.
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Army Learning Concept (ALC) 2015

Army Learning Concept (ALC) 2015

TRADOC is championing the Army Learning Concept for 2015. General Dempsey believes that in order to increase rigor, maintain relevancy, and prevail in the competitive learning environment, we have to change. Our current models have not kept pace with the rapid pace of change, the demands of Soldiers rotating in and out of the fight and a continuous influx of Soldiers with significant "digital literacy." We all recognize the challenge and are working to adapt our learning models. We're changing our assumptions to look at the problem differently, because we know we can't afford to come up with the same solutions. Our solutions must consider emerging technologies and how Soldier's employ these technologies in their daily lives. TRADOC is reaching out to experts inside and outside the military to help in this effort.
Army Learning Concept 2015

Noncommissioned Officers Education System (NCOES)

Noncommissioned Officers Education System

The NCOES provides noncommissioned officers (NCO) with progressive and sequential leader, technical, and tactical training relevant to the duties, responsibilities, and missions they will perform in operational units after graduation. The training and education process for the NCO starts with an initial, branch–immaterial, leadership development course; followed by a basic, branch-specific level; an advanced, branch-specific level; and culminates with a branch- immaterial senior level course.
Army Posture Statement for NCOES
NCOA MILCON
NCOES Blackboard

 

New Initiative

New Initiative

NCO 2020 : INCOPD conducted analysis Joint Force and Army 2020 documents to begin outlining potential changes in the skills and knowledge NCOs will need to execute Army missions. For example, the idea of regional alignment coupled with cultural awareness probably means that NCOs will need to have great depth of cultural knowledge as well as the ability to learn quickly about a specific culture. Based on that analysis, INCOPD is developing a NCO 2020 concept that will outline a revised approach to NCO development.

Instructor Development and Recognition Program (IDRP): The IDRP enhances the professionalism of Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) instructors by selecting, training, and managing the best. In addition, the program provides added value to unit training when the instructor returns to the field. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) have recognized the importance of supporting instructor development and establishing incentives for Soldiers who want to excel as instructors. The IDRP program provides award of Army Instructor Badges to NCOES instructors who obtain competencies and progress through Basic Instructor, Senior Instructor and Master Instructor levels of proficiency.

TR 600-21 IDRP
NCO 2020

 

1. SSD bridges the operational and institutional domains of Army training for enlisted Soldiers. From Private to Command Sergeant Major, SSD will ensure learning is continuous and enduring.

2. Army Career Tracker (ACT) allows leaders to track and advise users on their personalized leadership development. It integrates training, education, and experiential learning into one personalized and intuitive interface.

Officer; Civilian; Enlisted

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