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Course Code: 501358
Duration: 38 Days
How To Apply: Procedures are located in the Special Info Section below
  1. Be a Senior Petty Officer (E-5 and E-6).
  2. Have outstanding performance documented (EERs) in Direct Access (DA).
  3. Be an excellent representative of the U.S. Coast Guard and present a sharp, trim, and fit, military appearance.
  4. Be in compliance with Coast Guard weight and body fat standards as well as meet the Air Forceís requirements of a 39.5Ē waistline or acceptable BMI.
  5. Be fit for full duty and able to participate and in the Air Forceís Fitness Program. Members shall ensure they meet the Coast Guardís Boat Crew Fitness Standards and Air Forceís requirements for the run, push-ups and sit-ups prior to applying and document results on their application.
  6. Have one year of obligated service remaining upon graduation as outlined on the Performance, Training, and Education Manual.
Special Info:

The application submission period is open from 15SEP2014 - 15JUN2015. Due to the upcoming Direct Access downtime, members that are interested in attending Session 0072/Class 15-2 need to ensure their application is submitted to the Program Manager no later than 12DEC2014 to allow for enough time for application review, enrollment, and order issuance.

  1. An ALCOAST message will be released in the in the fall of each year soliciting applications from qualified members. Application will be accepted throughout the year until all quotas have been filled.
  2. Additional information can be found by visiting the following websites:
  3. and . If information is required that isnít reflected on the website, contact the Program Manager, MCPO Brian Sorensen, at 202-475-5511 or via email at
  4. Successful graduation from this academy satisfies the requirements for advancement eligibility to E-6.
  5. Members who have previously attended LAMS are eligible to apply.
  6. This course is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Development, CG-12C.
  7. Application Requirements:

  8. a. CG Memo Format
    b. No more than 2 pages; excluding endorsements
    c. 12 point text, single spaced, single sided
    d. Memo is from the member and addressed to the AFNCOA Appointment Board
    f. Paragraph ONE contains the memberís information:
    i. Employee Identification Number
    ii. Date of Rank
    iii. Time in service/Time in Grade
    iv. Military Status
    v. Gender and Age
    vi. Contact Numbers
    vii. Email Address
    viii. Two session dates that you can attend
    ix. CG & AF PFT results and Body Composition Information

    g. Paragraph two: describe your current responsibilities and collateral duties and how they support the Commandantís Direction and Priorities.

    h. Paragraph three: describe how you have aligned the USCG Ethos and Core Values with your everyday life, both on duty and off duty.

    i. Paragraph four: describe why you believe this opportunity will help you become a more effective leader.

    j. Command endorsements are required from the memberís Commanding Officer and Command Chief. Endorsements must be submitted separately and should address at a minimum:

    i. That the member will be an excellent CG representative

    ii. Member presents a sharp military appearance

    iii. Member is fit for full duty, meets CG & AF fitness and weight requirements

    iv. Why the member should be selected to attend this academy

    k. 2-8x10 photos of member in TROPS; one, full body, facing forward and one, full body, facing to the side

    7. Once all application prerequisites and application requirements have been fulfilled, email complete application to the Program Manger identified above in paragraph two.


AFNCOA is held at McGhee-Tyson ANGB located in Louisville, TN, about 15 minutes outside of Knoxville. This course is ideal for Senior Petty Officers who desire a quality joint professional military education that will contribute significantly to their professional development and challenge them to be effective leaders and innovative risk takers. Through the use of guided discussion classroom methodology, experiential exercises, and case study, students are exposed to five academic disciplines: Profession of Arms, Warfare Studies, Leadership Studies, International Security Studies, and Communication Studies. These disciplines are distributed throughout the four graduate attributes that consist of military professional, operational airman, unit manager, and the managerial communicator. Accredited by the College of the Air Force (CCAF), graduates are awarded 12 semester hours of college credit in the following areas: Military Studies II (3), Leadership Studies II (6) and Managerial Communication II (3).

Convening Dates

Facility Name Start Date End Date Session #
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 7/7/2015 8/13/2015 75
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 8/24/2015 9/30/2015 76