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Course Code: 501358
Duration: 12 Months (Distance Phase) & 29 Days (Residence Phase)
How To Apply: Procedures are located in the Special Info Section below
  1. Be a Senior Petty Officer (Active Duty E-5 and E-6 personnel)
  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 U.S. Air Forceís (USAF) requirements of a 39.5" waistline or acceptable BMI.
  5. Be fit for full duty and able to participate in the USAFís fitness program. Members shall ensure they meet the Coast Guardís boat crew fitness standards and USAF requirements to run, push-ups, and sit-ups prior to applying. Proper documentation of results is required on the application.
  6. Have one year of obligated service remaining upon graduation as outlined in the Performance, Training and Education Manual, COMDTINST M1500.10C (series).
Special Info:

The application submission period for the FY17 course is pending ALCOAST. The submission deadline is announced annually via ALCOAST.

  1. Applications will be accepted until deadline provided above and reviewed to select the best qualified applicants to represent the organization.
  2. Additional information can be found by visiting the following websites:

CG-12C Website:

Legacy AFNCOA Website and Student Guide:

AFNCOA ILE Distance Learning Website:

USAF Fitness Information:

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

3.Successful graduation from this academy satisfies the LAMS requirements for advancement eligibility to E-6.
4. Members who have previously attended LAMS are eligible to apply.
5.This course is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Development, CG-12C.
6. Application Requirements:
a. CG Memo Format
b. No more than 2 pages; excluding endorsements
c. 12 point text, single spaced,
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. 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.
8. Members selected to attend will be notified via email by the Program Manger.

Additional Comments:


Course curriculum delivery will transition to a blended learning approach (distance phase followed by a resident phase) commencing with Class 16-4/Session 80. Applicants that are selected to attend will have 12-months to complete distance course work (Course 15) prior to attending the 29-day resident training phase (Intermediate Learning Experience (ILE)). Resident course dates are provided below, as well as annually via ALCOAST solicitation. Due to the start dates of the ILE conveningís below (Session 80-82); the distance course work will have be completed in less than 12 months. Speed of completion is dependent on the personal motivation of the member and the support of their command. Due to Course 15/distance phase being self paced, members MAY be enrolled in the next available ILE/resident session following the completion of the online course work. Completion of Course 15, as it stands under current USAF policy, SATISFIES the completion requirements for AFNCOA. Attendance of the resident phase (ILE) is not mandatory, required, or guaranteed. However, this is anticipated to change in the future.


AFNCOA is held at McGhee-Tyson ANGB located in Louisville, TN, about 15 minutes outside of Knoxville. This course is ideal for members who desire a quality, joint, professional military education that will contribute significantly to their leader development and challenge them to be effective leaders and innovative risk takers. 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 11 semester hours of college credit in the following areas: Military Studies II (4), Leadership/Management II (3) and Managerial Communication II (4).

Convening Dates

Facility Name Start Date End Date Session #
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 1/4/2017 2/8/2017 84
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 2/22/2017 3/28/2017 85
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 4/12/2017 5/16/2017 86
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 7/5/2017 8/9/2017 87
MCGHEE ANG NCO SCHOOL 8/23/2017 9/28/2017 88