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Proponent
AHRC-PDP-A
Title
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon Changes
…Issued:[31-Mar-2017]…
A. AR 600-8-22 (Military Awards), 25 Jun 15.

B. AR 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia), 10 Apr 15.

C. DA Pamphlet 670-1 (Guide to the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, 1 Jul 15.

D. HQDA EXORD 236-15 (Army-Wide Implementation of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS)), 16 Jul 15.

E. FRAGO 1 to HQDA EXORD 236-15 (Army-Wide Implementation of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS)), 20 Oct 15.

F. FRAGO 2 to HQDA EXORD 236-15 (Army-Wide Implementation of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS)), 29 Apr 16.

G. FRAGO 3 to HQDA EXORD 236-15 (Army-Wide Implementation of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS)), 29 Apr 16.

H. FRAGO 4 to HQDA EXORD 236-15 (Army-Wide Implementation of Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS)), 24 Feb 17.

1. This message will expire on 31 Mar 18.

2. References D through H direct changes to the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS).

a. The Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) Basic, Advanced, Senior and Sergeant Majors Courses have been augmented with the addition of the Master Leaders Course (MLC) and Executive Leaders Course (ELC).

b. Effective immediately, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (NCOPDR) is changed to include MLC and ELC, with corresponding numeral devices 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to denote the satisfactory completion of the respective NCOES courses.

3. Reference A, Table 5-1 is revised as follows:

Table 5–1
Noncommissioned Officer Education System creditable courses for award of the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon and devices

Current creditable course Former creditable courses Device
Basic Leaders Course1 Primary Noncommissioned Course
Primary Leadership Course
Primary Technical Course
Primary Leadership Development Course
Warrior Leaders Course Basic ribbon
Advanced Leaders Course1 Basic Noncommissioned Course Basic Technical Course Numeral 2
Senior Leaders Course1 Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course Numeral 3
Master Leaders Course1,2,3 Numeral 4
Sergeants Major Course1,2,3,4 U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy2,3 Numeral 5
Executive Leaders Course1,5 Numeral 6
Notes:
1 Once a Service member has been awarded the NCOPDR upon graduation from the Basic Leaders Course, subsequent appropriate numerals will be awarded to identify completion of subsequent NCOES courses.
2 Master Sergeants who do not attend the MLC prior to FY18 but are selected for the Sergeants Major Course (SMC) will wear numeral 5 upon successful completion of the SMC.
3 Senior NCOs previously selected by the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy who completed equivalent resident courses conducted by the other Services prior to 28 April 2011 will wear NCOPDR with numeral 5.
4 Sergeants Major who successfully graduated from the SMC are grandfathered from the requirement to attend the MLC and are authorized to wear the numeral 5.
5 The Executive Leaders Course is expected to be redesignated as the Nominative Leaders Course NLT 1 October 2017.

4. Appropriate changes will be incorporated into the next revisions of references A, B, and C.

5. For clarification or questions regarding this action, contact the Awards and Decorations Branch, AHRC-PDP-A, at 502-613-9126 (commercial), 983-9126 (DSN), or by e-mail at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-adb-policy-inquiries@mail.mil.