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Enlisted Professional Military Education introduces Airmen to appropriate institutional competencies at specific milestones throughout their career. Since 2014, the Air Force has experienced myriad changes to EPME. This page will provide an overview to the latest information regarding in-residence requirements, scheduling, sister service and joint EPME opportunities as well as the Enlisted-to-Air Force Institute of Technology.

For more information, detailed eligibility requirements and application procedures for EPME, visit myPers; click the Force Development link from the Active Duty Enlisted landing page or select the Active Duty Enlisted category from the dropdown menu and search “force development.”


Current EPME requirements include in-residence attendance at Airman Leadership School—ALS, Noncommissioned Officer Academy—NCOA, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy—SNCOA and the Chief Leadership Course—CLC. The Air Force’s Personnel Center will schedule Airmen and NCOs for ALS and NCOA based on their rank and time-in-grade. Senior NCOs will use the self-registration system to choose when they attend EPME. Eligible NCOs will receive an email from myPers in either June or December depending on when they become eligible. They will have 60 days to prioritize their preferred class dates for school attendance by first, second and third choice within a six-month window of available class dates from which to choose. AFPC will schedule those who responded, in order of preference and availability, and fill any remaining open seats with those eligible Airmen who did not respond, based on rank and time-in-grade.

Graphic depicting the eligibility table for EPME in-residence attendance


As the Secretary, Chief of Staff and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force continue to strengthen joint leaders across the Air Force, AFPC continues to leverage opportunities for our Airmen to attend Sister Service Joint Enlisted PME courses. These courses provide opportunities to grow as competent, confident and credible joint warfighters through deliberate development, in-depth exposure to our mission partner’s culture and relationship building. Sister Service/Joint PME opportunities include senior NCO courses across the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, to include other Joint and Special Operations organizations. Eligibility is based on the individual school’s requirements:

  • U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas 
  • U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Academy, Petaluma, California
  • U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport, Rhode Island
  • U.S. Marine Corps Advance Course, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina / Camp Pendleton, California / Quantico, Virginia
  • Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida


The Enlisted-to-AFIT program is a unique element of enlisted professional development. In conjunction with other training and education programs, resident AFIT-sponsored science, engineering and management graduate degree opportunities deepen noncommissioned officers’ technical education and skills. The Enlisted-to-AFIT program provides enhanced combat capability for diverse career fields with positions requiring a higher degree of education. AFIT is a deliberate force development opportunity that requires members to incur an active duty service commitment and a permanent change of station.