Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) introduces Airmen to appropriate institutional competencies at specific milestones throughout their career.
Resident EPME requirements include Airman Leadership School (ALS), Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA), Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA) and the Chief Leadership Course (CLC).
Effective June 30, 2017, Time in Service (TIS) window restrictions will no longer apply to EPME requirements. However, resident EPME completion is required for promotion to the ranks of staff sergeant, master sergeant and chief master sergeant. Airmen will be scheduled for resident EPME based on rank and time-in-grade. Review the Resident EPME Eligibility Chart on myPers for additional guidance.
NCO/SNCO DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES REMOVED
EPME Distance Learning Course (DLC) completion is no longer a prerequisite for resident attendance at the NCOA or SNCOA for Airmen serving in the active component, effective April 26, 2018. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen will have the option to complete their enlisted professional military education through distance learning or in-residence attendance while active-component Airmen must complete EPME via an in-residence course.
All active component Airmen currently enrolled in Courses 14 or 15 may continue the course or disenroll. Air University will no longer accepted new enrollments from Airmen serving in the active component. Airmen may access EPME DLC for reference purposes only through the Air University Student Information System. Guard and Reserve Airmen currently enrolled are encouraged to complete the course unless they are scheduled to attend EPME in-residence.
Additionally, the Professional Manager Certification requirements have not changed and will continue to require completion of a senior NCO academy course, either by distance learning (if eligible) or in-residence.
RESIDENT EPME SCHEDULING PROCEDURES
Active-duty Airmen are scheduled for ALS locally. As such, deferments and/or scheduling deviations are handled at the base level.
The Air Force Personnel Center's EPME office schedules active-duty Airmen for NCOA, SNCOA and CLC. Eligible Airmen are scheduled 90 days prior to the class start date to meet class capacity, according to the priorities identified in AFI 36-2301, Developmental Education. Airmen may be scheduled within 90 days of the class start date to fill vacancies resulting from scheduling deviations or deferments.
Eligibility factors as well as scheduling and deferment procedures are outlined in the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) Continental United States (CONUS) Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) Scheduling Deferment Procedures PSD Guide via myPers.
Beginning with the 2018 promotion cycle, resident EPME completion is required for promotion to the ranks of staff sergeant, master sergeant and chief master sergeant. However, Airmen who completed the respective DLC and were ineligible to attend resident EPME due to TIS restrictions on or before June 30, 2017, will not be required to attend the respective resident courses (i.e., SMSgt required to attend SNCOA) and are considered "grandfathered". Examples of "grandfathered" Airmen are provided below:
-SSgt or TSgt that completed NCO DLC/Course 15 and had over 12 years TIS as of June 30, 2017
-MSgt or SMSgts that completed SNCO DLC/Course 14 and had over 18 years TIS as of June 30, 2017
Personnel records for affected Airmen have been updated to reflect a study method of 5 (Residence/Non-Residence) which will display as 'USAF SENIOR NCO ACADEMY RESIDENCE/NON-RES' or 'USAF NCO ACADEMY RESIDENCE/NON-RES' on their SURF.
Unfortunately, Air University's current class capacity cannot accommodate the new population of Airmen required to attend resident EPME based on the elimination of TIS windows as well as the "grandfathered" Airmen. However, as Airmen development is a key priority for our Air Force leadership, they are pursuing methods to ensure that all of our Airmen have an opportunity to attend resident EPME. Affected Airmen will be notified should the opportunity to attend resident courses becomes available.