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NCOES and NCOPD AR 350-1 CH 3 & 4 (publication date 10 Dec 2017)

1. What publication covers NCOES and NCOPD?
A: AR 350-1 CH 3&4.

 2. What does AR 350-1 CH 3&4 cover?

 3. What chapter of AR 350-1 covers NCOES?
A: Chapter 3.

4. Para 3-1 What provides Soldiers, leaders, and the Army civilian corps the attributes and competencies required to operate successfully in any environment?
A: The Army institutional training and education system.

5. Para 3-1 What are some institutional training contributions for Soldiers throughout their careers?
A: 1. reclassification for new MOS transition.
2 .leader development.
3. training development.
4. Distance Learning.

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6. Para 3-2 What is the one Army school system comprised of?
A: Regular Army and Reserve Component schools.

7. Para 3-2 What is the one Army school system designed to provide?
A: relevant and realistic institutional training.

8. Para 3-2 What is OASS?
A: OASS is The One Army School System.

9. Para 3-2 What is the One Army School System based on?
A: a centralized training load inclusive of course content, design, delivery, and quality assurance.

10. Para 3-2 What is another element of the One Army School System?
A: the creation of Multi-Component NCOAs.

11. Para 3-2 What does a Multi-Component NCOA improve?
A: the integration of the RA and RC training systems by standardizing training, leveraging resources, and incorporating lessons learned.

12. Para 3-2 What is the One Army School System is based on?
A: a centralized training load inclusive of course content, design, delivery, and quality assurance.

13. Para 3-2 What is the Army’s intent for the One Army School System?
A: to prepare for the future by providing trained and ready troops equipped to fight and win our nation’s wars.

14. Para 1-22 What does ATRRS stand for?
A: Army Training Requirements and Resources System.
15. Para 3-3 (a) What does TASS stand for?
A: The Army School System.

16. Para 3-3 (a) What is TASS?
A: a composite school system made up of RA, ARNG, USAR, and Army Civilian institutional training systems.

17. Para 3-3 (b) What are some of the Army's training proponents?

18. Para 3-3 (c) Who conducts MOS reclassification, NCOES, OES, ASI/SQI, and functional courses?

19. Para 3-3 (g) When can approved classes be cancelled?
A: Approved class cancellations will be announced no later than 46 days before the class start date and posted in ATRRS..

20. Para 3-3 (g) When can courses not be changed?
A: Course dates and locations may not be changed once they are within 45 days of the scheduled execution.

21. Para 3-4 Who is the Army’s responsible official for the training and leader development process?
A: Commanding General, TRADOC.

22. Para 3-5 (a) What is the reason for the Army Quality Assurance Program's establishment?
A: for all Army learning institutions TRADOC and non-TRADOC schools and centers, military and Army Civilian, RA and RC.

23. Para 3-5 (a) Who is designated as the lead agent for the Army for Army QA Program?

24. Para 3-5 (a-1) What is the Quality Assurance mission?
A: to assist commanders and commandants in assessing the quality of the institutional Army’s ability to meet the needs of the operational Army.

25. Para 3-6 What does ATRRS course catalog list?
A: Formal courses offered by Army schools and training centers.

26. Para 3-6 What does the ATRRS system provide regarding courses?
A: It provides general course descriptions and information concerning course prerequisites, special administrative requirements, frequency of training, and training locations.

27. Para 3-12 (a) What is the selection of Soldiers for leader training and education courses linked to?
A: Linked to promotions, future assignments, and career management.

28. Para 3-12 (b) Who will identify Soldiers and make reservations for course attendance in ATRRS?

29. Para 3-12 (i) What will the Select Train Educate and Promote (STEP) enlisted career management process ensure?
A: It will ensure NCOs have the appropriate skills and knowledge required before assuming the duties and responsibilities of the next higher grade.

30. Para 3-12 (i) Does selection for NCOES leader development courses represents a considerable resource investment by the Army?
A: Yes selection is a considerable resource investment by the Army.

31. Para 3-12 (i) What are the guidelines for individuals to be selected for NCOES?
A: 1. Individuals must meet course prerequisites. .

2. Individuals must be fully qualified to perform tasks at their current skill level, and be recommended by their chain of command.

32. Para 3-12 (j) What are the training priorities to ensure that the NCOES meets the needs of the Army and the development needs of the NCO?
A: 1. The first priority is for Soldiers who have been selected for promotion.
2. The second priority is for Soldiers who have been selected for promotion.
3.The third priority is for Soldiers who have not been selected for promotion and are pending assignment to a duty position in their primary MOS for.

33. Para 3-12 (k) What are select specialists (SPC) that have been selected for promotion to sergeant (SGT) placed on?
A: They are placed on the Order of Merit List (OML) by the unit commander.

34. Para 3-12 (L) Who maintains the OML for Soldiers that have been selected for promotion to SSG?
A: The Commander, HRC will maintain a worldwide OML for AA Soldiers recommended for or promoted to staff sergeant (SSG).

35. Para 3-12 (n)What must Soldiers selected for NCOES attendance do?
A: Selectees must meet the course prerequisites and standards outlined in the ATRRS course catalog.

36. Para 3-13 (b) Who will not be selected, scheduled, or attend institutional training?
A: Soldiers flagged for Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) failure or body fat composition will not be selected, scheduled, or attend institutional training.

37. Para 3-13 (b) What courses is it required to take a record APFT?
A: SSC, USASMA, Joint Special Operation Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA), CCC, CGSOC, WOAC, WOILE, WOSSE, NLC, ALC, SLC, MLC, and BLC.

38. Para 3-13 (c) Can Proponents of functional training courses require an APFT, as either an entrance or graduation requirement, regardless of their length?
A: Yes.

39. Para 3-13 If a Soldier fails the APFT are they allowed a retest? 
A: Yes.

40. Para 3-13 (c 2) If a Soldier is fails an APFT how long must the time be between the first test and the second test?
A: No earlier than 7 days from the first failure.

41. Para 3-13 (c3) What will happen if a Soldier fails the second APFT?
A: Soldiers who subsequently fail to meet the physical fitness standards will be removed from the course.

42. Para 3-13 (d 3) What happens if a Soldier fails to meet body fat standards?
A: They are allowed one re-screening no earlier than 7 days after first failure.

43. Para 3-13 (d 4) What will happen for a Soldier that fails both body fat screenings?
A: They will be removed from the course.

44. Para 3-13 (e) What will be placed on the DA Form 1059 for those who fail to pass the apft and/or meet body fat composition standards?
A:  “failed to Achieve Course Standards.”

45. Para 3-13 (e) Can a Soldier that fails to achieve course standards be eligible to enroll in any PME courses?
A: Yes,after 6 months of the date of the dismissal.

46. Para 3-14 (c) Can Soldiers with permanent profiles attend NCOES?
A: Yes. Soldiers with a permanent designator of “2” may attend NCOES.

47. Para 3-14 Can a Soldier receive a temporary profile while enrolled in NCOES?
A: Yes.

48. Para 3-15 (b) What are some reasons Soldiers may be removed from NCOES?
A: 1. for Personal conduct a violation of UCMJ or regulation.
2. if they have a Negative attitude or lack of motivation.
3. if they have an Academic deficiency.
4. for Illness or injury.
5. Compassionate reasons.
6. Soldiers that have no intent in remaining in the military.

49. Para 3-15 (f 1)What should happen to Enlisted Soldiers disenrolled from NCOES for misconduct?
A: They should be Barred from Reenlistment.

50. Para 3-15 (f 1) What could Commanders do to Enlisted Soldiers who are disenrolled from NCOES for misconduct?
A: Commanders may initiate separation proceedings.

51. Para 3-15 (f 3) How long must Soldiers disenrolled from BLC for disciplinary or motivational reasons have to wait before they are allowed to be eligible for further NCOES enrollment?
A:  six months.
52. Para 3-16 (a) Why may a Soldier be removed from a course consideration list or course selection lists?
A: For disciplinary reasons or substandard performance of duty.

53. Para 3-17 What are three categories for NCOES deferment?
A: 1. Compassionate.
2. Medical.
3. Operational.

54. Para 3-17 What will be a valid reason for medical deferment?
A: when the individual’s physical condition will not allow full participation in the selected course.

55. Para 3-17 What is the requirement for an operational deferment?
A: Operational deferment will only be granted for unit deployments.

56. Para 3-17 How many times may enlisted Soldiers be deferred for operational reasons?
A: Enlisted Soldiers may be deferred one time.

57. Para 3-18 (b) What may happen to a Soldier that declines NCOES attendance?
A: They are subject to AR 600-8-19 and may lose current promotion or current promotable status.

58. Para 3-19 Are Soldiers allowed to request early release or early graduation from NCOES?
A: No.

59. Para 3-24 How long must Individual-student training records be maintained by the school?
A: for at least 12 months after the completion of training (24 months for Soldiers dismissed from a course).

60. Para 3-25 What is the primary source for course completion documentation for the Army?
A: ATRRS is the primary source for course completion documentation.

61. Para 3-25 What will be issued to all students on successful completion of courses?
A: Diplomas or certificates of completion.

62. Para 3-25 (d) Where will all individual unit and collective training in units be documented?
A: in individual training records (ITRs) utilizing DTMS.

63. Para 3-25 What form is used for academic evaluation report?
A: DA form 1059.

64. Para 3-27 What provides an orderly transition from civilian to military life?
A: Initial Military Training (IMT).

65. Para 3-51 What does NCOPDS establish?
A: organizational framework to develop the next generation of competent and committed NCOs.

66. Para 3-51 (d) What does the NCOPDS objectives focus on?
A. 1. Provide the Army an adaptable and resilient NCO corps.
2. Improve the professionalism of the NCO corps.
3. Improve the training and education of the NCO corps.
4. Provide challenging training, education, and practical experiences.
5. Articulate learning responsibilities and requirements across three domains.
6. Improve professional development models and learning curriculums.
7. Identify and develop NCO's to serve at operational and strategic levels.
8. PME completion and other required training and education will be incorporated into an individual's records.
9. Leaders will track Soldier training and individual task completion to certify proficiency in technical, tactical, and leadership skills. 

67. 3-52 (a) What is the goal of NCO training and the NCOES?
A. to prepare noncommissioned officers to lead and train Soldiers.

68. Para 3-52 (b) What does the linking of NCOES to promotion to SSG, SFC, MSG/1SG, and SGM ensure?
A: It ensures NCOs have the appropriate skills and knowledge required before assuming the duties and responsibilities of the next higher grade.

69. Para 3-52 (c) What does NCOES provides noncommissioned officers with?
A: progressive and sequential leader, technical, and tactical training relevant to the duties, responsibilities, and missions they will perform.

70. Para 3-52 (d) What does NCOES include?
A: 1. Basic leadership training.
2. squad and platoon-level training, provided by the Advanced Leader course.
3. platoon and company-level training, provided by the Senior Leader course.
4. Senior-level, staff-level training, provided by the Master Leader course.
5. Sergeant Major Course the capstone of enlisted training.
6. Strategic-level, provided by the Nominative Leaders Course. 

71. 3-54 (a) What is the intent of Structured Self-development?
A. to bridge the operational and institutional domains and set the conditions for continuous growth.

72. 3-54 (a) What will SSD ensure?
A. SSD will ensure learning is continuous and enduring.

73. 3-54 (b) What are the levels of SSD?
A. 1. SSD 1.
2. SSD 2. 
3. SSD 3. 
4. SSD 4.
5. SSD 5. 
6. SSD 6.

74. 3-54 What are the levels of SSD for promotions?
1. SSD 1. Sergeant.
2. SSD 2. Staff Sergeant.
3. SSD 3. Sergeant first class.
4. SSD 4. Master sergeant or first sergeant.
5. SSD 5. Command sergeant major or sergeant major.

75. Para 3-55 What does the acronym NCOA stand for?
A: Noncommissioned Officer Academies.

76. Para 3-55 What doe NCOA's provide?
A. The NCOAs provide training at the appropriate skill level.

77. Para 3-55 Who accredits ALC and SLC courses?
A: Final accreditation is determined by the TRADOC QAO and approved by CG, TRADOC.

78. Para 3-56 What is a branch immaterial course that provides basic leadership training?
A: The Basic Leader Course (BLC).

79. Para 3-56 What does BLC provide Soldiers an opportunity to acquire?
A: The leader skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead team level size units.

80. Para 3-56 What is the Priority of attendance for Soldiers who qualify for BLC and are placed on an OML?
A: 1. those who have met the cut-off score.
2. Soldiers in a STAR MOS identified by HRC memorandum.
3. Soldiers serving in an authorized NCO position and has the highest number of promotion points.
4. Soldier on a recommendation list with the most promotion points.
5. Second priority are Soldiers in leadership positions and open seats are available in BLC.

81. Para 3-57 What is the NCOES for those selected for Staff Sergeant?
A: Advanced Leader Course ALC.

82. Para 3-58 What is the NCOES for those selected for Sergeant First Class?
A: Senior Leader Course SLC.

83. Para 3-59 What is the NCOES for those selected for Master Sergeant?
A: Master Leader Course MLC.

84. Para 3-60 What course is the capstone of enlisted education?
A: The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course.

85. Para 3-60 What is a requirement for promotion to SGM and appointment to CSM?
A: Successful completion of the Sergeants Major Leader Course SMC.

86. Para 3-67 What does BSNCOC stand for?
A: Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course.

87. Para 3-67 Who may attend BSNCOC?
A: SGT through SGM selected for staff assignments.

88. Para 3-67 What does BSNCOC course provide?
A: The course provides technical and tactical training that is relevant to missions, duties, and responsibilities assigned to staff members. 

89. Para 5-10 What does NCOPD stand for?
A: Noncommissioned Officer Development Program.

90. Para 5-10 What should a unit’s NCO development program  be tailored to?
A: unique requirements of the unit and will support the unit commander’s leader development program.

91. Para 5-10 (a 1) Who typically manages the NCOPD Program?
A: the CSM or Senior NCO in the organization.

92. Para 5-10 (a 3) What does NCODP consists of?
A: training programs, formal and informal, one-on-one or groups, involving coaching as well as instruction.

93. Para 5-10 (a 4) What does NCODP build upon?
A: the contributions of the Army’s EPMS.

94. Para 5-10 (A 4) Even though NCOES and EPMS build a foundation for NCO’s how do Soldiers become quality NCOs?
A: through the application of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the unit.

95.  Para 5-10 (b 1) What is the goal of NCOPD?
A: The goal of the NCODP is to increase and sustain NCO combat readiness. 

96. Para 5-10 (b 2) What are the objectives of NCOPD?
A: 1. Develop and strengthen the skills, knowledge, and abilities to train, deploy, and lead Soldiers in combat. 
2. Develop NCOs who are self-aware, agile, competent, and confident.
3. Realize the full potential of the NCO support channel.
4. Foster a unit environment that enhances continued NCO leader development and encourages self-development. 

97. Para 5-10 What will a successful NCODP prepare NCO’s to accomplish?
A: 1. Demonstrate the skills of current skill level and duty position.
2. Accept the duties and responsibilities of current rank and duty position. 
3. Enhance combat performance for the current and next higher rank and duty position.
4. Enhance combat leadership competencies for the current and next higher rank.
5. Train themselves and subordinates to be proficient in individual and collective tasks and associated critical tasks.
6. Coach subordinates to be totally committed to U.S. Army professional ethics, Warrior ethos, and the Soldier’s creed. 

98. What does sergeant's training time develop?
A: junior leaders and builds cohesive teams.

99. What is the focus of Sergeant's training time?
A: individual Soldier training which is battle focused, in support of unit METs.

100. What does Sergeant's training time recognize?
A: the NCO’s primary role in conducting individual, crew, and small team training.