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Congratulations on your selection to attend the Basic Leader Course at the 3rd BN, 166TH Regiment at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

For the most current information regarding the Basic Leader Course, please reference https://actnow.army.mil/. Once logged in to the ACT page, click on "communities" on the left side of the page. Under "category" select Other Communities / NCO Academies / Army National Guard NCO Academies / 3/166th RTI NCOA Fort Indiantown Gap PAARNG. 


1. Students will report in accordance with your Orders on the scheduled report date. Report time will be from 1000 to 1600 hrs. All students will report in the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) or Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP). Ensure you report with your Common Access Card and know your pin, 2 copies of your orders or DD1610, any profile documentation, verification of PHA within 12 months and your unit contact information, including UIC data.


2. Structured Self Development 1 (SSD-1) is a prerequisite to attend the Basic Leader Course (BLC), IAW ALARACT 216/2012 and AR 350-1 Para 3-54 - Structured Self Development (SSD) Prerequisite for NCOES. Soldiers attending BLC are required to present a copy of their SSD 1 completion certificate during in processing. Soldiers who report to BLC without the SSD 1 completion certificate will be denied enrollment in the course.


3. IAW AR 350-1 Soldiers attending BLC are required to meet the HT/WT requirements and pass the APFT. Failure to meet the HT/WT standards or failure to pass the APFT will result in a retest and/or re-weigh. Failure of the retest or re-weigh will result in dismissal from BLC with a failed to achieve course standards and an UNSAT in leadership on the DA1059.


4. Physical requirements for this course can be demanding. Students must be able to pass APFT, conduct, demonstrate, and lead Physical Readiness Training (PRT), and arrive fully capable of performing supporting individual tasks and tasks required at the previous lower level course.



5. 5. All Soldiers traveling by plane will fly into Harrisburg International Airport (HIA), which is located 30 miles from Ft. Indiantown Gap.  Before leaving home station, double check your ticket/itinerary to ensure your destination is HIA. Once you arrive at HIA you need to call the BLC Staff at (717)-861-6950 to arrange pick up from the airport. Commercial Travelers only who are going to arrive late (after 1600 hrs) will need to notify 3rd Battalion Staff at (717) 861-6950 or (717) 639-6182 IN ADVANCE. This applies only in instances where the Commercial Travelers transportation has been delayed and it was beyond their control. The same applies to train and bus travelers; your end location is also Harrisburg, PA. Return flights and other transportation will be scheduled no earlier than 1300 hours on the "graduation" day. All students are required to attend the graduation ceremony. The uniform for graduation is ACUs or OCPs. Military provided transportation to the airport is available for Soldiers that require it.


6. This course is branch-immaterial and taught at Regional NCO Academies in a live-in environment. This course is MOS immaterial and taught at Regional NCO academies in a live-in environment. BLC focuses on six Leader Core Competencies (LCC). These competencies are: Readiness, Leadership, Training Management, Communications, Operations and Program Management. BLC is designed to build basic leader and trainer skills needed to lead a team size element; while providing the foundation for further development along the PME learning continuum. Instruction at the BLC is accomplished through the use of the Army Experiential Learning Model (ELM) methodology. Lessons are facilitated in a small group setting with a collaborative approach, which allows the Soldiers to discover information and then apply it to new ambiguous situations. Facilitators assess the Soldiers’ leadership ability and potential through observing discussions and interactions. You must wear the uniform IAW AR 670-1 and reflect a positive, professional image. It is your responsibility to achieve and maintain these standards.


7. Student qualifications in meeting prerequisite tasks are an individual and unit commander’s responsibility. Upon arrival, Soldiers must possess the capability of performing supporting individual Skill Level 1 tasks.


8. The objectives of the BLC are to graduate students who: 

     a. Make sound and timely decisions

     b. Plan correctly

     c. Follow the Army Professional ethics

     d. Communicate effectively

     e. Apply Soldier-team development

     f. Return to their units ready to lead and train their subordinates in "a go to war" atmosphere


9. The entire Academy staff and cadre join me in wishing you success during your attendance at the Basic Leader Course.  You will find your time at the Academy personally challenging and professionally rewarding.


10. As of 1 July 2015 Soldiers reporting to BLC will not receive a Lunch or Dinner meal on their travel day aka “In-Processing Day”. All soldiers will receive per diem for the In-Processing Day. There are restaurants in the local area and the students can pay at the DFAC on that day.



11. Effective 1 October 2018 the regimental Commander has implemented by policy “Government Meals Directed” for all ATTRS funded courses conducted at 3RD BN 166TH NCOA. The policy requires all students to receive and pay for their meals from the government funded dining facility (DFAC) for the duration of their course. The payment for meals will be made with the “Students individual Government Travel Card or personal credit / debit card. No cash payments are authorized. No other meals options are authorized. All students will be housed on post. No in/around mileage is authorized. Students are not entitled to per diem and are not required to travel in and around post or off post for meals. The DFAC is within walking distance from Government Provided Billeting.



12. Soldiers will join our community at the Army Career Tracker website. Click on communities on the left hand side of the page. Under category select Other Communities / NCO Academies / Army National Guard NCO Academies / 3/166th RTI NCOA Fort Indiantown Gap PAARNG. Web address is: https://actnow.army.mil/





1 EA Belt, Rigger, Tan/Coyote
2 PR Boots Combat, Tan/Coyote
7 PR Socks, Boot (Solid OD, Foliage Green or Black)
7 PR Socks, Athletic Calf or Crew Length (white or black, no logos)
2 EA Cap, Patrol w/nametag and Rank
4 SETS ACU (UCP / OCP) Uniform complete (See packing note 1 below)

2 EA Set, Velcro nametag w/US Army (unless sewn on)

2 EA Set, Velcro US Flag

2 EA Set, Velcro Rank (unless sewn on)

2 EA Set, Velcro Unit patch
7 EA Undershirt (Tan or Coyote)
7 EA Undergarments (neutral or solid colors)
7 EA Brassieres Athletic / Sports Type (female)
1 EA APFU Jacket (Black & Gold)
1 PR APFU Trousers (Black & Gold)

2 EA APFU T Shirt Long Sleeved (Black & Gold)

2 EA APFU T Shirt Short Sleeved (Black & Gold)

2 EA APFU T Shirt Short Sleeved (Black & Gold)

2 EA APFU Trunks w/liner (Black & Gold)
1 EA PT Reflective Belt
1 PR Shoes, Running

1 EA Leather Work Gloves Initial Issued (Foliage Green or Black)

2 EA Light Weight Wool Glove Liner (Foliage Green, Black, Brown)

1 PR Level VI Wet Weather Jacket and Trousers

1 PR Goretex Top and Bottom (See packing note 2 below)

1 PR Polypro (Light Weight) Top and Bottom

1 EA Black Cap, Synthetic Micro Fleece

2 PR Civilian Attire, Business Casual (See packing note 3 below)

6 PR Appropriate Civilian Attire

1EA Tactical Back Pack or Assault Pack (Foliage Green, Solid Black, OCP Pattern, Coyote Brown)



1EA Personal Hygiene/Shaving Kit Complete: Kit Toilet articles (AS REQUIRED): Shaving gear, mirror, comb or small brush, feminine hygiene articles, dental floss, mouthwash, antiperspirant, fingernail clippers, band aids, hair barrettes / bands (clear or hair colored), shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste.

1 EA Bag, Laundry

1 EA  Duffle Bag

AS REQUIRED Prescription Drugs (W/Profile)
AS REQUIRED Prescription Glasses
1 EA Bee Sting Allergy Kit (AS REQUIRED)
2 EA Towel Brown or Neutral Color
2 EA Wash Cloth Brown or Neutral Color
1 PR Shower Shoes

Identification Card (CAC) - Know your PIN #
Certificate of Training for SSD1
Copy of current (within the last 12 months) PHA or Med Exam
1 PR Identification Tags with SM/LG Chain
Government Travel Card or Personal Credit Card
10 EA Copies of Orders or DD1610
Driver's License (Military and Civilian)


1 PK 3x5 Note Cards
3 EA Composition Notebooks (College or Wide-ruled)
1 EA Computer-compatible Headphones
1 EA Wrist Watch
2 EA Pencil, Mechanical .5mm
2 EA Pens, Black
2 SETS Eye Glasses (If applicable)



10 EA Hangers, Plastic or Wire

2 EA Highlighter Markers (HI-LITER)

1 SET 1.5in Binder with Document Protectors

1 EA Sun Screen
1 EA Sewing Kit Complete
1 EA Pocket Note Pad
1 EA Leaders Book Complete

3 EA Locks with two keys, or Combination Locks
1 PK Laundry Detergent Liquid, Powder or Pods
* Money for Incidentals





1. All students are required to have two complete sets of accouterments for their OCP uniform; including Velcro unit patches, rank, nametapes and U.S. Army tapes, along with subdued skill and occupation badges (if applicable). The U.S. embroidered-colored insignia flag is the only authorized insignia. The U.S. Army & Name tapes, rank, and special skills badges MAY be sewn on uniforms as an alternative to Velcro insignias. All uniforms and uniform components brought for wear and layout purposes must be clean and serviceable. At no time will Soldiers bring uniforms or uniform components that are faded or have holes, rips, tears, stains, dirty and/or missing pieces of the component.


2. Cold Weather Equipment will vary by installation, regional climate conditions, and availability of ECWCS equipment. Any additional Army issued cold weather gear IAW 670-1 may be used at 3rd BN 166th NCOA from (October - March).



3. Business Casual Civilian clothing - appropriate casual attire (Males: collared shirt, slacks, appropriate closed toe shoes) (Females – casual dress, blouse with skirt or slacks with appropriate footwear). When duty uniform is business casual, no jeans, cargo, or tactical trousers and no athletic shoes, sneakers/running shoes.



1. Unit of assignment must have completed your Post Reservation Checklist (PRCL) in ATRRS 72 hours prior to report date.

2. Effective 1 April2013, Structured Self-Development 1 (SSD-1) is a prerequisite to attend the Basic Leaders Course (BLC).

3. Soldiers must meet height/weight standards (IAW AR 600-9) prior to enrollment. Failure to do so will result in a re-weigh.  Failure of the height/weight on the re-weigh will result in a Failed to Achieve Course Standards on the DA Form 1059, Academic Evaluation Report.

4. Soldiers on any type of profile must have the profile limitation (DA Form 3349) in their possession.  Soldiers with temporary profiles that prevent full participation in the course are not eligible to attend.  Soldiers who have permanent (Category II) profiles are eligible to attend.  Soldiers who have permanent (Category III and IV) must have completed the medical screening board (MMRB) and be able to produce the appropriate documentation.  Soldiers with profiles that do not allow them to meet graduation requirements will be returned to their units.  Students must have their profiles reviewed by the Academy PRIOR to attendance. Please send a scanned copy of your profile (DA Form 3349) to the following individuals: SFC Adrian Cann at adrian.n.cann.mil@mail.mil or SFC Walter Barnes atwalter.f.barnes.mil@mail.mil at least 72 hours prior to attending BLC. This will prevent students from being denied entry and the unit losing a training seat.



All students will reside in the NCO Academy billets. Designated billets for male and female Soldiers are established. Billets and the area surrounding the Academy will be maintained and prepared for inspection at all times.



Fort Indiantown Gap is located 22 miles northeast of Harrisburg, PA on Interstate 81:

  • If traveling north on 1-81- Exit at 85B
  • If traveling south on 1-81 -Exit at 85
  • Follow Route 934 North to Fort Indiantown Gap.
  • At the first (and only) traffic light, turn right, onto service road. Go approx. 250 meters and make the (first right) onto BEARTY AVE Building (8-80) will be on your right.
  • If traveling by GPS use the following address; 142 Bearty Avenue Annville, PA 17003.



1. Alcohol or illegal drugs

2. Performance enhancing supplements

3. Medications without prescription

4. Weapons (No Knives, over 3")

5. Pornography



The training in BLC focuses on Basic leadership training, instilling leader's skills, knowledge, and experience needed to lead team-squad size units. BLC provides the foundation for further training and development building functional leadership attributes and competence.



a. Pass Height and Weight screenings IAW AR 600-9

b. Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test IAW FM 7-22

c. Public Speaking and Information Briefing

d. Assessing Writing, Compare and Contrast Essay

e. Conduct Individual Training, Rubric

f. Conduct Physical Readiness Training, Rubric

g. Conduct Squad Drill, Rubric

h. Assessing Contribution to Group Work

i. Assessing Leadership

j. Special, Assessing Reflective Writing

k. Special, Resume

(All initial failures of any of the above evaluations will be afforded 1 (ONE) opportunity to retest after retraining has been conducted.)


Students must pass the APFT, and meet the Height/Weight requirements. Commandants will arrange for students to take the APFT and screen Height/Weight requirements while allowing for one retest. Students who fail to pass a final APFT or Height/Weight standards will be dismissed from BLC.



Graduation is the last day of the cycle, or class, at 1000hrs. Students rehearse the day of graduation. The uniform for graduation is ACU's. Family, friends, and Unit members are encouraged to attend your graduation.



I am an American Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a Team.

I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.




I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.




March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free

Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory

We’re the Army and proud of our name

We’re the Army and proudly proclaim


First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation’s might,

And The Army Goes Rolling Along

Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battle’s won,

And the Army Goes Rolling Along.


Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!

The Army’s on its way.

Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)

For where’re we go,

You will always know

That The Army Goes Rolling Along.


Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks, San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks,

And the Army went rolling along

Minute men, from the start, always fighting from the heart,

And the Army keeps rolling along.



Men in rags, men who froze,

Still that Army met its foes,

And the Army went rolling along.

Faith in God, then we’re right,

And we’ll fight with all our might,

As the Army keeps rolling along.




No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "The Backbone of the Army." I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.

Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind, accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers. I will strive to remain tactically and technically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All Soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my Soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my Soldiers and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.

Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my Soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers ... leaders!