There is a new educational course for Army First Sergeant candidates. The Chief of Staff of the Army has approved an active duty component course for first time candidates for First Sergeant. The new course is to be held at Fort Bliss, Texas, and will be a course that candidates will take prior to assuming their duties as a Army First Sergeant. The new course is called the Army First Sergeants Course, and will be held at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at the Army Base in Texas.
The new course is seen as a welcome addition to the current training regime that candidates for first sergeant undergo. It is slated for all candidates that are located in both the continental United States and select overseas commands who are about to be promoted to First Sergeant, and for those rare occasions where a soldier must be promoted without attending the course they have to schedule a time within six months of their promotion to attend the academy course. The only person able to waive this requirement is the soldiers chain of command first general.
Previous courses have stressed leadership and command authority, and the new course also stresses these issues. New changes in Army structure, rank and authority in a changing world, as well as technology and electronic advances and their effects on enlisted missions are also part of the new course structure. Those soldiers who attend the First Sergeants course will be awarded a skill identifier qualification symbol of “M”.
First Sergeants provide structure and leadership for the Army unit and also are vital links in accomplishing the overall Army mission. The Army leans heavily on the experience and wisdom of their Sergeants, who as non commissioned officers are the first line of instruction for new enlisted and inexperienced junior personnel. The Army hopes that the new First Sergeants course will continue to provide direction and necessary training to give the skills and tools to First Sergeant Candidates to properly and efficiently meet the requirements that the Army asks of them in fulfillment of the overall Army mission.
Soldiers who are serving for short amounts of time or short-term duty tours can have the attendance requirement waived by the General in their chain of command for reasons that benefit the Army.