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The US Army Drill Sergeant Academy is Hiring!

Did you know there are 16 total US Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Leaders (DSL) positions at the Drill Sergeant Academy (DSA) at Fort Jackson? With a total of eight (8) AGR and eight (8) ADOS (TPU) positions, the DSA provides an excellent opportunity for our best and brightest Drill Sergeants seeking to separate themselves from their peers.

Why Become A DSL?

While Drill Sergeants (DS) represent the top 10% of all Army NCOs in their grade, DSLs represent the top 1% of the DS population. Soldiers selected for DSL assignment will not only be afforded opportunities to complete 1-2 full BCT cycles on the trail as a DS, but also to become a certified instructor, Master Fitness Trainer, Master Resilience Trainer, and much more- all while continuing PME coursework as you become eligible. Above all, as a DSL, you will be train and mentor the US Army’s future Drill Sergeants- impacting and shaping not only them, but also the Soldiers they will soon train.

The 108th TC and USADSA have worked together to establish the following pre-requisites, processes, and glidepaths for interested AGR and TPU Soldiers.

AGR Prerequisites:

  • SSG and SFC
  • No record of disciplinary action
  • Pass the ACFT and in compliance with AR 600-9
  • DS Qualified preferred but not required
  • Nominative Packet submitted thru HRC Talent Manager

AGR Nomination Process:

Drill Sergeant Leader Candidates (DSLCs) Nomination packets will be routed to 108th TC from HRC Talent Managers to go through the selection/vetting process and coordinate interview with DSA and 108th TC leadership.

AGR Training Glidepath:

  • PCS to Fort Jackson
  • Graduate Drill Sergeant Course or Drill Sergeant Recertification Course if DS qualified
  • Successfully complete two cycles of BCT
  • Complete DSLC Selection with CoT if not aligned with quarterly DSLC Selection
  • Complete DSL Certification and Validation IAW SOP

TPU Prerequisites:

  • SSG and SFC (SGTs that are ALC complete/scheduled may apply as long as they are promoted before initiation of DSLC Selection)
  • No record of disciplinary action
  • Pass the ACFT and in compliance with AR 600-9
  • Serve a minimum 12 months in a DS position
  • Complete minimum two annual training periods or equivalent (may be waived by 108th TC CSM for recent DSA graduates who haven’t had an opportunity to perform trail time)

TPU Nomination Process:

Drill Sergeant Leader Candidates (DSLCs) Nomination packets will be routed to 108th TC, with approval from the Training Division (TD) CSMs, to go through the selection/vetting process and coordinate interview with DSA and 108th TC leadership.

TPU Training Glidepath:

  • Initiate ADOS orders for option of 2-3 years with annual concurrence from leadership PCS to Ft. Jackson
  • Successfully complete one cycle of BCT (1 year commitment) or two cycles (2+ year commitment)
  • Complete DSLC Selection with CoT if not aligned with quarterly DSLC Selection
  • Complete DSL Certification and Validation IAW SOP

How to Apply

Talk to your 1SGs / CSMs and let them know you are interested. Instructions for application to become a DSL are found in the 108th TC Memorandum of Instruction found at top of the page.