Service Members scheduled to attend resident primary military education and resident functional training will be fully vaccinated or have an approved or submitted (in the system of record) exemption prior to the class start date. Unvaccinated military personnel attending 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center courses must provide the following:

  • proof of an approved vaccination exemption or proof that a pending exemption has been submitted in the system of record
  • an Exception To Policy from the Under Secretary of the Army approving travel

Failure to provide these two requirements will result in student dismissal. Soldiers traveling within local commuting distance (less than 50 miles) may travel to the course without an ETP from the Under Secretary of the Army. Unvaccinated individuals will arrive with an Memorandum For Record verified and signed by first O-6 in their chain of command. This MFR will serve as a verification of the Soldiers exemption status (approved or pending), as well as approval to travel from the Under Secretary of the Army.  A template for this memorandum will be attached to the applicable course welcome letter.

Congratulations on your selection for the Noncommissioned Officer Academy Fort McCoy Basic Leader Course. This course is conducted at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin as a resident learning course. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and Health Protection Condition Level restrictions, trips to purchase items will be limited; therefore, you should bring everything that you need for the duration of the course (toiletries, laundry items, etc.). Be prepared to spend the course limited to the academy area with no access to off-post amenities.

Update for January 2023: All BLC students will be required to graduate in AGSU or ASU. It is on the individual Soldier to ensure proper fit and wear before arrival to BLC. If the Soldier has not been issued a dress uniform, a memorandum signed by their commander stating this is required for in-processing. For AC and USAR Specialists who will be laterally appointed to Corporal and are graduating in ASU, arrive with your uniform sewn with CPL rank and the ASU gold trouser braid added to your trousers. For AC and USAR Specialist who will be laterally appointed to Corporal and are graduating in AGSU, arrive with CPL rank sewn on your jacket.

BASIC LEADER COURSE OVERVIEW: The Basic Leader Course is a 22-academic-day, MOS immaterial course consisting of 169 academic hours. It prepares sergeants, promotable specialists/corporals, and non-promotable specialists/corporals to lead team/squad sized elements; provides the foundation for further training and development; and builds functional leadership attributes and competencies.

BASIC LEADER COURSE WELCOME LETTER AND PACKET: Please read the entire welcome letter and complete all of the attached enclosures within the file. While most requirements will be the same from class to class, please ensure you adhere to the guidance in the welcome packet for the class you will be attending. To see all of the enclosures, you must download the .pdf onto your computer and open the file with Adobe. 

The downloadable file here is for BLC Class 002-023 (download here).

LODGING: All students will reside in the academy barracks at no cost to the unit or Soldier.

REPORTING TO THE ACADEMY: Report between the hours of 1000-2200 Central time zone. Location for in-processing is Building 1364 South O. Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656.
Students driving need to report between 1000 - 1900 and students flying must report between 1000 - 2200.
The report date for BLC is always scheduled on a Thursday, refer to the date identified in ATTRS E400 for you specific course report date. Students will report in the Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU). Hand carry hard copies of your orders or DD Form 1610, Common Access Card, ID tags, course specific required paperwork (found in the welcome packet), and packing list items.
Height and weight will be conducted in accordance with AR 600-9 upon arrival, during in-processing.
Late arrivals past 2200 CST are not authorized without prior approval.
Failure to report prior to 2200 CST may be grounds for denied enrollment and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
If you experience travel delays that will prevent arrival by 2200 CST, contact the Staff Duty NCO at (804) 873-5964 immediately.

STANDARDS AND DISCIPLINE: Uniform and grooming standards in accordance with Army Regulation 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia) are strictly enforced. It is the Soldier’s responsibility to ensure wear and appearance reflects the highest level of professionalism. Students who do not meet the Army wear and appearance standards will make necessary corrections or provide documentation of an approved exception to policy prior to in-processing. Soldiers who fail to make such corrections or produce documentation will not be allowed to in-process and will be denied enrollment.

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: Be prepared to conduct a height and weight screening in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9 on the travel/report date. Students that fail to meet the initial screening will remain in the course and given a second screening at a later time (no less than seven days). Students who fail their second screening will be dropped from the course and will receive “Failed to Achieve Course Standards,” on their DA Form 1059 (Service School Academic Report).


The ACFT will be taken during this class and is a graduation requirement. Review the ACFT grading standards and scores that you need to attain a minimum of 60 points in each event based on your age and gender. Soldiers who fail the initial ACFT will be given no less than 7 days to prepare for a re-test. Failure of the re-test will result in a dismissal from the course and a DA Form 1059 annotated in block 11d, "Failed to Achieve Course Standards."

QUESTIONS: Direct questions and concerns about the course to the Operations NCO and/or BLC Chief of Training. During off duty hours contact the Staff Duty NCO. While travelling to the academy, contact the Staff Duty NCO for all issues, especially travel delays. Failure to alert staff duty of travel delays can result in a denied enrollment.

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