NCOs Face Mandatory Writing Test Oct. 1

Beginning Oct. 1, all soldiers and noncommissioned officers preparing to attend an NCO professional military education course will be required to take an English comprehension and writing assessment.

The move is part of the Army’s ongoing effort to sharpen its education courses and develop better leaders.

A pilot underway right now with Basic Leader Course students, most of whom are specialists seeking promotion to sergeant, showed that about 75 percent of those assessed need additional help or coaching. More than 12,000 BLC students have taken the assessment.

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