by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
5/2/2013 - MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- Officials
at the Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education announced the
release today, May 1, of a new version of the Airman Leadership Distance
Learning Course (ALDLC) entitled, "Course 00003."
The updated course is used by Air National Guard members for distance
learning of the normally in-resident instructed Airman Leadership
School, which is a requirement to become a noncommissioned officer.
The revised course - downloaded as an electronic soft copy - improves lesson objectives and content, said officials.
Like the previous distance courses, successful completion provides
Community College of the Air Force Credits as well as Extension Course
Institute points toward annual retirement credits.
Identical in its organization to the current course, ALDLC consists of
two sets of sub-courses. The first set includes three volumes: Course
Introduction; Military Professional; and Expeditionary Airman. The
second sub-course includes volumes: Supervisory Communicator; and
Supervisor of Airmen.
"This is a challenging course," said Frank A. Mileto, distance learning
manager for the Barnes Center in an email announcement. "Potential
students should plan to devote time and serious effort toward its
Mileto went on to say that the leadership training prepares Senior Airmen as "effective supervisors and leaders."
Officials pointed out that enrollment for the course is now accomplished
on-line, via self-registration through the Air University Student
Information System website, located at
Sub-courses include closed-book exams administered by designated test
control facilities, said officials. Chapters include test preparation
exercises and assignments. Students who fail initial exams are allowed
to retest after 72 hours.
Mileto said that students are also challenged to consider thoughts and emotions as part of the leadership curriculum.
"While the course includes all the material necessary to meet the
developmental educational objectives, critical thinking will be required
to comprehend the material and pass the exams," he said.
Once enrolled, students have 12 months to complete the course. They may
request an automatic four-month extension prior to the end of the
initial 12 months of enrollment; however, any other subsequent extension
will be considered an exception to policy and must be approved by the
Operations Directorate, Barnes Center for Enlisted Professional Military
Education/Academic Affairs, said officials.