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Airman Leadership School (ALS) is a 24 duty day (5 week) United States Air Force program designed to develop airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education that enlisted Air Force members encounter.[1] ALS focuses on developing leadership abilities, the profession of arms, and building effective communication. ALS was established in the 1990s, replacing the Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Preparatory Course and NCO Leadership School.[2]


Senior airmen with 36 months time in service or those with a promotion line number for staff sergeant are eligible to attend the school. The member must also have at least six months of retainability from the projected class graduation date before being enrolled.

Awards in ALS

Supervision without promotion

Upon completion of ALS, the graduate is authorized to write performance reports on subordinates.[3] This allows the senior airman graduate the ability to supervise without promotion to staff sergeant.


Airman Leadership School provides training in combat leadership, military professionalism, supervision, verbal and written communication, and group dynamics. A majority of the instruction focuses around various Air Force rules and regulations.

See also


  1. ^ "Airman Leadership School". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
  2. ^ "An Unfinished Journey". Evolution of Airmen 1967-2017. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  3. ^ HQ USAF/CCC (1 December 2004). Air Force Instruction 36-2618 The Enlisted Force Structure (PDF) (Report). United States Air Force. p. 3.2.4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 June 2008.