GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The 7th Army NCO Academy hosted a graduation ceremony to recognize Soldiers who have successfully completed the Basic Leadership Course in Vilseck, Germany on October 9, 2020.
The ceremony was held locally for students located in Vilseck, and virtually for those present at the hub locations.
“Hub locations are classrooms created by local units to allow students to attend and still receive a small group learning environment,” said Sgt. 1st Class Cody Boney, 7th Army NCOA chief instructor.
“With COVID-19 measures in place, local facilities are creating classrooms that can accommodate from one to 50 students. “
If there are more students, the course is usually split into multiple classrooms on the facility depending on the facility’s infrastructure. Assistant instructors, identified by local units, assist 7th Army NCOA small group leaders in facilitating training.
“Assistant instructors oversee tangible aspects of the course that small group leaders cannot, such as physical training and assessments of exercises and ceremonies, accountability, adherence to standards and discipline in the classroom, and assist small group leaders in assessing the attributes and skills of students graded throughout the course, ”Boney said.
The number of students at each hub location depends on the US Army Europe Order of Merit list or the OML. It varies depending on the cycle.
“In the last two cycles, we eliminated the flagship military occupations from the Order of Merit,” said Boney. “The number of students at each location fluctuates depending on the number of eligible students according to the OML.”
The military needs passionate leaders who are confident in their abilities, and the 7th Army NCOA understands this need. They use whatever resources they have to ensure that they consistently produce the best leaders.
“Passion is the most important character you can have as a leader,” said Command Sgt. Major Michael Burke, Senior Advisor enlisted for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. “You have a responsibility to yourself and your soldiers to learn, adapt and constantly improve what you have gained by taking this course. “
The other hub locations were able to set up their graduation ceremonies for the students in attendance. A total of 153 students were in attendance across the U.S. Army Footprint in Europe for the Rose Barracks Virtual Learning BLC Graduation Ceremony.
“The future is up to you,” Burke said. “Be the leader the military needs you to be.”