A new badge may help elevate the stature of Noncomissioned Officer Education System instructors, who teach the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course. (Army)
Soldiers who serve as instructors in the NCO Education System will be recognized with badges and professional development skill identifiers as a result of the Army’s continued efforts to battle sexual assault.
The initiative is an outgrowth of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, and is intended to place only the highest quality soldiers in positions of significant trust, such as recruiters, drill sergeants, instructors and advisers.
The Army’s enlisted assignments and utilization regulation, AR 614-200, has been revised to ensure an individual assigned to instructor or adviser duties has an unblemished military and civilian history regarding sexual offenses and is not registered as a sex offender under the military justice system.
Soldiers assigned as instructors normally will be stabilized in those positions for three years, and will hold Special Qualification Identifier 8 (instructor), as they have in the past, but in a change to the regulation, “may hold personnel development skill identifiers for instructors.”
The regulation change authorizes the commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command to award, and withdraw, personnel development skill identifiers for instructors.
Additionally, TRADOC has been tasked with developing a regulation for the NCOES Instructor Development and Recognition Program that will stipulate the eligibility requirements for Army instructor badges and skill identifiers for instructors.
The move is a clear signal that the Army is looking to elevate the stature of instructor jobs in the eyes of soldiers. A badge identifies that it’s a critical and tough assignment, and that it’s on par with the roles of drill sergeant and recruiter. These instructors’ responsibilities include teaching the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course.
The Institute of Heraldry is expected to complete the design of instructor badges in March, at which time the Army’s personnel chief, or G-1, will publish changes to regulations regarding promotion points for the instructor badge, and guidance for wearing the badge.