US Army NCO Professional Development Guide DA PAM 600-25

Leader development

Is a deliberate, continuous, and progressive process founded in Army Values that grows soldiers into competent, committed, professional leaders of character

Army's NCO 2020 Strategy

Provides the ways, means, and ends to develop a professional, trained, and ready NCO Corps that is essential to remain as the worlds premiere fighting force


Intersection of 3 dimensions skills, knowledge and behaviors that create an optimal level of individual performance.

Effective talent management

Is an investment Requires a system approach Balances needs of organization with the balance of individuals Ensures job person fit Empowers employees


Army requires a process that aligns training, education, and experience to prepare leaders who exercise mission command and prevail in ULO


Leaders at all levels create conditions in their organizations that maximize development of subordinate leaders by teaching them, training them and providing supporting experiences they need to grow.


Deliberate effort to employ the resources of will, time, people and funding. Essential means for leader development are will and time

Army learning concept

A learning continuum that blurs the lines between the operational Army and the generating force by meshing together self development, institutional instruction, and operational experience. Begins when soldier enters Army and does not end till transition

Leader development LoE

3 components of developing leaders. Training, Education, and Experience. Self Development- soldiers responsible for developing their talents and displaying their unique knowledge, skills and abilities. Institutional- through education, credentialing, and certification soldiers will display their cognitive, physical and technical talents. Operational- soldiers develop KSAs through development assignments and experiences.


Army's preeminent body of leadership. Known S the backbone of the Army and are standard bearers responsible for training, leading, coaching, and mentoring soldiers. Lead from the front. Champion of continuous learning and is capable of leading, training and motivating diverse teams.

NCO roles

Serve 4 core roles. Trainers, mentors, advisors and communicators. Responsible for maintaining and enforcing standards and a high degree of discipline.

6 learning areas for NCOs

The Army profession- demonstrating competence, moral character, and commitment while filling their duty to the nation. Professional competence- NCOs employ appropriate technical, tactical, operational, and strategic skills in unified land operations to accomplish the mission and support the commanders intentTeam Building- NCOs create high performing groups by leading and motivating individuals and by collaborating to work toward common goalsFitness and resiliency- NCOs develop and maintain their physical, mental, social, family, and spiritual fitness and foster these attributes in their subordinates. Learning- NCOs maintain technical expertise within their MOS and strive to develop themselves and their subordinates. Adaptability- NCOs solve complex problems by using work and life experiences, training and education, critical questioning, initiative, sound judgment and collaboration

The One Army School System

Is a set of processes designed to provide relevant and realistic training to units and personnel within multi component training centers by utilizing existing resources.


select train educate promote" Ensures soldiers posses appropriate training, education, and experience prior to promotion.


As part of counseling process soldiers will create IDP. IDP will identify soldiers career, education, and training goals as well as milestones for each. Identify course and training that complement MOS Recommend goals, certifications, and degrees. Recommend activists that better prepare for NCOPDS


Serves as a single point of entry for career and leadership development that provides an integrated approach which capabilities on the need for lifelong learning

Roles in ACT

Solider- can read latest news for their CMF. Provides unofficial transcript that accumulates all assignments, training, education and accomplishments by the soldier. Leader- can track goals and data which empowers leaders to send targeted career and training notices to their soldier through ACT

Enlisted Personnel Management System

Evolutionary system that balances the needs of the Army with the developmental requirements of the enlisted force.