Basic Course Resident


Course Number


Delivery Method

Virtual Classroom


Two weeks

Academic Hours





The Basic Course is designed for the Army Civilian leader who exercises direct leadership to effectively lead and care for teams. Per AR 350-1, the Basic Course is required for supervisors grades GS 5–9 or equivalent.

The Basic Course is currently operating in an online, virtual classroom format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-week virtual course presents the full resident curriculum through an entirely online distributed learning format using Blackboard with instructor facilitation. It is not a self-paced online distance learning course where students work alone. Students completing this course receive full credit for the resident Basic Course and are not required to travel to Fort Leavenworth, KS.

The virtual course requires daily student participation in online video teleconference class sessions for nine and half workdays in a row. Each class session takes place daily for two weeks. Class sessions are typically held during the scheduled workday for students in the CONUS time zones. Students meet virtually between online sync sessions with the instructors and in small groups in order to complete group assignments. Individual work consists of briefings, writing assignments, and discussion board participation. May include limited out of class time to complete homework assignments.

Note to Supervisor: Students are actively involved all 8 hours of the workday in class, working in small groups and on individual assignments. Supervisors should consider them in a TDY status like they are attending a resident course even if they are taking the course at their desk.

Subjects Covered

  • Learning Styles Preferences
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Army Writing
  • Briefing and Public Speaking
  • Influential Feedback
  • Leadership
  • Coaching, Counseling, and Mentoring
  • Team Building
  • Managing Conflict
  • Self-Development
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Risk Management


  • Army Civilians in permanent appointments in grades GS 1–9 or equivalent.
  • Army Appropriated Fund (AF), Non-appropriated Fund (NAF), Wage Grade (WG), Local National (LN) personnel.


Selection Priority

  • Priority 1: Army Civilian supervisors (GS 5–9).
  • Priority 2: Army Civilian non-supervisors seeking supervisory positions (GS 1–9).
  • Priority 3: Other command selected aspiring leaders.

Additional Information

  • Seats are quota-managed and limited to 240 students per year.
  • Army Civilians must have a current performance rating of successful or above and be in good conduct standing.
  • Students do not have to be serving in a Central Standard Time (CST) zone location, but they must be available to participate during the CST working hours (0800-1600) and have access to a location with high speed internet access, computer device with webcam and audio/microphone capabilities (headset recommended). Note: This may require students to have access to a commercial internet capability and personal computer/equipment if Government NIPR network and/or Government provided computer/equipment does not support full participation in the synchronous course activities.

Accessing the Course

View our Course Registration Process guide for application instructions. Follow any instructions received in system-generated emails. This course is conducted using and does not require a CAC-enabled computer.

250 Gibbon Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
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