Sergeants Major Academy (SGM-A)

The Sergeants Major Academy (SGM-A) on Fort Bliss, TX, became CGSC’s fourth school and a branch campus in March 2018. Each year, the SGM-A offers the ten-month Sergeants Major Course-Resident (SMC-R) to 720 senior U.S. and international noncommissioned officers, and the Sergeants Major Course via distributed learning to another 1,320 mainly Army Reserve and National Guard NCOs around the world. In 2019, CGSC received Higher Learning Commission (HLC) authority and Department of the Army approval to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development to eligible graduates of the Sergeants Major Course-Resident at SGM-A.

The SGM-A consists of an academy-level staff of administrators and curriculum developers and six academic departments under the direct supervision of the SGM-A Director: the Department of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, Multinational Operations (DJIIMO), the Department of Force Management (DFM), the Department of Army Operations (DAO), the Department of Command Leadership (DCL), and the Department of Professional Studies (DPS). The Department of Distance Education (DDE) faculty teaches the Sergeants Major Course-Distance Learning (SMC-DL) to non-resident students. The chairs and vice chairs of these six departments sit as the SGM-A Education Council, co-chaired by the CGSC Assistant Dean at SGM-A. In addition to delivering resident and distance learning SMC, the SGM-A provides a twelve-week SMC International Military Student Pre-Course (IMSPC) and curriculum oversight of Distributed Leader Course V (DLC V), which is a pre-requisite to attend the SMC.


Provide the Army with agile, adaptive senior enlisted leaders of character, competence, and commitment to be effective leaders. These leaders, grounded in Army and Joint doctrine, exploit opportunities by leveraging and applying Army resources.

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