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The Warrior Leader Course (WLC), formerly the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), is the first course of study in the US Army Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES). WLC is a month long course that trains Specialists, Corporals, and Sergeants in the fundamentals of leadership.[1] The course curriculum includes instruction in Leadership Skills, Training Skills and Warfighting Skills. To graduate, soldiers must pass the following evaluations:

  • Land Navigation (70%)
  • Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) (70%)
  • Physical Fitness Training Evaluation (70%)
  • Individual Training Evaluation (70%)
  • Garrison Leadership Evaluation (70%)
  • Field Leadership Evaluation (70%) (Fully participate in the Situational Training Exercise) [2]

Land Navigation and the APFT have only recently been added back to the list after being considered unit level tasks for several years prior to 2012. PT evaluation is the ability to conduct a PT session. A passing APFT score is needed to attend WLC, and an APFT will be administered. Also it is broken down in these exams:

  • Army Leadership (written) (70%)
  • Training Management (written) (70%)
  • Warfighting (written) (70%)
  • Garrison Leadership (70%)
  • PT (conducting) (70%)
  • Individual Task Training (70%)
  • Oral Presentation (70%)
  • Army Correspondence (70%)
  • Tactical Leadership (STX) (70%)
  • Drill and Ceremony (70%)

This is current as of FY 2012.

WLC is non-specific to the soldier's Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), and graduates are awarded the NCO Professional Development Ribbon.[3] Graduates who are below the rank of Sergeant also earn 80 promotion points that are retained until the graduate has been promoted.[4] The next level of education is Advanced Leader Course (ALC), formerly known as Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC).


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