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Can I request course credit for WLC if I have prior USAF leadership schooling?

Why are the USMC courses considered equivalent to Army courses when Air Force and Navy are not? I went through Airman Leadership School. The basics are the same for training NCOs-to-be. I just found out that I have to attend WLC because of this AR. Obviously I am in the Army now and have been for almost 4 years with almost 13 years of active service. WLC is a waste of my time. Is there anything that will get this rule changed?

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In my experience AF leadership schools have not traditionally been considered equivalent in the Army or Marines. Usually Army and Marine transfer to each other but rarely does AF transfer in, except in technical courses. Maybe we just think we are tougher.

However there is hope. AR 350-1 paragraph 3-18 allows individuals to request course credit.

With your time in service, time in grade, prior AF training, and Army experience I am sure you have a good chance of achieving course credit. I would encourage you to find a list of current tasks being taught in WLC and compare that with the training you received in AF leadership school. Consider your current ability to perform those tasks. I would then try to get letters from senior members of your chain of command (Platoon Sergeant, 1SG, Commander, CSM) to support your request based on performance and observations of your performance. You may also wish to include your NCOERs. A well built packet will provide you a good shot at obtaining course credit. Add to that the time/money it would save the military and assist in reducing the queue of WLC candidates.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • Pierre Fuller


    CSM(R) Mark,

    I am in the same boat as this individual and I hope this reaches you since it was written in 2012. If you don’t mind could you possibly email me so that I can receive further guidance with this situation? Thank you in advance

    SGT Fuller

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