In the Warrior Leader Course, the overhauled first course in the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, "We are introducing the adult-learning model" and it is "not just focused on the tactical environment."
Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, commandant of the Sergeants Major Academy, said other changes include new emphasis on physical fitness and drill and ceremonies.
He said the pendulum had swung to putting more time into warfighting skills as military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq unfolded. "We need to get back to how do we take care of soldiers."
Adding, "We are responsible for the Warrior Leader Course. Fort Bliss is our test bed."
At the same time, Chandler sees the College of the American Soldier evolving. It took him 28 years to complete his degree. The idea with the College of the American Soldier is "to provide a better educated soldier to the force and provide that soldier college credit for his experience."
He added, "The soldier sees the power of the degree, and we need to take advantage of that."