Development Advisor

The Development Advisor (DA) provides career counseling for all members of Team Dyess, with specialized knowledge in retraining and various force management programs. The DA serves as the gateway for Team Dyess’ professional development needs. Mandatory development courses are offered on a scheduled basis, with the availability of informal offerings hosted at various points throughout the year. Mandatory courses include Informed Decision Seminar (IDS), First Term Enlisted Course (FTEC), Junior Enlisted Foundations (JEFC 300), NCO Foundations (NCOFC 500), and SNCO Foundations (SNCOFC 700). The DA will assist Squadrons and Groups with providing relevant career information during Commander’s Calls, when requested, as well as hosting base briefings to cover new development and force management initiatives.


Ensure members are armed with complete and accurate information prior to making career decisions, and to develop Total Force professionals for greater responsibilities.

Course Description

First Term Enlisted Course (FTEC)

Course Length: 5 Days

Who: First term enlisted members; attendance mandatory within 45 days of arrival to first duty station.

Description: The First-Term Enlisted Course (FTEC) is a five-day course which provides informative briefings and training for newly assigned first-term enlisted members. Military professionalism, Enlisted Force Structure, resiliency, and financial management are some of the topics addressed during FTEC. Upon completion of the course, members will be better able to transition out of the technical training environment and into the operational Air Force. Airmen are required to attend all 5 scheduled days and will NOT be able to attend personal appointments during this time.

Junior Enlisted Foundations Course (JEFC 300)

Course Length: 5 Days

The Junior Enlisted Foundations Course 300 bridges the gap between tech school and Airman Leadership School (ALS) and will be a prerequisite for ALS beginning FY25. The course provides students with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to conform to standards, custom and courtesies, and offers guidance to help enhance the students’ focus on becoming highly efficient career field and 5-skill level agents. The JEFC 300 empowers Airman to reflect on their behaviors in relation to the Airmen Leadership Qualities. It facilitates the journey to developing supervisory and leadership skills, developing the competency of leading individuals and teams, and understanding the guardrails and guidelines of supervision.

NCO Foundations Course (NCOF 500)

Course Length: 5 Days

The NCO Foundations Course 500 will be a prerequisite for the Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) beginning FY25. The course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to lead by setting the example. It also enhances the students’ capacity to continually advance factors that shape organizational culture, offer guidance that empowers students to reflect on their behaviors in relation to the Airmen Leadership Qualities and facilitate students’ comprehension of techniques that contribute to establishing robust networks. The NCOF 500 assist students in grasping the connection between attention to detail, establishing impactful communication and fostering a culture of trust. It promotes the realization that asking the appropriate questions involves understanding how to utilize the answers effectively.

First Term Officer's Course

Length of Course: 4 days

Who: CGOs on their first duty assignment

Description: Develop CGO leadership competencies and mission capabilities by providing a learning experience that develops job skills and broadens their knowledge and understanding of the structure and role of the total force. They will also learn their role and expectations within this dynamic.

Informed Decision Seminar

Length of Course: 3 hrs

Who: This seminar per AFI 36-2670, Total Force Development, is mandatory for first-term and second-term enlistees within 12-15 months of their date of separation.

Description: This seminar is an educational experience specifically designed to enhance one’s knowledge of Air Force benefits, highlighted program requirements, and processes. The goal is to ensure personnel obtain the needed information to make the best decision for them, their family, and their subordinates as they come close to the end of their enlistment.

SNCO Foundations Course (SNCOFC700)

Course Length: 5 Days

The SNCO Foundations Course 700 will be a prerequisite for the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA) beginning FY25. The course provides students with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to develop, advises and lead teams successfully, and facilitates technical expertise for transitioning from first-line supervisors and trainers to leaders of teams. The SNCOFC 700 assists students in engaging in strategic leadership at the 9-skill level, offering a rich arsenal of influence tactics for changing people’s viewpoints and behaviors. It assists students in learning how to build and maintain social relationships to maximize their informal power and influence in an organization. The course goes beyond managing into a proactive stance that will take the organization forward.

Project Enigma

Course Length: 5 Days

Who: E5 and above, officers, civilians

Description: Focuses on experiential learning, offering leaders compelling insight into the importance of communicating with emotional agility to build healthy, productive relationships Learners will engage in discussions and activities to build confidence in the ability to communicate with next generation leaders.

Air Power Leadership Academy (ALA)

Length of Course: 2 hours every week for 8 weeks

Who: Nominated NCOs who have completed NCOPES

Description: ALA differs from all professional military education and local professional enhancement courses in that it does not focus on the tactical level attributes of management and leadership. ALA is intended to develop our Noncommissioned Officer Corps in the area of values-based leadership. The course focuses on material such as a member’s purpose and beliefs, also how to make the “hard calls”.

Senior Enlisted Leader

Length of Course: 4 days

Who: SMSgt – CMSgt

Description: This course is designed to leverage the skills and knowledge of experienced leaders in order to advance our senior enlisted corps. The goal is to provide SNCOs expanded knowledge on important subjects commonly associated with the Superintendent and Senior Enlisted Leader positions. Topics include enlisted career management, resource management, manpower, personnel, and superintendent-level responsibilities.

Course Schedule & Registration

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  • 24-B July 22-26
  • 24-C September 16-20
  • 25-A October 21-25
  • 25-B December 9-13
  • 24-B July 22-26
  • 24-C September 16-20
  • 25-A October 21-25
  • 25-B December 9-13
  • 24-A June 24-28
  • 24-B August 19-23