The Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) is the second level of enlisted PME and prepares Technical Sergeants to be professional, war-fighting Airmen and Space Professionals who can manage and lead units in the employment of Air and Space power.  

  • Commandant's Welcome

    Hello and welcome to the Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy (RGNCOA), where we are the catalyst for education and inspiration so non-commissioned officers are ready to build our future force. We build Airmen better than us to be the foundational building blocks for SNCO development and offer a relevant and sough-after leadership experience. Throughout your time here at RGNCOA, you will expand your knowledge regarding the following four outcomes: Air Force Culture (Unconscious Bias, Trust, Commitment, Organizational Culture, SAPR), Leadership (Ethical Decision Making, Leadership and Management, Leading Agile, Inclusive, & Innovative Teams, and Project Management), Problem Solving (Types of Problems, Types of Thinking, & Problem Solving), and Mission (Mission Labs). NCOA is a professional school designed to educate and advance the high ideals necessary for leadership, teamwork, good order and discipline in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

    We expect your time at RGNCOA will be both challenging and rewarding, as you push through the various lesson concepts and evaluate your own styles of leadership to ensure you are being the best version of yourselves for your units and subordinates, as well as for YOU. Now is as good of a time as any to make any necessary changes and become the best that we can be. In doing so, we know that we will have achieved educational excellence for noncommissioned officers….developing enlisted leaders for America. 

Chief Master Sgt. Jason A. Ramon
Chief Master Sgt.
Jason A. Ramon
Senior Master Sgt. Jacob N. Snellings
Deputy Commandant
Senior Master Sgt.
Jacob N. Snellings

Master Sgt Anadi Rivera
First Sergeant
Master Sgt.
Anadi Rivera

Master Sgt. Patrick M. Blair
A-3, Senior
Enlisted Advisor

Master Sgt.
Patrick M. Blair
MSgt Anna M. Sylvester
A-5, Senior
Enlisted Advisor
(Faculty Development)

Master Sgt.
Anna M. Sylvester
Master Sgt. Desy R. Barnett
A-7, Senior
Enlisted Advisor
(Student Development)

Master Sgt.
Desy R. Bennett


AF EPME Prerequisite Readings
Additional Info
Required Items

Items to Bring  

Bring a copy of your student recall roster (Attachment 1 from Welcome email), AF Form 422 (if applicable), AF Form 469 (if applicable), current PT assessment, and personal/government laptop.  

Medical Profiles 
Contact your unit training manager if you have a profile, limitation, or restriction. All medical profiles must be pre-coordinated with formal training managers NLT 35 days prior to the class start date. Formal training managers will coordinate profiles with the Robert D. Gaylor NCOA. Upon arrival in the flight room, all medical profiles must be given to Flight Instructors by the end of DOE 1. 
Permanent Profiles
Personnel with a certified permanent physical profile (AF Form 422) are eligible to attend BUT subject to approval. Provide a copy of the AF Form 422 to the Formal Training office for coordination with the Robert D. Gaylor NCOA NLT 35-days prior to class start date. 
NOTE: Students with fitness assessments that expire during class, uncoordinated profiles, or uncoordinated changes to their profiles are subject to immediate release from the school. 

Air Force Fitness Test
Students must possess a copy of a PASSING AF Fitness Test showing them current through the duration of the course. Upon arrival, AF Fitness Assessment must be given to Flight Instructors on DOE 1.

The Schoolhouse cannot provide information related to DTS/Funding (Lines of Accounting, Cross Orgs, etc.) as we do not have that information.  Please reach out to your Base/Formal Training Office for assistance. 

TDY students are required to stay in base lodging unless otherwise noted in the reporting instructions from the Academy.

When booking return/departure flight, please DO NOT book before 1700 day of graduation.

If you are unable to participate fully in the class, you will need to work with your chain of command and Base Training Office to get a deferment within 72 hours of class start date and to be rescheduled into a future class; the schoolhouse cannot assist you in this process. The MyPers deferment and declination procedures can be found here: MyPers Link 1 and here: MyPers Link 2.

Dress & Appearance

Personal Clothing  

Appropriate business casual attire will be required for student icebreaker event.

Uniform Requirements   

All uniforms will be in compliance with AFI 36-2903

Uniforms must be maintained, clean, and in serviceable condition (not frayed, worn out, torn, faded, patched, etc.), correct in design and specifications, and fit correctly. If deemed otherwise by the Commandant, students will be required to acquire new uniforms at their personal cost.


  • Service dress\Blues will be required for this course.
  • OCPs or Flight Suit (as authorized) are the primary uniforms of the day. We recommend you bring at least two sets.
  • One set of Air Force PT Gear. PT will be conducted as a class or flight for fitness challenges/competitions where PT gear is required. Please note the weather for the season you are attending the course.

Due to climate conditions in the building, it's advised that all students bring some type of authorized layer to be worn under the OCP blouse. Even during the summer months, temperatures can fluctuate throughout the building and we cannot control this.

Please ensure all additional accessory items are in compliance with AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. Please pay special attention to paragraph regarding gym bags, backpacks and handbags. NOTE: Uniform discrepancies in service dress and OCPs that are deemed unserviceable or critical demerits requiring tailoring that cannot be brought into compliance within 48 hours could result in removal from the course.