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With assistance from two of U.S. Army Africa's sergeants major, the Malawi Defence Forces has set up a senior enlisted course designed to build capacity in African partner nation noncommissioned officers corps. Top graduates were selected from recent courses to be instructors for future courses. (U.S. Army Africa photos)
By Sgt. Lance Pounds, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs
VICENZA, Italy – U.S. Army Africa’s senior noncommissioned officers take a step back as Malawi Defence Force soldiers take charge instructing their own at the Malawi Sergeants Major Course, located in the city of Salima, Malawi. The course began in January 2014 and is in its third iteration.
The course graduated 47 MDF senior noncommissioned officers from infantry and administrative backgrounds, of which seven will serve as instructors and managers of future courses.
According to USARAF’s NCO Education System Program managers Sergeants Maj. Jerryn McCarroll and Ron La Fond, many graduates have since reported to their units to implement newfound knowledge into their organizations.
“We can say with confidence that although the course is in its infancy, it continues to evolve at a pace that is feasible for the MDF and its leaders,” said La Fond.
The seven selected MDF personnel are currently working with USARAF advisors to write, develop, and revise current training support packages for the course. Changes and additions were made to course curriculum to increase professionalism and understanding among attendees.
“Instructors are extremely motivated and are eager to see how far the course will develop and how the knowledge will help strengthen them and their NCO corps in the future,” said McCarroll.
Success of the course has attracted the attention of many U.S. Army institutions, such as the Sergeants Major Academy, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Center for Strategic Studies, and Combined Arms Center.
It has also grabbed the attention of the new MDF Chief of Defense, Gen. Ignacio Malauna, who is an avid supporter of NCO professional development.