Airman Leadership School (ALS) is a 24 duty day United States Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on developing leadership abilities, the profession of arms, and building effective communication. ALS was established in the 1990s, replacing the Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Preparatory Course and NCO Leadership School.
Senior Airmen with 36 months time in service or those with a promotion line number for Staff Sergeant are eligible to attend the School. The member must also have at least six months of retainability from the projected class graduation date before being enrolled.
Upon completion of ALS, the graduate receives the ability to write performance reports on subordinates. This allows the graduate the ability to supervise regardless if he or she currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Airman Leadership School covers Combat Leader, Military Professional, Supervisor of Airmen, verbal and written communication, and group dynamics. A majority of the instruction focuses around various Air Force rules and regulations.