Opportunities for Non-Commissioned Officers

NCOs can serve at West Point in several critical positions - helping shape the future of the Officer Corps.

Opportunities for Non-Commissioned Officers

NCOs can serve at West Point in several critical positions - helping shape the future of the Officer Corps.

Join the Brigade Tactical Department Team!

The Tactical NCO and MS Instructor/Writer are the first NCOs that a future officer will contact. They must exemplify the highest standards of the NCO Corps, as they will have great influence over a Cadet’s development to live honorably, lead honorably, and demonstrate excellence for years to come. They must be in the top 15% of the NCO Corps.

Tactical NCO and MS Instructor/Writer positions are extremely competitive based on the level of responsibility and operational tempo of their duties surrounding a Cadet’s life at West Point.  All prospective candidates are screened against the enlisted manning cycle marketplace. All Tactical NCOs selected have promotion potential and have been successful platoon sergeants. Tactical NCOs return to the Army ready to serve as First Sergeants.

What does a Tactical Non-Commissioned Officer do?

The Tactical Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) serves as a pivotal figure within the United States Military Academy and the United States Corps of Cadets, central to the integration and enforcement of standards and discipline at the Cadet Company level. This position is instrumental in shaping the military training, accountability, and development of future Army leaders, emphasizing the critical Officer/NCO relationship. Some of their major responsibilities are highlighted below: ​

  • Standards and Discipline:

    • Serve as the primary integrator of standards and discipline within the Cadet Company, ensuring adherence to the Army Values and standards.​

    • Uphold and enforce military regulations, fostering a culture of professionalism, integrity, and accountability.​

  • Officer/NCO Relationship:

    • Mentor and guide Cadet Officers in understanding the vital dynamics of the Officer/NCO relationship, emphasizing mutual respect, effective communication, and collaborative leadership.​

    • Facilitate joint training opportunities for Cadet Officers and NCOs to enhance teamwork and cohesion.​

  • Military Training and Development:

    • Spearhead the training and development of Cadets in the Art and Science of military leadership.​

    • Conduct regular training sessions focused on tactical skills, small-unit tactics, and leadership principles.​

    • Foster an environment that encourages critical thinking, adaptability, and quick decision-making in challenging scenarios.​

  • Mentoring and Evaluation:

    • Provide mentorship to Cadet NCOs, guiding them in their roles and responsibilities.​

    • Conduct regular evaluations to assess the performance and progress of Cadet NCOs, providing constructive feedback and developmental support.​

  • Enforcement of Army Values:

    • Instill a deep understanding of Army Values and ethical standards among Cadets.​

    • Lead by example in demonstrating the highest standards of integrity, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, and personal courage.​

  • Company-Level Leadership:

  • Ensure all Cadets are fostering a positive and inclusive environment.​

  • Collaborate with Cadet Officers to develop and execute plans for company-level events, activities, and training.​

What does a Military Science (M/S) Instructor/Writer do?

The Military Science (M/S) Instructor/Writer at the United States Military Academy provides college accredited instructions on small unit tactics to over 100 West Point Cadets and Foreign Exchange Cadets from ~12 different countries; develops the Cadet’s ability to make sound tactical plans and timely decision making in challenging and stressful environment; plans, resources and executes course lessons, tactical decision exercises and field training events for more than 1,400 Cadets.

What are the development opportunities in these positions?

Tactical NCOs and MS Instructor/Writers have the opportunity to attend the Benavidez Leader Development Program (BLDP).  BLDP is a full-time, 3-week executive education program in Organizational Psychology and Leadership Development delivered at USMA for week 1 and at Columbia University (Teachers College) for the following two weeks. 

Additionally, NCOs are also provided opportunities to attend military schools in the summer and college courses while at West Point during off duty hours. Educational advancement is highly encouraged for all Tactical NCOs.  Mount St. Mary’s College, Long Island University, St. Thomas Aquinas, and online agencies all offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs through West Point's Educational Center. 

Do I qualify to become a TAC NCO or M/S instructor/writer?

Required Qualifications :

  • A Noncommissioned Officer rank with a demonstrated record of excellence in leadership and military skills.​

  • Be Career Development Complete with prior PSG time​

  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.​

  • Demonstrate a proven ability to mentor and develop junior leaders.​

  • Have in-depth knowledge of the Army Values, standards, and regulations.​

  • Be committed to fostering a positive and disciplined environment within the Cadet company.

Still have questions? Contact us!

Benavidez Leader Development Program (BLDP)

The Benavidez Leader Development Program (BLDP) is an executive education leader development program designed to educate USMA’s Cadet Company Tactical Non-Commissioned Officers so that they are prepared to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets, and to prepare the TAC NCOs to excel as senior NCOs at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of our Army.
The Purpose of BLDP: 

To provide each USMA Cadet Company Tactical Non-Commissioned Officer (TAC NCO) world-class executive-education experience in organizational leadership to:

  • Prepare them to better develop, educate, lead, and train their cadet companies
  • Prepare them to better develop, lead, and train their future Army companies, battalions, brigades, and above
  • Align them conceptually with the education of their partner Tactical Officers
  • Provide them with a world-class educational experience commensurate with the US Army NCO Corps’ remarkable dedication and service
  • Bridge the civil-military divide by immersion in the environment at Teacher’s College, Columbia University  

For more information please contact:
MSG Donald Seidle, 845-938-2113

Testimonials from BLDP Alumni

SFC Blake Allen

I was born and raised in Arvada, Colorado, and have served in the military for 14 years as an 11B Infantryman in Hohensfels Germany, Fort Carson, Fort Jackson, Schofield Barracks, and now West Point, NY with one deployment to Afghanistan and another to the UAE and Egypt.  

I have had the opportunity to lead in a Support Leader Role as a Distributions Platoon Sergeant and every Infantry position and now serve as a Company Tactical NoncoAbout mmissioned Officer for the best Company in the Corps of Cadets, F4. 

My military education consists of all NCOES for current grade, United States Army Sniper School, Drill Sergeant School, Master Resilience Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Pathfinder School, Combat Life Savers Course, EO Leaders Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Combatives LV 1, and Unit Armorer Course. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

My awards and decoration include 2 MSMs, 9 ARCOMs, 7 AAMs, 4 AGCM, NDSM, ACM-CS , GWTSM , GWTEM, 4 NOPDR , and OSR among others.

BLDP allowed me to enhance my leadership and communication skills at the prestigious Columbia University in New York City, NY. 

I have spent my entire career forging my leadership style into a model that soldiers and peers want to follow and emulate. In keeping with my motto of “being someone today that can defeat who I was yesterday”, BLDP enhanced my ability to articulate myself to nominative level leaders, while addressing real Army problems and proposing solutions. 

Through detailed courses taught by world-renowned professors, I was able to enhance unparalleled leadership skills required to better train, advise, coach, lead, and mentor our nation’s greatest weapon, the U.S. soldier.

SFC Yukiko Murdock

I am a native of Pensacola, FL, and enlisted in the United States Army in 2005, where I attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC, graduating with the highest APFT in the Company with a 316. 

I attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, GA becoming a Signal Support System Specialist (25U) graduating with the highest APFT in my class. 

I have served in Fort Benning, Okinawa (Japan), Fort Campbell, Fort Gordon, and West Point, and have served multiple combat tours in Iraq. 

My military education includes the Senior Leader Course, Signal Digital Master Gunners Course, COMSEC Inspector Certification, SHARP Course, Pregnancy Post Partum Instructor, Common Faculty Development and Instructor Course, Local Communications Security Management System, Standard COMSEC Security Custodian Course, Management Client Course, Army Unit Prevention Leader Course. 

I currently have my General Studies Associates degree and pursuing my Bachelor’s in Science for Human Resource Management at Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, AL. 

The cadets at the United States Military Academy (USMA) motivate me every day. I always strive to be the best version of myself to show the cadets that we are not perfect and should strive to improve ourselves. BLDP introduced me to leadership techniques and styles with the understanding that there are different levels of emotional intelligence. 

I consistently mentor, lead, and teach my cadets by using my 18 years of military experience to provide feedback and other perspectives in their journey to discover their own leadership styles. I support the cadets by ensuring they understand policy and regulations, providing confidence for peer-to-peer leadership.

I always emphasize that empathy and leadership go hand in hand, and that as leaders, we must always be cool, calm, and collected in our ability to make decisions.

Lastly, the concepts learned from BLDP increased my capacity to enhance my cadets’ and future soldiers’ ability to learn from their experiences.