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426th Regiment (LDR)

The Wisconsin Military Academy, located at Fort McCoy in west-central Wisconsin, is home to the 426th Regiment (LDR). the Academy first opened its doors to Officer Candidates in 1958. Since then, it has commissioned more than 1400 officers into the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Today the role of the Academy has expanded. It houses a key component of the Army's Total Army School System (TASS). The 426th Regiment (LDR) is the hub for TASS Region E, where soldiers from six states are taught the essentials of leadership, tactics, and technical proficiency in a wide range of military subjects.

The facility offers up to 19 separate classrooms, can independently lodge 347 soldiers or public service personnel, has an integrated dining facility, and is highlighted by Dailey Hall. Dailey Hall is a multi-purpose room named in memory of CPT George Dailey, a WMA OCS Class 1 graduate killed in action in Vietnam. Dailey Hall can expand to accommodate up to 500 persons at one time and uses state-of-the-art computer presentation technology. The WMA facility is available to all military organizations by reservation, and for use by outside government agencies on a space available basis.

The 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment (FA) annually graduates more professional soldiers into the ranks of the Field Artillery than any other reserve component (RC) school in the nation. We offer qualifying courses in five different Field Artillery skills. Currently, all courses offered are Active Duty for Training (ADT). Each course has its own prerequisites.

Cannon Crewmember (13B)- The cannon crewmember supervises or serves as a member of a field artillery cannon section or ammunition section. The 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment (FA) instructs entry level and advanced courses for cannon crewmembers. The courses offered are: 13B10 (entry level). 13B30 (BNCOC) phase II, and 13B40 (ANCOC) phase II.

Tactical Automated Fire Control systems (TAFCS) Specialist (13C)- The TAFCS specialist leads, supervises, or serves as a member of an activity operating tactical fire direction TAFCS equipment in a field artillery cannon battalion or higher unit. The 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment (FA) instructs entry level and advanced courses for TAFCS specialists. The courses offered are: 13C10 (entry level), 13C30 (BNCOC) phase II, and 13C40 (ANCOC) phase II.

Cannon Fire Direction Specialist (13E)- The Cannon Fire Direction Specialist leads, supervises, or serves as a member of a fire direction element or operations section of a field artillery cannon unit. The 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment (FA) instructs entry level and advanced courses for FDC specialists. The courses offered are: 13E10 (entry level) phase I, 13E10(entry level) phase II, and 13E30 (BNCOC) phase II.

Fire Support Specialist (13F)- The fire support specialist leads, supervises, or serves in intelligence activities including target processing in FA cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and Corps headquarters and Fire Support Elements. The 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment (FA) instructs entry level and advanced courses for fire support specialists. The courses offered are: 13F10 (entry level) phase I, 13 F10 (entry level) phase II, 13F30 (BNCOC) phase II, 13F30 (BNCOC) phase III, 13F40 (ANCOC) phase II, and 13F40 (ANCOC) phase III.

Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crewmember (13M)- The MLRS crewmember supervises or serves as a member of an MLRS crew or section. The 1st Battalion, 426th Regiment (FA) instructs entry level courses for MLRS crewmembers. The courses offered are : 13M10 phase I, and 13M10 phase II.

The 2d Battalion, 426th Regiment (GS) offers a wide variety of leadership courses designed to develop Junior Officers, Non Commissioned Officers, and Officer Candidates into tomorrow's leaders. Currently all courses offered are Inactive Duty Training (IDT). Each course has its own prerequisites.

Non Prior Service Support (NPSPT)- This course is designed to provide new Wisconsin Army National Guard members a head start on Basic Training (BT). New recruits attend this one weekend course for instruction in Drill and Ceremony, wear of the uniform. physical fitness training, and other subjects they face at "Basic."

Split Option Training Course- This course is designed for soldiers who have decided to attend Basic Training (BT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in split option status. Typically, these soldiers will have attended BT the previous summer and are going to AIT the following summer. The one weekend course is offered in the spring to ensure that soldiers are properly prepared for their AIT phase.

Basic Non commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC)- This course is the first phase of the Reserve component BNCOC, focuses on soldier leadership skill, and is immaterial of the soldier's Military Occupational Skill (MOS). To attend BNCOC, soldiers must have successfully completed PLDC and be selected through the Enlisted Promotion System (EPS) policy for the Wisconsin Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. The seven-weekend course (the first drill is Saturday only) is offered twice yearly and spans 6 months in length.

Advanced Non Commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC)- This course is the first phase of the Reserve Component ANCOC, is designed to teach soldiers leadership skills needed to succeed as a Platoon Sergeant, and is MOS immaterial. To attend ANCOC, soldiers must have successfully completed BNCOC and be selected through the Enlisted Promotion System (EPS) policy for the Wisconsin Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. The seven-weekend course (the first drill is Saturday only) is offered twice yearly and spans 6 months in length.

Soldier Wellness Program- This course is designed to assist Wisconsin Guard members who are having difficulty meeting the Army's physical fitness and weight standards. The three-weekend program emphasizes adjustments to behavior, diet, and exercise habits. Guard membership is the only prerequisite for this course.

Total Army Instructor Training Course (TAITC)- This course is designed to teach both new and experienced instructors. As the title states, the focus of the three-weekend course is to train Army instructors in techniques which will lead to a more cohesive, mission-capable Army.

Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC)- This course is designed to teach military instructos how to facilitate a samll group to achieve a training objective. As such, the three-weekend course presents definitions, terminology, and instructional methods used in samll group instruction.

Tac Officer Training and Orientation Course (TTOC)- This course is designed specifically to prepare future Tac Officers for their duties as instructors and mentors in the Officer Candidate School (OCS) program. The three-day course is offered in the spring, just prior to the start of the yearly OCS program, and requires a rank of E-7 or above.

Company Level Pre-Command Course- This two-weekend course is intended to give future company commanders in the Wisconsin Army National Guard a strong foundation of command knowledge. Junior officers are instructed in a wide variety of subjects that they will need to know when they assume command.

Officer Candidate School (OCS)- The Officer Candidate School at Wisconsin Military Academy has commissioned over 1400 Second Lieutenants into the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve. The 15-month course is designed to turn soldiers who display leadership potential into competent officers for tomorrow's National Guard and Reserve.



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