The DA Form 1059, Service School Academic Evaluation Report

A new version of the DA Form 1059 released Sept. 1, is in the form of a fillable PDF that can be uploaded immediately to the Soldier's record. The 1059 Service School Academic Evaluation Report known as the AER incorporates the leadership competencies and attributes found in both the FM 6-22 and ADP 6-22. It also incorporates the Leader Requirements Model, unlike the legacy DA Form 1059.

Side by side comparison of the Legacy 1059 and the AER 1059

The the leadership competencies and attributes:

The six attributes and competencies are assessed independently of each other.

Changes in the DA Form 1059, Service School Academic Evaluation Report will affect how the Army evaluates the whole Soldier.

Instructors across Army schoolhouses trained this summer on the new electronic system called the Army Evaluation System, which will be used to upload the new academic reports and make them more easily accessible.

There are a few elements I look for in our students when it comes to character and accountability. A leader that possesses good moral judgment when forced with adversity situations requiring a leader to think critically, such as standing up for what is right. Leaders that encompass the Army Values daily and are not afraid to correct and enforce Army standards. I also look for a leader that embodies the foundation and principals of the NCO Corps, as it relates to the Creed of the Non-Commissioned Officer. In simpler terms, I am looking for a leader who is looked upon by his peers as reliable, trustworthy, and a steward of the profession," Sgt. 1st Class Jeffery Delay, CHIEF OF TRAINING, Fort Bliss NCO Academy Basic Leader Course said.

The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence created the rubric for the Basic Leader Course, Master Leader Course and Sergeants Major Course. Component Schools teaching the Advanced and Senior Leader Courses were left to develop their own rubrics.

Presence/ Comprehensive Fitness
When it comes to exceeding or far exceeding in presence/ comprehensive fitness I look for what the Army looks for, which is a leader who embodies physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional fitness. Not only fit in these areas but also has the capacity to exercise intelligence when applying them to self and others. Resiliency drives readiness and it is imperative that Soldiers/ leaders are able to adapt and overcome. How a Soldier handles the pressures of juggling, the various readings, balanced against personal, and family time says a lot. The Army is not shy about what they expect from a SGM/CSM and while it is a lot, only a select few will be considered too far exceed in this area," Sgt. Maj. Dwalyn E. Dasher, instructor with the USASMA, Department of Command Leadership said.

Students are now rank ordered for the top 40 percent broken down to the Top 20 percent — Commandant’s List — and the Top 21 to 40 percent — Superior Academic Achievement, The Commandant’s List is now aligned to the NCO Evaluation Report, the documentation of the GPA, and capturing information on the Army Physical Fitness Test and, height and weight was added.

Intellect/Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
A student’s critical thinking skills are tested when given implied task this is where I assess their level of competence and ability to effectively accomplish a task with minimal oversight. Students who can not only identify problems but create solutions and implement them effectively display a high level of intellect, this charter trait places them ahead of their peers," Staff Sgt. Jonathan Gadson, Small group leader, FORT BLISS NCO ACADEMY BASIC LEADER COURSE SAID.

Assessments were added, and combined with the evaluations under the demonstrated abilities, determined whether a Soldier was rated as Exceeded Course Standards (limited to the top 20 percent of students), Achieved Course Standards, Marginally Achieved Course Standards, or Failed to Meet Course Standards.

Leads/Communication & Engagement
An exceptional student takes the initiative and is the first to assume responsibility during events such as in-ranks inspections or barracks inspections. This student shows valuable skills such as ensuring subordinate student leaders know their roles within the platoon, keeping them updated, and ensures the flow of information from the facilitators all the way down the chain," cadre of the SSG John W. Kreckel NCO Academy at fort campbell, ky said.

The attribute to Lead others involves influencing Soldiers and Army Civilians in the leader’s organization. It extends influence beyond the chain of command and it involves influencing others when the leader does not have designated authority or while the leader’s authority is not recognized by others, such as with unified action partners.


The USASMA Sergeants Major Course-Distance Learning, uses the SMC Form 1009A rubric to assess the student's leadership attributes and competencies demonstrated throughout the course activities.

A key component in evaluating distance learning students are their peer-student and instructor interactions. Specifically, instructors look at how students respond to their fellow students and they develop others in the virtual classroom. For example, do they use their own time to go into the Cyber Café to help other students who are struggling? Do they reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses when interacting with their instructor, other students, or in their initial posts and responses on the discussion boards," SGT. MAJ. GEORGE ELSAESSER, CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF DISTANCE EDUCATION WITH USASMA SAID.
Achieves/Life-Long Learner

Sgt. Maj. Trinket Gack, a USASMA Fellows graduate of cohort 4 and life-long learner defines the competency and attribute of Achieves/Life Long Learner.

This requires the right level of delegation, empowerment, and trust balanced against the mission, integrating the team to achieve results. Getting results is the goal of leadership while leading people and creating positive conditions." Sgt. Maj. Trinket Gack, USASMA INSTRUCTOR, DEPARTMENT OF of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational SAID.
While no one attribute or competency outweigh the others, it is important for NCOs to understand that their performance in any of the Army's Professional Military Education programs will influence future duty assignments and retention considerations.

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Thank you to the Fort Bliss, Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, Fort Hood and Fort Campbell NCO Academies for providing information and images.