The Sapper Leader Course prepares and evaluates Engineer Leaders serving as a member of a Combined Arms team through training in small unit tactics and Combat Engineer Battle Drills in a physically demanding, stressful, and austere environment.


The Sapper Leader Course is a demanding 28 day leadership development course for combat engineers that reinforces critical skills and teaches advanced techniques needed across the Army. This course is also designed to build esprit de corps by training Soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions (conventional and expedient), and mountaineering operations. The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of the battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course.


News and Updates


10 October 2017: SSG Ryan McCarthy, formally the Patrolling Comittee Chief, earns the title of the 2017 US Army NCO of the Year.

06 October 2017: Reminder 01 OCT 17 is the wear out for the IPFU(Army Grey/Black PT uniform). Ensure you bring and wear the APFU for Course attendance.

05 October 2017: E4 promotables no longer require rank waiver to attend the course.

05 September 2017: Starting 1 October 2017 All students are required to bring a copy of thier ERB/ORB dated within 30 days of start date of Sapper Leader Course to the 0500 Roll call formation.

31 August 2017: New USAES initiative! All eligible ALC/SLC Students will be able to enroll in the USAES Sapper Train up program. Those that complete the program in good standing will have the opportunity to start the next available Sapper Class upon completion of their NCOES. If interested ensure that you have the Complete Sapper Packing list augmenting your NCOES packing list when you arrive to Fort Leonard Wood.

23 August 2017: Updates! Waiver and ETP examples have been updated. Waivers and ETPs are not guaranteed to be approved and require more than just unit level O-5 signature. These waivers and ETPs must be routed through the Sapper Leader Course and approved by the Engineer Commandant or his delegate prior to SM attending the course. If these waivers are not approved prior to the report date the SM will not be admitted to the course on Day 0. If the ETPs are not approved students will be enrolled into the automatic recycle program. Sapper Leader Course requests that waivers and ETP are sent NLT 7 days prior to the report date in order to allow sufficient time to process.

27 March 2017: Sapper Leader Course Prerequisites have changed. Review the USAES Commandant's Policy Letter. Walk-ons are accepted for all classes.


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Sapper Training Company Command Team


Company Commander


First Sergeant

           CPT LEW      MSG Zwolinski
    Company Commander
  CPT Donald K. Lew Jr.
    Company 1SG
  MSG Matthew B. Zwolinski

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