Vision Statement

To be the world’s premier institution who sharpens noncommissioned officers to be passionate and masters of tasks through the People First approach – producing lethal and agile drill sergeants capable of developing tomorrow’s elite warrior.

Leadership and Philosophy

Commandant

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Joshua R. Bitle

Commandant, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy

 

Educational Degrees/Certifications

Humboldt State University, Bachelor of Arts - History

 

Military Schools Attended

United States Army Sergeant's Major Academy Class 66, Drill Sergeant Course, Senior Leader’s Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Basic Leader’s Course.

 

 

PROMOTIONS

DATE OF PROMOTION

PROMOTIONS

DATE OF PROMOTION

SGT

December 1998

MSG

September 2011

SSG

September 2001

SGM

June 2017

SFC

March 2006

 

 

 

Assignments

FROM

TO

ASSIGNMENT

Apr. 24

Present

33rd Command Sergeant Major, United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Jackson, SC

June 22

Mar 24

Command Sergeant Major, Operations Group, Fort Irwin, CA

Aug. 20

May 22

Command Sergeant Major, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX

Aug. 19

Aug. 20

S3 NCO, 193rd Infantry Brigade operations, Fort Jackson, SC

July 16

Aug. 19

Command Sergeant Major, 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, TX

Jan. 14

Aug. 15

First Sergeant, D Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bliss, TX

June 13

Jan. 14

Operations Sergeant, HHC, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bliss, TX

Aug. 11

May 12

First Sergeant, A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Cavazos, TX

May 07

Aug. 11

Platoon Sergeant, Company D, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Cavazos, TX 

Apr. 05

Apr. 07

Senior Drill Sergeant, 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment, Fort Knox, KY

Dec. 03

Mar. 05

Drill Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Training Brigade, Fort Knox, KY

July 00

Dec. 03

Tank Commander, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Germany

Dec. 98

June 00

Tank Gunner, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, CO

Jan. 97

Nov. 98

Armor Crewman, 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea

 

Awards and Decorations:

Command Sgt. Maj. Bitle's awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (Two bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (silver oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one service star), Iraq Campaign Medal (five service stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Volunteer Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Driver Badge-Track. He has been inducted into the Army and Cavalry Order of Saint George (Silver Medallion).

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Deputy Commandant

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Melissa C. Solomon

Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy

 

Educational Degrees/Certifications

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. - BA - Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Workforce Development

 

Military Schools Attended

United States Army Sergeant's Major Academy Class 71, Common Faculty Development Instructor Course, Company Commander and First Sergeant Course, Training Planning and Development Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, Master Resilience Training Facilitator Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Critical Incident Peer Support Training, Combatives Level Two, Drill Sergeant School, Licensed Practical Nurse, and Combat Medic Advanced Skills Training Course.

 

 

PROMOTIONS

DATE OF PROMOTION

PROMOTIONS

DATE OF PROMOTION

SGT

Sept. 2004

MSG

Dec. 2016

SSG

Feb. 2009

SGM

Aug. 2021

SFC

Jan. 2012

 

 

 

Assignments

FROM

TO

ASSIGNMENT

April 22

Present

Deputy Commandant, United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy, Fort Jackson, SC

July 21

April 22

Operations Sergeant Major, 5th Medical Brigade, Birmingham, AL

Aug. 20

July 21

Student, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 71, Fort Bliss, TX

Oct. 18

Aug. 20

First Sergeant, United States Army Reserve Noncommissioned Officer Academy Parks, Dublin, CA

Mar. 17

Oct. 18

Plans NCO, 5th Medical Brigade, Birmingham, AL

May 14

Mar. 17

United States Army Total Force Integrator, United States Army Physical Fitness School, Fort Jackson, SC

Sept. 12

May 14

Senior Drill Sergeant, B Company, 1st Battalion, 321st Infantry Regiment, Cary, NC

Sept. 11

Sept. 12

Master Fitness Trainer Instructor, United States Army Physical Fitness School, Fort Jackson, SC

Sept. 10

Sept. 11

United States Army Drill Sergeant of the Year, Center for Initial Military Training, Fort Eustis, VA

Sept. 08

Sept. 10

Drill Sergeant Leader, United States Army Reserve Drill Sergeant School, Fort Jackson, SC

Sept. 07

Sept. 08

Drill Sergeant, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 485th Infantry Regiment, Jacksonville, FL

Feb. 04

Sept. 07

Licensed Practical Nurse, 345th Combat Support Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

 

Awards and Decorations:

Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (2 knots), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Superior Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge, and Basic Rifle Marksmanship Badge (sharpshooter).

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Philosophy

Leadership is an art, not a science. Therefore, the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy (USADSA) must professionally train and develop Drill Sergeants of character capable of transforming volunteer civilians to Soldiers and Leaders. USADSA will establish standards, drive improvement, and lead change to ensure Drill Sergeants produce Soldiers that are highly trained, disciplined, physically fit, mentally and spiritually tough, and morally grounded.

TEAM

Treating others with Dignity and Respect: We expect USADSA to demonstrate a people-first attitude, where every leader treats each other with the utmost respect. We must lead from the front and always set the example. Treating each other with dignity and respect is the foundation of our Army. The most precious asset we have is each other, and above all, our Soldiers in the organization must honestly know we care for them and their families.

 

Engaged Leadership: Every Leader at the USADSA Must "Get into the weeds" with their Soldiers, to understand what's going on in their lives. It's more than asking "how are you" or "did you have a good weekend?" It means asking who they are, what they want to be, and how you can help meet those goals? Having a conversation with each other, hearing what they have to say, and then understanding their perspectives will ultimately gain the buy-in and support from the TEAM. Every Soldier and civilian assigned to USADSA wants to feel a part of the team and needs recognition. Leaders must know their Soldiers and what motivates them to Fight and Win!!!

 

Always learning and Developing: Professionally, continuous learning is about expanding your skills to remain relevant with the changes across the Army. Continuous learning also helps avoid complacency at the USADSA and ensures we progress toward reaching our full potential. USADSA  must be adaptable to change and fight to standardize all operations throughout the organization.

 

Mindfully Communicate: "Closed mouths don't get fed" We expect all team members to communicate their needs successfully. Please don't suffer in silence and try to solve problems alone. We're all human and have limits to our mental and physical capabilities. Every team member is valued and appreciated, so your input and advice matter.

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