Advanced Command and Staff Course (Reserves) - ACSC-R

Joint Services Command and Staff College
10 weeks - part residential

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About this course

The ACSC(R) is an annual residential (2+14 day) and distance learning (6-week) course run at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) Shrivenham for reserve military personnel at the senior staff level.  The ACSC(R) residential phases will occur on 12-13 May 18 and 14-28 Jul 18 (inclusive).  ACSC(R) is established for 77 students of which 7 will be international students.  The course is set at the joint operational level of war, with educational delivery aimed at the post graduate, masters level.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the strategic purpose of operations and understanding the Operational Art in order to better prepare students to handle the ambiguity and complexity which typifies the contemporary operational environment. 

Having successfully completed the course, a reserve Officer will be better equipped with the analytical and communications skills, professional knowledge and understanding needed to fill reserve OF4 staff and command appointments.

Applications timelines for the various categories are as follows:
  • UK military are nominated for attendance in Jan-Mar 18
  • foreign military and civil servant expressions of interest need to be declared by 31 May 2018 through their respective UK defence attaché

What you will learn

The aim of the course is to cultivate officers and individuals for high grade assignments, including command by developing their effective intellect, with associated analytical decision making and communication skills, complemented by broadening of their professional knowledge and perspective through:
  • a deeper appreciation of single service, joint, combined and multi-agency operations
  • a better understanding of the higher management of defence 
  • a grasp of strategy, security and defence in political, international and financial context
To act as a catalyst for attitudinal and behavioural change through learning.

How will this course help my career?

ACSC (R) is a unique opportunity for OF4 and senior OF3 reservist personnel to study strategy, higher management of defence and campaign planning in a joint service and multi-national environment, and be graded against a wide peer group. The course is supported by numerous guest speakers, up to 2* level.

Successful completion of the course is evidence of professional interest at the higher level of UK Defence command and staff. The course report is often used by boards to support consideration for employment in unit command and in demanding staff appointments.

Security and restrictions

Restrictions on attendees:
  • the course is designed and resourced to take military reservist personnel only, plus 7 overseas military reservist personnel
  • overseas military and civil servants require a good standard of fluency in written and spoken English (NATO SLP 3333) and be comfortable with learning in English at post-graduate level
Security caveats:
  • foreign military personnel are to be nominated through their respective defence attaché and security checked by ITD(A)
  • course is delivered at Official level only

Before you attend

General. It will be necessary for you to conduct research and undertake essential reading outside the scheduled daily programme. You also have to complete assignments between the induction weekend and the main residential phase as well as a significant piece of work during the middle weekend of the main residential phase (in sub-syndicate groups). Accordingly, you are advised to plan on being present at the College for the entire period once you start the main residential phase.
Self-Study Phase.   In view of the level and intensity of the course it is essential that students are fully prepared. To assist learning, students will be provided with an electronic reading list and staff-work tasks on the induction weekend. International students unable to get to the induction weekend will have a reading pack sent to them electronically.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Internationals
  • Military

How will I learn?

Classroom, E-Learning, Blended Learning

How will you be assessed?

The course is summatively assessed using quantitative marking of course work and qualitative marking of student’s general character and intellect.  Qualitative marking includes:
  • written critical text analysis
  • written point brief and loose minute
  • verbal briefing test exercise
  • verbal historical campaign briefing exercise
All UK personnel receive a NSAR course report.

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