Intermediate Officer Development 1 - IOD1

Joint Services Command and Staff College
30 hours e-learning & 1 week residential

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About this course

The first residential element of the RAF’s 5-stage Intermediate Officer Development Programme (IODP).

IODs 1 to 3 are intended for junior officers, or those specialist and RAF reserve officers who have served less than 6 years. 

On successful completion of IOD 1-3 and being selected for promotion, you will be nominated to attend IODs 4 and 5 as squadron leaders.

Selected warrant officers and civil servants, subject to budget manager approval, can also attend IOD 4-5.

From an academic perspective, IODs 1 to 3 are at the undergraduate level, in the areas of Defence Studies (supported by Kings College London (KCL)) and broader Defence Leadership. 

IODs 4 and 5 are at the postgraduate level and graduates of the programme have the option of working towards a Masters in Defence (Air Power) Studies through KCL.

Planned Dates
16 Nov 20   -  20 Nov 20
11 Jan 21  -  15 Jan 21
22 Feb 21  -  26 Feb 21
15 Mar 21  -  19 Mar 21
12 Apr 21  -  16 Apr 21
24 May 21  -  28 May 21
28 Jun 21  -  02 Jul 21
26 Jul 21  -  30 Jul 21

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • the ability to articulate and influence the effective application of air power at the tactical level
  • the ability to apply a full range of command, leadership and staff competencies

How will this course help my career?

IOD 1 is a mandatory course for all RAF junior officers to attend. Successful completion of the IOD1-3 programme, are pre-requisites for eligibility for promotion.  IOD 1 is the first key developmental course to better enable RAF junior officers to support the needs of the RAF.

Security and restrictions

Discussion on IOD can cover up to UK Secret, hence all personnel attending IOD 1 must be UK personnel.

Before you attend

Approx 30 hours of distance learning.

Can I attend this course?

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

RAF junior officers within 2 years of graduation from IOT.

How will I learn?

Classroom, Blended Learning

How will you be assessed?

Formative assessment delivered through peer-to-peer and instructor-delivered verbal and written feedback.

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