Intermediate Officer Development 2 - IOD2

Joint Services Command and Staff College
30 hours e-learning & 2 week residential

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About this course

This is the second 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, RAF officers 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
 IOD 2-23 12 Apr -  23 Apr 21
 IOD 2-24 17 May - 28 May 21
 IOD 2-25 14 Jun - 25 Jun 21
 IOD 2-26 12 Jul  - 23 Jun 21
 IOD 2-27 27 Sep - 08 Oct 21
 IOD 2-28 01 Nov - 12 Nov 21
 IOD 2-29 06 Dec  - 17 Dec 21
 IOD 2-30 31 Jan - 11 Feb 22
 IOD 2-31 21 Feb - 04 Mar 22
 IOD 2-32 14 Mar  - 25 Mar 22
 IOD 2-33 25 Apr  - 06 May 22
 IOD 2-34 06 Jun - 17 Jun 22
 IOD 2-35 04 Jul - 15 Jul 22
 IOD 2-36 25 Jul - 05 Aug 22

What you will learn

The IODPs aim is to produce junior officers who can analyse articulate and influence the effective application of air power at the tactical level; and apply a full range of command, leadership and staff competencies.

How will this course help my career?

IOD 2 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 2 is the second key developmental course to better enable RAF junior officers to support the needs of the RAF.

Security and restrictions

All personnel wishing to attend this course must be able to gain access to the RAF Divisions Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosted on the Defence Gateway. 

Material discussed on IOD 2 can cover up to UK Secret, hence all personnel attending IOD 2 must be UK personnel.


Before you attend

IOT and Intermediate Officer Development 1.

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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