Intermediate Officer Development 3 - IOD3

Joint Services Command and Staff College
Leadership, Command
10 hours pre-residential distance learning and a 1 week residential phase

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About this course

This course is the third 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 and 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. 

All course applications close 2 months before the the course start date.

Planned Dates
IOD 3-19      
02 Aug   - 06 Aug 21
IOD 3-20 03 May - 07 May 21
IOD 3-21
07 Jun - 11 Jun 21
IOD 3-22 13 Sep - 17 Sep 21
IOD 3-23 18 Oct  - 22 Oct 21
IOD 3-24  22 Nov - 26 Nov 21
IOD 3-25 17 Jan - 21 Jan 22
IOD 3-26 28 Feb - 04 Mar 22
IOD 3-27 16 May - 20 May 22
IOD 3-28 20 Jun - 24 Jun 22

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • an understanding of Air Power at the tactical and operational level
  • collaborative working, analysis and complex problem-solving
  • effective, verbal and written, communication skills, appropriate to your grade
  • leadership, management skills and how to manage future leadership challenges
  • functional business skills (management of risk, P3M, Defence Acquisition), appropriate to your grade

How will this course help my career?

IOD 3 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 3 is a 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 3 can cover up to UK SECRET, hence all personnel attending IOD 3 must be UK personnel.

Before you attend

Completion of IODs 1 and 2, with a minimum of 18 months commissioned service from completion of IOD 2.

At least SO3 grade.

10 hours of pre-residential distance learning.

Can I attend this course?

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

IOD3 comprises both [pre-residential] distance learning and a residential consolidation phase (1 week) and is intended for RAF junior officers who have completed 18-24 months commissioned service since completion of IOD2.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom, E-Learning

How will you be assessed?

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

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