Command and General Staff School
Welcome to the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) Interagency Student web page. The CGSC Interagency Exchange Program offers a unique professional development opportunity for US Federal Agency mid-level officials. It offers a collaborative, experiential, and educational partnership in which interagency students, US military students, and international military officer students gain expertise and knowledge in solving today's complex problems. They also gain unique insights into each others' culture, language, organization and processes.
Educates and trains field grade officers and mid-level civilian officials to be adaptive leaders, capable of critical thinking, and prepared to dominate in Unified Land Operations and collaborate in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments in the US and abroad. The Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) is taught in the CGSC Command and General Staff School (CGSS).
What an Interagency student can expect:
CGSOC is geared towards mid-level officials with experience and knowledge of their agencies. The majority of the course is conducted in small groups of 16 with a mix of students with several US Army Occupational skills, US Military Sister Services, and at least one international military officer. This Master's Level Course uses the experiential learning model which allows the small groups to work together to exchange ideas and methodologies to identify problems in the current environment and come up with feasible solutions to those problems. The curriculum does not generally provide solutions. It helps the students understand how to think through problems and issues, i.e., "how to think not what to think." The students apply their understanding in a series of exercises and vignettes conducted throughout the course.
Students can also earn a Master's degree, free-of-charge, through CGSC or at minimal cost through one of several other Masters programs offered by local universities affiliated with CGSC. All Master's Degree programs have significant additional workload and require additional time and effort. The Master's degree is optional for CGSOC students, but highly encouraged. Some partner agencies require their students to earn a Master's degree while attending CGSOC.
The IA student will graduate with a refined knowledge of the current and future operating environment, the ability to identify and analyze operational level issues, develop superb problem solving skills, gain a firm understanding of organizational leadership, and develop a network of military and civilian contacts with a shared understanding of each other's processes.
What CGSOC expects from an Interagency student:
Since the primary learning model is the experiential learning model, the IA student is expected to contribute to the small group's learning by bringing his/her unique experiences and knowledge into the classroom. The curriculum requires a great deal of reading and reflecting on a wide range of diplomatic, informational, military and economic topics across the spectrum of conflict and peace-time support operations. The students read the material, reflect on it, and then discuss their thoughts, concerns and issues in the small group setting to come up with a broader, collective understanding of the issues.
Since all courses offered by CGSOC are taught at the graduate level, all students must have at least a bachelor's degree. Interagency civilian students enrolling in CGSOC should normally be at the GS-13/14 or FSO-3/2 level and must have at least a SECRET clearance to be able to fully participate in the curriculum. Prerequisites include:
CGSOC Resident Fort Leavenworth: Two Courses per year are offered, one starting in the summer and another starting in the winter. Most Interagency Students attend in the summer start class where most of the openings exist.
Summer start: Report during the week after July 4th holiday, and complete Orientation and Preparatory Course for Interagency Students. Classes start in early August – Graduation is 2nd week in June of the following year. There is a 2-week mid-winter break late December through early January and a week-long spring break in mid- March.
Winter start: Report mid-January and complete Orientation and Preparatory Course for Interagency Students. Classes start in early February – Graduation is mid-December of the same year. There is a 2-week summer break in late June and a week-long fall break in mid-September.
A graphical depiction of a typical CGSOC course is shown below.
Specific class dates for the next two CGSOC Course schedules are pending.
Students arrive about 5 weeks prior to start of classes. The lead time allows time for the students to get settled into the area, for in-processing, and for attending required preparatory courses. NOTE: Students attending CGSOC must be identified by sending agency by March 31 for the summer start classes, and by September 30 for the winter start classes.
Prior to Arrival for CGSOC: CGSOC, Interagency Student Division, will coordinate with the students to assist them in completing preparations for the course before start of classes. These preparations will include:
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CGSS: Interagency Student Division – (913) 684-2443
Last Reviewed: August 27, 2013