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The Army Management Staff College (AMSC) has been in the forefront of Army Civilian Leader Development for over 30 years. Our history began in 1985, after the Army concluded that Civilians in (or entering into) leadership positions were ill-prepared for the challenges they faced, while their Military counterparts received leadership training in Military staff and senior service colleges. The Army needed a comprehensive program to educate Military and Civilian leaders in Army-specific subjects geared to the sustaining base. These factors led to the creation of two related efforts: AMSC at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and the Civilian Leader Development Division (CLDD) within the Center for Army Leadership (CAL) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. AMSC offered an integrated resident program to Civilians, while CLDD offered the “Organizational Leadership for Executives Course,” the “Intern Leader Development Course” and “Leadership Education and Development.”

Names and missions changed over the years. In 1989, CLDD changed to the “Civilian Leadership Training Division (CLTD)” to accurately reflect its mission. AMSC’s program became “Sustaining Base Leadership and Management” (SBLM) when the “Garrison Pre-Command Course” (GPCC) and “General Officer Installation Commander’s Course” (GOICC) were added in 1994 and 1995 respectively. In 1997, our Command Programs office piloted the “Garrison Command Sergeants Major Course” (GSGMC). After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Army required a number of changes for antiterrorism and force protection measures worldwide. As a result, the “Installation Force Protection Exercise” (IFPEX) Program was launched in October 2006.

In 2005, CLTD merged with AMSC to develop the Civilian Education System (CES) Leader Development Program for the Army Civilian Corps. The merger generated a wealth of expertise that added value to the intensity of the Army Civilian Corps’ educational experience. CES was launched in January 2007 and, since then, has provided enhanced leader development and educational opportunities for Army Civilians throughout their careers.

By the fall of 2007 AMSC piloted the first Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) course. Command Programs kicked off 2008 by launching two new courses: the “Directorate for Plans, Training, and Mobilization (DPTM) Course” and the “Antiterrorism Force Protection” (ATFP) Level 4 course. And in November that same year, as part of an Enterprise initiative, AMSC was integrated as a Direct Reporting Unit of the newly-established Army Civilian University. In 2011, after the Army Civilian University dissolved, AMSC began planning for a transition to a single consolidated campus; in 2012, The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) consolidated and reorganized AMSC at Fort Leavenworth as a CAC major subordinate organization.

In May of 2013, AMSC realigned as a subordinate organization under the CAC Deputy Commanding General for Leader Development and Education (LD&E). In 2016, AMSC was aligned under the Army University (AU) at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

Faculty and staff are excited to be part of developing leaders for the Army, Department of Defense (DoD) and other Federal Government agencies. Through CES, AMSC is consistently Transforming Leaders Through Education.


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