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The Army Management Staff College, has been in the forefront of Army Civilian Leader Development for over 20 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) in the Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

AMSC offered an integrated resident program to Civilians called AMSC. CLDD offered the Organizational Leadership for Executives course and then the Intern Leader Development Course and Leadership Education and Development.

Names and missions changed over the years. In 1989, CLDD was changed to Civilian Leadership Training Division (CLTD) to accurately reflect its mission. AMSC as a course was changed to Sustaining Base Leadership and Management when the Garrison Pre-command and General Officer Installation Command courses were added in 1994 and 1995. In 1997, our Command Programs office piloted the Garrison Command Sergeants Major Course. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Army required a number of changes for antiterrorism and force protection measures worldwide. As a result, the Installation Force Protection Exercise 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. AMSC and CLTD both brought together extensive experience from teaching thousands of Army leaders. The merger has resulted in a wealth of expertise that will only serve to intensify the educational experience for the Army Civilian Corps and magnify the success of CES for the Army. CES was launched in January 2007 and provides 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. Command Programs kicked off 2008 by launching two new courses—the Directorate for Plans, Training, and Mobilization Course and the Antiterrorism Force Protection Level 4. AMSC became a part of the Army Civilian University in November 2008.

With the dissolving of the Army Civilian University, AMSC, experienced another change again in 2011. In 2011 AMSC would begin the transition to a consolidated campus. Finally in 2012, AMSC fully relocated to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In May of 2013, AMSC was formally moved from the Combined Arms Center (CAC) to Leader Development and Education (LD&E) as our higher headquarters. Under this direction, the Army has combined the professional military education given in the Command and General Staff College with our civilian education. AMSC faculty and staff are excited to be part of developing leaders for the Army, DoD, and other Federal Government agencies. Through CES, Command Programs, and our Research and Development program, AMSC is consistently Transforming Leaders Through Education.


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