Congratulations on your selection to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) for AY 2016. This course has a superb reputation and I know that you will find it both rewarding and challenging. Once the gateway to the frontier for westward travelers, Fort Leavenworth sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, on the border between Kansas and Missouri. Its campus setting, wide-open spaces, and small hometown atmosphere enhance the historic character of the post.
Fort Leavenworth is considered the "Intellectual Center of the Army," and among the Army's most important installations outside of the Pentagon. It is home to the Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), which is a major subordinate headquarters of the Army Training and Doctrine Command. The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) is part of CAC’s Leader Development and Education organization.
The US Army Command and General Staff College educates, trains and develops leaders for Unified Land Operations in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational operational environment; and advances the art and science of the profession of arms in support of Army operational requirements.
The Marine Corps has been assigning students to CGSOC since 1911. As a naval service officer, you will often find yourself as the staff group "duty expert" in all things related to the Navy/Marine Corps team. Use every opportunity that you have in your current assignment to enhance your existing knowledge of the Navy/Marine Corps team.
Your major areas of concentration will be tactics and logistics, war fighting; operational art and strategy; history; leadership; and joint and multinational operations. You will receive approximately 400 hours of joint plans and operations instruction that will enable you to achieve joint professional military education (JPME) Phase I certification. For those interested in pursuing a master's degree, several options are available. The Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) program is based on the course's curriculum. There are also several civilian colleges that offer advanced degrees in a variety of fields with schedules designed to accommodate CGOSC. Although not a requirement for graduation, consider getting a masters degree while you are here.
Contact my point of contact at 913-684-4552, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, congratulations on your selection to attend the CGSOC 2016 course. The knowledge of the joint arena and the close personal relationships you will establish with your fellow classmates while here are sure to become some of the lasting highlights of your career!
J. E. JOHNSON
Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Detachment, 100 Stimson Ave., Rm 3519, Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027
Phone: Commercial: 913-684-4673, DSN: 552-4673
E-mail: The Marine Corps Element