Department of Distance Education (DDE)

Welcome to the Command and General Staff School (CGSS), Department of Distance Education (DDE) public website. DDE manages the non-resident Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) and supports the professional military education experience of officers in the Active, Reserve, and National Guard components.

The distance learning programs offered through DDE include both the non-resident Common Core and Advanced Operations Courses as part of the Intermediate Level Education (ILE). This public website is designed to provide prospective students and the public with general information on the non-resident CGSOC programs, a link to a Common Access Card (CAC) enabled website for additional information, and responses to frequently asked questions.


Develop agile and adaptive leaders prepared to execute Unified Actions utilizing Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations through a variety of distance learning methods.


DDE is organized into three divisions: Student Operations, Common Core, and Advanced Operations. The Student Operations Division processes enrollments, verifies eligibility, grants access to course materials, manages student statuses, verifies course completion, and processes diplomas, transcripts, and official records. The Common Core Division manages curriculum development, student tracking, faculty advisement, and assessment grading for the Common Core course. The Advanced Operations Division manages curriculum development and faculty facilitation of staff groups for the AOC Course.