Advanced Operations Course (AOC)

The AOC credentials Basic Branch Field Grade Officers to serve on general staffs and lead battalion and brigade-sized units in the execution of unified land operations guided by mission command philosophy in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environments. It focuses on Large Scale Combat Operations (LSCO) at the Division-level, with Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations, as its centerpiece. As learners, officers will serve as a Division G5 Planning Cell to plan the deployment, integration, defense, offense, and consolidation of gains in a Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) Europe scenario.

As a result of this course, officers: Are capable of preparing and leading organizations using Mission Command to prevail in large scale combat operations against peer threats in complex and contested environments. Can synchronize the elements of combat power to achieve unity of effort in sustained large-scale combat operations. Can apply critical and creative thinking, ethical reasoning, and problem solving processes to analyze complex operational problems and recommend solutions. Can communicate information clearly, correctly, and convincingly to reach a shared understanding. Can apply historical context to inform military judgment and decision making.

The course consists of five operations modules with related history and leadership lessons integrated throughout:
  • M100: Brigade Training and Division Deployment Operations
  • M200: Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (JRSOI)
  • M300: Transition to the Offense
  • M400: Division Offensive Operations
  • M500: Transition from the Offense
AOC DL Course Overview Jan 2020