Military Education:

Curriculum Changes at the Armed Forces Staff College

NSIAD-91-288: Published: Sep 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Phase II joint professional military education at the Armed Forces Staff College's Joint and Combined Staff Officer School, focusing on: (1) the differences between the College's 12-week curriculum and the previous 9-week curriculum; and (2) whether the College's curriculum incorporates the Panel on Military Education's guidance.

GAO found that: (1) overall, the College incorporated the Panel's guidance for improving its new 12-week intermediate curriculum; (2) the college decreased preparation hours in the 12-week program and increased the number of classroom hours compared to the 9-week program; (3) according to the Commandant, the reduction in preparation hours for the 12-week program allows greater opportunity for joint student interaction; (4) the College sharpened the focus and contents of readings, case studies, practical exercises, and its wargame; (5) faculty promotion rates have lagged behind specialists and other line officers; (6) despite the Panel's support for the College's involvement in student selection, the College has little or no input in this process; (7) the Commandant is satisfied with the student selection processes already in place and stated that educational issues should be the College's primary focus; (8) about 33 percent of the students attending the college were enrolled by direct entry, which allows intermediate and senior students to attend Phase II without first graduating from a Phase I in-resident program; and (9) in addition to reflecting higher levels of learning, College officials stated that the 12-week curriculum also offers a better balance of such issues as deployment, employment, and sustainment.

Jul 31, 2014

Jul 30, 2014

Jul 28, 2014

Jul 17, 2014

Jul 14, 2014

Looking for more? Browse all our products here