The Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) is a graduate-level education program of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). The vision for AMSP is to develop effective planners who help senior leaders understand the operational environment and then visualize and describe viable solutions to operational problems. Graduates of the AMSP:
The AMSP is for Majors and Junior Lieutenant Colonels who have completed their Intermediate Level Education requirement or equivalent, with the majority coming to AMSP from Command and General Staff School (CGSS). SAMS has one AMSP education program (up to 9 seminars) which begins in June and graduates in May. Following graduation, officers will generally serve twenty four month utilization tour in critical battle staff positions at a division, corps, or Army Service Component Command. See the SAMS Program Guide (AY 2014-2015) for additional information on the School.
The Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program is a multi-year program that prepares field-grade officers for service as strategic planners through a combination of practical experience, professional military education, and a doctorate from a civilian university. Once selected for the program, officers apply to doctoral programs at respected American universities in a liberal arts field of study related to strategy. They spend up to two years in graduate school satisfying all course and exam requirements leading to acceptance as a doctoral candidate. During these years, officers will also attend professional military education at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas studying history, strategic theory, and the practice of strategic planning. Officers will then serve a developmental assignment in a strategic planning position. Those officers selected for battalion or brigade command will be afforded the opportunity. After the developmental assignment, the officer will spend one year working full time on the dissertation at SAMS or another suitable location and then be available for utilization as a strategic planner.
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