ArmyU News Archive

Are We the Manchus? Avoiding the Fate of China's Qing Dynasty

John Q. Bolton

America in (relative) decline is a common refrain in national security circles, with many evoking Rome’ Collapse or Great Britain’s fading from the heights of its power. Rome disappeared while Britain managed its decline well, shedding territories while maintaining a relatively strong domestic consensus. The appropriateness of these comparisons is generally assumed. This article offers a different point of comparison: the decline and eventual collapse of China’s Qing Dynasty amidst internal fracturing, a failure to reform, and relentless external pressure from Western Powers. Visit

Posted December 2, 2020

New Audiobooks Available From Army Distributed Learning

The Army Distributed Learning Program’s in-house Mobile Division has prepared a fresh slate of new audiobook releases to add to the growing audio library located on U.S. Army Central Army Registry (CAR). The success and popularity of the Army Audiobook program, launched in coordination with the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD) in 2019, created an appetite for Field Manual (FM) and Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) downloads in the audio format. Newly released for download in the audio format are ADP 3-0, Operations and ADP 4-0 Sustainment. These additions to the Army’s audiobook slate on the CAR join the ADP 7-0 Training, ADP 6-22, Army Leadership and the Profession, as well as ADP 6-0 Mission Command and ADP 5-0, The Operations Process, among others. Visit

Posted November 23, 2020

Going under the Hood: Transitioning from Literal to Virtual Teaching at the Command and General Staff College

Lt. Col. Richard A. McConnell, DM, U.S. Army, Retired *, Lt. Col. George Hodge, U.S. Army, Retired, Lt. Col. Thad Weist, U.S. Army, Retired

Any pilot will confirm that flying straight and level in clear weather with unlimit­ed visibility is prefera­ble. However, most of those same pilots will also admit that they obtained a higher level of proficiency once they learned how to fly under instrument con­ditions in circumstanc­es where the weather was bad and visibility was limited. Due to COVID-19, curriculum delivery meth­ods had to be adjusted to support force protection by preventing further spread of the virus. These protective measures initially created challenges but ultimately resulted in opportunities. The obstacles were numerous in a learning situation that was as difficult as building an aircraft in flight. Visit

Posted November 18, 2020

Plan like a Stoic: Prepare for Disruption

Rick Chersicia

Stoicism has become a popular topic for military audiences in recent years, and for good reason. Even on this website, numerous articles and interviews have explained why it is important to think like a Roman emperor, and discussed the benefits of studying stoicism for personal progress. While introspection and personal development are paramount to most leaders, and the pursuit of the stoic virtues is laudable in itself, elements of stoic philosophy can also have practical applications that impact planning efforts and collaborative projects. The stoic practice of premedatatio malorum – the “premeditation of evils” – has value for planners and leaders of all fields. Visit

Posted November 16, 2020

American Military History is Wrong

Glenn M. Harned

American military personnel study history as an essential component of their professional education. Military history provides the analogies by which they communicate, and the lens through which they view current military problems. Phrases such as “another Pearl Harbor” or “another Maginot Line” or “another Vietnam” convey common perceptions of the past and influence military professionals’ common thinking about the present and future.

But what if the military history they study is wrong? What if the military history they study fosters a strategic culture that is inconsistent with their strategic reality? Visit

Posted November 13, 2020

2020 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition Winners!

Military Review: In our NOV-DEC 2020 edition of Military Review, the 2020 General DePuy Special topics writing competition winners were published. Visit

Posted November 5, 2020

“Our Army will hut this Winter at Valley forge”; George Washington, Decision Making, and the Councils of War (Ricardo A. Herrera, Army History Magazine, Fall 2020)

The Fall 2020 issue of Army History offers up a couple of intriguing articles, an interesting Army artifact, a look at the National Museum of the United States Army’s Medal of Honor garden, a varied selection of book reviews, and words from both the Center’s executive director and chief historian.

The first article, by Ricardo Herrera, examines George Washington’s decision to winter the Continental Army at Valley Forge. Utilizing an impressive amount of primary research, Herrera shows that cantoning anywhere for the winter, let alone at Valley Forge specifically, was not a forgone conclusion. Struggling with these decisions, Washington consulted his senior leaders. Many of these generals lobbied for numerous different locations for cantonment—all with their own drawbacks and advantages—while others instead called for a continuation of the fighting during the winter months. This article provides an in-depth look at Washington’s decision-making process and how his councils of war shaped his thinking. Visit

Posted November 5, 2020

Georgia Southern Continuing Education Offers Credentialing Assistance to Active-duty Military

Active-duty soldiers and National Guard Reserve service members can take advantage of the certification programs offered through Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education, which is now an approved provider for the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program. Together with the Federal Tuition Assistance and Army Credentialing Assistance programs, soldiers can receive up to $4,000 total per fiscal year to cover costs for eligible certifications. The CA can cover the cost of training, materials, study guides, fees, textbooks and certification exams.Visit

Posted November 4, 2020

Speaker Discusses Racial Issues in Vietnam-era Army

Katie Peterson

Racial issues in the Army during the Vietnam War was the focus of the latest Army University leader professional development session Oct. 23 in the Lewis and Clark Center’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Dr. Beth Bailey, University of Kansas history professor, focused her discussion on the institutional logic of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Visit

Posted October 30, 2020

CGSC CASO Panel discusses “Geopolitics and Great Power Competition in the Artic.” (CGSC Facebook, Oct. 28)


Posted October 29, 2020

ArmyU Recognizes Academic Promotions, Staff Group Advisors, Professional Writing

Army University recognizes its Staff and Faculty for their outstanding achievements. Presenting Academic Promotions, Staff Group Advisor recognitions, the Golden Pen Awards, and longevity awards to celebrate the many years of dedicated service. Visit

Posted October 19, 2020

Pilot DoD/VA Hearing Program Virtually Trains Technicians

Larine Barr

According to the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 37.5 million American adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing. To help to improve service member and veteran access to hearing health care, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs recently initiated a pilot program designed to train by virtual means more than 5,000 hearing technicians. Visit

Posted October 15, 2020

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command webinar discusses Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

Sarah Hauk, TRADOC Communication Directorate

One of Gen. Paul E. Funk II, U.S Army Training and [Doctrine] Command’s Commanding General’s, fundamentals is to never waste a good cup of coffee, or the opportunity for conversation that often happens over a cup of joe. The coffee was the only thing missing during the conversation between him and TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel T. Hendrex when they discussed diversity, equality and inclusion during the first virtual leader development program webinar Sept 25, 2020. Visit

Posted October 13, 2020

Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Transitioning from Literal to Virtual Teaching at the Command and General Staff School (CGSS)

Lt. Col. Richard A. McConnell, DM, U.S. Army, Retired, Lt. Col. George Hodge, U.S. Army, Retired, Lt. Col. Thad Weist, U.S. Army, Retired

In early March 2020, instructors at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, were informed that they would have to radically adapt their teaching methodologies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. With very short notice, the instructors found themselves locked down, working from home, and reformatting classes originally designed for face-to-face instruction into a distributive-learning (DL) mode. Although the uncertain situation presented several significant challenges, the instructors found that having to redesign classes proved to be a catalyst for positive change and advancement. In the process of improvising expedient solutions, they discovered that the experience made them better instructors; the redesign expanded their teaching capabilities, including learning skills and modalities (standard methodologies) that instructors anticipate will be used when they return to face-to-face instruction. Visit

Posted October 13, 2020

Building a Red Teamer’s Library

Michael Rogan

We have all heard the saying: “All readers are leaders.” Well, if you want to be a Red Teamer or think like a Red Teamer, then you must be a reader. Red Teamers generally read from a broad range of academic disciplines. This article posits that anyone can improve their knowledge to make better decisions by reading and reflecting on the wisdom available in books relevant to Red Teaming. Visit

Posted September 29, 2020

LTG Rainey Discusses A Practical Approach to Developing Leaders

At the recent Army Virtual Maneuver Warfighting Conference, LTG Rainey the Commander of US Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth gave a short 20 minute talk on how to develop leaders. He says that leaders need to have a goal for their program, understand the needs of the individuals, properly resource it, and then develop a detailed plan to ensure it’s actually executed. The video is worth watching for anyone looking to build a strong holistic program in their organization. Visit

Posted September 21, 2020

How to Develop a Unit Reading Program

Joe Byerly

Lately, I’ve had several conversations with incoming battalion commanders about creating reading programs for their units. They’ve all agreed that having one is important, but their philosophies differ greatly on the scope, the execution, and even the types of books they plan to use. Almost every unit I’ve served in had some type of reading program. However, almost all of them had problems. In one, the commander assigned reading, but kept moving the planned discussion on the calendar to the point that it never occured. Eventually he changed command and we never understood why he selected the book or what he wanted us to take away from it. Another commander assigned some extremely dense reading to junior officers, and it fell flat. The book covered the operational level of war, and they didn’t have the experiences or contextual understanding to appreciate it. They hated the book and some of them came to hate professional reading because of that experience. So what does a good reading program look like? Visit

Posted September 15, 2020

AMSC Podcast with Michael D. Formica (Army Management Staff College)

Invthe newest episode of the Army Management Staff College Leader Up Podcast, special guest Mr. Michael D. Formica, Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, KS, discusses the current and future state of Army Civilian professional development. Visit

Posted September 14, 2020

25th ID NCOA Instructor Named a Facilitator of the Year

Pfc. Rachel Christensen

Excellent leaders walk a fine line between nurturing Soldiers and disciplining them. They are the iron hand that enforces the rules and the first to stick their neck out for those they lead. Leadership is not a position or a title, it is an action and example. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”, said John F. Kennedy. For Army Sgt. 1st Class Rachelle White, a senior facilitator at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, this is a daily lesson. Visit

Posted September 14, 2020

CGSC Hosts Profession of Arms Forum

The Command and General Staff College's Profession of Arms Forum is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 to 11:45. The virtual forum will feature Dr. Don Snider, speaking at 8:30, a Stewarding the Profession panel discussion beginning at 9:30 and a closing address from Lt. Gen. James Rainey, Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth and Commandant of CGSC at 11. Faculty and guests can observe the forum at or

Posted July 7, 2020

Why We Should Read Fiction and Nonfiction at the Same Time

Jeroen Verhaeghe

Avid readers will recognize the feeling of guilt that comes with buying ever more books knowing full well that the unread stacks you have at home are more than enough to last you several months of quarantine. Luckily, from time to time I stumble across an article that justifies the occasional buying frenzy, even making me feel good about it. Of course, before a book can get on my “to read” list, it has to go on my “to buy/find/borrow” list, which is a problem of another order of magnitude that I’m not going to discuss here. Visit

Posted September 9, 2020

A Tale of Two Influencers: Some Advice from the Cheap Seats

Steve Leonard and Joe Byerly

Imagine, if you will, two influencers. One, young and brash, with a dedicated following of millions on social media, the other maybe a little older and more seasoned, working diligently to keep a leadership blog afloat with a few thousand equally dedicated followers. One can post a video on TikTok and generate a reaction felt around the world. The other can write a meaningful post with broad implications for the profession of arms and it generates a modest response. Both are social media influencers; both have a significant influence on the profession of arms. Visit

Posted September 9, 2020

In 2020, Eisenhower is a Lantern in the Dark

Derek Chollet

Four months ago, as America’s monument to Dwight D. Eisenhower readied to open officially just off the national mall in Washington, the celebration was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country grappled with its greatest crisis since the era that made Ike a hero, the symbol of the kind of nation he represented and tried to build — and the global role it aspired for — stood ready, gleaming, yet temporarily shuttered, awaiting a new day. Now that day has arrived. Yet while dignitaries gather on Sept. 17 to cut the ribbon for “Eisenhower Park” — a $150 million memorial marked by a massive steel tapestry with seven-story high columns and nine-foot tall statues spread across four tree-filled acres — the pandemic has only gotten worse. As the disease rages and economy sputters, America’s civic life is unraveling. In this time of darkness, Eisenhower’s example is as important as ever. Visit

Posted September 9, 2020

Transforming Athena: Educating Military Officers During An Era of Great Change Through Experiential Learning

Jonathan E. Czarnecki

The challenging and uncertain combat and combat-like environments that armed forces find themselves in require leaders who can creatively imagine and think as well as quickly decide and act. They must have the intellect of Colonel Terzo in the story referred to in the prologue, and they must have seen their “dead men” to succeed in operational environments the good colonel could only imagine in his nightmares. Those environments—or what is variously named hybrid, unconventional, complex, chaotic warfare—are as the Army describes them volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.[1] One could also add that they are terrifically deadly. Visit

Posted September 8, 2020

Why We Tweet: General Officer Use of Social Media to Engage, Influence, and Lead

Mick Ryan, Tammy Smith, Patrick Donahoe

We are now nearly 15 years into the Era of Social Media. Facebook emerged in 2004 and Twitter began its rise in 2006. Both have hundreds of millions of users, including military personnel. It is well past time that all of our senior leaders appreciated the value of an open dialogue facilitated by these social media tools. These new 21st century technologies for interacting are not the only means to effect engaging and transparent leadership, but they provide an additional tool in the leadership kitbag of the most senior military leaders. Visit

Posted September 8, 2020

France '44: Red Ball Express Published (Army University Press, Sept. 3)

"France '44: The Red Ball Express" demonstrates how logistics led to the liberation of Europe and the demise of Nazi Germany. Intertwining current Army doctrine with the incredible story of the Red Ball Express, this film examines the logistical successes and challenges sustainment planners encountered in the European Theater of Operations. Produced in collaboration with Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), "France '44: The Red Ball Express" provides important sustainment lessons for supporting large-scale combat operations that remain relevant today. Visit

Posted September 3, 2020

Changes in the Mode of Delivery for the latest Sergeants Major Course, Class 71

Danielle ODonnell

The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and Sergeants Major Academy launches the latest Sergeants Major Course, through a blended educational model that combines virtual and resident style learning, effective September 14. The number one priority of Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, the commandant of the NCOLCoE, ensures the protection of the staff, cadre, students, and family members. Visit

Posted September 2, 2020

Brazilian Officer Named TRADOC Instructor of the Year

Milton Mariani Rodriguez

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year TRADOC’s recognition of their best of the best was celebrated via a virtual ceremony, hosted by Gen. Paul E. Funk II, TRADOC Commanding General, on August 6, 2020. Out of an available pool approximately over 10,000 instructors, 68 candidates were assessed by 17 judges from 14 schools and the Army University for one of seven categories that compromise TRADOC’s competition. For the fourth time, during the last five years, a WHINSEC instructor has been recognized for its exceptional qualities. Visit

Posted August 18, 2020

Army bounds over COVID-19 hurdles, vBLC exceeds expectations

Christy Graham

Last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic altered numerous trajectories. High school seniors had to find creative ways to celebrate their achievements, school boards devised plans to feed and educate school-aged kids and the Army found safe ways to continue necessary professional and leadership education. In many cases, military training exercises halted due to safety concerns, but education was a different yet equally important area of focus. Distance learning options allowed Soldiers to maneuver around COVID-19 lock downs and still receive the necessary education to supplement their previous training, nurturing their leadership skills in different ways. Visit

Posted August 18, 2020

War Books: a Bookshelf for Competition with China

T.S. Allen

These days, every military command needs its resident “subject matter expert” on the People’s Republic of China. China’s vast global reach and the importance of competition with China in the National Security Strategy mean having an analyst familiar with Chinese issues is critical even if you are on the other side of the world from the Middle Kingdom. Unfortunately, Mandarin-speaking analysts can be hard to come by. If you get tapped to be the command’s “China person,” you’re mostly going to get asked military questions, so you can probably fake the required expertise convincingly by brushing up on America’s China strategy, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s comprehensive report on Chinese military power, Army Training and Doctrine Command’s outstanding products, some of the excellent academic work on Chinese defense issues that have been usefully summarized by Peter Mattis, and M. Taylor Fravel’s foundational work. For those analysts who want to dive deeper into China’s approach to competition, here are six books that have helped me fool people into thinking I know what I’m talking about: Visit

Posted August 18, 2020

Dozen U.S. military members earn master’s degrees thanks to unique partnerships

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jason Schneider said his Penn State degree will allow him to bring innovative ideas he learned through his coursework back to the military. For U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Julio Armas, he said his degree program can help transform the way the Army teaches its senior noncommissioned officers. The two are part of a dozen members of the U.S. military who will earn their master’s degrees from Penn State on Saturday, Aug. 15, thanks to a pair of special partnerships between the military and University. Visit

Posted August 17, 2020

CSP helps Soldiers get the jobs they want

Sgt. Alexandra Shea

“I am transitioning from active duty and was able to participate in the Career Skills Program,” said Sgt. Porch Colts, a 42A – Human Resource Specialist working in the Company D, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment training room. “I was able to gain skills in the financial services industry. Because of CSP, I’m employed. My last day at Fort Jackson is the first day of my new job.” Visit

Posted August 17, 2020

Professional Military Education: Understanding Creativity and Its Implementation

Adam Lowther, Brooke Mitchell, Gerard Puccio, and Nathan Schwagler

Is it possible to incorporate a creative mindset into professional military education curriculum? In our War on the Rocks article, “Professional Military Education Needs More Creativity, Not More History,” we argued that it is possible, but did not explain how. Here, we offer some insight into developing a creative mindset by first explaining what we mean by creativity and then offering steps for embedding creativity education into a joint professional military education program. Our recommendations are drawn from successful creativity programs the private sector invests in for their own employees, from examples already used across professional military education, and from academic research. Visit

Posted August 14, 2020

What is a Tiger Team and Why is the Opportunity Valuable?

Brian Thorson and Zachary Rozar

When first approached about participating on a tiger team, we were unsure if our boss was trying to be funny and make a Tiger King joke at our expense or if we were being given another task. With the benefit of hindsight and reflection, the authors of this article now see this experience for what it truly is. Serving on a tiger team is an opportunity to inform, shape decisions, and develop personally. What follows are the experiences of two officers recently tasked with leading and contributing to the efforts of a tiger team. Our aim is twofold; that you would see serving on a tiger team as an opportunity and that our lessons observed become your lessons learned. Visit

Posted August 11, 2020

South Carolina National Guard hosts virtual BLC

1st Lt. Tracci Dorgan

The South Carolina National Guard hosted a virtual Basic Leadership Course (BLC) at the 218th Regional Training Institute (RTI) at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina, in June 2020, in order to train U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers to be non-commissioned officers (NCO), while also following safety guidance for COVID-19. “This is a first in our history of the Basic Leader Course conducted by 3rd Battalion [Non-Commissioned Officer Academy] (NCOA),” said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Timothy Adams, 218th RTI, 3rd Battalion NCOA deputy commandant “Future leaders of the United States Army came together on various platforms to learn the skills needed as they make the journey to becoming a non-commissioned officer.” Visit

Posted August 11, 2020

Reflections on the Command General Staff College

MAJ Billy Folinusz, MAJ Paul Scifers and MAJ Philip Henke

The purpose of this article is to provide an examination and evaluation of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) 2020 academic year. Three officers, from three different sections, evaluated virtually all aspects of the academic year. We chose to use three perspectives to provide a more expansive insight into a year at CGSC. Often one person’s perspective can be dismissed as anecdotal and this was our attempt to offer legitimacy to the evaluation. This evaluation includes our assessment of the day-to-day classroom instruction, administrative elements of CGSC, and garrison activities of Fort Leavenworth. Visit

Posted August 10, 2020

STC to offer Cybersecurity Programs at Army Education Center

Savannah Technical College will begin offering Cybersecurity associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs at the Ft. Stewart Army Education Center starting in Fall Semester 2020 with both online and in-seat options. The College currently offers Cybersecurity at its Savannah and Liberty campuses. For the convenience of the active duty assigned to Ft. Stewart and to meet the growing demand, these programs will now also be offered at the Education Center. This will give Soldiers the opportunity to earn credentials while still serving, helping to advance their careers while preparing them for transition after the Army. Cybersecurity has been identified as one of the strategic priorities for the Army, and there are currently more than 11,000 cyber job openings around the state. Visit

Posted August 10, 2020

At the Ed Center: Today's preparation determines tomorrow's achievement

Robert Timmons

Fort Jackson’s Army Continuing Education System, or most commonly known as the Education Center, helps the community prepare for tomorrow’s achievement. Counselors and support staff at the Education Center help prepare Soldiers to receive achievements such as promotions; Officer Candidate School or Warrant Officer School applications; and aviation program testing. The center is an important part of Fort Jackson, said Jude Marranco, ACES division chief. “An E7 came to the Education Center and needed to take the Armed Forces Classification Test to raise her GT score,” Marranco said, giving an example of how important the center is. “We assisted her with the AFCT study methods and provided a lot of encouragement. She raised her GT score above the 110 needed and was accepted into the Green to Gold program and will become an Army nurse.” Visit

Posted August 6, 2020

CGSC hosts "The Changing Landscape of Homeland Security" Panel Discussion

Harrison Sarles

Command and General Staff College’s Cultural and Area Studies Office, CASO, hosted its second panel briefing of the year on July 24 entitled - "The Changing Landscape of Homeland Security in Light of the Pandemic and Societal Unrest," Two panelists shared data and analysis of the situational environment. Visit

Posted August 5, 2020

Decentralizing the Fight: Re-imaging the Brigade Combat Team's Headquarters

John Cogbill and Eli Myers

It was “Fight Night” at JRTC—the Joint Readiness Training Center—and like so many rotations before, Geronimo 6, the opposing force commander, watched his troopers confidently mount their vehicles and prepare for the battle ahead. Tonight would be unscripted, but he had fought this fight many times before with devastating effects on his adversaries. His motorized companies would probe for weak spots as quadcopters searched for the ultimate high payoff target—the brigade combat team (BCT) main command post. Once that huge target was located, and it would be located, he would bring down a barrage of long-range precision fires, chemical munitions, and a crippling cyber attack that would crush the BCT’s ability to exercise mission command. The hours that followed would simply consist of mopping up the dazed, uncoordinated infantry battalions before his soldiers could head back to their motor pool and turn in their equipment. Visit

Posted August 5, 2020

How Can We Know if Professional Military Education Works?

Megan J. Hennessey

We can learn much from educational research by civilian partners, but there are limits to this research’s findings and recommendations in a military learning context. Further, it is unwise to relegate an understanding of what goes on within military learning environments solely to the analyses often seen as part of standardized institutional assessments like end-of-course surveys or student evaluations of teaching. These surveys yield reactionary data. This data, based on the first level of Kirkpatrick’s evaluation model, is not indicative of student learning. Rather, it just reflects students’ satisfaction with any given quality of a learning event (most commonly, teacher performance). Student evaluations of teaching have also been increasingly exposed as biased against educators identifying as women as well as racial and ethnic minorities. Visit

Posted August 3, 2020

Combined Arms Center adapts to resume resident education

Maj. Orlandon Howard

The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center’s Army University resumed its resident professional military education offerings, July 2020, hosting multiple courses for General Officers taking command, future battalion and brigade command teams, and military planners at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Army senior leaders designated several resident courses that Army University hosts as critical to the Army’s mission and readiness. CAC responded by developing plans to host the courses while limiting the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Visit

Posted July 23, 2020

Fort Benning's new top general says firm stance against pandemic a key to vital training mission

Franklin Fisher

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Soldiers and civilians here must not tire in the fight against COVID-19 but keep their guard up – a stance needed for Fort Benning to meet its paramount mission: training about a third of the Army's combat troops every year, its new commanding general said July 20. "COVID is not tired, so we can't be either," said Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe, who became commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning July 17. He replaced Maj. Gen. Gary M. Brito, who moves to a new assignment at the Pentagon and promotion to lieutenant general. Visit

Posted July 23, 2020

Army University Strategy (2020)

For many years, Army leadership recognized a need to better integrate and synchronize education and training across the Army. Prior to 2015, the Army’s structure included an extensive collection of disparate schools and training centers, many of which were individually regarded as world class, but collectively were not fully synchronized to best enable a lifelong learning continuum or facilitate integration with civilian academic institutions. Outside of the Army, the United States university system is the envy of the world and produces professionals who spur global innovation. Similarly, our nation’s credentialing and licensing standards have worldwide recognition for producing a superb technical work force. The Army University system blends these proven models with best practices developed within our military education and training programs into a cohesive structure modeled along the lines of many successful state university systems. Visit

Posted July 7, 2020

Army University - Change of Responsibility Ceremony

Change of Responsibility Ceremony, 2 July 2020 Visit

Posted July 7, 2020

Retirement Ceremony for CSM Teresa M. Duncan

Retirement Ceremony for CSM Teresa M. Duncan, 2 July 2020, Fort Leavenworth KS Visit

Posted July 7, 2020

Addressing Modern Cavalry Capability Gaps and Risks

Josh Suthoff

As military planning, prioritization, and resources comes back to Large Scale Combat Operations (LSCO) there must be a professional discussion on modern cavalry operations and capability gaps. The US Cavalry needs light weight, mobile, and manned platforms to pair with the dismounted scout. Scouts with the capability and the mandate to operate with increased risk will help close the reconnaissance and security capability gap. Regardless of the US military’s fascination with costly continuously evolving technology and complex systems, the scout and cavalry squadron remain the only reliable all-weather sensor. Visit

Posted July 7, 2020

Soldiers help promote Army Hiring Days

Katie Peterson

The Army’s first National Hiring Days campaign is June 30 through July 2. During the three-day effort, the Army’s goal is to hire 10,000 new Soldiers. A panel of experts and Soldiers participated in a two-part roundtable discussion to answer questions about the campaign and share their experiences via telecon and Facebook live June 23 from the Lewis and Clark Center’s Marshall Lecture Hall. Visit

Posted June 26, 2020

Army Chief Warrant Officer reflects on Army career, benefits

Rachel Deloach

A move to the United States and a conversation with a college roommate put one immigrant on the path to military service and an assignment at one of the U.S. Army’s four major commands. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walner Nelson, who currently serves at Army Materiel Command, immigrated to the U.S. with his family from Haiti in 1995. His father would tell him and his siblings, “This is the land of opportunity – you can do anything you want.” Visit

Posted June 26, 2020

Was Galwan Valley Clash Failure Of Intelligence Management Or A Decision Making Debacle?

Vappala Balachandran

It is a good trend that several people, including retired military officers, are now raising questions on why our top-heavy intelligence structure is unable to obtain prior intelligence on incidents like Pulwama or Galwan which result in loss of precious lives of soldiers. Why are we merely content with uttering clichés on their heroism after their deaths? In the Galwan Valley clash, we saw bromides like “A zillion salutes to the brave hearts” or “maarte maarte mare” without the government doing anything substantial towards intelligence-led preventive action. As a result, the public remembers these incidents only as ‘intelligence failures’. Visit

Posted June 26, 2020

The 22nd NCOLCoE Commandant Changes out with Distinguished Service

Danielle ODonnell

A ceremony held at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, marked a change in leadership, the recognition of an outstanding leader, the achievement of the Army Superior Unit Award, and highlighted the ongoing mission at the NCOLCoE and Sergeants Major Academy, June 22. Visit

Posted June 26, 2020

The NCOLCoE honors our allies and partners

Danielle ODonnell

Honoring our allies and partners, the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence held a virtual ceremony to induct five past international graduates of the Sergeants Major Academy, into the International Student Hall of Fame, June 18. The HoF recognizes the tremendous achievements of our international partners. While also solidifying the bonds between the institution, the United States Army, and our allies by inducting them into the HoF. Visit

Posted June 26, 2020

Media Round Table in support of the Army National Hiring Days

Join us tomorrow at 1030 am CDT, as Army University’s ACCESS director, COL Rambo, discusses the U.S. Army Credentialing Program! Live stream will be pushed on the Army Kansas City Recruiting Battalion Facebook page! Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

NCOLCoE at Fort Bliss holds virtual hall of honor ceremony

Danielle ODonnell

Since May 2006, the NCOLCoE selects only those rare individuals whose unique and extraordinary accomplishments, separate them from all others as they have left a significant lasting positive impact on the training, education and development of NCOs. Retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey and retired Command Sgt. Maj., and former NCOLCoE director of Policy and Governance, Charles E. Guyette are recognized for their contributions to the lineage of the noncommissioned officer corps and the NCO Professional Development System. Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

Want Better Strategists? Teach Social Science

Jim Golby

America needs better strategists. And if that wasn’t clear enough from the past two decades of U.S. strategy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s new vision and guidance statement for professional military education brings this need into focus. Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

Book Review: The Elements of Style, 4th Edition by William Shrunk & E.B. White

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher L’Heureux

Part of a book club a few years back, I read and discussed a book that half the group thought read like a college paper. They were turned-off, their attention applied to structure over the content. This skewed the subsequent discussion away from the author’s arguments towards the monotonous tone of the book. It was a well-reasoned and thoughtful thesis, but it did not capture the attention of at least half of us. How do you prevent that in your own writing? Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

CGSOC ceremonies presented online

Katie Peterson

Army University celebrated the Command and General Staff Officer Course Class of 2020 with two pre-recorded virtual ceremonies shown on the Army University Facebook page and YouTube channel June 11 and 12. Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

Incorporating COVID-19 Guidance into WHINSEC Recognition Ceremonies

Adela Duncan

Graduation Day is an important day for any school, and it is no different at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), which educates and trains military, law enforcement and civilian students from 17 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Students endure rigorous hours of studying and training to graduate from courses that range from three months to an entire year in length. Their graduation ceremonies are attended by immediate family members and their extended family, friends, and leadership view the graduation on Facebook Live across the hemisphere. Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

Sergeants Major Course Graduation.

The Sergeants Major Course Class 70 will conduct its Virtual pre-recorded graduation ceremony on Facebook Live on 19 June 2020 at 0900hrs [1000 Central Time] Visit

Posted June 23, 2020

IMS Badge Ceremony 2020

Army University recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of the CGSOC Class 20 International Military Students. Visit

Posted June 16, 2020

US Army Command General Staff College: The Lobotomy That Never Was

Billy Folinusz

On July 10, 2019, I reported to Fort Leavenworth and the Command General Staff College. I had prepared myself to be led into a room with a doctor holding an orbitoclast for the lobotomy I had been promised. After some quick in-processing, I received administrative information before they sent me on my way. I was relieved to still have my mind, but surely the lobotomy everyone had promised would happen later in the year. Visit

Posted June 16, 2020

Exploitative, Transactional, Coercive, Cultural, and Contractual: Toward a Better Theory of Proxy War

Amos Fox

While it might not seem self-evident, proxy wars are today’s dominant form of war. A quick survey of contemporary armed conflicts shows that proxy war rears its enigmatic head frequently and repeatedly. To understand the extent to which this is true, one only has to go so far as recent American combatant command congressional testimony. In recent years all of the American geographic combatant commands, with the exception of United States Northern Command, have discussed the significant role proxies play within their respective areas of operation. Visit

Posted June 12, 2020

U.S. Army CGSC: Overview and Advice for the Class of 2021

When I found out that I was selected to attend resident Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at Fort Leavenworth, I immediately realized how little I knew about the course. My research brought up numerous articles from officers discussing their year at Fort Leavenworth. These articles are what I found most useful and are the reason that I decided to write my own. Hopefully, my experience and advice serve two purposes. The first is to assist future classes in understanding the course of instruction and aid in your preparation for the “Best Year of Your Life.” Second, this article will be my attempt to, as General Funk says, “Leave the jersey in a better place than I found it.” Visit

Posted June 12, 2020

CGSC Speed Dating: AIM2 and You

Assuming the fall assignment and unit interview cycle will proceed as normal, the authors of this blog set out to provide insight into the AIM 2.0 and unit interview process for the incoming CGSOC AY20-21. The process begins almost immediately once the course begins. Prepared officers will develop a game plan to increase their chances of receiving their desired assignment. Visit

Posted June 12, 2020

Roderick Top Tactician

By Katie Peterson

Maj. Evan Roderick is the recipient of the General George S. Patton Jr. Distinguished Master Tactician Award for the Command and General Staff Officer Course class of 2020. “I wanted to challenge myself, but also see where I stood among my peers in terms of my tactical knowledge and proficiency,” Roderick said. “It feels good to know that my experience and the mentorship of officers and (noncommissioned officers) in the past have paid off.” Visit

Posted June 12, 2020

McFarling Best Logistician

By Katie Peterson

After more than 60 Command and General Staff Officer course students embarked on the journey of the Master Logistician competition in January, Maj. Sean McFarling has come out on top as the recipient of the Major General James M. Wright Distinguished Master Logistician Award for the CGSOC class of 2020. Visit

Posted June 12, 2020

CTC Offering Continued Education for Army Soldiers

Local Soldiers can enhance their skills and qualifications during and after military service thanks to help from Central Texas College and the Army Credentialing Assistance program, according to a news release from the college. Qualifying active-duty Soldiers, National Guard and Reserve service members can receive up to $4,000 per fiscal year towards professional career development education through credentialing assistance. The program pays for Soldiers’ training. Visit

Posted June 11, 2020

U.S. Army to Introduce ASE Military Credentials

The United States Army Ordnance School and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) have partnered to introduce a series of tests for U.S. Army personnel. Successful completion of the tests, plus an experience requirement, will result in ASE military technician credentials for qualified candidates. Visit

Posted June 11, 2020

The NCOLCoE Senior Mentor Creates a Lasting Impact

By Danielle O'Donnell

On May 26, Shaunette Sellers, the spouse to the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Sellers, received a warm welcome by the participants of her last Spouse Leadership Development Course. Visit

Posted June 9, 2020

CGSOC Students Vie for Iron Major Title

By Katie Peterson

Despite social distancing requirements because of COVID-19, 44 Command and General Staff Officer Course students have spent four weeks — April 27 through May 24 —competing virtually for the 2020 CGSOC Iron Major Award. Visit

Posted June 4, 2020

Thoughts on Leader Self-Development: Do Better

I did not take ownership of my professional development and deliberately commit toward self-development until almost four years into my military career. But even when I did start with habits like developmental reading, choices such as my book selection and approach were not intentional; my efforts were scattered and random. And it was still years after starting until I discovered personal book favorites that had major impacts on my life and leadership. I have spent years since then repeatedly saying, “I wish I read (or knew about) this years ago before I was a platoon leader or company commander.” Visit

Posted June 3, 2020

On the Path to Intellectual Overmatch

By Adam Oler

Two brand-new Joint Chiefs of Staff publications have rekindled the often-impassioned debate at the nation’s war colleges over the future of joint professional military education. On May 1, the Joint Chiefs issued their vision and guidance statement entitled Developing Today’s Joint Officers for Tomorrow’s Ways of War: The Joint Chiefs of Staff Vision and Guidance for Professional Military Education & Talent Management. Two weeks later came the publication of the latest Officer Professional Military Education Policy. Visit

Posted June 3, 2020

After Mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines Create New Learning Doctrine

By Gina Harkins

If military leaders had properly studied the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq upfront, the wars might have been more successful, said a Marine two-star general who oversees the service's training and education command. Visit

Posted June 1, 2020

Professional Military Education Needs More Creativity, Not More History

By Adam Lowther and Brook Mitchell

On an official visit to the People’s Liberation Army’s National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, China, a colleague from the Air Force Research Institute and I were talking with a group of senior Chinese officers. They began to tell us that they devoured the Chinese-language edition of Air and Space Power Journal that we sent them. Visit

Posted June 1, 2020

Soldier hailed a ‘hero’ for stopping active shooter

By John Richmeier

“I feel as if most people in my situation would have done the same thing,” he said. But others are calling Royer a hero. He is credited with stopping an active shooter Wednesday on the Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth. Visit

Posted June 1, 2020

From Captain Queeg to Winston Churchill: Lessons in Leading Up

By Andrew Milburn

Most people who have served in uniform have worked for a poor leader. Yet, while we train extensively on how to lead those below us, nothing in our formal professional education prepares us to lead an errant boss in the right direction. Visit

Posted June 1, 2020

In shadow of uncertainty, Fort Leavenworth hosts Memorial Day

By Nathan Vickers

Fort Leavenworth had to make a few changes this year, but they still paused to reflect on those lost. Military families came to the fort to honor their loved ones and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. "It's special to think of them on this day and think of those families still dealing with losses," Chief of Staff Col. Tom Bolen said. "The purpose of Memorial Day is to help people remember fallen soldiers." Visit

Posted May 26, 2020

Veterans explore educational options for post-military careers

By Valerie Sweeten

Being prepared for life as a veteran is looking forward to the future. Getting the educational tools veterans need to find employment in the career of their choice is a possibility with online schooling, financial aid and counseling services. Holly Morrison, San Jacinto College Veterans Services Manager, said leaving active duty and assimilating back into civilian life can be an overwhelming task, especially when veterans begin exploring their educational options for post-military careers. Visit

Posted May 26, 2020

Siempre Listos -- WHINSEC Forging New Pathways During COVID-19

By WHINSEC Communications Outreach Directorate

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to adapt to a new construct. From online distance learning, virtual recognition ceremonies, and now hosting teleconferencing events, WHINSEC has leaned forward forging new pathways in a virtual world. Following the Institute's motto, Siempre Listos (Always Ready), a Law Enforcement working group lead by Panamanian National Police Commissioner Cenen Castillo, WHINSEC Law Enforcement Deputy-Commandant hosted virtual meetings with Police Attachés of Latin America, Agregados Policiales de América Latina (APALA), on April 21 & 28, 2020. The themes of the virtual gatherings were "Policing in the COVID19 Environment" and "Transnational Threats in the Context of COVID19," respectively. Visit

Posted May 26, 2020

Wilson Named TRADOC Educator of the Year

By Harrison Sarles

Wilson has been at AMSC since 2016 and formerly taught at the Command and General Staff College and at civilian universities. He earned his doctorate in Leadership and Management from Walden University in 2014 culminating an educational journey that includes an undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University where he was selected as a Scholastic All-American, completion of the Combined Arms Service Staff College and the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Visit

Posted May 22, 2020

From Spouse to Mentor Through a Virtual Environment

By Danielle ODonnell

The first Spouse Leadership Development Course, Distance Learning (SLDC-DL), launched May 11-19, with 41 spouses in attendance. Sgt. Maj. Matildo Coppi and his team ensured the SLDC-DL went live for the spouses after going through a pilot phase during the summer of 2019. “A dedicated team of professionals developed this course,” Coppi said. “Furthermore, it is delivered by a superb facilitator- Ms. Michelle Mebane.” The SLDC program is run by the SLDC Director Michelle Mebane, who helps the spouses sharpen their skills, support readiness, and boost morale. Visit

Posted May 22, 2020

International students give back to community

By Katie Peterson

To express their appreciation for the accommodation of the city of Leavenworth during their time at the Command and General Staff College, the international military students in the Command and General Staff Officer Course class of 2020 are donating $1,000 to the City of Leavenworth, Parks and Recreation Activity Scholarship Program. Visit

Posted May 18, 2020

CAC visits WHINSEC, same day TRADOC announces Instructor of the Year

By Milton Mariani

The U. S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), Commanding General, LTG James E. Rainey, visited the Western Hemisphere for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) on Tuesday, May 12th. The honor of Rainey's visit correlated, with the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) announcement of WHINSEC, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adelton Ferreira Dias, selected as the TRADOC Instructor of the Year. Visit

Posted May 18, 2020

Two ArmyU instructors among tops in TRADOC

TRADOC recognized its top instructors for 2020 in a memo issued Friday. Dr. Larry Wilson, Army Management Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, was named the TRADOC Educator of the Year. Brazilian Maj. Adelton Ferreira Dias, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., is the Officer Instructor of the Year. Full list of winners follows: Officer Instructor of the Year, Maj. Adelton Ferreira Dias, WHINSEC Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Heather M. Hubbard, Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. NCO Instructor of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class Heather M. Rankin, Army Recruiting and Retention College, Fort Knox, Ky. Civilain Instructor of the Year, Robert C. Preshong, Army Medical Center of Excellence, Fort Sam Houston, Tx. Army National Guard Instructor of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class James E. Coppenger, 240th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Bangor, Me. Army Reserve Instructor of the Year, Master Sgt. Ericka . Tew, 80th Training Command (TASS), North Chesterfield, Va. Educator of the Year, Dr. Larry Wilson, Army Management Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Ks.

Posted May 13, 2020

TRADOC names Fort Leonard Wood’s Hubbard their Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year

By Matt Decker / Fort Leonard Wood

A U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School instructor says she was “initially shocked and in disbelief” May 12 after learning she had been named Training and Doctrine Command’s Instructor of the Year in the Warrant Officer category. Visit

Posted May 18, 2020

Military Historian Pens Historical Fiction

By Katie Peterson

The Union versus the Confederacy. A gunboat pilot versus a business owner. Two protagonists offering a new perspective of the inner battles of the Civil War. Such is the work of Kendall Gott with his two new novels, “Steamboat Seasons and Backwater Battles: A Riverboat Pilot on the Western Rivers in the Civil War” and “Ride to Oblivion: The Sterling Price Raid Into Missouri, 1864,” which demonstrate a longtime interest in the conflict deemed the United States’ bloodiest war. Visit

Posted May 6, 2020

COVID-19 limited regular operations but not basic NCO training due to eBLC

By Danielle ODonnell

Noncommissioned Officer Academies (NCOAs) across the Army graduated the first emergency Basic Leader Course (eBLC), Class 006, May 8. The process of each eBLC varied from fully online training to blended learning that consists of a combination of limited face to face training and online training via (BB). No matter what process the graduates endured the end state is the same, the force is provided with newly trained and educated noncommissioned officers. Visit

Posted May 12, 2020

Military Historian Pens Historical Fiction

By Katie Peterson

The Union versus the Confederacy. A gunboat pilot versus a business owner. Two protagonists offering a new perspective of the inner battles of the Civil War. Such is the work of Kendall Gott with his two new novels, “Steamboat Seasons and Backwater Battles: A Riverboat Pilot on the Western Rivers in the Civil War” and “Ride to Oblivion: The Sterling Price Raid Into Missouri, 1864,” which demonstrate a longtime interest in the conflict deemed the United States’ bloodiest war. Visit

Posted May 6, 2020

CGSOC 2021 and Sergeants Major Course Class 71 start announced

To the students of Command and General Staff Officer's Course Class 2021 and Sergeants Major Class 71. We appreciate your patience as we have worked through this difficult time. You should soon receive a welcome letter from your school detailing reporting instructions. The first thing you'll notice is the start date for both courses has been pushed from August to September 8. That was done to ensure the best opportunity for a smooth transitions for your move to Fort Leavenworth or Fort Bliss. Visit

Posted May 5, 2020

The NCOLCoE students of class 70 - learners, leaders, and mentors

By Danielle ODonnell

Five students from the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and Sergeants Major Academy lead the change by volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of El Paso. Artez Lamar an instructor for the Sergeants Major Course organized the opportunity for the Class 70 students by having the BBBS program provide a 15-minute informational brief for his class at the beginning of each semester. Visit

Posted May 5, 2020

ROCKS chapter presents $2,500 scholarship

By Katie Peterson

“It is hard to pick just one failure because humans in general, especially me, fail so many times in their life. However, I can recall a big moment of failure in my life where I learned the true power of communication.” This was the beginning of Leavenworth High School senior Abby Loch’s essay that won her the 2020 Buffalo Soldier Chapter ROCKS Inc. scholarship worth $2,500. Loch said she is grateful for the scholarship as she prepares for college at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she plans to study to become a dental hygienist. Visit

Posted May 1, 2020

The U.S. Military Needs Field-Grade Officers Better Prepared For Joint Operations. Here's One Way to Make That Happen.

By E. Aaron Brady, Matthew Schultz, Zach Embers, Timothy Riemann, Kelly Buckner and Andrew Ginther

Given the success of some of DoD’s premier educational institutions—to include the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)—in leveraging distance education to continue learning and support real-life planning efforts, despite the COVID-19 outbreak, each of the services should explore other options to exploit information technology to improve the joint education of future leaders. Specifically, DoD should take steps to create a distance-based joint exercise between the services’ advanced schools as a means of enhancing intermediate-level professional military education for field-grade officers. Visit

Posted May 1, 2020

In virtual first, CGSC graduates 250 from satellite campuses

By ArmyU Public Affairs

More than 250 CGSOC students were honored in virtual graduation ceremonies from satellite courses in three locations -- Fort Lee, Va., April 22, Fort Belvoir, Va., April 23, and Redstone Arsenal, Ala., April 24. The students began their courses at the satellite locations but returned home when temporary duty travel was stopped due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They completed the courses through virtual means. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

The Sergeant Major of the Army Shares His Reading List

By Joe Byerly

Recently, I spoke with the Sergeant Major of the Army about COVID-19 and the challenges and opportunities we are facing right now as an Army and a Nation. He highlighted that now is the time to reassess our goals and set new ones. One of your goals might be to read a book or two during this time. Goals are important and they are even more important now, as we all deal with the necessary restrictions to stop the spread. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

COVID-19: Army To Test All New Recruits

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

This morning, hundreds of new recruits began arriving at the Army’s four initial training centers, the first in two weeks. While training had continued for Soldiers already in the pipeline, the hold on new arrivals gave Training & Doctrine Command time to shore up its defense against the COVID-19 coronavirus. That included stocking enough test kits and diagnostic systems for the 950 recruits coming in this week, as well as their instructors. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

The NCOLCoE creates fit and disciplined senior enlisted leaders

Story by Danielle ODonnell

A part of the mission at the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence is to provide the force with fit, disciplined, and well educated senior enlisted leaders. Within the institution, two NCOs epitomize this very idea, Sgt. Maj. Billy Atkinson, a student with the Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program and Master Sgt. David Zeek, a Sergeants Major Course student of Class 70. Atkinson won the El Paso Marathon, held in February with a run time of 3:01:51. While Zeek is the first senior enlisted leader at the NCOLCoE to achieve an Army Combat Fitness Test score of over 590.Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy implements virtual learning for students

Story by Spc. Zachary Stahlberg

The 7th Army Noncommissioned Officer Academy implemented the virtual learning basic leadership course, or the VLBLC, in response to COVID-19 measures, on Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, in March. "COVID-19 has forced us to alter our training and utilize technology to enhance the capabilities of our future leaders," said Sgt. 1st Class Cody Reece, the chief of training for the 7th Army NCOA. "We can’t allow this pandemic to interfere with our training capabilities or the progression of our Soldiers’ military careers." Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

UK College of Social Work Holds Virtual Ceremony for Army MSW Graduates

By Lindsey Piercy

Though it’s inevitable that academic celebrations will look and feel different, it’s important to note — the achievements of the Class of 2020 should not be diminished. “The fact that they were able to achieve what they did — under these conditions — should be celebrated in any and every way possible,” Jay Miller, dean of the College of Social Work, said. Visit

Posted April 29, 2020

U.S. Army Options for Professional Military Education Amidst COVID-19

A model distributed between U.S. academic institutions and the Army Department of Distance Education (DDE) could both meet Army educational needs and ensure COVID-19 safety precautions are executed. The Army DDE provides Common Core and Advanced Operations Courses remotely. American academic institutions have rapidly developed the digital infrastructure to provide online certificate and degree programs in high-demand technology fields. Both Army remote education infrastructure and civilian institutions provide opportunities to modernize Army education.Visit

Posted April 23, 2020

Army Eyes Permanent Shift to Distance Learning for Some PME Courses

U.S. Army training officials are studying how the service's increased dependence on distance learning during the novel coronavirus pandemic may become a permanent part of leader education.Visit

Posted April 23, 2020

Missouri Allows Professional License Reciprocity For Military Spouses (St. Louis Public Radio (MO), Apr. 21, Jonathan Ahl)

Some spouses of military members will have an easier time finding a job when they move to Missouri. Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday signed legislation to have Missouri honor the professional licenses that military spouses hold from other states. Parson said the move will help military spouses avoid hiccups in their careers when they relocate to Missouri, and will also help fill open jobs. Visit

Posted April 22, 2020

SAMS students help planning efforts for COVID-19 crisis

The School of Advanced Military Studies was created 37 years ago to produce critical, creative thinkers and agile, adaptive leaders for the Army, sister services, interagency partners, and allies. Graduates of SAMS have made major contributions in every crisis and conflict our nation has faced. Today’s COVID crisis is no different. Visit

Posted April 20, 2020

NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Sergeants Major Academy release Spouse Leadership Development Course Handbook.

The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and the Sergeants Major Academy are pleased to announce the release of the Spouse Leadership Development Course Handbook. This book is designed for senior spouses who cannot attend the resident SLDC at Fort Bliss, Texas. Visit

Posted April 15, 2020

Army launches voluntary credentialing assistance program (Devon Suits, Army News Service, April 9)

Soldiers can now access up to $4,000 in assistance each year to voluntarily pursue industry-recognized credentials through the new Army Credentialing Assistance Program. Championed by Army senior leaders, the program focuses on readiness and retention by providing the total force with improved credentialing opportunities, said Col. Chuck Rambo, director of Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) at Army University. Visit

Posted April 13, 2020

e=Emergency Distributed Learning (Danielle ODonnell,, April 9)

Due to the current precautions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Basic Leader Course, the Master Leader Course, and the Sergeants Major Academy move towards distributed learning platforms. Article

Posted April 10, 2020

The Command and General Staff Student Management System Now Accessible from Commercial Networks

The CGSC SMS website ( is now accessible from commercial networks. Please contact the CGSC Help Desk at 684-5700 for further questions.

Posted April 7, 2020

Fort Leavenworth Adapting Professional Military Education into Virtual World (Brian Hill, Guidon, April 6)

TheChemical, Engineer and Military Police schools here, in addition to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer's Academy, are continuing courses through remote learning. Video teleconferencing technologies, such as Defense Collaboration Services and Global Video Services, are helping to make that happen. Visit

Posted April 7, 2020

Credentialing Assistance Overview Brief

The Credentialing Assistance Overview Brief provides service members of all ranks with an understanding of the exciting new opportunities for earning various voluntary credentials while in service. The Credentialing Assistance Lesson Plan provides leaders with the tools and information to present credentialing assistance as a Leader Professional Development (LPD) class.

Posted April 6, 2020

Army University Commanding General's Town Hall


Posted March 27, 2020

The Combined Arms Center Commanding General's Town Hall


Posted March 18, 2020

Funk's Fundamentals: General Shares Life Lessons

General Paul E. Funk II is constantly crafting his book of plays and continues to use them as he leads the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to victory. This playbook of sorts comes from his past 40 years wearing the uniform of an Army Soldier, never failing to add to the lessons that are a reminder of the cornerstones of his career. As the 17th Commanding General of TRADOC, Funk uses his own fundamentals as ‘watch words’, embodying his commitment to excellence for Soldiers, Civilians, and the Families that make up the winningest team in history. Article

Posted February 21, 2020

New catalog links CARL with other libraries

“This new system is part of an enterprise effort by Army University and will be the same for 13 (Training and Doctrine Command) libraries,” said Tiffany Konczey, Army University Library Enterprise Division chief. “For CARL patrons, it means a new online catalog, which once fully implemented will allow patrons to search for both materials in the library — books, DVDs, etc. — as well as articles in the library’s subscriptions. Visit Site

Posted January 29, 2020

Army University TADLP (The Army Distributed Learning Program) Launches New Mobile-friendly website

With the New Year barely underway, The Army Distributed Learning Program located on Fort Eustis has just launched a completely redesigned website. In addition to a more polished look, the site features enhancements to allow for better navigation and user experience via ultra-mobile devices as more than half of all visitors now access the site from their cell phones and tablets. Visit Site

Posted January 22, 2020

The Army's Self-Directed Credentialing Assistance Program at Fort Campbell

As with tuition assistance, credentialing assistance is open to all eligible officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and enlisted Soldiers. But here's the big difference -- in support of credentials the Army will pay for training courses, books, materials, fees, the credentialing exam, and recertification. Visit Site

Posted December 5, 2019

NCOLCoE Launches World Campus Site

The World Campus site is the latest initiative the NCOLCoE produced to enhance the professional lifelong learning capabilities for Soldiers to share across the world. The World Campus site is a centralized online delivery system of professional military education that will make online learning easily accessible for Soldiers beyond the brick and mortar walls. Visit Site

Posted November 20, 2019

Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC)
ArmyU encourages educators to improve military credit transfer

Officials from ArmyU participated in discussions on how to expand collaboration in licensing, credentialing and apprenticeships with the MCMC. Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS)

The Army University (ArmyU) Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) Directorate combines the Voluntary Education (VOLED) roles and functions with the Army Credentialing Program. Full article

Posted September 30, 2019

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Department of Defense Civilians complete leadership training
By Mrs. Bonita Riddley (USASOC)October 8, 2019

The U.S Army Special Operations Command, in partnership with the Army Management Staff College (AMSC), recently hosted an Advance Course and an Intermediate Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, facilitated by a mobile training team (MTT). Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

ArmyU Partners with the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Military Police (MOS 31B) Military Credit Review

Sixteen institutions from across the state sent more than 90 representatives to collaborate and review Army Programs of Instruction for relevant learning outcomes and provide course equivalencies for Soldiers. Visit Site

Posted October 25, 2019

Veterans Without Degrees
The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications

Prior research has shown that the skills and knowledge veterans gain in the U.S. military are often under-recognized and undervalued by civilian employers. Visit Site

Posted October 21, 2019

Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC)
ArmyU encourages educators to improve military credit transfer

Officials from ArmyU participated in discussions on how to expand collaboration in licensing, credentialing and apprenticeships with the MCMC. Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS)

The Army University (ArmyU) Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) Directorate combines the Voluntary Education (VOLED) roles and functions with the Army Credentialing Program. Full article

Posted September 30, 2019

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Department of Defense Civilians complete leadership training
By Mrs. Bonita Riddley (USASOC)October 8, 2019

The U.S Army Special Operations Command, in partnership with the Army Management Staff College (AMSC), recently hosted an Advance Course and an Intermediate Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, facilitated by a mobile training team (MTT). Full Article

Posted October 10, 2019

Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program

Take advantage of a great new opportunity to pay for credentials that can enhance your skills and qualifications both during and after military service. The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program can pay for courses and exams that lead to industry-recognized academic or vocational credentials in an occupational area of your choice. Full article

Posted September 25, 2019

Kansas Board of Regents Launches Military Articulation Portal

TOPEKA, Kansas --The Kansas Board of Regents launched its Military Articulation Portal Aug. 27. The portal provides a central resource for military members and veterans to explore the course credit available to them at public post-secondary institutions in Kansas. Many Kansas colleges and universities offer college credit for military experience. Full article

Posted September 10, 2019

The Army Launches Plan to Give College Credit for Training Soldiers are Already Doing

If all goes according to plan, in the next few years, soldiers with pre-enlistment college credit or using Army tuition assistance funds to pursue degrees will be able to count their time in professional military education courses as credit hours toward higher education. Full article

Posted June 12, 2019

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