The Signal Center has been selected as one of two pilot sites for the Command and General Staff Officer Course’s common-core extended-campus program. Fort Lee, Va., is the other pilot site.
ILE replaces Command and Staff College in the Army’s Officer Education System. CGSOC’s common core is one phase of the Army’s ILE for officers; all majors will be required to complete the common core to achieve Military Education Level 4. Under Officer Personnel Management System III, ILE will consist of the CGSOC common core plus branch or functional-area qualification training. Officers in the operations career field will attend the Advanced Operations Warfighting Course, while FA officers will attend their respective FA-qualification courses as part of ILE.
Selection as an extended-campus site is a significant accomplishment for the Signal Center. If the extended-campus concept proves successful, selected FA 24 and FA 53 officers would be able to attend both phases of ILE at one location and in one permanent-change-of-station move.
The Signal Center is also working to link a graduate-degree program to ILE. Through a combination of graduate credit for military courses and resident graduate courses already offered at Fort Gordon, Ga., FA 24 and FA 53 officers may someday be able to attend ILE and concurrently earn a master’s degree – all in the span of one PCS move to Fort Gordon.
The Regimental POC for ILE is MAJ Al Makowsky, senior career-program manager, Office Chief of Signal, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Army Training Leader Development Program Phase III (warrant officers) panel completed its study April 2. The final report, dated July 18, consists of 63 recommendations broken down into four major categories: Army culture, training and education, manning and professional development. The panel consisted of senior warrant officers, officers and noncommissioned officers from around the world. The study’s results clearly highlighted the problems and challenges facing the warrant-officer corps as the Army transitions to the Objective Force.
Warrant officers are, and continue to be, the Army’s technical experts as the Army transitions to the OF. This – coupled with the OF’s projected reliance on modern systems and technology – will likely bring an expanded role for warrant officers. The panel’s major recommendations are long overdue:
|Fully integrate warrant officers into the officer corps;|
|Merge the Warrant Officer Education System into OES;|
|Formalize the warrant-officer recruiting program;|
|Seriously address the pay-compression problem; and finally,|
|Clarify warrant officers’ roles.|
The challenge will be to ensure all 63 recommendations are accepted and implemented as a package. For example, we must ensure merging WOES into OES doesn’t result in less technical training. Training and Doctrine Command must understand we’re merging the systems to provide warrant officers an expanded opportunity to take advantage of leadership training in OES – skills which will be critical to warrant officers in their expanded roles. In fact, the rapid pace of change in technology will require increased training opportunities for warrant officers as legacy systems are upgraded and new systems are fielded. Merely merging WOES into OES without implementing the recommendations for increasing technical training; establishing a robust assignment-oriented-training program that includes professional training; and establishing a lifelong-learning program available worldwide will cripple an already inadequate and underfunded WOES.
Proponents from all branches must be actively involved in the process to ensure the panel’s recommendations are fully implemented and that final implementation takes into account each branch’s unique requirements. Full implementation of the recommendations is critical if the warrant-officer corps is to provide the Army with the highly technical experts it will need to successfully integrate new technology as the Army transitions to the OF.
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