United States Army Command and General Staff College
|The Command and General Staff College|
Fort Leavenworth, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Device
|Branch||United States Army|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Leavenworth, Kansas|
|John S. Kern|
The United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC or, obsolete, USACGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is a graduate school for United States Army and sister service officers, interagency representatives, and international military officers. The college was established in 1881 by William Tecumseh Sherman as the School of Application for Infantry and Cavalry, (later simply the Infantry and Cavalry School), a training school for infantry and cavalry officers. In 1907 it changed its title to the School of the Line. The curriculum expanded throughout World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and continues to adapt to include lessons learned from current conflicts.
In addition to the main campus at Fort Leavenworth, the college has satellite campuses at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The satellite campuses provide non-residential distance learning opportunities.
The United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) educates and develops leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency and multinational operations; acts as lead agent for the Army's leader development program; and advances the art and science of the profession of arms in support of Army operational requirements.
The college consists of four schools:
- Command and General Staff School (CGSS) provides Intermediate Level Education (ILE) for United States Army and sister service officers, interagency representatives, and international military officers. ILE is a ten-month graduate-level program; the curriculum includes instruction on leadership philosophy, military history, and the military planning and decision-making processes. There are two ILE classes per year; the first begins in August and ends in June, the second begins in February and ends in December. Both classes complete the same curriculum. In addition to the ILE curriculum, students may complete a thesis-level research paper and receive a Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) degree. The Masters program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body for collegiate institutions in the midwestern United States. ILE students are normally mid-career field-grade officers preparing for battalion command or staff positions at the division, brigade, or battalion level. In addition to CGSS at Fort Leavenworth, the school operates satellite campuses at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Students at the satellite campuses complete the ILE Common Core, a condensed ninety-day program without the MMAS option, in lieu of the traditional ten-month program.
- School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) provides post-ILE instruction on complex military issues at the strategic and operational levels. Students who complete the curriculum receive a Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) and are then assigned as high-level military planners. The Masters program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body for collegiate institutions in the midwestern United States.
- School for Command Preparation (SCP) provides instruction for colonels, lieutenant colonels, and command sergeants major who have been selected for brigade or battalion command. Courses are normally three to four weeks and focus on special topics unique to assumption of command at the levels indicated.
- School of Advanced Leadership and Tactics (SALT) provides officer continuing education towards developing the Scholar-Warrior-Leader from first lieutenant to selection for major. The result is mastery of branch-specific technical and tactical skills, staff processes in battalions and brigades, direct leadership and command competencies, and initial broadening opportunities.
- During World War I, the CGSC at Ft. Leavenworth was closed, from 1916 until 1920. Most of the school staff was sent to Langres, France, to open and conduct the Army General Staff College, which operated from November 1917 to December 1918. This compressed-curriculum school was needed to provide command and staff officers for the exponentially growing number of Army units; divisions, regiments, brigades, and battalions.
Notable foreign alumni
The college reports that 7,000 international students representing 155 countries have attended CGSC since 1894 and that more than 50 percent of CGSC International Military Student (IMS) graduates attain the rank of general.
- Brigadier General Mamerto S. Bocanegra Armed Forces of the Philippines
- Director General Recaredo Sarmiento II, Chief PNP (Philippine National Police)
- General Rodolfo G. Alvarado of the Philippines
- General Alfredo M. Santos of the Philippines
- Lieutenant General Rafael Ileto (former Secretary of the Department of National Defense) of the Philippines
- Lieutenant General Guillermo G. Flores (former Philippine Army Chief and Armed Forces Vice-Chief of Staff) of the Philippines
- Major General Edmund E. Dillon of Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
- Prime Minister and General Tran Thien Khiem of South Vietnam
- General Do Cao Tri of South Vietnam
- Colonel Le Huy Luyen of South Vietnam
- General Hau Pei-tsun of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda
- General Katumba Wamala of Uganda
- Brigadier General Muhoozi Kainerugaba son of Ugandan president, 2007–08.
- General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan
- General Rahimuddin Khan of Pakistan
- General Jehangir Karamat of Pakistan
- General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani of Pakistan
- Brigadier Abdul Shakur Malik, Force Commander for the Northern Areas, Acting Director-General Military Training, of Pakistan
- General Eiji Kimizuka of Japan
- General Hisham Jaber of Lebanon
- General Krishnaswamy Sundarji of Indian Army
- Prime Minister and Brigadier-General Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore
- General Dieudonné Kayembe Mbandakulu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- President Gaafar Nimeiry of Sudan
- Lt.Col Anastasio Somoza Portocarrero of the Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua
- General Nguyễn Hợp Đoàn of South Vietnam
- General Nguyễn Khánh of South Vietnam
- General Phạm Văn Đồng of South Vietnam
- Ministry/Chief of Army General Staff and General Ahmad Yani of Indonesia
- President and General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia
- General Veljko Kadijević of Yugoslavia
- General Antonio Domingo Bussi of Argentina
- General Moeen U Ahmed of Bangladesh
- General Amer Khammash of Jordan
- General Arne Dagfin Dahl of Norway
- General Gustav Hägglund of Finland
- General Avigdor Kahalani of Israel
- General David Tevzadze of Georgia
- Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava of Georgia
- General Moeen U Ahmed of Bangladesh
- Minister of War and Chief of Intelligence Amin Howeidy of Egypt
- Général d'armée René Imbot, (fr:René Imbot#États-majors et commandements) Chief of Staff of the French Army, General Director of DGSE, France.
- King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain
- General Abdulkadir Sheikh Dini of Somalia
- Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali of Egypt
- Lieutenant General Sean McCann of Ireland
Notable faculty and deputy commandants
- Robert Arter (Deputy Commandant 1977–79)
- Richard E. Cavazos (faculty 1970–71)
- Roger H.C. Donlon (1978–81)
- Frederick M. Franks, Jr. (Deputy commandant 1985–87)
- James F. Hamlet Chief of the Air Mobility Branch 1968–69
- Glenn K. Otis Deputy Chief of Staff 1976–78
- Colin Powell Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Arms Combat Development Activity (1982–83)
- Gordon R. Sullivan Deputy Commandant 1987–88
- Adna R. Chaffee, Jr. 1919–20
- Clarence R. Huebner (1929–33)
- Walter Krueger (1901–12)
- Lucian Truscott 1934–40
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(p.173): "As directed by the General of the Army, in communication of September 27, I have the honor to submit the annual report of proceedings and results at the United States infantry and cavalry school here located, or for the period from December 1, last, the date of its organization, to the present time.
The school was organized under the provisions of General Orders No. 42, War Department, of May 7, 1881, which provided that the commanding general of the Department of the Missouri should, as soon as the requisite number of companies could be assembled at Fort Leavenworth, take measures to establish a school for infantry and cavalry similar to that in operation at Fort Monroe for the artillery arm of the service."
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- Official website
- Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Research Library
- Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library