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The Junior Command and Staff Course (JCSC)
The principal course of the AJD is Junior Command and Staff Course (JCSC), the aim of which is: "To develop and assess the professional knowledge and understanding of junior officers in order to prepare them for appointments in command and on the staff, and for promotion to major"
All Regular Army officers are required to attend JCSC when they are about 28 years old. The course consists of 5 phases:
Phase 1 requires students to conduct background reading and to submit a written paper on a relevant modern military campaign.
Phase 2, lasting 4 weeks, covers Management and Technology at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham.
Phase 3, for phase 3 students move to the Joint Services Command at Staff College, in Shrivenham, where they study Military Operations and Administration for 10 weeks. The aim of the Operations and Administration phase of the JCSC is to provide Army student officers with the level of knowledge of operations and staff duties required by captains in future command and staff appointments. AJD conducts three JCSC Phase 3 courses per year, each of approximately 140 students; not all of whom will undertake the other phases.
Phase 4 This is immediately followed by Phase 4 of 4 weeks of Defence Studies at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Phase 5 The course culminates in Phase 5 with 3 days of examinations. An examination pass qualifies students for promotion to major. A higher level pass enables students to be considered for selection to attend the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the JSCSC.
Phase 3 of the JCSC, the Operations and Logistics phase, is divided into two 5 week terms. During the first term, foundation studies are taught, in particular:

  • Military doctrine
  • The organisation and Capability of the Arms and Services
  • Operational and Non-Operational Staff Work
  • Non-Operational Military Law
Subjects taught during the second term include:
  • Operations of War
  • Operations Other Than War
  • Operational Military Law

Many lectures are given by acknowledged experts in these fields, who may be senior military officers from the Ministry of Defence or civilian experts from universities and other teaching establishments. 
The method of instruction follows the traditional Staff College format of pre-reading, central presentation, syndicate discussion and confirmatory exercise. The course involves considerable out of hours work. 
Students are assessed on a continuous basis during the course. Whilst everyone who completes the course is deemed to have passed, the individual student report, written by the Directing Staff, influences immediate and near-future appointments within the Army.

Aim:
" To develop and assess the professional knowledge and understanding of junior officers in order to prepare them for appointments in command and on the staff, and for promotion to major"