Command and General Staff College
|U.S. Army Command & General Staff College|
USACGSC Coat of Arms
|Active||1881 – present|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Leavenworth, Kansas|
|David G. Perkins|
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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 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.
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.
- Major General Edmund E. Dillon of Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force
- General Rodolfo G. Alvarado of the Philippines
- General Do Cao Tri of South Vietnam
- General Hau Pei-tsun of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda
- Lt Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba son of Ugandan president, 2007–2008.
- General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan
- General Rahimuddin Khan of Pakistan
- General Jehangir Karamat of Pakistan
- General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani 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 Nguyen Hop Doan of South Vietnam
- General Nguyen Khanh of South Vietnam
- General Pham Van Dong (ARVN general) of South Vietnam
- President and General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia
- General Veljko Kadijević of Yugoslavia
- General Antonio Domingo Bussi of Argentina
- General Alfredo M. Santos of the Philippines
- 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
- Lt. Gen. Rafael Ileto, Secretary of Department of National Defense, Philippines
- 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
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 1968–1969
- Glenn K. Otis Deputy Chief of Staff 1976–1978
- 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 1934–1940
International Students of Class 1998–99
International Students of Class 1998–99 on a Kansas company visit
International Students of Class 1998–99 Gettysburg visit
- Official website
- Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Research Library
- Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library