FY 2017 Army Competitive Category (ACC) Intermediate Level Education (ILE) Selection Board and Process for Submitting ILE Resident Attendance Preferences
A. AR 350-1 (Army Training and Leader Development), 19 Aug 14.
B. AR 600-8-104 (Military Personnel Information Management/Records), 22 Jun 04.
C. AR 623-3 (Evaluation Reporting System), 31 Mar 14.
D. AR 640-30 (Photographs for Military Human Resources Records), 18 Sep 08.
E. MILPER Message number 17-114, AHRC-PDV-PO, 30 Mar 17, subject: Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17) Major (MAJ), Operations (OPS), Operations Support (OS), Force Sustainment (FS), and Information Dominance (ID) Promotion Selection Board (PSB), Zones of Consideration.
1. This MILPER Message expires NLT 31 Mar 18.
2. The ILE Board will consider officers selected for promotion to major for attendance at the 10-month resident or 14-week satellite course beginning in summer 2018. The FY16 ILE Selection Board will be conducted immediately following the Major, ACC Promotion Selection Board convening on 11 Jul 17 recessing o/a 03 Aug 17. Officers not selected for promotion to major will not be considered by the ILE Board. Officers not selected for either a 10-month resident or 14-week satellite campus will complete ILE by distance learning. There is no requirement to update “My Board File” for this board since the ILE Selection Board will use the same board file from the FY17 Major Promotion Board.
3. On 10 May 17, the ILE Preference Site for the eligible population will open. Prior to 10 Aug 17, eligible officers will submit up to five preferences for attendance at 10-month resident ILE locations. This includes all officers in the zone of consideration for promotion to major and officers previously selected for resident ILE who have not attended yet. HRC will use these preferences to slate all 10-month venue selected officers to a particular ILE opportunity for attendance in Academic Year (AY) 2018-2019. Factors influencing officer slating include preference, OML ranking, branch (if applicable), foreign language skill (if applicable), and seat availability. If an officer does not submit any preference, the officer’s first choice will be considered to be U.S. Army CGSOC at Fort Leavenworth, KS. However, all officers are slated in accordance with the needs of the Army.
4. This message describes ILE opportunities and the procedures for submitting preferences for attendance to any 10-month resident ILE venue. All eligible officers who are competing for selection are strongly encouraged to submit their preferences during the preference window. This is the only opportunity officers will have to submit preferences prior to ILE slating. For further information, officers are advised to contact their respective career manager. The following link will be used to access the ILE preference site: https://preferences.hrc.army.mil/HTDocs/ The site will open on 10 May 2017. Officers must go to this site and submit their preferences NLT 10 Aug 17 in order for them to be considered for slating. If an officer does not submit a preference statement, they will be slated for ILE based on the needs of the army. Whether or not an officer submits preferences has no bearing on whether the officer is selected for resident attendance. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. Officers being considered for promotion to major are all eligible and encouraged to submit preferences including Above Zone (DOR 08 Mar 11 and earlier), Promotion Zone (09 Mar 11 THRU 22 Jul 12), and Below Zone (23 Jul 12 THRU 22 Jul 13). Additionally, officers previously selected for resident ILE attendance but who have not yet attended ILE are also eligible to submit preferences.
5. The primary means by which Active Army Officers attain MEL 4 certification and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I certification are:
a. 10-month resident Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) at Ft Leavenworth, KS for all basic branches and limited selection for functional area (FA) 26, 29, 30, 40, 46, 49, 51(AC), 57 and 59.
b. 14-week Satellite Location at Ft Belvoir, Ft Gordon, Ft Lee or Redstone Arsenal and their respective Individual Qualification Course (IQC) for all Functional Area Officers and the Advanced Operations Course (AOC) through distance learning for basic branch officers and FA 57.
c. Sister Service ILE including the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, the Naval Command and Staff College at Newport, RI and the Marine Command and General Staff College at Quantico, VA.
d. Foreign School ILE that includes 20 foreign command and staff courses listed in this MILPER message.
e. Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation CGSOC at Ft Benning, GA. This course is taught in Spanish.
f. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA. This is an 18 month MEL-4 and JPME-1 producing program open to certain eligible ARSOF (18A/37A/38A/select Ranger Regiment) officers and is subject to availability of funds. There are only two curriculum choices available, the 699-Special Operations Curriculum and the 698-Joint Information and Strategy and Political Warfare Curriculum. Please note: 37A Applicants can only select the 698 Curriculum. ARSOF officers applying to Naval Postgraduate School should submit completed packets to Ms. Michelle Worsley NLT COB Friday 01 Sep 17. Acceptable channels of submission can be found in (7). Packets must include:
(1) Updated ORB with current DA Photo.
(2) Last three years’ of Officer Evaluation Reports. If your last three OER’s do not equal three years, you must provide more OER’s to equal the required amount.
(3) DA Form 1618 – endorsed by the Group or Brigade Commander (O6 level).
(4) HRC Branch approval memo signed by the applicant’s respective assignments officer (example can be found at the following hyperlink: http://www.soc.mil/swcs/sweg/graduate.html).
(5) Statement of Purpose in Academic Essay Format (minimum of 250 words, not to exceed 1000 words). Detail your research interest and how it would support Special Operations. Please be mindful when tailoring your essay, that this is a strategic focused course. You must also elect your curriculum choice in your essay.
(6) NPS Conditional Acceptance Letter. To receive the acceptance letter, candidates must apply online to NPS at http://www.nps.edu/academics/admissions/criteria/activemilitary.html. Located under the “U.S. Army Officers” section there is a hyperlink “online” that must be selected to initiate the application process. Note: Applicants are only permitted to select either the 698 or 699 curriculum, all other curriculum choices shown on acceptance letters will be considered ineligible. Receipt of a conditional acceptance letter from NPS does not determine overall program selection.
(7) Official undergraduate transcripts. Transcripts and packets can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; delivered in person to room 369 COL Aaron Bank Hall; or mailed (provide tracking information) to:
USAJFKSWCS; AOJK – EDG
ATTN: Michelle Worsley
3004 Ardennes Street Stop A
Fort Bragg, North Carolina 28310
(8) GPA requirements – it is requested that applicants have a minimum 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA. If applicant does not have the minimum GPA, they may still apply for consideration with an accompanied GPA waiver form (example can be found at the following hyperlink: http://www.soc.mil/swcs/sweg/graduate.html).
(9) Final selections are deemed conditional and are dependent upon MAJ promotion selection and the needs of the Army. In addition, selectees must not be pending any adverse actions at any time during this process.
g. Command and General Staff Course Common Core Curriculum (Advanced Distributed Learning). Officers not selected for attendance at a resident ILE venue will be required to complete CGSOC by DL. Officers selected for resident attendance may request an exception to policy to complete CGSOC by DL, though it is strongly discouraged. Requests for exception to policy should be routed through the first General Officer in your chain of command to Human Resources Command, OPMD, Leader Development Division, ATTN: Mr. Charles Worrill. All basic branch officers and select functional area officers who complete CGSC Common Core by DL are also required to complete the Advanced Operations Course (AOC) or Individual Qualification Course (IQC) in order to be fully MEL 4/JPME I qualified.
6. The school dates for Army ILE (10-month and 14-week satellites) are:
date location start
Ft. Lee, VA Jan-18 Apr-18 Ft. Lee, VA Aug-18 Dec-18
Ft. Belvoir, VA Jan-18 Apr 18 Ft. Belvoir, VA Aug-18 Dec-18
Redstone Arsenal Jan-18 Apr-18 Redstone Arsenal, AL Aug-18 Dec-18
Ft Gordon, GA Mar-18 Jun-18 Ft Gordon, GA Nov-18 Mar-19
Ft. Lee, VA May-18 Aug-18 Ft. Lee, VA Jan-19 Apr-19
Ft. Belvoir, VA May-18 Aug-18 Ft. Belvoir, VA Jan-19 Apr 19
Redstone Arsenal May-18 Aug-18 Redstone Arsenal, AL Jan-19 Apr-19
Ft Gordon, GA Jul-18 Oct-18 Ft. Leavenworth, KS Aug-18 Jun-19
7. Eligibility for certain foreign, sister service schools, or the Naval Postgraduate School may be limited by an officer’s branch and for some schools, language proficiency. These constraints are listed below. Dates of attendance to sister service schools are typically July to June. Exceptions to these dates are identified below with the school listing. Dates of attendance to foreign schools are indicated in the description below. Officers selected for attendance to foreign schools should verify course dates with the school POC listed on their web site.
8. IAW AR 350-1, Officers attending non-Army schools are required to attend the two-week ILE Preparatory Course prior to attendance at the non-Army school. Officers selected for attendance at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) are not required to attend the ILE Preparatory Course. Officers selected to attend the Naval Command and Staff College or the Air Command and Staff College will attend the ILE Preparatory Courses at those course locations. All other officers including U.S. Marine CSC will attend the ILE Preparatory Course at Ft Leavenworth, KS.
9. Officers who graduate from sister service command and staff courses will earn a Masters Degree. Officers who have attended an Army fully funded graduate school are ineligible to apply for attendance at sister service schools, but are eligible for foreign ILE.
10. Foreign schools. This list consists of current requirements that are programmed to be filled by officers promoted from the FY17 Majors List. However, Schools of Other Nations (SON) Program seats are subject to change. When opening the preference site, officers may find more schools available for selection than are listed here. If you have any questions, contact the HRC POC for this MILPER. Most Foreign Command and Staff Colleges award a Masters Degree, but not all of these degrees are academically accredited in the United States.
a. Argentina – “Command and Staff Course” at the Escuela Superior de Guerra, language: Spanish, DLPT scores of 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to combat arms officers only. School report dates are Jan 19 to Jan 20.
b. Australia – “Australian Command and Staff Course” at the Australian Defence College, language: English. Attendance is open to all branches; there are two seats available. School dates are Jan 19 to Dec 19.
c. Bangladesh – “Defense Services Command and Staff College of Bangladesh”. Language: English; attendance is open to all branches; one student per year. Dates are Feb 19 to Jan 20.
d. Baltic Defense College –“Joint Command and General Staff Course (JCGSC)” at Tartu, Estonia, language: English. Attendance is open to combat arms and MI officers only. Dates are Jul 18 to May 19.
e. Belgium – “Superior Staff Course”, at the Belgian Royal Military Academy. language: French or Dutch, 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to combat arms officers only; one student per year. Dates are Aug 18 to May 19.
f. Brazil – “Command and General Staff Course for Officers of Friendly Nations” at the Escola de Commando e Estado – Maior do Exercito, language: Portuguese, 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to all branches; school dates are Jan 19 to Dec 19.
g. Canada – “Joint Forces Command and Staff Programme” at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, language: English. Attendance is open to combat arms officers only; one student per year. School dates are Aug 18 to Jun 19.
h. Chile – Command and Staff College at the “Army War Academy of Chile” in Santiago, Chile. Language: Spanish, 2/2/2 minimum. Attendance is open to all branches; school dates are Jan 19 to Nov 19.
i. Colombia – “Curso de Estado Mayor (CEM) Staff Course” at the Escuela Superior de Guerra Esdegue, Bogota, Colombia. Language Spanish, 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to all branches. Course dates are Jan 19 to Dec 19.
j. France – “Joint Staff Course” at the College Interarmees de Defense (CID) language: French, 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to all branches; one student per year. School dates are Jul 18 to Jun 19.
k. Germany – “German Armed Forces Staff Course” Fuehrungsakademie der Bundeswehr, language: German, 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to combat arms officers only. This is a two-year program; one student per year. School dates are Sep 18 to Sep 20.
l. Ireland – “Command and Staff Course” at the Military College of the Irish Defense Forces Training Centre, language: English. Attendance is open to all branches; one student per year. School dates are Jun 18 to May 19.
m. Italy – “The Joint Services Staff Course” at the Istituto di Stato Maggiore Interforze, language: Italian, 2/2/2 minimum, 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to all branches; one student per year. School dates are Sep 18 to Jul 19.
n. Japan – “Japanese Ground Self-Defense Staff Course” at the National Defense Academy of Japan, language: Japanese, 2/2/2 minimum. Attendance is open to all branches; one student per year. School dates are Aug 18 to Jul 19.
o. Kuwait – “Staff and Command Course” at the Mubarak al-Abdullah leadership and joint staff college, language: English. The Kuwait staff and command course is restricted to male operations officers only; one student per year. Dates are Sep 18 to Jul 19.
p. Netherlands – “Joint Command and General Staff Course” at the Netherlands Defense College (NDC), language: Dutch 3/3. Open to all branches; one student every other year, course length: 18 months, dates are Jan 19 to Jul 20.
q. Singapore – “Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff Course” at the SAF Military Training Institute in Jurong; language: English. Open to any branch. Course length, 12 months, dates are Jul 2019 to Jun 2020.
r. Spain – “Spanish Command and Staff Course” at the Superior de las Fuerzas Armadas, language: Spanish, 2/2/2 minimum; 3/3/3 preferred. Attendance is open to all branches; one student per year. Dates are Aug 18 to Jun 19.
s. United Kingdom – “Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC)” at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, language: English. Attendance is open to combat arms officers only. Two students per year. Dates are Aug 18 to Jul 19.
t. Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) Fort Benning, GA; language: Spanish, 2/2/2. Attendance is open to all branches; approximately 20 officers are selected each year. Dates are Jun 18 to May 19. School info at: https://www.benning.army.mil/whinsec/
11. Sister Service Schools.
a. Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, RI: College of Naval Warfare students pursue studies in each of the Naval War College’s three core subject areas in the following order of presentation: national security decision making, policy and strategy, and joint military operations. During the first two of these tri-semesters, college of naval warfare students will be joined in lectures and in seminars by international students of the Naval Command College. Upon graduation, officers earn a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. 58 officers are selected each year.
b. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA: informed by the study of history, language and culture, Marine CSC educates and trains its joint, multinational, and interagency professionals in order to produce skilled warfighting leaders able to overcome diverse 21st century security challenges. Marine CSC offers students the option of completing the requirements for a Master of Military Studies (MMS). Approximately 17 officers are selected each year.
c. Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, AL: the Air Force’s Intermediate Professional Military Education (PME) school, prepares field grade officers of all services (primarily majors and major selects), international officers, and us civilians to assume positions of higher responsibility within the military and other government arenas. ACSC focuses on shaping and molding tomorrow’s leaders and commanders. The ACSC curriculum encourages the development of higher order thinking by challenging students to think critically and exercise a combination of analytical and practical tools required as leaders charged with the nation’s defense. ACSC graduates are well educated in the profession of arms with emphasis on the use of air and space power in joint campaign planning and the operational art of war. Upon graduation, officers earn a Masters Degree in Military Operational Arts and Science. 43 officers are selected each year.
12. Selection Procedures:
a. For schools requiring a foreign language (Foreign Schools and WHINSEC), the officer must have the language and skill level annotated on their ORB in order to attend. Preferences will still be accepted and considered but an officer will not be placed on orders until they have demonstrated proficiency at the required language and scores are annotated on their ORB.
b. Naval Postgraduate School. Only Special Forces branch, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, and Ranger Regiment Infantry Officers are allowed to compete for Naval Postgraduate School. Other officers selected through their branches for Advanced Civil Schools may elect to attend Naval Postgraduate School and may be eligible to receive ILE credit. Contact your assignment officer for more information.
13. Specific questions about any ILE venue should be addressed to each officer’s career manager at HRC. A complete listing of branch POCs can be found on the web at: https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Officer%20Personnel%20Management%20Directorate. POC for this message is Mr. Chris Worrill at email@example.com , phone 502-613-6423, DSN 983-6423.