Academic journal article Military Review

AMSC Designs New Curriculum

Academic journal article Military Review

AMSC Designs New Curriculum

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With rapid changes taking place in America's Army, future leaders will be responsible for major decisions that affect Force XXI. In this time of change, the Army Management Staff College (AMSC) is keeping pace to ensure its graduates are prepared to make those critical leadership decisions.

In 1995, AMSC faculty interviewed 169 general officers, senior executive service and political appointee US Army, DOD and selected federal institution executives to determine characteristics that senior leaders need. Following these interviews, AMSC leaders began a curriculum rebuild to incorporate their suggestions. Starting with Class 96-3, which began in September 1996, the AMSC Sustaining Base Leadership and Management Course remained a 14-week program of study but changed to 12 weeks in residence. Prior to arrival, students must devote an equivalent of two weeks of study to fulfilling reading and writing requirements, taking a diagnostic test and completing self-assessment forms. Accomplishing these tasks beforehand develops a common base line of knowledge among students. …

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