About the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

CGSC’s mission is to educate and develop leaders for full-spectrum joint, interagency, and multinational Operations; act as lead agent for the Army’s leader development programs; and advance the art and science of the profession of arms in support of Army operational requirements. CGSC is comprised of three schools:

CGSS (Command and General Staff School—Out of old habits many still refer to this course as CGSC). All Army Majors with a small contingent of officers from the other service branches and international officers attend CGSS. CGSS’s mission is to educate and train field-grade officers to be adaptive leaders, capable of critical thinking, and prepared to operate in full-spectrum Army, joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environments. This education prepares officers for the next 5-10 years of their career. CGSS is primarily taught at Fort Leavenworth, but some Army Majors receive their Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at one of the three satellite campus locations: Fort Belvoir, Va.; Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Gordon, Ga. Additionally, about 8,000 students each year, primarily Guard and Reserve, receive ILE via the Internet through CGSS’s Department of Distance Education.

SAMS (School of Advanced Military Studies). SAMS educates the future commanders and leaders of our Armed Forces, our Allies, and the Interagency at the graduate level to think strategically and operationally to solve complex problems across the security environment. The School administers the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship Program, a senior service college fellowship, and the Advanced Military Studies Program, a second year of intermediate, master’s level education.

SCP (School for Command Preparation). SCP is a one to four week course taught at Fort Leavenworth that provides education and preparation for Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Command Sergeants Major and their spouses selected for Battalion and Brigade levels of command.

CGSC is a fully accredited college by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CGSC provides graduate level instruction and offers a master’s degree program through the CGSS and the SAMS courses to officers who elect to enroll in the program of study. As with any graduate program the requirements for a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences are demanding.

CGSC is led by the classic military chain of command, but also includes a collegiate structure under the Dean of Academics. The CGSC Deputy Commandant, a Brigadier General, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CGSC and reports to the commandant, a Lieutenant General, who is also the commander of Fort Leavenworth.


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Foundation hosts dinner in honor of Sinise family, new leadership award

The CGSC Foundation hosted a dinner June 12, 2014 at the Frontier Conference Center on Fort Leavenworth in honor of Gary Sinise and family in celebration of Sinise’s sponsorship of the new Lt. Col. Boyd McCanna “Mac” Harris Leadership Award at CGSC.


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Simons Center announces third annual Open Interagency Writing Competition

The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation announces its third annual open Interagency Writing Competition for 2014. The competition is open to the public and recognizes papers that provide insight and fresh thinking in advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of interagency coordination, cooperation, and collaboration at the tactical or operational level of effort. The competition opens May 1. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.


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Ethic Symposium – May 5-8

The 2014 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium will be conducted May 5-8 at the Frontier Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Professional Ethics and Personal Morality.”