The CGSC Foundation has selected the 2019 graduating class of CGSC’s Command and General Staff Officer’s Course (CGSOC) as the Person(s) of the Month for June 2019. The class is scheduled to graduate June 14.
The graduating class is comprised of more than 1,100 officers including mid-career officers from all American military services as well as 110 international officers representing 87 countries and 26 federal government civilian employees.
The 10-month CGSOC provides the graduates with war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for them to be proficient in land operations with other services, agencies and militaries around the world. CGSC and the CGSOC are renowned in the study of leadership, the conduct of joint and combined land warfare, and the application of joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational operations and organizations in support of national objectives.
The education all CGSOC students receive is on a graduate-level, but they also have the opportunity to enroll in the Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) degree program. (CGSC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award the master’s degree.) Participation in the degree component of CGSOC is voluntary since many come to Fort Leavenworth with master’s, doctorates or professional degrees already in hand, or in progress. In addition to successful completion of the core elements of the course, MMAS candidates must pass an oral comprehensive exam, and write, then orally defend, a thesis based on their original research. – In the 2019 graduating class, 149 students will be awarded the MMAS, one of the highest numbers of degrees awarded for any CGSOC class.
Every academic year the CGSC Foundation conducts events during which CGSC students and the Foundation’s civilian visitors have an opportunity to interact. During academic year 2019, the Foundation’s visitors consistently commented on how impressed they were by the military men and women they met and how much they appreciated the students’ professionalism and commitment to excellence.
Although CGSOC offers a graduate-level education, CGSOC students are anything but normal graduate students. Out of the 1,100 in the 2019 class, nearly 1,000 have deployed to combat operations or other military engagements around the world. More than half came with a master’s degree already in hand or in progress, with nine holding or working on a doctorate, and another 28 with professional degrees. As with previous CGSOC classes, students in the 2019 class also arrived at CGSC with approximately 10 years of experience in their profession.
The CGSC Foundation salutes the Command and General Staff Officer Class of 2019 as we recognize the entire class as the Persons of the Month for June 2019. We wish them all well and thank them for their leadership and dedication to duty as they head out to take on new challenges and new missions around the world.