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ADF Joint Warrant Officer Course (JWOC)

JWOC is designed to prepare selected WOs for future employment in appointments at the strategic and operational level.


Australian Command and Staff Course - Joint

ACSC(J) is a 46 week integrated military and university course for mid-career ADF and international military officers and selected Australian Public Servants.

ACSC(J) Course Details

Australian Command and Staff Course – Army Reserve

Introduction

The Army Reserve Command and Staff Course (ACSC(R)) course is conducted at Australian Defence College Weston Creek, Canberra.

The course comprises of three modules designed to mirror key aspects the Full Time (FT) ACSC course curriculum. The ACSC(R) course is conducted through pre-course, Distance Education (DE) and residential components.

The emphasis of the ACSC(R) course is to develop course members' (CM) professional skills and provide them with a deeper appreciation of the factors that influence decision making in senior positions.

Successful completion of the ACSC(R) is a pre-requisite for promotion of ARES officers to LTCOL. Successful completion of this course is also a major discriminator in the PAC process for promotion to COL.

The ACSC(R) course mirrors key elements of the FT course All Corps Officer Training continuum (ACOTC) functional areas which have been tailored to meet the requirements of the Part Time (PT) CM. The ACSC(R) curriculum has been designed to maximise integration with the FT course, particularly with regard to central presentations, syndicate discussion and work. The level of integration is limited to the time CM are available for the ACSC(R). In common with the FT course, ARES CM conduct additional work outside of normal hours which may be either preparatory or an assessed element of the course work.

ACSC (R) Continued

Vision

The ACSC(R) vision is to be acknowledged by key Stakeholders in the ADF as promoting excellence in war-fighting and developing quality ARES leaders.

Mission

The ACSC(R) course is to prepare Active Reserve (AR) officers for command and staff appointments at the 05 level in future war fighting and peace time environments.

Objective

The ACSC(R) objective is to develop leaders who seek knowledge, value intellectual capital and demonstrate:

  • timely and appropriate decision making;
  • productive participation in, and leadership of, multi-disciplinary teams;
  • use of critical reflection to identify opportunities for improvement;
  • flexibility, imagination, adaptability, common sense and innovation;
  • successful problem solving; and
  • effective work in an environment of complexity and uncertainty.
The achievement of these behaviours is supported by the following enabling skills:
  • effective writing;
  • effective speaking and listening;
  • effective working as an operational planner; and
  • mastery of own Service and knowledge of the joint environment.

Course Outline

The ACSC(R) course comprises three modules that are delivered through a combination of DE and residential components. CM are posted to ACSC and complete the course over one year. On exception students may complete the course over two years.

The ACSC(R) course has been designed and developed around selected elements of the FT Joint and Army Single Service course. The ACSC(R) curriculum has been designed to maximise integration with the FT course, particularly with regard to central presentations, syndicate discussion and work.

The level of integration is however, limited to the time CM are available for the ACSC(R). In common with the FT course, ARES CM conduct additional work outside of normal hours which may be either preparatory or an assessed element of the course work.

The course year mirrors that of the FT course which commences in late January and finishes in early December. The course is administered through ACSC and delivered by ARES LTCOL DS posted to ACSC.

The panel size for each year is approximately 25 CM.

To graduate the course and be awarded a PSC(r), CM are to pass the following three modules:

Foundation Studies

The module consists of a seminar and written assignments over a 12-month period involving the study of campaigns from different eras with an emphasis on research and analysis. (18 ARTD including 4 days residential).

Operations

The module consists of 16-day residential and distance learning phases involving the application of land operations in brigade and divisional settings and an introduction to Joint Operations. (28 ARTD including 2 weeks residential).

Command, Leadership & Training

The module consists of 16-day residential and distance learning phases involving the research, analysis and delivery of a unit training directive and command study.(30 ARTD including 2 weeks residential).

The ACSC(R) is delivered in an environment dedicated to providing the highest standard of professional development for future leaders in the Army Reserve. Staff and CM are expected to share in a commitment to excellence that is achieved in a supportive environment whose characteristics include:

  • a focus on active learning, offering CM the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the course;
  • wherever possible, the use of real world rather than fictitious problems;
  • encouragement of individual experimentation and creativity;
  • cooperative teamwork;
  • open and honest sharing of information and knowledge;
  • support for the personal and professional growth of all CM's; and
  • respect and fairness towards all CM's, regardless of rank, Service, gender, nationality, religion, culture, experience or expertise.
CM can expect to participate in a variety of educational mediums including:
  • guided personal study and reflections;
  • lectures;
  • syndicate discussions;
  • group work;
  • plenary sessions; and
  • assigned reading/reflection.
Throughout the course, CM will be required to produce a variety of assigned work that includes:
  • written briefs;
  • oral briefs;
  • command instructions;
  • defence essays;
  • examinations;
  • group work; and
  • operational staff-work including campaign plans.