U.S. Army Special Forces Advanced Education
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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TRADOC is redesigning its commissioned officer Intermediate Level Education ILE program to allow every active duty Army major to attend a resident CGSOC. The redesign changes the curriculum focus from terminal and enabling learning objectives to a competency-based learning approach based on the requirements of an officers specific career field, branch, or functional area. FM 22-100 was selected as the basis for developing a framework of seven competencies that identify supporting skills and behaviors. The seven competencies consist of what Army officers must know and do to be successful. While these competencies are critical for all Army officers, alone they are inadequate for the advanced intermediate education needs of Special Forces SF officers. The thesis reviews the history of SF and SOF education to determine impacts on current CGSC SOF education. The SF competencies contained in FM 3-05.20, Special Forces Operations, were selected as the doctrinal basis for identifying what an SF officer should know and do, proposing they be used to shape SF advanced ILE imbedded in ILE AOWC. The thesis reviews Army SOF 2010, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Strategic Planning Guidance, Army SOF Objective Force Concept draft, and a SF Advanced Studies Program draft developed by the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School to identify what SF is required to know and do now, and in the future. Further, the thesis compares the SF competencies to joint SOF learning areas prepared by USSOCOM to further define supporting learning areas that may be used to design SF ILE.
- Humanities and History
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations