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ILE attendance for Senior Captains and Majors

What is it? Though in-residence attendance is still considered the primary method for achieving ILE completion, a policy change has been made to provide an alternative method of completing Intermediate Level Education course (formerly CGSC) for Army competitive category (ACC) Branch Officers.

Change in policy states that all Army competitive category (ACC) branch and functional area officers WILL complete ILE prior to the 15th year of commissioned service. Change in policy also permits selected ACC branch officers to complete ILE by attending the approximately 15-week ILE Common Core course in residence, either at Fort Leavenworth or a satellite campus, and then completing the Advanced Operations and Warfighting Course (AOWC) by Distributed Learning (DL). Due to current operational demands, a significant number of ILE seats are not being filled. Commanders should encourage eligible officers to complete ILE as soon as possible, either through the all-resident course at Fort Leavenworth, or by means of the alternate method which is a combination of resident and non-resident instruction.

What will the Army do? 1) Allow selected officers to complete part of ILE through Distributed Learning conducted on-line, thus eliminating time away from the operational Army. 2) Maximize ILE education during reset and post deployment activities. 3) Select some ACC branch officers to attend the ILE common core curriculum at a satellite campus. 4) Select some ACC branch officers to attend the ILE common core curriculum at Fort Leavenworth. 5) Allow ACC branch officers who take only the ILE common core curriculum in residence to complete the remainder of ILE, AOWC, through Distributed Learning.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? To send as many officers as possible to the resident ILE course at Fort Leavenworth, but review officers on a case by case basis and select some for completion of ILE by the alternative method. To keep eligibility requirements the same where the officer must complete a branch officer captains' career course or equivalent, have successfully served in a branch leader development position, and have had eight years of AFCS.

Why is it important to the Army? Institutional training is a key part of leader development in the Army. The education received at ILE prepares officers to serve more effectively as field grade officers. Officers who do not attend ILE do a disservice to their careers and their units. Non-attendance at ILE threatens readiness. ILE alternative methods of education provide flexibility to the Army and the officer in need of an ILE education.

For more information: U.S. Army Human Resources Command

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