I have been deployed several times to Iraq and I've visited Afghanistan on several occasions, and the thing that never, ever changes is the professionalism and preparedness of our Soldiers. As I've had the opportunity to go around and visit them first hand, I am so impressed with their dedication, not only to the mission, but their dedication to each other.
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, speaking to service members and civilians, during his recent visit to the Regional Command (South) area of operations in Afghanistan, including Forward Operating Base Zangabad, near the horn of Panjwai, Sept. 18, 2012
Odierno visits Soldiers in southern Afghanistan
Soldiers worry if seeking Army Substance Abuse Program assistance will affect or even end their careers. I can now better explain to other Soldiers how the process works and reassure them that there is no stigma attached to seeking mental health treatment. The process works, and the Soldier, no matter what position or rank, is treated properly and with great respect. There is no stigma. No matter the illness or injury, the Army is dedicated to providing the care and support to the Soldier, the family and the unit.
- Lt. Col. Corey Griffiths, Fresno recruiting battalion commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command
Company commander saves career, marriage by asking for help
Intermediate Level Education Program
What is it?
Intermediate Level Education program prepares midgrade officers to serve in command and staff positions as majors and lieutenant colonels and consists of a common-core curriculum and a follow-on professional credentialing program.
What has the Army done?
The Army's goal is to revive the professional importance of ILE by increasing the course's relevance and participation. Optimizing ILE will afford active component Army Competitive Category officers the opportunity to complete the program through one of three venues: a 10-month resident course, at a satellite campus, or through distributed learning.
Throughout the last decade of war, midgrade officers placed less importance on ILE as a key development process and more importance on deployments. However, this led to later attendance and officers not being fully prepared for key developmental positions. This education reform is necessary to maximize earlier preparation of officers and to select the right officers for each venue.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
An ILE Selection Board will be conducted in conjunction with the Major Promotion Selection Board convening in October 2012 to consider YG 2004 officers for attendance at the ILE 10-month resident and 14-week satellite campus beginning in January 2014. Officers not selected for either a 10-month Resident or Satellite Campus will complete ILE by DL. Every officer will have the opportunity to submit preferences for the various 10-month resident programs.
The ILE Selection Board will determine officers' selection for ILE 10-month resident and 14-week satellite campuses. Based on selection, an AHRC Panel will slate individual officers into one of the 10-month resident programs (i.e. CGSC, Sister Service, Foreign, ILE Interagency Fellowship, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) and schedule 14-week Satellite Campus selectees into one of four locations (Forts Gordon, Belvoir, Lee, or Redstone). AHRC will publish the selection results for each program and venue concurrent with the Army Major Promotion results.
Why is this important to the Army?
The optimization of ILE will increase predictability and opportunity for officers, while emphasizing the importance of professional education earlier in their careers, prior to key developmental positions. This deliberate and tailored approach will provide a common curriculum and similar foundational knowledge regardless of where officers attend ILE. Prospective students will have the opportunity to complete ILE through 10-month resident, 14-week satellite campus or distributed learning. Regardless of how they complete their ILE, all graduates will continue to be competitive for promotion, and selection for command and other centralized selection processes.
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