FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan.-- Majors and junior lieutenant colonels interested in attending The School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Advanced Military Studies Program (AMSP) can submit their applications beginning Aug. 9 for the course that begins in June 2014. The application period ends Sept. 11.

SAMS educates members of our Armed Forces, our Allies, and Interagency students at the graduate level to become agile and adaptive leaders who are critical and creative thinkers that produce viable options to solve operational and strategic problems.

The AMSP is one of three education programs SAMS runs. AMSP develops effective planners who help senior leaders understand the operational environment and then visualize and describe viable solutions to operational problems. AMSP graduates:
- Are critical and creative thinkers grounded in operational theory, doctrine, and history
- Can identify problems and propose viable solutions
- Can clearly communicate to various audiences orally, graphically, and in writing
- Are good leaders and great teammates who collaborate effectively to get the job done
- Have the courage to lead from above, beside, and below
- Are physically and mentally tough
- Are humble professionals who are more than they seem

Army Human Resources Command released MILPER message 13-178 on July 19 to explain the AMSP selection process. SAMS is looking for quality major and junior lieutenant colonel applicants from the field, across branches identified in the message. Interested officers are encouraged to read the message and visit the SAMS public web site,, to learn more.

Timeline highlights:

Aug. 9 to Sept. 11 - Online ( CIS ) registration & application: ( required documents submitted to (
Sept. 18 to Oct. 29 - Interview Window (Field applicants conduct a telephonic interview with leaders at SAMS).
Oct. 29 - Suspense for supervisor evaluations (first COL supervisor in the applicant's chain)
Nov. 4-7 - AMSP Selection Board (3 COLs and 3 PhDs)
Dec. 18 - Tentative selection list release date

Visit the SAMS public website at: Then review the SAMS Program Guide at the Quick Links to learn more.