Beginning in August, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course and the Advanced Military Studies Program will return to their traditional one class per year replacing the current two-class per year schedule.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Brig. Gen. Chris Hughes, deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College.

Hughes said the change gives students the best opportunity to succeed in the college and allows the college faculty and staff to prepare and deliver outstanding educational experiences for the students.

The scheduling change will not eliminate any educational opportunities for mid-grade officers. Students who would have started classes in January or February will instead be in the classes starting next summer.

The winter-start had significant negative effects on students’ families including winter changes of station, children changing schools in mid-year twice, and a CGSOC class schedule not matched to the children’s school schedule as it is for the fall-start class.

CGSC began conducting two CGSOC classes per year in fiscal year 2006. The dual starts allowed the Army’s Human Resources Command to have officers in units to meet the heavy rotation schedule that was in place at the time. The following year, a second start was developed for the Advanced Military Studies Program taught by the School of Advanced Military Studies. The second start for SAMS allowed CGSOC students graduating in December to move to SAMS starting in January without significant downtime between classes.

The winter start for CGSOC included approximately 335 students; classes began in early February. The winter start for SAMS included 32 students beginning in early January. The final winter-start classes for both courses will graduate in December 2014.

The 10-month CGSOC is designed to develop war-fighting and adaptive leadership skills necessary for military officers to be proficient in unified land operations.

The Advanced Military Studies Program, also a 10-month program, is a graduate-level program to develop innovative and adaptive leaders who excel at operational art and are willing to experiment and accept risk. Program graduates apply critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems, demonstrate mastery of joint and Army doctrine, and anticipate the future operational environment. They synthesize the elements of U.S. national power in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational operations, and demonstrate effective communications.

CGSC strives to be an educational center of excellence that is renowned in the study of leadership, the conduct of joint and combined land warfare, and the application of joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational organizations to synchronize all elements of power to achieve national objectives. CGSC supports field commanders with well-trained and well-educated leaders, in-depth research in operational-level land power studies, and reach-back planning in support of ongoing operations.