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Common Core Course to be Requirement for Captains' Career Courses

Mar 19, 2007
BY Army News Service

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, March 19, 2007) - The Captains' Career Common Core Course will become required for graduation from all branch Captain's Career Courses beginning June 1.

The C5 provides a series of critical skills grounded in leadership, communication, composite risk management, critical reasoning/thinking and developing a positive command climate. The skills are intended to better prepare officers for their next ten years of service, and the change is in keeping with the Army Chief of Staff's vision to continue transformation of the Army Officer Education System.

The instruction is in a Web-based interactive multimedia format that facilitates self-paced study. Although completion of the C5 is not a requirement to attend the Captains' Career Course, Soldiers may complete the training before beginning the career course.

"This gives students a good basis for the beginning of the CCC and relieves them of the requirement while they are at the resident phase," said Lt. Col. Shawn M. Maxwell, C5 coordinator at the Center for Army Leadership, Professional Military Education Division.

The curriculum supports preparation of company-grade officers for company command, as well as battalion- and brigade-level staff positions in combined, joint and multinational environments. It provides first lieutenants and captains with a common foundation of operational and leadership instruction tied to the officer's specific career field, branch, and functional area needs, Maxwell said.

First lieutenants and captains may enroll in the C5 via ATRRS. Eligible officers should contact their career manager to determine specific branch requirements. More information is available at the Center for Army Leadership's Army Knowledge Online Web site, at Center for Army Leadership.

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