Staff college

Staff colleges (also command and staff colleges or war colleges) train military officers in the administrative, staff and policy aspects of their profession. It is usual for such training to occur at several levels in a career. For example, an officer may be sent to various staff courses: as a captain they may be sent to a single service command and staff school to prepare for company command and equivalent staff posts; as a major to a single or joint service college to prepare for battalion command and equivalent staff posts; and as a colonel or brigadier to a higher staff college to prepare for brigade and division command and equivalent postings.

Well known examples of military staff colleges include the United Kingdom's Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, and Royal College of Defence Studies, London; the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, the Air University, Maxwell AFB, and the National Defense University, Washington in the United States; the NATO Defence College, the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (India) and the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sri Lanka.

The success of Staff Colleges spawned, in the mid-twentieth century, a civilian imitation in what are called administrative staff colleges. These institutions apply some of the principles of the education of the military colleges to the executive development of managers from both the public and private sectors of the economy. The first and best-known administrative staff college was that established in Britain at Greenlands near Henley, Oxfordshire and now re-named Henley Management College.

United States staff colleges

Military staff colleges in the United States include the following:

Command and Staff Colleges

*Air University
**Air Command and Staff College

*United States Army Command and General Staff College
**School of Advanced Military Studies

*Naval War College
**College of Naval Command and Staff

*Marine Corps University
**Marine Corps Command and Staff College

*Joint Forces Staff College

*Defense Acquisition University

War Colleges

*Naval War College
**College of Naval Warfare

*National Defense University
**National War College
**Industrial College of the Armed Forces

*U.S. Army War College

*Air University
**Air War College

Graduate Schools

*Naval Postgraduate School
*Air Force Institute of Technology
*Industrial College of the Armed Forces

ee also

*Military Academy
**United States military academies
**List of defunct United States military academies


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