The Psychological Operations Advanced Leaders Course prepares the junior NCO in the Psychological Operations branch to assume positions of greater responsibility. Military Information Support Operations is one of the most effective non-lethal weapons available to the combatant commanders. PSYOP ALC provides training on all requisite PSYOP critical tasks to effectively serve as brigade-level staff planner, tactical team sergeant, as well as operational detachment team leader. The ALC also hones their skills in the art of influence in order to shape the information landscape in support of the U.S and partner nation goals. During the course, students participate in a Military Information Support Operations staff training exercise and a culmination planning exercise in order to allow them to practically apply and build confidence in their newly acquired staff planning skills.
The Psychological Operations Senior Leaders Course (SLC) prepares the senior NCO in the Psychological Operations branch to assume positions of greater responsibility. Students are trained on the critical tasks necessary to effectively serve as joint PSYOP planners at the Brigade or higher level as well as operational and tactical detachment sergeants. The SLC concludes with a robust CPX in which the students are required to test their skills and knowledge in the development of a strategic MISO program as staff planners. The PSYOP SLC hones a PSYOP NCO’s expertise in influence and persuasion by expounding upon proven theories of psychology and the methodology of producing measurable results within full-spectrum operations.
Special Forces Senior Leader Course
The SF Senior Leader Course is a six-week course offering five starts per year. The purpose is to qualify skill level 4 Special Forces NCOs in an advanced level of leadership development, technical training and professional military education to serve in selected leadership and staff positions at the Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha, company, battalion and group levels. It is designed to produce senior ARSOF leaders trained and educated to win on today’s battlefield, and to be adaptable and fully prepared to succeed on future national security challenges. This is a leadership-centric course focusing on training and administrative tasks, lessons learned, SOF/JOINT/Interagency mission planning, and critical thinking. Graduates of the Senior Leaders Course will return to their units as multi-dimensional special operators, polished planners and astute leaders.
ARSOF Master Leader Course
The Master Leader Course fills the Professional Military Education gap between the Senior Leader Course and the Sergeants Major Course and consists of four Army Learning Areas: Army Leadership and Profession, Human Dimension, Professional Competence, and Mission Command. The Master Leader Course produces competent senior noncommissioned officers who maintain a positive presence and who are self-aware, adaptive, and able to shape the joint operational environment. They are well versed in the Army Operating Concept 2020-2040 and capable of integrating into joint and multi-domain environments. Graduates are effective communicators capable of expressing themselves professionally through writing and speaking, able to think critically and creatively to identify, analyze, and solve complex problems, and readily adapt to operate in volatile, unknown, complex, and ambiguous environments.
ARSOF Senior NCO Fundamentals Course
The ARSOF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course supplements and is taught in conjunction with the Master Leader Course. The curriculum challenges and educates select ARSOF Sergeants First Class in the areas of joint planning systems and execution, operating within the complexity of the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environments, and produces senior noncommissioned officers who are capable of operating and thriving at the operational level in ambiguous and complex operational environments. Additionally, graduates are effective communicators, critical thinkers, and are well versed in Theater Special Operations Command roles and responsibilities, statutory and funding authorities, legal matters and processes, identity management, G8 (force management) staff and processes, and noncommissioned officer evaluation reports.