The Captain’s Career Course, also referred to as CCC provides a rigorous course of instruction to prepare Company Grade Officers to perform the most difficult job our Army has to offer – leading Soldiers in combat.
Following selection for promotion to the rank of Captain, Company Grade Officers normally attend their respective branch Captain’s Career Course.
This usually happens when Officers have 4-5 years of military service.
The Captains Career Course is the second major branch school Officers attend before Company Command.
The first major branch school is the Officer Basic Course, now known as the Basic Officer Leaders Course.
The course combines the instruction formerly taught in the branch Officer Advanced Course (OAC) and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3).
Given the CCC’s pivotal timing and role in the career progression of the officer corps, it is under continual scrutiny and revision. As such, the Army struggles to improve the course to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by Information Technology (IT) enabled dL approaches. While pursuing improvements it must also respond to the demands dictated by war and a rapidly changing organizational and operational environment. ~ National Technical Reports Library
During the course, students learn about a variety of topics to include:
- Full Spectrum Operations
- Counterinsurgency Operations (COIN)
- Conduct Problem Solving in Tactical and Garrison environments
- Map Symbology
- Leadership training
- Prepare OPORDs
- Command Climate Survey
- Composite Risk Management
- Branch Specific Information
- Military Decision Making Process
- Uniform Code of Military Justice
- Combatives (in some Captain’s Career Courses)
During the Captain’s Career Course, students normally work in small groups consisting of 4-10 students.
The students learn from each other’s experiences by conducting group projects and group presentations.
They also receive instruction from their instructor, typically a Major or Lieutenant Colonel.
Personally, I really enjoyed the interactive aspect of my Captain’s Career Course.
Instead of just receiving lectures from the instructor, we learned from each other.
Most of the students had different experiences and backgrounds, which led to interesting conversations and valuable lessons.
In addition, a huge majority of students had combat experience, which provided real-world, practical lessons.
The professional education a captain receives is critical to the foundation of his military career. The Captains Career Course affords the opportunity to prepare these officers for the increasing responsibilities and challenges they will face, but most importantly, it is the last branch technical training that most officers will receive. Therefore, this educational experience is critical to the officers development and should receive the attention and resources necessary to develop agile and adaptive leaders. ~ Defense Technical Information Center
As I mentioned earlier, each branch offers its own, unique Captain’s Career Course.
This includes Maneuver, Quartermaster, Finance, Adjutant General, Aviation, etc.
In addition to the branch specific requirements, students must now also complete the Core Course.
Most Captains Career Courses are 4-6 months in length.
Upon graduation from the Captain’s Career Course, students will be prepared to assume Company Command or serve on a Battalion or Brigade level staff, joint and multi-national environments.
This includes positions such as Battalion S3, Battalion S4, Company Commander, Assistant Brigade Staff and more.
In essence, the Captains Career Course 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.
To attend the Captain’s Career Course, you must have already graduated from your Basic Officer Leaders Course or Officer Basic Course, pass your Height/Weight and APFT, and be a First Lieutenant or Captain.
To enroll, you need to have your S3 Shop or Readiness NCO enroll you in ATRRS. It’s important to check to make sure that you have any prerequisites completed.
These might vary from branch to branch.
In summary, the Captains Career Course is designed to prepare competent leaders, capable of leading Soldiers in combat.
This includes Company Commanders, Battalion Staff Officers and Brigade Staff Officers.
During the Captains Career Course, students learn leadership principles, branch specific information and a variety of other topics.
Please share your experience in the Captains Career Course if you completed it.
If you have any questions or comments, please post them below.
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