Once Royal Navy (RN) officers have completed their Phase 1 initial military training at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, and their Phase 2 specialist training courses they will move on to their next batch of training and education, which is termed command and staff training (CST).
Table 1 provides an outline of the CST for RN Officers by rank: Table 1: Royal Navy Officer Career Development Programmes
All residential Phase 3 generic CST courses for officers up to Lieutenant Commander Rank are delivered by the Royal Naval Division of JSCSC.
2.0 Junior Officer Development Programme
Officers receive a significant amount of leadership training as part of the Phase 1 Initial Officer Training package, which is also delivered by the Royal Navy Leadership Academy (RNLA). Subsequently they also undertake Junior Officer Leadership Course One immediately prior to commencing their first complement appointment and will, in due course, undertake a 2-week continuation leadership package in the form of the Junior Officer Leadership Course Two.
The RNLA facilitates leadership development to both RN and Royal Marines officers on the Junior Officer Development Programme.
Attendance at JOLC1 & 2 RNLA Career courses are booked through the individual’s Career Manager and notification is received via workflows on JPA.
2.1 Junior Officer Leadership Course One
The Junior Officer Leadership One (JOLC1) is designed to build on the Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) training that junior officers received from their time at BRNC as a Cadet; broadening and developing their ideas of CLM theory and how it applies in practice prior to taking up their first assignment. JOLC1 is delivered by the Royal Arthur Squadron, part of the RNLA, and is located at HMS Collingwood.
2.2 Junior Officer Leadership Course Two
The Junior Officer Leadership Course Two (JOLC2) is part of the Second Sea Lord’s (2SL’s) Maritime Through Career Developmentproject to provide CLM and staff training development to Officers throughout their career to 1* (OF-6, Commodore) level. JOLC2 is delivered by Powerful Squadron, part of the RNLA, and is located at BRNC Dartmouth.
JOLC2 is a recently developed 2-week progressive course, intended to build on previous training and be a prerequisite for ICSC(M). Week 1 is mainly theoretical, increasing self-awareness by the use of personality profiling tools, examining core leadership theories and introducing coaching and motivational theory. Week 2 is more practical, focusing on leadership and teamwork, and includes team-building exercises in outdoor locations.
The following: JOLP2 Record of Training will provide the reader with an idea of the work to be undertaken during the Junior OCD Programme.
3.0 Senior Officer Development Programme
3.1 Head of Department Course
The Head of Department Course (HODC) is, currently, a 3-day course designed to prepare prospective Heads of Department for the CLM challenges that they will face on taking up their Charge appointment. This course is currently under review to ensure that it is fit for purpose (correct October 2013).
3.2 Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Maritime):
The 8-week Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Maritime) (ICSC(M)) is delivered by the Royal Naval Division of the JSCSC and is designed for newly-promoted Lieutenant Commanders, and mid-to-late seniority Lieutenants, in the RN.
The role of the ICSC(M) is to prepare and equip RN Officers for future command, charge, and staff appointments. Each course caters for up to 50 students and occurs 5 times a year.
The ICSC(M) contributes to Stage 1 of Maritime Through Career Development training and education for RN Lieutenants and Lieutenant Commanders, preparing them for SO2 (Staff Officer 2, Lieutenant Commander) command, charge and staff appointments by further developing their:
- Analytical and communication skills;
- Understanding of the international environment;
- Knowledge of UK Defence Management and UK Military capabilities;
- Understanding of the maritime environment; and
- How maritime power contributes to Joint and Combined operations.
Furthermore, it will evaluate potential for further staff training and reinforce the RN ethos. In order to develop the above points, the ICSC(M) covers five main areas:
- Command, Leadership, Management & Ethos.
- Staff & Communication Skills.
- Strategic Studies: The International Environment and UK Defence Management.
- Maritime Studies: Strategy, Environment, Capabilities, and the Royal Naval Service.
- Joint Studies: Capabilities, Environment, and Joint and Combined Operations.
Therefore, by the end of the course individuals will be able to:
- Explain the position of the UK within the international environment;
- Analyse how the maritime input to Defence supports UK Government intent;
- Analyse the application of Maritime Power;
- Analyse the maritime contribution to Operations;
- Explain how the Royal Navy is managed to meet its mandate;
- Evaluate the importance of effective Command, Leadership, Management and Ethos to the Royal Navy today;
- Demonstrate the ability to analyse complex issues; and
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
Since April 2011 it has been a pre-requisite for consideration for future selection for the Advanced Command & Staff Course.
Student achievement on the course is assessed through formative and summative testing, as well as broader assessment by the teaching staff. A Pass/Fail approach to the ICSC(M) has been adopted, with opportunities for students to gain Merit and Distinction passes.
The ICSC(M) is accredited by the Open University (OU), at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
4.0 Executive Officer Development Programmes
4.1 Advanced Command and Staff Course
For information on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) and the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Reserves) (ACSC(R)) please use the following link: British Army Officer Career Development Programmes.
4.2 Royal College of Defence Studies Course
For information on the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Course please use the following link: British Army Officer Career Development Programmes.
4.3 Applied Technology Course for Senior Officers
For information on the Applied Technology Course for Senior Officers (ATCSO) please use the following link: British Army Officer Career Development Programmes.
4.4 Higher Command and Staff Course
For information on the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) please use the following link: British Army Officer Career Development Programmes.
5.0 Useful Links
- Chartered Management Institute (CMI): http://www.managers.org.uk/training-development-qualifications/personal-development/qualifications/royal-navy-0
- ICSC(M) Reference Materials: http://www.da.mod.uk/colleges/jscsc/courses/RND/icsc-m/icsc-m-reference-materials