What is the UK Defence Commanding Officer’s of Training Establishments Course?

Introduction Delivered by the Defence Centre for Training Support (DCTS), this course is for commanding officers (COs) of training establishments typically from OF-4 to OF-6 level (Lieutenant Colonel to Brigadier). Location and Delivery Delivered by the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, located in Shrivenham. Duration 2 days. What You Will Learn? You will learn:… Read More

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What is an Officer Commanding?

Introduction The officer commanding (OC) is the commander of a sub-unit or minor unit (smaller than battalion size), principally used in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. In other countries, the term commanding officer is applied to commanders of minor as well as major units. Background Normally an officer commanding is a company, squadron or battery… Read More

What is a Commanding Officer?

Introduction The commanding officer (CO) or sometimes, if the incumbent is a general officer, commanding general (CG), is the officer in command of a military unit. The CO has ultimate authority over the unit, and is usually given wide latitude to run the unit as they see fit, within the bounds of military law. In… Read More

What is the Commanding Officer’s Designate Course?

What is the Commanding Officer’s Designate Course? The British Army’s Commanding Officer’s Designate Course (CODC) is designed for commissioned appointed as Commanding Officers (CO’s). Where is it Delivered? The CODC is delivered at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). How Long is the CODC? The CODC takes place over two weeks, encompassing a nine-day syllabus… Read More

Organic Family…

“Battalions certainly differed in their character and their competence both from others and within themselves over time. Battalions are much like an organic family. They are held together by intangibles ‐ leadership, comradeship, motivation, morale ‐ that defy quantification or even easy description. In good units, soldiers feel ‐ know ‐ they are in the… Read More

New Assessment for Commanding Officers

Future commanding officers (CO’s) are being given a helping hand into post with a temperature check on how they are likely to be perceived by their subordinates. They will receive a so-called “180 degree” assessment in which around a dozen troops provide feedback on a leader’s attributes. The CO’s will also be interviewed and given… Read More

Character & Competence…

“Battalions certainly differed in their character and their competence both from others and within themselves over time. Battalions are much like an organic family. They are held together by intangibles – leadership, comradeship, motivation, morale – that defy quantification or even easy description. In good units, soldiers feel – know – they are in the… Read More