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Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | ACADEMICS – SENIOR DIVISION

TERM 1 – FOUNDATION

Aim of foundation phase is To begin the habit of developing a mind of understanding on Tri-Service and Multi-national basis and to provide the necessary baseline for the Single Components and Joint Studies Phases

Term 1 highlights:

  • Application of Force
  • International Study
  • Combat Power
  • Government of Ghana
  • Regional Study Tour
  • Command and Leadership
  • Decision Making
  • Civil/Military Relations
  • International Law & Ethics
  • Strategy and Policy Study
  • Joint and Combined Doctrine
  • Intelligence
  • Training
  • Staff Duties & Service Writing

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | TERM 2 – SINGLE SERVICE

The Phase Aim is To develop the professional knowledge deemed necessary by the Army, Navy and Air Faculties for the careers of Army, Navy, Air Force Officers to enable them to take part in the Land, Maritime and Air Components of Joint Operations.

The Phase Endstate is To have developed the skills necessary to successfully plan and direct Land (Maritime/Air operations) and to contribute to the proper management of the Army (Navy/Air Force) in peace time”.

Term 2 highlights:

Air

  • Air Power – Air Operations.
  • Campaign Planning/Estimate.
  • Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
  • Logistics Package.
  • Exercises.
  • Exercise MOFIAMO.

Navy

  • Sea Power – Maritime Operations.
  • Campaign Planning/Estimate.
  • Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
  • Logistics Package.
  • Seminars – Target/Operations, Search and Rescue.
  • Exercise MOFIAMO.

Army

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | TERM 3 -JOINT OPERATIONS

Phase Aim:  Through the study of Joint, Combined, Multinational and Inter-Agency Operations and Defence Management as a whole, is aimed at developing a mind that is flexible and able to analyze and create a habit of working effectively and harmoniously in a Joint and Combined Environment.

The Phase Endstate is To have developed a mind that is flexible, able to analyse and understand complex issues and enable officers to work effectively with those from other Services and Nations.

Term 3 highlights:

  • Alliances
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operational and Campaign Planning Course
  • Environmental Studies – Africa Tour
  • Campaign Analysis
  • Routine Staff Work
  • Defence Management Course
  • Conflict and crises management course
  • Integrated Peace Support Operations Course
  • Realities of War
  • Exercise NKABOM

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | TRAINING PROGRAMME – JUNIOR DIVISION

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF GAFCSC (JUNIOR DIVISION)

The Junior Division of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College,(GAFCSC), initially known as the National War College (NWC), was established on 14 October 1963 as part of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS).  The College was staffed by officers of the Canadian Armed Forces Training Team (CAFTT) and a British Army Officer.   They were charged with the responsibility of training selected Army Officers for staff and higher command appointments.

In December 1963, the NWC was renamed the National Defence College (NDC), and the course duration increased from 10 to 21 weeks.   In January 1964, the institution was once again renamed the Junior Defence College (JDC).   The first Ghanaian Directing Staff in the person of then Major JM Nunoo-Mensah was appointed to the College in 1969.   He became the first Ghanaian to head the institution as General Staff Officer Grade I in 1970.  The JDC was opened to students from allied African countries in 1973.

With the establishment of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) in 1976, the Junior Defence College became the Junior Division of the GAFCSC.   The head of the Division was also upgraded to Assistant Commandant (Colonel) effective October 1985 with Colonel Seidu Ayumah as the first Assistant Commandant.   In February 2007, there was a further upgrade of the appointment to the rank of a Brigadier General.

The scope of the Division has also been reviewed over the years with more emphasis on Staff Training for Grade 3 Staff appointments whilst the command and tactics aspects have been de-emphasized.   The course duration is now 24 weeks.

Students from Burkina Faso, the Gambia, La Cote D’Ivoire, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Zimbabwe have since 1973 attended the Junior Staff Course with their Ghanaian counterparts.

INTRODUCTION

1.         The Junior Staff Course is a 16-week course, which is broken into 2 Terms of 8 weeks each duration.

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | JSC COURSE AIM

2.         The Junior Division of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, as a regional centre of excellence, aims at enhancing the leadership, analytical and communication skills of junior level officers to perform command and staff functions, through research and active development of a broad understanding and knowledge of single, joint and combined operations as well as the management of lower aspects of defence, economic and geopolitical issues.

3.         The course objectives of the Junior Division are as follows:

  • To understand the techniques used in staff work.
  • To understand the structure, roles and functions of the Ghana Armed Forces, and the organisation of some units.
  •  To understand the rudiments of sub-unit level training, and be familiar with unit and formation level training.
  •  To be familiar with some major aspects of domestic and international affairs and how these influence security, socio-economic and political stability.
  •  To understand the relationship and application of command, leadership and management.
  •  To understand the fundamental logistics process and its application during peace and war.
  • To develop the physical, social and spiritual qualities of junior officers.

JSC PACKAGE

4.         The fields of study for the course are as follows:

a.         Term 1.           Grounding and foundation work.

b.         Term 2.           Harnessing and consolidation of knowledge gained in Term

CURRICULUM STUDIES

5.         Terms 1 and 2 involve other areas of studies, which will be specified in the guides.

6.         As part of the Environmental Studies Package students would have the opportunity to undertake a 3-5 day study tour of some selected districts in one particular region.   Students would be expected to make 45 mins presentations of their findings and submit written reports.

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

7.         The following methods of instructions will be used during the course.   Further details can be found in the Students’ Handbook.

  • Lecturers/Presentations  – To the whole course.
  • Seminars – To the whole course, where guest speakers form the panel.   Students make contributions and ask questions.
  • Syndicate Room Discussions (SRD) – Led by DS.   All Students will be expected to participate equally.   Sometimes, a student may be asked to lead or open the discussion on a particular question.
  • Map Exercises (MAPEXs) held indoors and films.
  • Visits.

ACADEMIC ETHICS

8.         Professional ethics is of paramount importance to the College.   Work presented by students should be their own original work.  To do otherwise results in unfair advantage and is inconsistent with professional ethics and integrity.   Students found guilty of plagiarism in any form, will be subject to the full penalties for it. This could lead to your withdrawal from the course and further disciplinary action by Service/Organization Headquarters.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

9.         To graduate from the College with the ‘jsc’ symbol, a student must meet the established standards set by the College.   These could be found in the College Standing Orders.   Students are advised to read this thoroughly.

VALIDATION

10.       Feedback is important for all training and educational courses.  In the Junior Division, the Service Writing Form (SWF) ‘Q’ is used to get to know students’ reactions to each subject.   It also serves as a conduit for soliciting ideas for the general improvement of the various aspects of the package for each term.  You are encouraged to take an active part in this effort.

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | PHYSICAL FITNESS

11.       Physical fitness is one of the important aspects of the course.  Two Battle Fitness Tests are conducted during the course: one in each term.   All students are required to pass these tests.   Physical training is programmed for Tuesday mornings while games are conducted on Thursday afternoons.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COUNTER INSURGENCY AND INTERNAL SECURITY PHASE OF THE JUNIOR DIVISION PROGRAMME

  1. To strengthen the integrative capacity of the security services in an era of internal security demands.
  2. To practise students in the problems of establishing Joint Headquarters, and the restoration and maintenance of law and order in an internal security and counter insurgency environment.
  3.  To practise students in the staff work and procedures related to resolving internal security and counter insurgency.
  4.  To practise students in strategy, tactics, roles and responsibilities of the security services in an internal security and counter insurgency situation.

COURSE PARTICIPANTS

  • The Ghana Police Service
  • The Ghana Prisons Service
  • The Ghana Fire Service
  • The Ghana Immigration Service
  • The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority
  • The Bureau of National Investigations
  • The Narcotics Control Board

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The Master of Arts Degree Programme is a scheme that allows students of GAFCSC to pursue extra courses of prescribed studies in order to gain postgraduate Degrees in International Relations or Leadership and Governance. The programmes are jointly sponsored by GAFCSC, Legon Centre for International Affairs (LECIA) and GIMPA respectively and are accredited by the National Accreditation Board.

The objectives for introducing the post graduate courses at GAFCSC are:

  •  To enhance and sharpen the intellectual analytical ability and professional skills of Military Officers in a rapidly changing global environment.
  • To adequately prepare Officers for a more meaningful post service civilian life.
  • To provide opportunities for the acquisition of post graduate or higher degrees for selected Officers; and to contribute to the capacity building of the nation.

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | THE MASTERS PROGRAMME

In consonance with its mandate, GAFCSC, under the auspices and directions of the Legon Centre for International Affairs (LECIA) of the University of Ghana will offer a 12-month (two semesters) MA in International Affairs.  The total study programme for the Masters shall comprise the following:

  • Core courses
  • Prescribed elective courses
  • Dissertation

Courses Offered In GAFCSCMIL | INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

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CONFLICT AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT COURSE

This course aims at providing participants with a clear understanding of conflict and internal crisis management in order that they can work more effectively, efficiently and cohesively.

DEFENCE MANAGEMENT COURSE

This course aims at exposing uniform and civilian personnel working within the security sector to the issues, principles and techniques relevant to improving the governance and management of the defence and security sectors.

EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE (EEZ) MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS COURSE

This course aims at providing participants with background knowledge required by professional maritime practitioners and affiliates, as well as other important decision makers in EEZ management and operations with a view to enabling a better understanding of the issues involved.

INTEGRATED PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS COURSE (IPSO)

The aim of the Integrated Peace Support Operations Course (IPSO) is to provide middle level military officers and officers of other security agencies with the skills and knowledge of operational level planning, coordination and conduct of integrated peace support operations.

Above is the complete, official and accredited list of courses offered in GAFCSC.

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