Proposal For Changes to the Sustainment Pre-Command Course (SPCC)

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The Mission of the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC), now referred to as the Army Logistics University (ALU) at Fort Lee, VA is to enhance the readiness and sustainability of United States Forces through training, education, consulting and research in Logistics, Acquisition and Operations Research Systems Analysis. In joint with the ALU, the Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) runs eight different versions of battalion and brigade-level pre-command branch or technically focused courses. Five of them are conducted at ALU; one of those five course that ALU is responsible for offering is the resident 2-week Sustainment Pre-Command Course (SPCC). The SPCC was once taught at each individual Army branch school. In 1993, ALU was given the mission to train all multifunctional logisticians. The SPCC is targeted to commissioned officers in grades 0-5 (Lieutenant Colonel) or 0-6 (Colonel) who have been centrally selected to command TO&E (Troops, Organization & Equipment) Sustainment Units. This course provides training in modular force operations for newly selected command designees, enabling them to function effectively throughout their command tour. The focus is current and emerging sustainment doctrine and leadership topics for commanders. Training received during the SPCC at Fort Lee is intended to complement the Pre-Command Course (PCC) program of instruction (POI) at Fort Leavenworth, KS; making training consistent at both locations. The SPCC was initially designed to be conducted at Fort Lee, VA for 7.5 days; Fort Eustis, VA, for 1.5 days; Human Resource Command (active duty and United States Army Reserve officers) and National Guard Readiness Center (National Guard Bureau officers) for 1 day. Currently, the en... ... middle of paper ... ...ous coursework to fit the need of the capstone is what I have included in order to get the most beneficial information from this SPCC assessment. With ALU continuing to maintain full accreditation and the SPCC continuing to be an efficient, and ever evolving course, it would be wise and beneficial to keep it up to date. As I have learned throughout the semester, conducting an assessment is not a simple task, but if careful planning takes place then successful assessments and redevelopments can come to completion. I believe that ALU has done a great job in planning and getting the SPCC established; now it must keep the bar high. I did not realize such a great deal went into the assessment of a 40-hour course. This is simply a great example that all aspects and knowledge is important and necessary in order to successfully complete a project of this degree.

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