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August 18, 2011
By LEUT Chris McConachy
and SPR Nick Wiseman
FUTURE officers will sail into a
new era of training with the introduc-
tion of the Lieutenant Commander
Promotion Course (LCPC) in
The new course expands on the
previous Junior Officers Management
and Strategic Studies Course
(JOMSSC) training in strategy, leader-
ship and management.
CO HMAS Creswell CAPT Jaimie
Hatcher said the new course would
better prepare mid-ranked officers for
their future careers.
"It's a professional course based
on elements designed to enable offic-
ers to achieve greater success in the
staff environment of joint and single
Service headquarters," CAPT Hatcher
"Military strategy, naval history,
business management, leadership and
ethics are the foundation stones of
the course. Every student will gradu-
ate with a better understanding of the
wider Australian Defence Organisation
and Navy's role within that domain."
The new course has been expanded
to five weeks and involves five days in
Canberra to expose officers to strategic
command and other elements within
Officers will spend time at
Headquarters Joint Operations
Command to gain a better understand-
ing of operational planning and execu-
New era in officer training
tion, and the Sea Power Centre to learn
about naval strategy and history.
The JOMSSC began in 2003, pro-
viding training to 748 junior officers in
management and the role of Australia
in the maritime and strategic environ-
CAPT Hatcher said it was iden-
tified last year that junior officers
needed a better level of preparation
for operational headquarters and staff
"This course aims to address that
shortfall," CAPT Hatcher said.
"It also recognises a significant
career milestone where officers are
selected for promotion to LCDR, that
being the trigger for attendance on the
To be eligible to attend the LCPC
a LEUT must have been selected for
promotion to LCDR. The officer will
then have 18 months from the date of
the promotion signal to complete the
CAPT Hatcher said LCDRs who
had already completed the JOMSSC
could attend the LCPC, subject to a
position being available, as a way of
upgrading their skills and to better pre-
pare themselves for future appoint-
"Officers selected for promotion
who have already completed JOMSSC
will be able to apply for recognition
of prior learning, reducing the over-
all course length for these officers,"
CAPT Hatcher said.
The pilot course will run in
November, with five courses each year
expected after that with an average of
16 students on every course.
Officers wishing to attend should
nominate for the course through their
chain of command.
More information is available at http://
SMOOTH SAILING: HMAS Toowoomba's CO CMDR Andrew Quinn (left) watches proceedings on the bridge
as the ship sails out of Bahrain Harbour. From November, officers will undertake a new promotion course
before being promoted to LCDR.
Photo: LEUT Alistair Tomlinson
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