The school year has started for the largest U.S. Army War College class to date.
The Class of 2012 boasts 368 students, including 67 International Fellows, who are senior military officers from countries friendly to the U.S.
The students will be in residence at Carlisle Barracks through June 9, 2012, when they will graduate with a AWC diploma and a Master of Strategic Studies degree. Academic coursework officially began on Monday.
The largest single category of students are the 210 Army officers from the active, reserve and guard components. U.S. military officers enrolled at the Army War College are board selected and typically have about 20 years of services, having reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, colonel or the equivalent rank depending on the military branch.
The American officers include 32 from the Air Force active, reserve and Guard; 15 from Navy, active and reserve; 18 from the Marine Corps, active and reserve; and one Coast Guard officer.
Twenty-five high-ranking civilian workers are also in the Class of 2012, representing such federal organizations as the Department of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of the Army, the Department of State, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Veterans Administration.
This year’s contingent of International Fellows is the largest ever for an Army War College class. It includes two officers from the Pakistani military along with one officer each from the following countries:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen and Zambia.
August 7, 2011
U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 reports for duty
By Joseph Cress