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Air War College revises nonresident program

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AETCNS) -- The Air War College announced it is revising its nonresident studies course to increase its relevancy for Air Force officers preparing for the responsibilities of senior leadership. It also been significantly updated to ensure the curriculum's currency. The college will launch the revised course in January 2006.

This year's nonresident program revision reflects a nearly total content refresh to mirror recent changes in the Air War College resident course. The resident course was significantly revised this year to meet Joint Professional Military Education Phase II requirements and place greater focus on developing strategic leader skills required of operational military leaders in joint, interagency and coalition environments. Officials cautioned that the Air Force is authorized to award Joint PME Phase II credit only to resident course graduates.

According to Air War College officials, the nonresident program will continue to emphasize development of the knowledge, skills and attributes required of all Air Force senior officers, but with special focus on their application to large organization and institutional leadership responsibilities. They further noted that because of structural changes in the design of the course modules, only elective credit can be transferred from the existing program to the revised nonresident program. The core program of the current non-resident course is not compatible with the revised core program.

Officials strongly recommend that unless Air Force members need to complete AWC before the fall 2006 promotion boards, potential AWC nonresident course students should wait to enroll in the revised program to take advantage of its more relevant and current curriculum. The current program ends Dec. 1, 2006. To ensure sufficient time to complete the curriculum by that time, the college will not accept new enrollments in the existing program after Oct. 1, 2005.

Officials summarized the program changes:
- New students and previously enrolled students with no retained credit will be allowed to enroll in the current program through Oct. 1, 2005.
- Students enrolled in the current program must complete all requirements for graduation by Dec. 1, 2006.
- Previously enrolled students with retained credit will be allowed to re-enroll after Oct. 1, 2005, but they must complete all remaining requirements for graduation by Dec. 1, 2006.
- Only elective credit can be transferred from the current AWC nonresident program to the revised program.

Officials will post on the AWC Nonresident Homepage at www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awc-ns.htm more information as it becomes available.
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