Joint Special Operations Forces Pre-Command Course - Online
The course prepares newly designated SOF leaders for command by providing a common understanding of the USSOCOM Commander’s priorities, command philosophy, and the responsibilities of joint SOF leaders. It also provides a venue for discussion of the current challenges and issues facing USSOCOM, TSOCs, and USSOCOM components. This course is conducted over six weeks with asynchronous self-study and online collaboration that includes six two-hour synchronous sessions with a SOF subject matter expert.
All combat support, combat service support, test and evaluation, and training unit CDRs and CSELs will attend the JSOFPCC online course. These include Maintenance, Logistics, Communications, Intelligence, Medical, Base Support, and Test and Evaluation commands. Resident course attendance for combat support, service support, and training unit CDRs and CSELs may be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on availability. Those commands that traditionally close with and conduct direct engagement with the enemy (Special Forces, Rangers, Navy Sea, Air and Land Teams, Marine Raiders, Special Tactics, and Special Mission Units) along with those commands that provide direct support to those formations (Army Special Operations Aviation and Air Force (AF) Special Operations Command flying units, to include Unmanned Aircraft Systems), will attend the resident JSOFPCC course (SOC 5460). Additionally, those units that conduct indirect means of operations (Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, and 6th Special Operations Squadron) are also required to attend the resident course (SOC 5460). However, if operational requirements preclude attendance to the resident course, command teams may substitute the online course for the resident course.
Students will gain access to the JSOU e-Campus SOC 5461 site content 7 days prior to course start. During course execution, students will use the JSOU e-campus for access to course materials, references, and resources. In addition, participants will post regular written feedback and reflections for review by fellow participants, course facilitators and SOF subject matter experts. Students will need access to a commercial computer with internet to attend the weekly synchronous sessions via ZoomGov.