The Advanced Training Management Course (SCM-AT) provides members throughout the entire international training community an in-depth understanding of SC training policy issues enabling them to provide informed, constructive policy advice to senior DoD and DoS leaders. The course will also study automation tools and new automation initiatives being introduced to the training community.
This will be accomplished through the use of expert guest lecturers discussing topical issues regarding current policy and its implementation procedures.
The curriculum is designed to examine current international training policies and procedures, as well as current security cooperation training automation systems. The emphasis of the course is to examine the way current training programs are managed and understand why current policies and procedures are in place. Each offering of this course will be unique, creating a comprehensive approach to the impact of current policies and procedures on the total spectrum of security cooperation training programs. Flexibility in curriculum will be required to effectively carry out the objectives. The syllabus that follows represents the general structure of the curriculum, with the DISCS training functional coordinator being responsible for the specific content at the time of the course offering.
Only U.S. Government (USG) employees are eligible. USG employees include U.S. civilians, U.S. military, Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs)/Locally Employed Staff (LES) and support contractor equivalents.
This course can be repeated every five years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.
Personnel should be assigned to a Security Cooperation Office (SCO) training management section or to Combatant Command or CONUS activities that supports the SCO training management function with a minimum of two years’ experience.
An overseas student must have at least one year remaining in his/her security assistance assignment to be eligible for DISCS training. Exceptions to this one-year minimum retention standard require the approval of the DISCS Commandant.
Requests for waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of Instruction (DISCS/DI).
Graduation from one of the following DISCS courses is a prerequisite:
- The DISCS International Purchaser (SAM-I-Training) course
- The Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course (SCM-O)
- The Security Cooperation Management Training Officer/Training Manager Course (SCM-TO/TM)
- The Security Cooperation Management Locally Employed Staff (LES) Orientation Course (SCM-LO)
- The Security Cooperation Management CONUS Course (SCM-C)
- The Security Cooperation Management Policy, Programs and Planning Course (SCM-P3)
- The Security Cooperation Management USG Executive and U.S. Defense Industry Course (SCM-E).
English Comprehension Level
Not applicable to this course.
Continuous Learning Points
Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional
development programs. Specific hours, by course, are listed at Continuous Learning Points
College Credit Information
Not applicable to this course.
International Affairs Certification Program (IACP)
The Department of Defense International Affairs, Certification Program Guidelines (dated 28 April 2008), set forth standardized certification guidelines for the
International Affairs Certification Program (IACP). Workforce members are required to meet the mandatory standards of education, training, and
experience in order to achieve each of three levels of certification. Certification is not required for filling IA positions, but it does readily identify
those individuals who have completed specific training, education, and experience thresholds. Certification is available to military and
civilian personnel. Click here for more information.
This is a LEVEL II or III course for IA certification purposes.
Security Cooperation Workforce Development (SCWD) Database
Requests for DISCS courses will be compared with individual training requirements prescribed by organizations within the Security Cooperation Workforce Development (SCWD) Database. Military
service quota managers and supervisors endorsing training requests should validate individual training requests from the SCWD Database prior to submitting a student nomination for
training. Requests for training above the required level for the prospective student’s position will be allocated on a “space available” basis. DISCS may also “bump” requests
for “desired” training to accommodate “required” training as designated within the SCWD Database. For further information on the SCWD Database please contact your military
service/agency POC, your organizational quota manager or the Registrar.
SCWD Database levels of training are:
- Level One - Security Cooperation Familiarization (online training)
- Level Two - Security Cooperation Orientation Course (primarily online training)
- Level Three - Security Cooperation Management courses (resident and non-resident)
- Level Four - Security Cooperation advanced courses (resident)
SCM-AT is a Level FOUR Course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-AT classes are scheduled from 0800 to 1600 Monday through Thursday and 0800 through 1200 on Friday. Due to increased airport security, commercial airline departures should be scheduled after 1530 on the final class day. Early departures are not authorized except in a bona fide emergency.
Cyber Awareness Training Verification Requirements
To complete this course, all students must access the Internet, and specialized course materials available only on the DISCS intranet, using assigned classroom computers. Because the DISCS intranet resides on the Air Force Network (AFNET), DISCS is only authorized to create computer accounts for students who have completed annual DoD Cyber Awareness training within 12 months of the course’s end date. Additionally, all computer security training must be documented in the Air Force’s Active Directory.
Students not affiliated with the U.S. Air Force should be prepared to upload an electronic copy of their DoD Cyber Awareness training completion certificate during registration. Acceptable formats are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), and Microsoft XPS Document (.xps). This will enable DISCS network technicians to update their training status in Active Directory after manually reviewing the submitted training certificate.
DISCS Funding and Ground Transportation
Except for students in PCS status, DISCS pays all CONUS and OCONUS travel expenses. For students that are PCSing, DISCS will only fund Per Diem while attending a DISCS course (PCS orders must pay all travel). DISCS does not pay for the use of rental cars while in residence at courses; however, there is a shuttle van service from the student's quarters to area eating establishments. The shuttle van service is free of charge for all DISCS students.
Uniform and Dress Requirements
For U.S. military personnel, any duty uniform prescribed by their service is appropriate. For USG civilians and USG contractors, appropriate business casual office attire is appropriate.
Food and Drink
There are limited options for meals around the VOQ or around DISCS. However, VOQ rooms have microwave ovens, refrigerators, and other amenities, so students will have some capability to cook in their rooms.
Many DISCS students find it most convenient to bring lunch to DISCS during the school week. DISCS’s student lounge has a galley with a refrigerator, a freezer, several coffee stations with hot water dispensers, and several microwave ovens.
During non-duty hours, DISCS has contracted for a shuttle van service from students’ quarters to off-base eating establishments. This service is free of charge for all DISCS students.
Students may want to bring cooking and eating utensils from home, though most find it more convenient to buy disposable utensils after they arrive.
DISCS enforces a "covered mug" policy, that is, we do not allow open-top beverage cups anywhere in DISCS spaces, especially classrooms.
Additional information for students attending classes at WPAFB can be found in the Student Information Guide.