The Overseas Modified (SCM-OM) course is designed to meet the educational requirements of U.S. security cooperation organization (SCO) personnel in specific countries with large/unique SCO missions that cannot attend the full SCM-O Resident Course at DISCS. The end result of this course is a working knowledge of SCO-relevant security cooperation (SC) policies and procedures unique to that specific country. Graduates will have the basic skills to effectively implement SC duties in their respective host countries in support of U.S. foreign policy.
Core Instruction is provided on:
- The many complex and interrelated aspects of security assistance (SA) and SC. The general interrelated aspects of SC and SA at the field (SCO) and operational or geographic combatant command (CCMD) level. DoD Directive 5132.03 (DoD Policy and Responsibilities Relating to Security Cooperation) defines SC as “all DoD interactions with foreign defense establishments to build defense relationships that promote specific U.S. security interests, develop allied and partner nation military and security capabilities for self-defense and multinational operations, and provide U.S. forces with peacetime and contingency access to allied and partner nations.” This course therefore provides practical knowledge and hands-on training designed to enable students to plan, program, and assist in the execution of these interactions within DoD’s regional theaters of operation.
- The detailed specifics of working in an embassy environment, managing budget and other resources within the SCO, using SC databases, carrying out field-level international training management responsibilities, and executing SCO operational requirements.
The course includes lecture and practical exercise. Instruction is provided by DISCS faculty members and guest lecturers, to include senior DoD officials as well as representatives from other U.S. Government (USG) agencies.
This course meets international program security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20 (Visits and Assignments of Foreign Nationals).
- USG employees and contractor equivalents are eligible for attendance.
- All DoD personnel assigned to overseas positions responsible for SA/SC management are required by DoD Instruction 5132.13 (DoD Policy and Responsibilities Relating to Security Cooperation) to complete this course. SDO/DATTs shall, if in the grade of O-6 or below, attend the SCM-O at DISCS. Senior Defense Officials/Defense Attachés (SDO/DATTs) in the grade of O-7 and above should attend the SCM-E or SCM-O course at DISCS. SC personnel attending the SCM-OM course in lieu of the SCM-O or SCM-E course will receive credit for training specific for that country only. Any follow on assignment to other SCO or SC billets may require that they first attend the full SCM-O, 4-to-5 week course conducted at the DISCS facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and (for selected students) the National Capital Region (NCR).
Requests for Waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of Instruction (DISCS/DI).
Students should review Chapters 1, 2, and 4 in the online version of the DISCS textbook here, in preparation for in-class instruction. In addition, you will also be enrolled as a student in the SCM-OM Online Support (SCM-OM-OS) system. SCM-OM-OS provides a means of combining in-class lessons, course material, schedules, learning guides, quizzes, etc. in a simplified, single-point access portal. SCM-OM-OS will enable you to access course material at any time of day, from any location with internet access.
Within SCM-OM-OS you will find a number of learning guides that you are required to complete prior to the end of the SCM-OM course. These learning guides are:
- Introduction to Protocol
- Dealing with the Press
- Visitor Management
- Overseas Crisis Readiness
You are encouraged to complete the learning guides prior to the start of the SCM-OM course. You will receive instructions on how to access SCM-OM-OS after your registration has been approved.
English Comprehension Level
Not applicable to this course. This course is conducted in English.
Continuous Learning Points
Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional development programs.
- 63 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points.
Detailed information can be found at Continuous Learning Points.
College Credit Information
The curriculum of the SCM-OM course is identical to the SCM-P3 course except for additional, specialized lessons and course materials related to the assigned country or region. Consequently, the Office of Educational Credit of the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated this course and recommended credit for three semester hours of lower-division baccalaureate/associate credit in international business administration. This recommendation is published as course code DD-1408-0038 in the ACE's annual Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, the standard reference for
determining transfer credits among U.S. institutions of higher learning.
Students desiring credit via ACE will contact the DISCS Registrar for a SCM-P3 diploma. Please visit the Ace Equivalency Course Information page to see the American Council on Education recommendation for 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). In order to achieve each of three levels of certification, workforce members are required to meet the mandatory standards of education, training, and experience.
Note: Certification is not required for filling SCO 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. For more information click here.
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 DISCS 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-OM is a Level THREE Course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-OM is a nine-day onsite course. Day 1 of the course begins at 0830. Students who must travel to attend this course should plan on arriving the day before training starts and departing no earlier than 1700 on the last day of training. Students will be contacted by the class manager or unit POC one to two weeks prior to the course’s starting date with details on the exact location and the course schedule.
Cyber Awareness Training Verification Requirements
Not applicable to this course.
DISCS Funding and Ground Transportation
Not applicable to this course.
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
Not applicable to this course.
Additional information for students attending classes at WPAFB can be found in the Student Information Guide.