The Training Officer (TO) course is designed to meet the needs of the International Military Student Offices (IMSO) at the installation level. The TO course is provided in residence at DISCS over five days (Monday through Friday).
The Training Manager (TM) course is designed for personnel with duties involved with international training activities at the military department level (Military Service Training Activities) and above. The TM course consists of a prerequisite distance learning module, tailored for training managers at the Military Service Training Activities and above, in addition to the five days of TO/TM classroom instruction.
This course meets International Program Security (IPS) training requirements of DoD Directive 5230.20.
Provides a comprehensive overview of Security Cooperation (SC) and Security Assistance (SA) management, and the inter-relationships of the IMSO and the International Military Student (IMS). The curriculum explores SC legislation, SC/SA organizations and functions. In addition, the curriculum examines student administration, Invitational Travel Order (ITO), IMS health entitlements while attending SC/SA training, U.S. Field Studies Program (FSP), cross-cultural considerations that impact the IMSO-IMS environment, use of the Security Assistance Network (SAN) and Security Cooperation - Training Management System (SC-TMS). The curriculum further provides a review of service-unique: organizations, student administration procedures, FSP practices and funding.
Presents a survey of the wide variety and principle features of SC/SA legislation and policy, introduces the student to the role of the SCO in support of U.S. national security strategy and other supporting DoD and DoS strategic guidance, and examines the various SC planning documents and processes for the execution of SC – with emphasis on training and the Combined Education and Training Program Plan (CETPP). The TM course also provides an overview of the entire life cycle of an FMS case with particular emphasis on international training, and financial management regulations that determine tuition pricing.
Note: TM students who complete the classroom portion of this course but do not complete the TM distance learning pre-requisite by day 3 of class will receive a TO certificate in lieu of a TM certificate.
Only U.S. Government and Contract employees are eligible. Personnel should be assigned to security assistance/security cooperation activities who currently occupy (or have been selected to occupy) identified Department of Defense (DoD) positions in international military student offices (IMSO) at an installation, who are involved in international student administration. Or, individuals employed by the Military Service Training Activities responsible for international military student functions.
This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.
Requests for waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of Instruction (DISCS/DI).
All students attending the SCM-TO/TM class MUST have a current and active SAN account with access to SC-TMS prior to showing up for class. The MILDEP SAN User Group Administrator can create new accounts and update existing accounts for SCM-TO/TM students as needed. Click here for instructions on how to request a new SAN account.
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.
- 31 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points – SCM-TO
- 34 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points – SCM-TM
Detailed information can be found at Continuous Learning Points.
College Credit Information
The Office of Educational Credit of the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated the SCM-TO course and recommended credit for three semester hours of upper division baccalaureate credit in supply chain management. 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.
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). 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.
SCM-TO is a LEVEL I course for IA certification purposes.
SCM-TM is a LEVEL I 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-TO is a Level THREE Course.
SCM-TM is a Level THREE Course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-TO/TM classes are scheduled from 0800 to 1600 Monday through Thursday and 0800 through 1230 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 travel expenses (or from point of entry into CONUS to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH for overseas attendees); other OCONUS travel expenses are covered by exception only and should be coordinated and approved in advance by the CCMD and DISCS . 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.