FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 23, 2012)--The Intermediate Level Education a course for senior captains and majors is offered at Fort Lee by the 80th Training Command.

The course is designed to prepare these officers for leadership positions in Army, joint, multinational and interagency organizations executing full spectrum operations. Previously known as CGSC, ILE consists of a common core curriculum that includes Joint Professional Military Education 1 requirements and the required branch and/or functional area specialized education or qualification course.

Successful completion of the ILE Captains Course and the respective qualification course is required for award of JPME Phase I credit. ILE is a Military Education Level 4 accredited course.

The course is divided into three phases that are taken consecutively. Phase I is a hands-on, execution-oriented course where a staff group develops and applies critical thinking skills. This two-week block, conducted over the summer at Fort Dix, N.J., introduces staff officers to the highly complex joint environments our forces encounter today.

Phase II, conducted one week-end a month between October and May, develops the students' advanced communicative skills (collaboration, consensus building, coordinating, facilitating, writing and presenting), while using the Military Decision Making Process within the learning environment.

Phase III, another two-week block conducted at Fort Dix, focuses on war fighting functions, culminating with an application exercise in which the students demonstrate their understanding of tactical fundamentals. Course duration is roughly 14 months.

The 10th Battalion, 80th Training Command is a local Army Reserve Training Battalion providing ILE instruction for active duty, reserve and national guard officers alike. Based in Owings Mills, Md., the battalion hosts ILE Phase II classes locally at Fort Lee and Fort Belvoir in Virginia and at Fort Detrick and Fort Meade in Maryland (as well as other areas throughout the northeast).

Officers interested in attending ILE should contact their training officer or NCO to register. The course is identified in ATTRs under School Code: R701, Course: 701-1-250-ILE-CC, Course Title: Phase 1, Intermediate Level Education Common Core.

For details, contact Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Price, operations NCOIC, 10th Bn., 80th TC), at (410) 453-5632 or tyrone.price1@usar.army.mil.