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The application window for the yearlong Advanced Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will open Feb. 8 for qualified commissioned and warrant officers.
Officers selected by the School of Advanced Military Studies board that meets April 29-May 3 will be assigned to Class 2014-002 that begins studies in January 2014.
SAMS typically designates 24 seats for Army officers, four for sister service officers, two for interagency selectees and two for foreign officers.
Army graduates incur a two-year service obligation and can expect to be assigned to key leadership and staff planning positions with operational units upon graduation.
The SAMS curriculum is a Command and General Staff College graduate-level program in the operational art, with emphasis on war fighting at the tactical through operational levels of war.
To qualify for the demanding program, applicants must be graduates of a staff college intermediate-level education course, or be enrolled in such a course.
Applicants also must have deployment experience, have completed a key developmental assignment in their career branch or functional area, and be endorsed by a colonel-level supervisor.
Officers also must be members of one of the following:
Career branches: Air Defense, Adjutant General's Corps, Armor, Aviation, Chemical, Engineer, Field Artillery, Infantry, Logistics, Military Intelligence, Military Police, Medical Service Corps (AOC 67A or 67J), Ordnance, Quartermaster, Signal, Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations or Transportation.
Functional areas: Electronic Warfare, Information Operations, Strategic Intelligence, Space Operations, Public Affairs, Foreign Area Officer, Operations Reserve and Systems Analysis, Systems Automation Officer and Strategist.
Warrant officers are eligible to apply, as are National Guard and Army Reserve officers who are serving in full-time positions, and will not reach their mandatory release date from active duty before the selection board convenes.