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The South African Army College [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Lëerkollege] was so named on 1 March 1968, when it was announced that the South African Military College [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Militêre Kollege], sited in Voortrekkerhoogte, was to be renamed as the South African Army College, because the College had taken on an army character with the establishment of the Air Force College. The change in designation was, therefore, a logical consequence. The Army College can trace its origins back to 1 July 1912 when the S.A. Military School was established at the Old Presidency in Bloemfontein. in 1920, the school was re-established in the now familiar stone building at Roberts Heights (now Voortrekkerhoogte) and designated the South African Military School [Afr Suid-Afrikaanse Militëre Skool]. On 1 July 1924, it became the South African Military College.


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South African Military College - (11 members)

The South African Army College [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Lëerkollege] was so named on 1 March 1968, when it was announced that the South African Military College [Afr: Suid-Afrikaanse Militêre Kollege], sited in Voortrekkerhoogte, was to be renamed as the South African Army College, because the College had taken on an army character with the establishment of the Air Force College. The change in designation was, therefore, a logical consequence. The Army College can trace its origins back to 1 July 1912 when the S.A. Military School was established at the Old Presidency in Bloemfontein. in 1920, the school was re-established in the now familiar stone building at Roberts Heights (now Voortrekkerhoogte) and designated the South African Military School [Afr Suid-Afrikaanse Militëre Skool]. On 1 July 1924, it became the South African Military College.


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INSIGNIA OF THE SA ARMY COLLEGE

The shoulder flash depicts a wildebeest at random, upon six links of chain. ...


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The design of the Colour is as follows -
Background colour :Three equally-wide horizontal stripes from top to bottom of orange, white and blue.
Sleeve : Of the same material as the Colour.
Fringe :Metallic gold bullions.
Cords and tassels :Metallic gold.
Centre device :On a red circular ground, on a wreath of six links alternately silver and blue, a wildebeest proper. The badge is placed within a wreath consisting of two branches of protea flowers and leaves proper, tied together in base with a red ribbon.
Motto :On a silver scroll in black letters, PARATUS.
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HISTORICAL REVIEW

The South African Military College was established on the 1st July 1912 at the Old Presidency in Bloemfontein, where it was housed until adequate accommodation facilities became available at Tempe, just outside Bloemfontein. There it became known as the South African Military School. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the units at Tempe were transferred to the Mobilisation Camp at Potchetstroom, where instruction concentrated on the training of specialists.

in 1920. however, the Military School moved to the well-known white sandstone building at Roberts Heights (Voortrekkerhoogte) and became known as the South African Military School.

AL the time of its re-establishment, the Military School comprised the General Branch (G Branch), Infantry, Signal and Training Branches. After March 1920 the actual development of the College began. College status could no longer be withheld and on the 1st July 1924 the SA Military School became known as the SA Military College.

The first Staff Duties Course was presented in 1927. South Africa was one of the first five countries outside Europe and the United States to commence with this type of training.

As a result of the war, five additional branches were established at the College in 1939: Commando Training, Secrecy and Camouflage, Chemical Warfare, Weapons and Regimental Training.

The Commando, Weapons and Signal Branches were transferred to other units, and the Chemical Warfare, Secrecy and Camouflage Branches were demobilised in 1945. During Apr of the same year, Regimental and Weapon Training were combined. On the 19th July 1950 the Administration and Ordnance Branches were established. During the second half of 1953 the Weapon Training Branch was renamed “Infantry School”. This school initially remained an integral part of the College. Until the SAAF College was established in 1951, the Military College also maintained an Air Staff Wing.

On the 2nd January $962 the Administration and Ordnance Branch left the College to become Services School. In January 1963 the Intelligence Branch was established, followed in Match of the same year by the Atomic, Biological and Chemical Branch. On the 16th October 1963 the School of Infantry became an independent unit and prepared to move to Oudtshoorn by the end of that year.

On the 1st March 1968 the Chief of the Army. Lt Gen W.P. Louw announced the decision to rename the South African Military College the South African Army College. The then Minister of Defence, Mr P.W. Botha, approved the change of name, since after the establishment of the Air Force College in 1951, the College had taken a purely Army character.

The SA Army College can justifiably be considered the cornerstone and nursery of the modern SA Army which has today gained a world-wide reputation. It is therefore an army which has proved itself and provides evidence of good, purposeful training at the SA Army College. This establishment bears the Latin motto “Paratus” with dignity and pride, a motto which has led to the SA Army being the best in Africa....


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The SA Army College provides a unique training and educational opportunity for selected officers of the SA Army to engage in a study of the concepts and principles of military operations at the operational and tactical level. Especially during the Senior Command and Staff Duties Course, emphasis is placed on improving the student's intellectual habits, ability to analyse and reason, and his capacity to formulate sound decisions within the parameters of current doctrine and established staff practices.

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CODE OF HONOUR:


Pride
Integrity
Commitment
Knowledge


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SA ARMY COLLEGE

VISION
The SA Army College develops commanders and staff officers who are internationally accredited.

MISSION
With competent staff we develop selected SA Army officers to become internationally accredited commanders and staff officers.

FUNCTIONS OF THE SA ARMY COLLEGE
Military Development
  • Senior command and staff duties training

  • Junior command and staff duties training

  • Formative training

Research and Development
  • Wargaming (at the Wargaming Branch)

  • Doctrine

Support for infrastructure and resources....


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SENIOR COMMAND AND STAFF DUTIES COURSE
The aim of the SA Army Senior Command and Staff Duties (SCSD) Course is to equip selected SA Army officers of the long-term service system with the required knowledge, attitude and skills for appointment in the SA Army as commanders or staff officers at the operational level.

CONCEPT OF TRAINING
Concept. The concept of training during the SCSD Course is training executed at the operational level.

This is not a course for junior and inexperienced officers. The course entails the progressive development of successful, middle management officers who are prepared for more senior posts. The emphasis is, and should be. on the development of mature senior officers, as part of their preparation for senior appointments and not only for posts entailing lower-level basic staff procedures. During the course students are trained progressively and this culminates in joint operations exercises, known as Ex ZENITH and Ex SUIDERKRUIS.

All training during the course is pracyically orientated. The basis of the training is the application and realisation of command skills. Permanent Force officers are trained as fonmation commanders and senior general staff officers. Part-Time Force officers are trained only as senior functiona! staff officers, ie in one of the four staff functions: personnel, intelligence, operations and logistics.

The level of tuition is aimed at mature students. Students are ercouraged to be creative and to take the initiative. Primary emphasis is placed on development and secondary emphasis on evaluation of the student.

The SCSD Course also plays an important role in the development of personal relatons between students. Shelford Bidwell put it as follows: “By the end of a Staff College Course, its members, most of whom are destined to work together, some at the highest level, have taken each other's measure with an accuracy which no confidential report or judgement can match." [Bidwell, Shelford: Modern Warfare. Allen Lane, London. 1993, p 123]

General Outline of Course, The approved modutes and broad contents of the SCSD Course are:
Foundation Studies
  • Induction.

  • The Management Phase.

  • Warfane Phase.

  • Operational Problem Solving.

Advanced Military Studies
  • The Inteprated Operationl Planning Phase.

  • The Media Tean Planning Phase.

  • Tha Peace Suppport Operations Phase.

  • The Strategy, Battlefield Technology and Joint snd Combined Operations Prase.

The course closure includes the selector board, the closing address by the commanding officer, clearing out, the certificate ceremony and the traditional champagne breakfast....


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JUNIOR COMMAND AND STAFF DUTIES COURSE

MISSION
The JCSO Branch develops selected officers as operational unit commanders and grade 1 staff officers with the following as critical success factors:
  • An adult approach.

  • Pragmatism,

  • Applicable didactics.

  • Importance of the student.

  • Result orientated.

  • Complete development of the studert.

  • Enhacing transformation.

THE INTENTION OF THE JCSD BRANCH
Officers who successfully complete the JCSD Course are qualified in all respects to be employed as operational unit commanders and grade 1 staff officers. They are trained in:
  • The application of the principles of war and warfare.

  • The application of operational concepts.

  • The dynamics of command at the tactical level and the importance of the role and personality of the commander in combat.

  • Optimizing the combat power at their disposal.

  • Decision making.

  • Effecting their decisions.

  • Battle control.

  • Combat support.

  • Force preparation.

  • The most recent battlefield technology.

Qualified officers personalize all the knowledge and skills they have gained: they apply them in practice.

UNIT COMMANDER MODULE
The Unit Commander Module consists of three phases :
  • The Mobile Operations Phase.

  • The Area Defence Operations Phase.

  • The Peace Support Operations Phase.

FORMATION GRADE 1 STAFF OFFICERS MODULE
The Formation Grade 1 Staff Officers Module consists of:
  • Formation operations: Tactics.

  • Decision making and wargaming.

FORMATIVE COURSE
The aim of formative training is to form selected officers in the SA Army.
Main Modutes
The main modules of the formative course are: |
  • Leadership,

  • Officership.

  • Communication.

Other modules are:
  • General Military Knowledge.

  • Training.

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Michiel Burger
on 4 August

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