Overall Schedules

FY2018 Schedule

Registration

To register for courses, please go to the USAFSOS Blackboard site.

To access Blackboard, copy and paste the URL below into browser's address bar: https://afsoc.blackboard.com

We are currently unable to link directly to the USAFSOS Blackboard site per AFI 33-129, paragraph 6.9.1.

Courses By Department

Contemporary Irregular Warfare Course (CIWC)

Course #:

SOED-CIWC

PDS Code:

LZP

Length:

5 Days

Security Level:

SECRET

DSN:

579-5445

Comm:

(850) 884-5445

E-Mail:

UDG_USAFSOS_CIWC-IFID@us.af.mil

Enrollment By:

Open Enrollment

Enrollment/Registration: Please refer to information below for specific instructions.

 

Course Information


Description: Tracing its history to 1967, the Contemporary Irregular Warfare Course (CIWC) is the DOD’s longest running course of instruction on irregular warfare.  CIWC is a 5 day operational military educational program that leverages academics and special operators alike to present irregular warfare (IW) theory, doctrine, concepts, and examples from the tactical to strategic level, employing presentations, tabletop exercises, case studies, and guided discussions.  Students will gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the types of missions that they will be involved with while assigned to SOCOM and, most likely, the preponderance of their careers in the DoD.  CIWC fosters the application of critical thinking to IW enabling activities including intelligence, culture, law, information operations, and interagency cooperation.

 

Specifically, Day 1 is comprised of IW and cultural fundamentals and a look at airpower’s role in IW. For Days 2-4, a half day is devoted to each of the five core activities of IW (counterinsurgency (COIN), counterterrorism (CT), foreign internal defense (FID), unconventional warfare (UW), and stability operations (SO)) as well as information operations.  The course will conclude on Day 5 with a look at contemporary and emerging issues in IW and culminate in a Capstone Exercise.

 

Target Audience: This course is designed for USSOCOM and subordinate command personnel in the grades of E-5 through O-5, as well as partner nation SOF personnel, seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of irregular warfare.  Interagency personnel involved with coordinating, planning, supporting, or executing core irregular warfare activities are also highly encouraged to attend.  SOF operations, intelligence, and planning personnel will be given enrollment priority, however all SOCOM personnel and General Purpose Forces students will be accepted on a space-available basis.  Students should possess the maturity and experience to grasp strategic level concepts and understand how to leverage them at the operational and tactical levels.

 

Prerequisites/References: Students should familiarize themselves with AFDD 3-2 Annex IRREGULAR WARFARE prior to course attendance.

 

Course Enrollment: CIWC is an Open Enrollment course. As such, it requires no prior approval from USAFSOS faculty. Students are required to obtain a training line number (TLN) from their unit training manager. For enrolling through unit training manager (Open Enrollment link above), supply the PDS code found in the above panel, along with desired course dates to your local training manager, who will in turn reserve a course quota for you in the training system. After obtaining a TLN, students need to access and complete registration for the course through Blackboard. Please see the link below and follow the instructions. All students should request a USAFSOS Blackboard account, which also enables access to specific course materials. To access Blackboard, copy and paste the following address into your browser's address bar: https://afsoc.blackboard.com. (We are currently unable to link directly to the USAFSOS Blackboard site per AFI 33-129, paragraph 6.91.)

 

Special Security Instructions:

OCCASIONALLY, some CIWC iterations may contain classified lectures (classified lectures won't exceed the SECRET level). In order to ensure our students are properly vetted, students are required to follow the instructions below:

JPAS Verification

Fax Verification

DOD Security Managers must submit visit request 14-21 days prior to class start date through JPAS  (use class acronym "CIWC" in POC block) to SMO code EE0VFPP56 being sure the student's personal summary page reflects the proper access to be granted.

Non DOD agencies must FAX clearance 14-30 days prior to class start date on official letterhead to:

                   

DSN 579 1866

COMM 850 884 1866.

                   

Write the course acronym "CIWC" and inclusive dates as the purpose for visit.

For SECURITY QUESTIONS ONLY, please call:

Commercial: 850-884-4673

DSN: 579-4673

 

Note:

On the first day of class, students should report NLT 0730 to complete in-processing, badging, etc. CIWC is scheduled through 1530 hours on the last day of class. Travel arrangements should be made accordingly. See Reporting Instructions for additional reporting info.

 

 

CIWC Scheduled Offerings

Status

Iteration

Start Dates

End Dates

Location

Notices

N/C

18A

4-Dec

8-Dec

Kadena AB

!

18B

22-Jan

26-Jan

Hurlburt Field

Location changed from Mildenhall

N/C

18C

26-Feb

2-Mar

Cannon AFB

N/C

18D

14-May

18-May

Fort Hood

Location changed from Hurlburt Field

N/C

18E

13-Aug

17-Aug

RAF Mildenhall

N/C

18F

17-Sep

21-Sep

Hurlburt Field

! = Change || N/C = No Change || X = Cancelled
Course dates and locations are subject to change, please verify schedule prior to departing duty location

Updated 18 Oct 2017