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Practical information on opportunities for self-initiated and formalised professional development. Learn more

Opportunity – Perspectives and Lessons from Australia’s War in Afghanistan and Iraq 2001-2014

February 9th, 2017 by Grounded Curiosity

Interested in the following questions?  What happened? How well did we understand the nature of the fight? Why did Australia contribute the way it did? Were there other viable approaches? Did Australia’s contribution add value to the coalitions? What lessons ...

Exchange Programme Long Look

April 20th, 2016 by Scott Atkinson

I was privileged to be selected to attend Exchange Programme Long Look (LL) in 2015. LL is an incredible professional development opportunity for junior officers and NCOs. Each LL experience will be different and processes may vary, but here are ...

Case Study – Army Strategic Scholarship – Johns Hopkins SAIS

February 25th, 2016 by Brigadier Mick Ryan

This case study by Brigadier Mick Ryan links to a series on Grounded Curiosity about the Chief of Army Scholarship Program and highlights the opportunities at John Hopkins SAIS through the Army Strategic Scholarship. Williamson Murray has described the profession of arms, and ...

Army Foundation Scholarship

February 21st, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

General Outline The Army Foundation Scholarship is one of four strands to the Chief of Army Scholarship Program. It was previously known as the Chief of Army Scholarship and is awarded to high performing individuals at the rank of Sergeant-to-Lieutenant ...

Erudite Warrior

February 18th, 2016 by Erudite Warrior

One of the key differences between a professional and an employee is a commitment to the pursuit of professional knowledge – beyond that which is formally delivered.  Erudite Warrior is a new social media resource intended to “foster the study of the profession of arms”. Basically, ...

Global Voices

February 8th, 2016 by Nicholas Barber

Global Voices is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote Australian youth engagement in international diplomacy and foreign policy discussion. In the past five years, Global Voices has sent over 35 delegations to 18 of the most prestigious international conferences ...

Online Military Blogs and Websites

February 4th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Here is a list of online resources to get you started exploring avenues for your self-initiated or team professional military development: Land Power Forum – short posts published by the Australian Army on topics including modernisation, future of land power, strategy, emerging ...

Chief of Army Scholarship Program

February 3rd, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

The Chief of Army Scholarship Program is awarded annually in four strands: Trooper Jonathan Church Award. Awarded to junior soldiers and junior officers (Private to Captain) who personify Army’s core behaviours. Army Foundation Scholarship. Awarded to Sergeants to Lieutenant Colonels for ...

Facebook Accounts to Follow

February 2nd, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Here are some Facebook accounts to follow in order to get you started in the world of social media for professional military use: Australia: Grounded Curiosity Erudite Warrior Dead Prussian Podcast Security Scholar The Lowy Institute for International Policy Australian ...

Manoeuvre Self Study Program

February 2nd, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Want to self-initiate your professional development? Stuck in a posting to the Back of Bourke with no-one to help with your professional development pathway? Check out the Maneuver Self Study Program brought to you by the U.S. Army Maneuver Center ...

#CCLKOW – Weekly Online Professional Development Discussion

February 2nd, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Need quick ideas for professional development/discussion in 2016? Ideas from ‪#‎CCLKOW‬ may help – a weekly conversation on military affairs jointly hosted by the Center for Company-Level Leaders (CCL) at the US Military Academy at West Point and the Kings ...

Military Reading Lists

January 30th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Looking for some military reading lists for inspiration? Want to know what senior commanders think we should be reading? Here are some lists to get you started: Australian Chief of Army’s Reading List – philosophers of war, character of land warfare, ...

Future Strategic Writers Competition ($2,500)

January 18th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

The Future Strategic Writer Competition is run by the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS). The prize is awarded to the best article, essay or comment submitted by an author under 35 years of age. The prize of $2,500 is announced at ...

Jonathan Church Award

January 17th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

The Chief of Army’s Jonathan Church Ethical Solider Award is awarded annually to junior soldiers and junior officers who personify Army’s ten core behaviours with emphasis on compassionate and ethical soldiering. The award is named in honour of Trooper Jonathan ...

Army Capabilities Integration Centre – Weekly Professional Development

January 15th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Don’t know what to run for professional development with your team? Read thoughts, insight and advice from the master of Soldier-Scholar leadership – Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster. Click here to check it out at the Army Capabilities Integration Center’s weekly online professional development ...

Robert Chaloner Prize for Outstanding Young Strategic Leadership ($1,000)

January 15th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

The Rob Chaloner Prize is awarded by the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS) annual in recognition of outstanding young strategic leadership. The prize of $1,000 allows the recipient to undertake further personal development of their choosing. The process is via nominations ...

Future Strategic Leaders Congress

January 14th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Future Strategic Leaders’ Congress Interested in behind-the-scenes information on strategic affairs in our region? The Future Strategic Leaders’ Congress, run by the Institute for Regional Security (IFRS), is one of the few opportunities for military junior leaders to engage directly with ...

Case Study – Fulbright Scholarship

January 12th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

This post is written to provide both inspiration and also some of the practical realities about applying for prestigious academic scholarships. I acknowledge that this post will not be widely nor completely read from start-to-finish. I do; however, fervently hope that one of you out ...

Case Study – Chief of Army Scholarship

January 12th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Background The best way I can describe the Chief of Army Scholarship (now called the Army Foundation Scholarship as part of the Chief of Army Scholarship Program) is that recipients choose-their-own-adventure in order to advance an idea that will improve Army. ...

Defence White Papers and National Security Strategies

January 8th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Want access to Defence White Papers and National Security Strategies from countries around the world? It’s simple, just visit this link here to see how the world’s militaries think. Authoritative statements of defense and security policies as well as who-thinks-who is a ...

For Your Military Essays – Defence Technical Information Centre

January 6th, 2016 by Clare O'Neill

Conducting research on your military essay as instructed by your Commanding Officer? Want publicly accessible and peer-reviewed scholarly publications on military topics? Well, here’s the hot tip – check out the Defence Technical Information Centre for a more refined search than Google. ...

Opportunities – About

January 5th, 2016 by Grounded Curiosity

Some junior commanders are unsure of what opportunities exist in the military and fall into the trap of waiting to be ‘professionally developed’ instead of self-initiating this activity. There are also misconceptions that you can’t apply for a number of ...