Manoeuvre Self Study Program

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 of Excellence.

A commitment to learning is just as important as your commitment to fitness as a professional army leader. And just like PT, if you aren’t forced to do it, a military professional will read and learn through self-initiated activities without being told to. A commitment to lifelong learning underpins your intellectual foundation to grow as a leader and prepare for the uncertainties, chaos and friction of war.

Maneuver Self Study Program by U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
Maneuver Self Study Program by U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

The Maneuver Self Study Program is an excellent resource for self-initiated or team professional development if you are a commander wanting a pre-prepared learning package for your subordinates. Topics include:

  1. Manoeuvre Warfare
  2. Developing Leadership
  3. Building Mission Command
  4. Effects of War

The introduction for the study program can be found here. The study program consists of “books, articles, doctrine, films, lectures, and practical application exercises to help educate maneuver leaders about the nature and character of war, as well as their responsibilities to prepare their soldiers for combat, lead them in battle, and accomplish the mission.”

The website aims to “enhance understanding of the complex interaction between war and politics and to improve the effectiveness of maneuver leaders in complex environments and in combat against determined, adaptive enemies.”

I highly encourage you to check out their website.