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Air Reserve Component Seminar

Air Reserve Component Seminar (ARCS)

Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members have the opportunity to enhance their eSchool distance learning experience via the Air Reserve Component Seminar (ARCS) program. This program provides an "in-residence" experience for majors and lieutenant colonels enrolled in the Air Command and Staff College or Air War College online programs.

About the Program

ARCS is a blended-learning program which will allows Guardsmen and Reservists a dedicated period of TDY to focus on portions of the ACSC or AWC distance learning programs. Conducted each June at Maxwell AFB, AL, the two-week seminar uses a combination of online collaborative learning, guest lectures, and exercises facilitated by AU resident and distance learning faculty to enrich learning and provide a resident-like student experience.

There are two ARCS Programs, one for Air Command and Staff College and one for Air War College

How to Apply


For ANG officers, NGB/HR releases a Course Announcement/Call for Applications to Base Education and Training Managers (BETMs) and Unit Training Managers (UTMs) in early March.  The course announcement will include all application directions and specific program details.

For Air Force Reserve officers, specific application instructions for the ARCS program will be included in the Fall Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB) announcement.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students currently enrolled in ACSC distance learning who have already completed the IDE-30B Applied Leadership in Command (ALC) course are ineligible to apply for the seminar.

 

Requirements

Students selected for ACSC ARCS must complete two courses BEFORE attending the program at Maxwell AFB.

  • IDE-30O Orientation
  • IDE-30A Leadership and Command (LC)

Failure to complete these pre-requisites will result in disenrollment from the program.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to begin working on their pre-requisites BEFORE official ARCS selection notification.

 

Two-Week Resident TDY


During the resident TDY portion of ACSC ARCS, students will complete three courses in the classroom environment:

  • IDE-30B Applied Leadership and Command (ALC)
  • IDE-30C National Security (NS)
  • IDE-30D Applied National Security (ANS)

After completion of the resident TDY,  students are expected to complete the remainder of the ACSC distance learning curriculum requirements at home station.  Upon completion of all requirements, distance learning IDE credit will be reflected in a student's personnel records.

 

Additional Information

Funding

For ANG and full-time Reservists, the ARCS TDYs are unit-funded. For IMAs, TRs, and ART Reservists, ARCS attendance is centrally-funded by AFRC.

To Learn More

Contact the ARCS Program Advisors:

  • AIR NATIONAL GUARD ADVISOR:  DSN 493-3060 Comm (334) 953-3060
  • AIR FORCE RESERVE ADVISOR:  DSN 493-7113 Comm (334) 953-7113

How to Apply

For ANG officers, those desiring to enroll must provide a signed memorandum from their Wing/CC or equivalent that states the Wing will fund the required TDYs for course completion. This memorandum, as well as a memorandum requesting enrollment in the AWC ARCS program, must be emailed to the AWC ARCS Advisor (see contact info below).

For Air Force Reserve officers, specific application instructions for the ARCS program will be included in the Fall Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB) announcement.
 

Requirements

Students selected for the AWC ARCS program must complete two courses BEFORE attending the program at Maxwell AFB.

  • GSS-700S Orientation (or ORN-701S Orientation, depending on enrollment date)
  • One of the WAR-700 series electives listed below
    • WAR-701S Coercive Airpower
    • WAR-702S COIN & SSTR (Closed to new applicants as of 1 April 2018)
    • WAR-703S ISR for the Warfighter (Closed to new applicants as of 1 April 2018)
    • WAR-704S Cross-Cultural Communications
    • WAR-705S Negotiations in the Military Environment
    • WAR-706S Space/Cyber Operations (Closed to new applicants as of 1 April 2018)
    • WAR-707S Joint Concepts and Planning

Failure to complete these pre-requisites will result in disenrollment from the program.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to begin working on their pre-requisites BEFORE official ARCS selection notification.
 

Two-Week Resident TDY

During the resident TDY portion of AWC ARCS, students will complete three courses in the classroom environment:

  • LDR-710S Strategic Leadership
  • ISS-700S International Security Studies
  • AIR-700S Airpower and National Strategy

After completion of the resident TDY,  students are expected to complete the remainder of the AWC distance learning curriculum requirements at home station.  Upon completion of all requirements, distance learning SDE credit will be reflected in a student's personnel records.
 

Additional Information

Funding

For ANG and full-time Reservists, the ARCS TDYs are unit-funded. For IMAs, TRs, and ART Reservists, ARCS attendance is centrally-funded by AFRC.

To Learn More

Contact the ARCS Program Advisors:

  • AIR NATIONAL GUARD ADVISOR:  DSN 493-3060 Comm (334) 953-3060
  • AIR FORCE RESERVE ADVISOR:  DSN 493-7113 Comm (334) 953-7113

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