Civil-Military Co-operation Staff Officer (CIMIC SO)

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Training overview

The Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Staff Officer Course (CSOC) is designed to prepare Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Members (NCMs) to perform the duties of a CIMIC Staff Officer at an operational level Head Quarters.  The CIMIC Operator Course (COC) is a prerequisite for attending this course.  The focus for the CSOC is the Operational Planning Process (OPP).  Since most of the candidates arrive with a lack of understanding of the OPP, there is an introduction to the various stages, followed by detailed lessons on the various stages, and finally the CIMIC inputs required at each stage of the OPP.

The students will then be able to apply their skills during the syndicate exercises which are based upon CIMIC scenarios in an operational Head Quarters.  All syndicate work is closely guided and monitored by our instructors to ensure that collaboration and cooperation within each syndicate allows for peer learning.  The products and campaigns that students design and deliver utilize the Canadian Common Training Scenario (CCTS) but are informed by current events around the world, recent operational history, open source media and international best-practices.   Syndicate level products are progressive and place an emphasis on the process and understanding rather than content.

Pre-requisites and Eligibility

In order to be selected for this training, the member shall:

  1. be a qualified CIMIC Operator (competency code AIUM) or equivalent;
  2. for officers, be of the rank Capt or above;
  3. for NCMs, be of the rank WO or above;
  4. be medically and physically fit without employment restrictions; and
  5. be able to work and communicate within the language of the international community (English).


Annex A


Joining Instructions

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Joining Instructions updated with PSTC's new location at 2 Cambrai Ave, CFB Kingston (Aug '17).

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