SENIOR COURSE CURRICULUM
The SC Curriculum lays greater emphasis on join
training amongst the 3 Services. Consequently, most
of the exercises are planned along this line as
obtained in most advanced armed forces. The
Curriculum also takes cognizance of the future
requirements that selected AFCSC students would, in
addition to the Pass Staff Course (psc), also earn a
The Senior Course Curriculum, which is 45 weeks, is
broken into 3 phases namely;
Foundation Phase (10
Single Service Phase (17 weeks) and the
Joint and Combined Phase (18 weeks).
The curriculum reflects new concept in modern
The Foundation Phase is designed to train
students to develop an understanding of
operations on a Joint-Service and
Multinational basis, thereby providing a
baseline for the subsequent phases. Amongst
others, students are introduced to the
principles of command and leadership, as
well as new concepts of military doctrine,
military decision making, the Manouverist
approach and operational art. These subjects
are further developed in the subsequent
Emphasis on the teaching of Service Writing
has been greatly reduced. It is assumed that
students have been adequately exercised at
the Junior Course, and have through field
experience, had opportunity to practice the
subject and improve their skills. The
Foundation Phase has 16 Packages as follows:
At the end of the Foundation Phase, students
are expected to have successfully developed
the skills required for the Single Service
and the Joint and Combined Services Phases
of the Course.
SINGLE SERVICE PHASE
The Single Service Phase falls between the
Foundation and Joint and Combined Phases and
run for 17 weeks. For administrative
convenience, the Phase is split into 2,
(Term 2 and 3). Although the Phase runs for
17 weeks, single service subjects are taught
for 14 weeks, while 2 weeks are for the
Nigeria Environmental Tour and
presentations. The remaining week is used
for joint lectures. The aim of the Phase is
to develop the single Service professional
knowledge of officers to enable them
function effectively in Single Service,
Joint and Combined Operations.
The Land Component Phase covers a
complete range of subjects along the core
command and staff skills. The packages in
this component include:
b. Operational Framework.
c. Divisional Capabilities.
e. Command, Command Support and
f. Operations of War.
g. Close Operations.
h. Rear Operations.
i. Deep Operations.
j. Professional Knowledge of the Army.
l. Operations in Special Environment.
m. Theatre War Game (EXERCISE EAGLE SWEEP).
The Maritime Component is designed to enable
naval students develop a thorough
understanding of the operational capability
of the Nigerian Navy, so that they can
obtain maximum benefit from the Joint and
Combined Services Phase and effectively fit
into a wide variety of future appointments.
The packages in the Component include:
b. Maritime Strategy.
c. Maritime Operations.
d. Maritime Logistics.
e. Professional Knowledge of the Nigerian
f. Naval Personnel.
g. Command and Staff Skills.
h. Theatre War Game (EXERCISE EAGLE SWEEP).
The Air Component is designed to
provide Air Force students with an in-depth
understanding of the air environment and the
employment of air power in limited war
settings. The studentsí knowledge of air
power would be developed through the study
of the various components of air power and
analysis of how they have been used in past
campaigns. The Packages of the Air Component
a. Fundamentals (General).
b. Air Power Theory, Strategy and History.
c. Core Capabilities of Air Power.
d. Air Warfare Fundamentals.
e. Air Operations Planning and Conduct.
f. Targeting and Weapon Effort Planning.
g. Professional Knowledge of the Nigerian
h. Air Power Project.
i. Military and Space Systems.
j. Logistics Support for Air Operations.
k. Air Defence.
l. Civil Air Operations.
m. Theatre War Game (EXERCISE EAGLE SWEEP).
COMBINED SERVICES PHASE
The Joint and Combined Services Phase is the
last phase of the Course. The phase is
targeted towards harnessing and
consolidating the knowledge gained from the
Foundation and the Single Service Phases.
The Foundation Phase inculcates in the
students the skill of planning and
understanding at a Joint-Service and
multinational basis, while the single
Service Phase focuses on the development of a
thorough understanding of the tactical and
operational levels of warfare. Therefore,
the aim of the Joint and Combined Services
Phase is to inculcate in officers, the habit
of working effectively and harmoniously with
those from other Services and nations
through the study of joint, combined,
multinational and interagency operations and defence as a whole.
The Joint and Combined Phase lasts for 17
weeks and, like the Single Service Phase, is
split into 2 (Terms 4 and 5). The Packages
covered during the Phase include:
a. Regional Studies of the African
c. Routine Staff Work.
d. International Relations.
e. Joint and Combined Operations.
f. Joint and Combined Training.
g. Internal Security/Low Intensity Conflict.
h. United Nations Peace Support Operations.
i. General Management.
j. Defence Management.
k. Disaster Management and Search and
l. Joint Operations Planning.
m. War Game.
n. Theatre War Game (EXERCISE SEA-LION).
o. Realities of War.
The War Game Package strengthens students
understanding of the rules and procedures
used in war gaming. Furthermore, the
existing single Service exercises, namely
ELEPHANT POWER, NAVAL WAR GAME and AIR WAR
GAME now have a single joint exercise
setting, nick-named EAGLE SWEEP. The
exercise is initially played-out at the
Nigerian Armed Forces Simulation Centre (AFSC),
which is located here in Jaji. These as well
as other minor war games of the Single
Service Phase serve as a prelude to the
final exercise, EXERCISE SEA-LION. This is
an operational level campaign involving an
expeditionary and intervention operation,
which presents a realistic setting to
deliver the challenges faced by a joint task
force headquarters and its component
commanders. It employs the Manoeuvrist
approach within a joint environment,
incorporating the campaign planning tool. It
would also provide an opportunity to produce
a Joint Estimate.