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Egyptian Command and Staff College


May 16, 2013
Egyptian Command and Staff College


The Egyptian Command and Staff College is one of many educational institutions under the purview of the Egyptian Ministry of Defence.

It's motto "Wisdom, Leadership, and Vigilance" perfectly demonstrates the standards and values it strives to instill in its recruits.


The College was founded during the reign of Mohammed Ali Pasha in 1825 under the name School of Staff and Warfare. Recruit training started in October of that year with the first course lasting three years.

The School was open till 1855 when it was closed during the reign of Said Pasha and that would continue until the ouster of the Mohammed Ali Pasha dynasty.

The College would only be reopened in 1936 when Egypt was under British influence. Education was restarted in the then Royal Staff and Warfare College in October of 1938 with a British syllabus and British staff.

Education continued in the College after Egypt gained full independence in 1952 and was home to many of Egypt's leadership both in the military and civilian world.

It's of note that at one point (1969) the College was staffed completely by Soviet Officers for three years. However, since then the teaching staff at the College has been completely indigenous.


The Staff and Command College's aim is to prepare Senior Commissioned Officers from the Army and Main Branches for future tactical command and staff roles as well as general staff roles.

The Staff and Command College is an institution for Higher Education and awards a Masters Degree in Military Science to successful recruits upon graduation.

Educational Aims

The Staff and Command College has several educational aims during the course;

To teach recruits military sciences and arts to a tactical and strategic operational level dependent on relevant arms ensuring that upon graduation recruits can work efficiently and with confidence in command positions across the Armed Forces.

To develop the recruits sense of entrepreneurship and innovation further enhancing their command abilities and potential. The College pushes recruits to think critically and discuss openly with an emphasis on trading ideas. This ensures once in command positions recruits are able to troubleshoot in difficult and complex tactical environments.

To improve recruits understanding of all arms warfare as well as combat support and combat service support. This aim involves recruits observing major Armed Forces exercises.

To teach Egyptian civil and military history. This includes visits and trips to major landmarks and battlefields in Egypt and elsewhere.


Senior Officers are selected based on the needs of the Armed Forces Training Authority in coordination with relevant Branches, Authorities, and Administrations requirements.

Joining Instructions are issued by the Armed Forces Training Authority.


Phase I;

Officers selected by their units are assessed by the Training Authority in a series of tests in several subjects including general tactics, military history, English language, unit organisation, and unit training.

Successful Officers are then loaded into a two month preparatory course. An excess number of Officers are selected from each branch to ensure issues with retention or in conflict casualty don't leave a skill gap in command positions.

Phase II;

A selective exam testing the Officers on Company based operations as well as other subjects.

Officers who pass the examination are then interviewed to ensure their suitability to progress. If successful the General Secretariat of the Armed Forces signs off on the Officer's joining instructions.

General Syllabus

Main Phase;

A 4 month period which includes general subjects on unit organisation and use, general tactics, basic training (marksmanship, fitness etc), Staff responsibilities, combined arms operations, ISR, foreign forces, combat support, combat service support, CBRN warfare, cyber warfare, administration.

Officers are tested at the end of this phase and successful recruits are then loaded onto the second phase in which they take subjects depending on their specialist roles.

Advanced Phase I;

A three month period which includes theoretical and practical learning for offensive and defensive brigade level operations in different environments such as built up areas, open desert, and mountainous terrain and in different scenarios (eg night ops).

Advanced Phase II;

A three month period which includes theoretical and practical learning for offensive and defensive division level operations in different environments and scenarios.

Final Phase;

A two month period in which recruits are tested and expected to be competent in operating an external command center against teams of their peers and are also expected to hand in their final project.

If successful recruits graduate with a Masters in Military Science.

Teaching Techniques

Lectures; teach new and general subjects.

Debates; the main practice during the course for teaching theoretical subjects.

Applied Lessons; the main practice for teaching practical and scientific lessons.

Emergency Tactical Situations; map based lessons where recruits are expected to troubleshoot difficult tactical situations.

Internal and external HQ exercises; the bread and butter of the course preparing recruits for brigade level operations.

Head to head matches; recruits are pitted against each other in theoretical and practical tactical scenarios.

Projects; Individual and group projects develop team work and research abilities.

Recruit Lectures; recruits are given subjects and are expected to produce and present lectures.

Conventions and debates.

Foreign Students

The Egyptian Armed Forces welcomes all Arab and foreign students who all learn the same syllabus as their Egyptian counterparts.

A two week course is mandatory for foreign students in order to improve their understanding of how the Egyptian Armed Forces operates and the resources at its disposal as well as introducing them to the course and College.

Foreign students receive the same treatment as their Egyptian counterparts and while studying are subject to Egyptian military standards and laws.

The Armed Forces provides an Office for foreign students should they face any problems during their studies.

Each foreign student is expected to present a project on their home nation and its history.




In an interview with Dr David Sornsen member of the US Air Force War College teaching board;

"We come to the Command and Staff College every year because it is one of the most important missions in Egypt. Military education is what we do and so we come to find out how Egypt does its own professional military education. We leave here highly impressed with the quality of education, with the professionalism of the Officers, with the extraordinary history of the Officers who have graduated from this school and what they have done.."
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The latest cadre to go through the Egyptian Staff and Command College included students from friendly and brotherly nations including the French Republic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of the Sudan, Lebanese Republic, Republic of Yemen, Republic of Kenya, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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