The Combat Commanders School (CCS) is the Pakistan Air Force leadership education and training institute.
CCS serves as a bridge for seasoned PAF fighter pilots usually those with 13 to 15 years of flying experience as they are summoned to take on command roles within the PAF.
Experienced air defence controllers are also trained and examined at CCS. For an officer, CCS is a once in a lifetime opportunity for directly relevant growth, and a daunting obstacle that could put an end to one’s career with the PAF.
CCS is a mandatory next step, and if the officer in question fails to achieve the minimum passing grade, then it is essentially the end of both their flying career and their time with the PAF.
CCS serves a dual role. First, it filtrates the personnel pool to select a comparative few for further professional development. Second, it enhances the capacity both in terms of knowledge and personality of the officer, enabling them to effectively command a squadron, especially under wartime stress.