The Directorate of Army Training at the Army Headquarters has organized a one week intensive Pre-Junior Staff Course Cadre for Army Officers nominated to attend the Junior Staff Course (JSC) 74 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC).

The cadre started on Monday, 20 July 2020 to Friday, 24 July 2020 at the Defence Motor Transport Battalion (DEF MT BN) in Burma Camp and brought together nominated Army Officers from various Units of the Ghana Army to prepare ahead for their course at the College.

Candidates undertook lessons in Service Writing, Rules and Conventions of Service Writing, Service Correspondence, Service Papers, Review of Service Correspondences, Minutes and Conferences among others.

During the closing ceremony which took place on Thursday, 23 July 2020 at the DEF MT BN Conference Hall, the Chief Staff Officer at the Army Headquarters, Brigadier General Michael Amoah Ayisi stated that the cadre was designed to address the challenges that Army candidates face on the Junior Staff Course and also improve the general output level of officers on staff work and operational writing.  “This cadre will go a long way to make you more effective in your staff work”, he emphasised. 

Brigadier General Amoah Ayisi disclosed that GAFCSC had introduced a virtual learning platform as well as other measures as part efforts to keep the college running amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; hence, the cadre will introduce the candidates to the virtual platform.   

The CSO admonished the candidates to see the cadre as a firm starting point and build upon it as they prepare to enter the Staff College as well as be motivated by the excellent performance by their predecessors. He stressed the need for them to manage their time well because “for GAFCSC, there is no free time; the moment you realize you have a free time, then you should know that you are missing something important to be done or loosing track of events.”

Brigadier General Amoah Ayisi commended the Directing Staff for their willingness to organise the cadre for the candidates in spite of the myriad of workload, adding that, their commitment to duty and sense of devotion and sacrifice was highly appreciated. 

The CSO thanked GAFCSC (Jnr Div) and the Directing Staff, on behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, for the immense support afforded the candidates.