The Field Grade Officers Course – Army (CPOS) supports the training of Army Captains providing them with the skills and military technical expertise needed to perform functions as senior officers.
The Field Grade Officers Course – Army comprises 17 curricular units in various scientific areas organized around two training components – a specific training component attended by Army students only, a common and joint training component taught jointly to all students of the Field Grade Officers Course – CPOS (Navy, Army, Air Force and Guarda Nacional Republicana (National Republican Guard).
The course is organized in accordance with the European Credits Trading System (ECTS). The total number of credits required to complete the course is 60 ECTS (32 ECTS allocated to the specific Army training component and 28 ECTS allocated to the common and joint component).
Study Plan overview
|Course Units||Scientific Area||Type||Workload (hours)||Credits||Remarks|
|Introduction to Resource Management||MS||Semester||87,5||30||9||3,5||CJFC|
|Communication and Leadership||MS||Semester||62,5||32||6||2,5|
|Logistics and Operations Research||MS||Semester||75||30||6||3|
|Portuguese Military History||MilS||Semester||50||28||2|
|Fundamentals of Public International Law||LS||Semester||25||12||1|
|Military Operations Framework||MilS||Semester||150||23||46||4||6|
|Land Operations Doctrine||MilS||Semester||75||46||3|
|Staff Procedures - Army||MilS||Semester||87,5||32||16||3,5|
|Brigade Defensive Operations||MilS||Semester||112,5||1||57||4,5|
|Brigade Offensive Operation||MilS||Semester||112,5||1||57||4,5|
|Brigade Stability Operations||MilS||Semester||112,5||1||57||4,5||SFC|
|Small Units Tactics / Services Employment and Operation||MilS||Semester||125||82||5|
|Planning and Conduct of Tactical Exercises (CPX-CAX)||MilS||Semester||75||4||32||3|
Legend: T – Theory; TP – Theory and Practise; PL – Practise and Laboratory ; TC – Fieldwork ; S – Seminar ; E – Stage ; OT – Tutorial Guidance ; O – Other
The duration of the course is one curricular year, approximately 36 weeks including school holidays, in daytime and on an exclusive basis.
QUALIFICATIONS CONFERRED BY THE COURSE
The Field Grade Officers Course – Army Diploma (Post-graduation in Land Military Sciences) is awarded to students who have completed the course successfully;
This Course is a special condition for promotion to the rank of Major;
The Field Grade Officers Course – Army, being a part of the career-long training process, is compatible with the general rules of structure and curriculum evaluation practiced in study levels within the higher military studies without, in itself, conferring an academic degree. Nevertheless the Course makes it possible to carry out further studies in the the Security and Defence field of studies.
COURSE ADMISSION CONDITIONS
The Field Grade Officers Course – Navy may be attended, on an exclusive basis, by appointed officers of the Permanent Army Boards with the rank of Captain;
The course may be attended by officers of similar ranks from friendly countries, under a superiorly defined access regime.