The Field Grade Officers Course – Air Force (CPOS) supports the training of Air Force Captains providing them with the skills and military technical expertise needed to perform duties as senior officers.


The course comprises 18 course units, in various scientific areas, organized in two training components – a specific training component attended by Air Force students only, and a common and joint training component taught jointly to all students of the Field Grade Officers Course – CPOS (Navy, Army, Air Force and 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 branch training component and 28 ECTS allocated to the common and joint component).

Course Plan Synthesis

ourse UnitsScientific AreaTypeWork Load (hours)CreditsRemarks
Introduction to Resource ManagementMSSemester87,53093,5CJFC
Communication and LeadershipMSSemester62,53262,5
Logistics and Operations ResearchMSSemester753063
Military OrganizationMSSemester50322
Portuguese Military HistoryMilSSemester50282
Military StrategyMilSSemester1505946
Fundamentals of Public International LawLSSemester25121
Military Operations FrameworkMilSSemester150234646
Operations PlanningMilSSemester50372
Command and Resource ManagementMilSSemester75188183
Air and Space Power StudiesMilSSemester150218 221816
Air Law and LegislationMilSSemester251051
Research SeminarMilSSemester50202
Research PaperMilSSemester175 1017SFC
Organizational Communication and Group InteractionMilSSemester7510403
Economic and Social Studies75203
International Studies100404
Human Resources Studies75303

Legend: T – Theory; TP – Theoryand 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.


The Field Grade Officers Course – Air Force Diploma (Post-graduation in Military and Aeronautical 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 – Air Force, being 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 Security and Defence fields of study.


The Field Grade Officers Course – Air Force may be attended, on an exclusive basis, by specifically appointed officers of the Permanent Air Force 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.