Joining Instructions - Department of Applied Military Science

Army Technical Staff Officer Programme (ATSOP)

Congratulations on having been selected to attend the Army Technical Staff Officer Programme (ATSOP), at the Department of Applied Military Science, Royal Military College in Kingston. I can assure you that you will have a stimulating and professionally rewarding year.

Around the month of May, you will receive the joining instruction package, including CFB Kingston information, which will tell you about the course and what is required upon arrival.

ATSOP is a yearlong programme balanced between academics, military studies, exercises, field studies and guest lectures. Nonetheless, a basic level of scientific knowledge is essential to enable you to participate fully in the course and to derive the most value from your year.

AMS offers an introductory study period from mid to end July. This study period is compulsory for Non Commissioned Members and voluntary for Officers. If you feel that you are weak in mathematics, I would encourage you to attend the introductory study period. If so, report to AMS on early July. If you feel that you do not need this review, then we ask that you report to AMS mid July for clearances. The summer term usually starts end July. The specific dates will be provided to you with the joining instruction package.

You will also receive, as part of the joining instructions, a 'Math Made Simple' study guide for you to complete before you arrive. You will be required to complete a mathematic threshold knowledge test upon arrival at AMS. The aim of this test will be to assess your level of preparation in mathematic basic knowledge.

Instruction occurs in the AMS building (#60), 12 Duty Drive at RMCC. The dress of the day is combats (CADPAT).

If possible, get your move done as early as possible in order to relax, take some leave and enjoy the Kingston area. Prepare for the start of a very challenging year. I look forward to meeting you and to sharing with you the experience of the Technical Staff Course. I know that you and your family will have a demanding, yet meaningful and enjoyable year. This education opportunity will contribute significantly to you, as an individual, to your career progression, and to the future of the Army.

If you have any questions concerning this course, the directing staff may be reached at CSN 270-3812, or (613) 541-6000 - 3812, or the departmental Admin O, at loc 6158.

The staff and I look forward to meeting you and your families.

Director, Department of Applied Military Science

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4

Army Technical Warrant Officer Programme (ATWOP)

On behalf of the staff and faculty of the Department of Applied Military Science (AMS) of the Royal Military College of Canada, I want to congratulate you on your selection for the Army Technical Warrant Officer (ATWO) Programme. I am confident that you will have a stimulating, challenging and professionally rewarding year.

The ATWO Programme provides general technical and management knowledge and professional development to prepare you for the future army. It is not a technician's course about current systems. Its focus is on application of theoretical concepts to military operational requirements. It will develop your competencies in critical thinking, military technologies, management, operational equipment trials and the provision of oral and written technical advice to commanders and staffs.

The ATWO Programme will be unlike any of your previous military training, most of it is conducted in a university environment and very little has to do with traditional training. It provides education and professional development. It assumes that you have the desire and motivation to work hard and conduct a measure of self-study. Learning will be achieved through an instructor-assisted, self-education concept, which is delivered through self-study, discussions, demonstrations, lectures, applied exercises, guest lecturers and visits to military research and defence contractor establishments in Canada and the USA.

The programme requires a basic knowledge of high school math and science, writing and computer skills. It is recognized that you have been out of the academic environment for some time, so these skills will be developed throughout the programme. It is, however, essential that you refresh your academic skills before arriving and have a basic knowledge of math and MS Word and Power Point. A simple pre-programme mathematics self-study package will be enclosed with the Joining Instructions that will be sent to you around May. This will help prepare you and identify areas where you may need assistance.

A Preparatory Study, from mid to end July, will concentrate on basic mathematics and an introduction to military chemistry and physics. This will begin orienting you to the academic environment and prepare you for the Introductory Study. A Study Skills seminar will help you to identify study/learning approaches that will be beneficial throughout the programme. An Introductory Study in mathematics, military physics and chemistry will take place from end July to beginning of September. It will also cover basic writing and critical thinking skills. This study provides the fundamentals for the remainder of the programme.

Your applied technology courses will be taken jointly with the Officers' technical staff programme. Though the material delivered will be the same, where appropriate, different assignments and assessment tools will be used to evaluate your progress.

Your course project will be selected from a list provided by NDHQ requirements or engineering staffs or a defence contractor. You will work in teams on developing and planning the trial, conducting it, and reporting on the outcome to an audience of academics, senior defence staff and defence contractors at the end of the year.

A modern laptop with Internet access will be provided to you. Assessment will be based on written tests, written and oral presentations, discussions, exercises, assignments, participation and teamwork.

The ATWO Programme is long, has very few breaks and demands significant post-class work and study so you must prepare yourself (including a study area at home/quarters) and your family for the demanding workload that will be involved. Lecturers will assume that you will do much of the learning yourself and that you will ask for help if necessary. This is a key difference from previous training courses. While time for projects, assignments and research will be provided during the day, good time management practices and study habits are essential to getting the most from the programme. We have asked your career manager for a COS date around the beginning of July. All in-clearance at CFB Kingston, RMC and the AMS Department must be completed prior to beginning of classes in mid July. All specific dates will be provided to you in the Joining Instructions which will be mailed directly to you.

The Instructions will include a 'Math Made Simple' text and study guide for you to complete before you arrive. This is essential in your preparation for the programme. If you need help contact one of the Directing Staff listed below.

There will be a threshold knowledge test administered upon your arrival at AMS. The aim of this test will be to assess your level of preparation in mathematic basic knowledge.

Instruction occurs in the AMS building (#60), 12 Duty Drive at RMCC. Dress of the day is combats (CADPAT). The key ATWO Programme contact is: AMS Master Gunner - (613) 541-6000 loc 3901

The military, academic, and support staff look forward to meeting you and sharing with you the ATWO Programme experience. If you have any questions concerning this course, the directing staff may be reached at CSN 270-3901, or (613) 541-6000 - 3901, or the departmental Admin O, at loc 6158.

The staff and I look forward to meeting you and your families.

Director, Department of Applied Military Science

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4

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