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1 - DoD Organizational Structure

  • OSD Organizational Structure
  • National Security Structure
  • National Security Council
  • Quadrennial Defense Review
  • Joint Staff
  • Military Departments
  • Combatant Commands
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Public Affairs
  • OSD Interagency Relationships
  • Describe the DoD structure
  • Describe the role of OSD
  • Identify the structure, key personnel and documents in the National Security Structure
  • Explain the purpose of the Quadrennial Defense Review
  • Describe the role of the Joint Staff
  • Describe the role of the military departments
  • Describe the role of the combatant commands
  • Identify agencies which OSD typically interacts

2 – AO Roles and Responsibilities

  • Supporting Senior Leaders
  • Meetings and Conferences
  • Travel
  • Records Management
  • OSD Resources
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of Action Officers
  • Describe the process for organizing and preparing for meetings
  • Describe the policies and procedures an Action Officer must follow when arranging travel
  • Describe records polices and procedures
  • Explain the key policies and procedures for record management
  • Locate OSD resources including websites, acronym lists, policies and directives

3 – OSD Effective Writing

  • Clear and Concise Documents
  • Writing process
  • Action Package Documents
  • Identify ways to write clear and concise documents
  • Analyze documents for clarity
  • Describe OSD correspondence guidelines
  • Write an Info Memo

Course Schedule

Classes are generally taught monthly and fill up several weeks before the start date. Upcoming OSD Action Officer Course dates (Login to iCompass LMS to check availability):

Course Registration

OSD employees with access to the iCompass Learning Management system, can register at https://whsportal.osd.mil/lms. Type "OSD Action Officer" in the search box located in the top right hand corner to register.

If you are not an OSD employee or do not have access to iCompass, please email the instructor for registration requirements at Michael.a.anderson419.ctr@mail.mil.