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Education facilities

The Army provides many facilities to support soldiers’ and officers’ learning, wherever they are based. The Joint Service Command and Staff College at Shrivenham, shown above, is the most modern purpose-built staff college in the world.

Army Education Centres

There are over 25 permanent Army Education Centres (AECs) located in the major Army bases in the UK, Cyprus and Germany. In some respects, the AECs are similar to local further education colleges. They are staffed by both military and civilian instructors who deliver a whole range of courses and educational services for officers, soldiers and their dependants.

These include AEC delivered career courses, courses for personal development and recreational courses. Learning support is also provided to customer units in the region of the AEC, providing assistance in the delivery of work-based learning programmes. Specialist staff are available to deal with particular areas such as:

  • Individual education and resettlement
  • Officers’ education (officer tutors)
  • Functional skills (functional skills development managers)
  • e-learning Centres (eLC) managers)

e-Learning Centres

An eLC is usually located within an AEC but they have also been opened at Phase 1 and 2 Training establishments.

The purpose of the eLCs is to provide an e-learning platform for soldiers, officers and the wider defence community. They provide the focus for elective personal development.

Army Library and Information Service

The Army Library and Information Service provides information and publications to support the work and education of the army. This is achieved using all the resources of a modern information service; internet and online resources and physical libraries based in the UK and overseas.