British Army officer top student at multinational staff college  

A British Army officer has been voted top of the class at a college preparing international military officers for the highest roles.

Major Krause-Harder-Calthorpe MBE, of the Parachute Regiment, was named as the outstanding student at a German Armed Forces Command and Staff College graduation ceremony.

He becomes the second British officer in a row to gain the award after Lieutenant Commander Roberts RN won the honour in 2020.

The General/Admiral National Staff Course selects the top 10 per cent of officers in the Bundeswehr and prepares them for future staff roles in the higher echelons of defence, and for higher command.

The German Chief of Defence, General Zorn awarded graduation certificates to 107 officers and one civil servant at the end of their two-year advanced command and staff course.

Major Krause-Harder-Calthorpe made a significant contribution to the success of his course. His citation described him as “Hands-on, engaging, always ready to help his peers and showing superb leadership.”

The recognition follows the award of the German Military Cross of Honour in Silver in October 2019 and the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2020 for his contribution to bilateral relations between the two armies as the British Exchange Officer in the German Army Headquarters.

Major Krause-Harder-Calthorpe commissioned into the Scots Guards from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2008 after attending Stonyhurst College in Lancashire and Keele University where he studied law before joining the Paras.

The graduation took place in the Clausewitz Barracks, Hamburg in the presence of selected Defence Attachés and representatives of the Bundeswehr commands.

Two other British Officers, Major Smith of the Intelligence Corps and Wing Commander Lunnon-Wood RAF, also graduated as some of the 18 overseas participants from 13 nations. 

The UK Armed Forces send three officers to attend the prestigious course every year; two from the British Army, for whom the course counts as both the Intermediate and Advanced Command and Staff Courses, and the third alternating between the Royal Navy and RAF.  British students normally complete a year of language training at the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture at the Defence Academy as part of their preparation for the course.

The German Armed Forces Command and Staff College trains around 3,000 mainly military high potential personnel every year.  As well as the flagship advanced course, there is also an international advanced course and a basic joint staff course lasting three months, which all Bundeswehr career officers have to attend. 

Germany also sends a number of officers to Shrivenham each year to participate in the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Joint Service Command and Staff College.