DSDC – Defense Strategic Debriefing Course

The Defense Strategic Debriefing Course (DSDC) is a 5 week long course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and is open to US Army, Marines & Navy, as well as contractors and government civilians.

The DSDC course is managed by the HUMINT Training-Joint Center of Excellence (HT-JCOE) which officially trains U.S. Military and  Government personnel in basic and advanced strategic debriefing, based on DoD requirements utilizing various forums such as formal platform training, workshops, and field training exercises.

The course specifically trains students in practical work and field applications, and instruction in strategic debriefing.

Traveling to the DSDC course at Ft Huachuca?

Be sure to check out all of our fully furnished rentals as an alternative to staying on post or in a hotel.  Everything we offer includes all utilities, cable, Internet, and is at the GSA Per Diem Lodging Rate.

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MICCC Fort Huachuca

MI Captain’s Career Course at Fort Huachuca

The Military Intelligence Captain’s Career (MICCC) course on Fort Huachuca is a 20 week long course which falls under the direction and guidance of USAIC (US Army Intelligence Center). Currently the MICCC is run by the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, which falls under the 111th MI Brigade which is a TRADOC (Training & Doctrine Command) unit.

MICCC Attendance Requirements

Career Military Intelligence Army officers will at some point be required to attend the MICCC while either a First Lieutenant promotable (1LT P) or as a Junior Captain (CPT). Attendance at the MICCC is usually completed prior to Company Command, although occasionally officers will go to the school as a senior Captain. The Career Course functions much like the MIBOLC (MI Basic Officer Leader’s Course), another one of the core Fort Huachuca MI Schools, which is required to be branch qualified at that rank. The MICCC like other Captain career courses, includes training specific to an officer’s branch. MI officers are expected to perform tasks ranging from intelligence preparation of the battlespace (IPB) to war-gaming and implementing MDMP (the Military Decision Making Process).

Is the Career Course a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) Move or TDY?

Currently Active Duty MI Captains are required to PCS to Fort Huachuca for the duration of the 5.5 month assignment. Because the career course is a PCS move and the officer will only draw BAH for Fort Huachuca (only one location), some students will bring their family, while others decide to rent one of our Furnished Apartments in Sierra Vista for 6 months, or officers attending the course may choose to stay in one of our Furnished TDY Housingrentals with classmates.  If you’re unsure whether your assignment is a PCS or a TDY, be sure to check out our PCS Move Entitlements & Benefits page for additional information on short term travel and permanent re-assignments.

Active Duty Service Obligation – ADSO for the MICCC

The MICCC is like most Army schools in that because it requires a PCS move, there is an Active Duty Service Obligation. AR 350–100 specifically states: “officers who complete certain formal education or training programs, undergo a PCS, or certain promotions incur an ADSO.” Current Captains Career Course requirements are a one year ADSO post graduation, which can be served concurrently with a PCS move to another military installation. Certain Joint positions (for example CENTCOM or SOCOM, or an Air Force or Navy assignment) may or may not incur an additional service obligation.  All MI branched officers can generally expect to be assigned to either a maneuver battalion, company command, or a staff position upon completion of the career course and any additional schooling.

Military Intel Officer Assignments post-MICCC

CONUS and OCONUS assignments after the Captain’s Career Course are levied by the Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) Branch Manager at PERSCOM and are based on an OML (order of merit list) as determined by the course evaluation, past performance, and personal preferences of the officer.  MICCC graduates can expect to be sent to a key developmental (KD) assignments including a Battalion S2, MICO Command, BCT A/S2 or S2X/electronic attack officer, ACE (Analysis and control element officer), a Collection manager/targeting officer/watch officer, a training or support Company or detachment command, JRTC or NTC or a CTC observer/controller (OC), MI transition team advisor in a combat situation (either foreign nation TT), Developmental branch specific assignments will provide captains with exposure to the Army and in some cases, to JIIM organizations.

Reserve MI Captain’s Career Course – RC-MICCC

The Reserve MICCC at Fort Huachuca for National Guard and Reserve personnel is generally a TDY assignment lasting about a month long. The Army Intelligence Knowledge Network (IKN) Portal offers several distance learning courses as a pre-requisite for the MICCC. The RC-MICCC completion certificates do not offer any Army correspondence course credit for retirement points.

The RC-MICCC is broken down into four phases. Currently Phases I and III are long Distance Learning through the IKN portal, and Phases II and IV are resident courses requiring TDY travel which last 2 weeks each at Fort Huachuca. If traveling to the Reserve Component MICCC and requiring a furnished rental, be sure to check out all of our rentals which currently rent at GSA Per Diem Rates.

Military Intel Areas of Concentration (AOC) under ISR Branch

All of the following areas of concentration are offered through the Fort Huachuca Schools operated by UASAIC under the guidance of TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command). The following schools can generally be taken either before or after the MICCC provided that the follow on assignment necessitates the additional skills identifier (ASI) and training.

CI 35E-counter intelligence
HUMINT 35F-human intelligence
IMINT 35C-imagery intelligence
MASINT 35D (all source) -measurement and signature intelligence
OSINT 35D (all source) -open-source intelligence
SIGINT 35G-signal intelligence

Fort Huachuca Schools & Courses

Military Intelligence Schools and Training Courses

– Fort Huachuca is the primary Military Intelligence (MI) installation for Army training of soldiers, non-commissioned officers, warrant officers, and officers within the MI Corps.  The Army post trains tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines on an annual basis as one of the major Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) installations in the United States.  Each course may have their own lodging recommendations on or off post in Sierra Vista.  Some of the courses offered on Fort Huachuca are a PCS Move (Permanent Change of Station), and some of them are a TDY (Temporary Duty Assignment).

TDY Assignment or PCS Re-assignment?

PCS Moves authorize Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) and some moving allowances and PCS moves generally last 1-3 years.  TDY assignments are generally less than 6 months, and authorize per diem for lodging and meals in addition to BAH for the home station (TDY is a much more advantageous assignment status to have because it authorizes the traveler a higher amount of travel funds for temporary lodging in addition for the allowance to pay for housing at the home station).  Military orders should state the assignment status.

Fort Huachuca Schools and Military Intelligence Courses

The Military Intelligence Army post is the largest training center for MI service members in the entire United States.  It’s somewhat remote location and open training area make it a useful training area for all intelligence and signal disciplines, as well as the UAV training center located on the West end of Fort Huachuca near Black Tower.  Fort Huachuca is a Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Army installation.  Below are some of the MI courses offered on Fort Huachuca by type of training, collection method, or discipline:

  • AIT –Advanced Individual Training (AIT) is not authorized to reside off post, unless the service member is a Military Occupational Specialty-Trained (MOS-T) soldier who is re-classing to another MOS (which may authorize off post lodging in some circumstances)
  • BIC – Basic Installer Course (a Signal Course)
  • CISAC – Counter Intelligence Special Agent’s Course
  • DSDC – (Strategic Debriefing Course -or A.K.A.- STRAT-B)
  • HT-JCOE – HUMINT Training – Joint Center of Excellence (HT-JCOE)
  • IMAC – Intelligence Master Analyst (IMAC) Course
  • JAICC – Joint Analyst-Interrogator Collaboration Course
  • JHOC – Joint HUMINT Officers Course Fort Huachuca
  • JICC – Joint Interrogation Certification Course
  • MIBOLC – Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic Course
  • MICCC – Military Intelligence Officer’s Captains Career Course & Reserve Captains Career Course
  • RC-12 Guardrail – Army Fixed Wing Aviation Transition Course
  • UAS & UAV – 150U, Instructor, Operator, & Maintainer Courses
  • WIC – Weapons Intelligence Course
  • WOAC -Warrant Officer’s Advanced Course
  • WOBC – Warrant Officer’s Basic Course

For a full list of Fort Huachuca Schools and Courses, be sure to contact your S-3 Schools NCO or check out the full course listing on ATTRS – Army Training Requirements and Resources System.

Have we missed a course?  Please Let us Know and we’ll add it!

Other Fort Huachuca Assignments

Below are some of the many other assignments on Fort Huachuca that we cater to:

  • Border Patrol- Bisbee, Douglas, Naco, & Nogales
  • Garrison Headquarters – Fort Huachuca Garrison including JAG, IG, IMCOM, EPG, etc.
  • JITC – Joint Interoperability Test Command (under DISA – Defense Information Systems Agency)
  • NETCOM – Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command
  • Signal Command – Kelly Ops and the 11th Signal Command
  • U.S. Forest Service – Coronado National Memorial

Military Intelligence AOC, WMOS, & MOS/ASI Specialties & Courses

Commissioned officers are categorized by an area of concentration (AOC), Enlisted soldiers are classified by a military occupational specialty (MOS), and Warrant officers are classified by the warrant officer military occupational specialty (WOMOS) designation.    The following is a complete list of Military Intelligence AOC, MOS, & WMOS specialties:

Military Intelligence Officers:
35C – Imagery Intelligence
35D – All Source Intelligence
35E – Counterintelligence
35F – Human Intelligence
35G – Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare

Military Intelligence Enlisted Personnel:
35F – Intelligence Analyst
35G – Imagery Analyst
35L – Counterintelligence Agent
35M – Human Intelligence Collector
35N – Signals Intelligence Analyst
35P – Cryptologic Linguist
35S – Signals Collector/Analyst
35T – Systems Maintainer/Integrator
35X – Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sgt
35Y – Chief Counter Intel/Human Intel Sgt
35Z – Signals Intel (Electronic Warfare)

Military Intelligence Warrant Officers:
350F – All Source Intelligence Technician
350G – Imagery Intelligence Technician
350Z – Attaché Technician
351L – Counterintelligence Agent
351M – Human Intelligence Collection Tech
351Y – Area Intelligence Technician
352N – Signal Intelligence Analysis Tech
352P – Voice Intercept Technician
352S – Signal Collection Technician
353T – IEW Systems Maintenance Tech

Intelligence Disciplines:
HUMINT – Human
GEOINT – Geospatial
MASINT – Measurement & Signature
OSINT – Open Source
SIGINT – Signals
TECHINT – Technical
FININT – Financial

Fort Huachuca Post Lodging

Fort Huachuca – Army Lodging on Base

Fort Huachuca Army Lodging was recently privatized through a Department of the Army contract which was awarded to IHG (the International Hotels Group) which operates the Holiday Inn Express & Candlewood Suites hotel chains granting them authority to lease the federal property on Fort Huachuca for a 50-year term.  IHG now operates & benefits from the Army Lodging facility on the U.S. Army Installation because of a “cost savings to the federal government” through an out-sourcing of contracts.  Only the U.S. Army decided to contract out lodging on post, and effort that began in 2003-2005; All of the other Services: Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps decided to keep their lodging facilities government run because the quality of the facilities was much higher, and the Army did not have appropriated funds to re-hab their lodging.  The contract was awarded to IHG on Fort Huachuca & some 20-30 other Army bases.

In 2006-2007, IHG built two large hotels in Sierra Vista, immediately after the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) contract was awarded to the company.

Post Lodging VOQ-BOQ & Temporary Guest Facilities

Statements of Non-Availability are no longer required for standard military & government travelers in a TDY status.  Soldiers in a non training status can choose where to stay in Sierra Vista, AZ including hotels, furnished apartments, or furnished house rentals.  Many lodging providers in town offer accommodations at the government per diem lodging rate.  Army Lodging features on Fort Huachuca include a standard bed and linens, a mini-fridge & microwave, and a single room motel/hotel types of set-up with bathroom.  Post Lodging on Fort Huachuca is no longer considered government lodging and there for service members can no longer be ordered to stay in post lodging because the facility is run by a private company on a Federal Military DoD (Department of Defense) installation.

Army Lodging on Post prior to the PAL contract

The privatization of Army Lodging contract for Fort Huachuca, Arizona was awarded several years ago.  Prior to the PAL contract on Fort Huachuca, Statements of Non-Availability were required for military service members to be able to reside in off base lodging.  There is no longer a requirement to obtain a Statement of Non-Availability.

Fort Huachuca’s Privatized Army Lodging FAQ

Please note that the following was obtained through public disclosure through the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office:

Dennis Maruska, Fort Huachuca’s director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, talks outside the post’s Army lodging facility, which soon will be turned over to a private operator — InterContinental Hotel Group. -Photo Courtesy of the Sierra Vista Herald

Privatized Army Lodging began in 2009 and now includes a total of 21 installations in which hotels are now owned and operated by a private entity.

PAL engages the private sector to manage, build, renovate, maintain and operate transient lodging on Army installations within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The program is modeled after the Army’s successful privatized family housing program, the Residential Communities Initiative, known as RCI.

Fort Huachuca’s lodging operation was transferred to the private sector on Aug. 12, 2011. The decision to privatize and the company selected was not a local decision.

The Department of Army worked with Lend Lease and InterContinental Hotels Group to negotiate the terms of the lease, the associated business agreements and the financing structure. In times of scarce resources, it is especially important that the Army partner with private industry to leverage its limited funds, officials said. In PAL the Army has contributed the existing facilities and the private sector has secured loans to recapitalize the inventory. The loans are supported by room rates which are capped at 75% of the prevailing lodging per diem rate as a weighted average across the portfolio. This ensures that the rates are affordable to official travelers and within Army budget expectations. The Army provides no guarantees to the private investors with regard to the loan or occupancy.

At Fort Huachuca, IHG is currently operating the 230 rooms previously managed by Army Lodging. IHG plans to build a 244-room hotel on the installation within the next five years, resulting in a total of 478 rooms available on post for Army travelers. Current room rate for person on orders (official travel) with IHG on-post is $65.75 per night. No Tax if they have the tax exempt form with them. For guests without orders (unofficial travel) room rates are $81 to $86 per night PLUS tax.

There is no requirement under PAL for TDY or PCS personnel to use the hotel rooms on post. Just as it is with Privatization of Army Housing, use of on post hotel rooms are optional for the military traveler. PAL does not require students to stay on post or to move on post. There is no longer any requirement for Statements of Non-Availability.

Source – Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office, September 22, 2011

Army PCS Move & Permissive TDY

Military PCS Move Entitlements & Benefits

Military service members on PCS (Permanent Change of Station) reassignment orders are generally reassigned for 1-3 years.  Soldiers will stay in either base or post housing, or they will stay off base and receive BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing).  BAH is a stipend which is paid to the Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine Corps member to offset the cost of local rent/mortgage and utilities.

TDY Travel Entitlements & Pay

A TDY (Temporary Duty Assignment) is generally a short term assignment lasting either a few days or weeks, or long as 180 days.  Although rare, under certain circumstances some TDY assignments may be extended for as long a s a year with a special waiver.  TDY travel is supported by the payment of Government Per Diem Rates which resets once a year, and may vary throughout the year based on the duty location.  Per Diem is broken down into two categories, one for TDY Lodging, and the other for Meals & Incidental Expenses.

Federal GSA Per Diem Rates

Government & Military Per Diem Rates

This year there was a Per Diem Rate increase in many locations, a decrease in some, and other locations remained flat.  Per Diem Rates fluctuate every year and reset annually.  The FY Per Diem Rates officially resets on October 1st, of each year, which is the start of the new Federal Government Fiscal Year that begins on October 1st of every year.

Local and Foreign Travel Rates

Per diem rates are reset annually by the General Services Administration (GSA) which issues official U.S. per diem travel rates for the government at the Federal and most State levels, the Military, and the Internal Revenue Service.  The GSA establishes per diem rates for official travel within the United States and outlying territories. The U.S. Department of State sets the per diem rates for foreign locations, and the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) sets all of the government-wide per diem rates for outside the United States including all non foreign areas, e.g., AK, HI and US Territories.

Government Per Diem Lodging Rates

Although most of the government travel locations throughout the Continental United States (CONUS) decreased, many of these locations either experienced a slight increase or a return to the standard rates.  Some of the travel locations experienced no change at all, while other saw a slight increase or decrease of about 5%.  The government travel website TDY Lodging has compiled some of the most up to date information about Per Diem Rates and how to calculate separate allowances for Lodging as well as Meals & Incidental expenses.

GSA Per Diem Rate Changes by TDY Location

Just prior to the end of the fiscal year, the GSA issued revised per diem travel rates for 2016-2017.  The standard average per diem lodging rate has stayed relatively the same at $77 for hotel or furnished apartment accommodations, with the the average Meals & Incidentals rate set at $46 per day.  Of particular note is that lodging rates in several major metropolitan areas, including Washington DC, Chicago and Boston, will rise this year.  After seeing a drop in the overall rate last year, the increase is a welcomed change for many travelers and lodging providers seeking to attract government and military personnel to their establishments.

Per Diem Rate Query

Find out the official per diem lodging and meals rates using the rate calculator below. Rates reset every federal government fiscal year on October 1st. For the most up to date and current rates in the continental United States (“CONUS Rates”) search below by city and state (or ZIP code):

FY 2016-2017 DoD Per Diem Rate Query Calculator

Enter either City & State -or- Zip Code:



What are the Local Effects of a Per Diem Rate Increase or Decrease?

Often when rates decrease at a highly traveled destination, hoteliers and other lodging providers will try to cut back on complimentary services like free breakfast, newspapers, or gym passes for extended stay travelers.  When rates increase not only do local lodging providers do well, but they often pass on incentives to government travelers in an attempt to attract this customer base to their establishment on a recurring basis.  The more income brought in by hotels is often passed on to government travelers through additional services and improvements to the overall quality of the hotel or furnished rental property.

Will there be a FY 2017 Per Diem Rate Increase or Decrease?

A lot of speculation has gone into whether FY 2017 will bring about an increase or drop in government per diem rates.  While the largest factor will depend on the overall state of the U.S. economy, it will also depend on the FY 2017 Defense Authorization Bill, which may force branches of the military to cut back on travel related costs when sending personnel on TDY assignments.  Most of the rates during the most recent adjustment increased to the authorized rates from two years ago.  An increase in rates not only helps local economies that support military installations and government travelers, but higher rates also provide better amenities for travelers because lodging providers are less likely to decrease costs by cutting back on incidental items, and with an increase they’re more likely to incentivise travelers with complimentary services.  Let’s hope for a DoD and government per diem rate increase in 2017.