|||

The Training Schools

The Training Schools

International Trade in Arms and Military Training

The Training Schools

The United States trains at least 100,000 foreign soldiers and police from more than 150countries each year at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. Tens of thousands study in the US atthe approximately 275 known military schools and installations that provide training; the UStrains many more in their own nations through a variety of programs. Closure of the USArmy's recently renamed School of the Americas (SOA) has been the principal focus to dateof campaigners concerned about the human rights impact of US military and police training.But SOA is just the tip of the iceberg. The below map and list on the back side of this graphicrepresent only a partial listing of all the schools and installations in the US that provideforeign military training.

 


The locations of facilities in the United States that provide training for foreign military personnel.

US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS

The Command and General StaffCollege trains over 22,000 USand foreign officers annually tolead combat units. This schoolteaches one of the main coursestaught at the infamous School ofthe Americas, but in Englishrather than Spanish. In 2000-2001, 90 soldiers from 79 countriesattended the school. Recentgraduates came from Albania,Algeria, Belarus, Bosnia, Colombia,Mali, Senegal, Tunisia, Turkey,Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

US Army Intelligence Center and School, Ft. Huachuca, AZ

This school teaches the range ofmodern military intelligencecourses, including counterintelligence,"human intelligencebasic, "and "intelligence in combating terrorism." Eighty-two foreign military students attended in FY 1998, and 123 were slated to attend in 1999. The largest national contingents were from Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

US Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Ft. Bragg, NC

Described in one Pentagon publicationas "the Army's special operationsuniversity," Ft. Bragg is thehome of the US Army SpecialForces (the "Green Berets"), troopsthat specialize in unconventionalwarfare and psychological operations.These units were activelyengaged in the counterinsurgencywars of the 1960s-80s, traininginsurgent and state affiliated paramilitaryforces, and they have frequentlyparticipated in covert operationsrun by the intelligence community.Foreign officers fromColombia, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt,Mexico, Philippines, Nepal, Thailand,Turkey and other countries studiedat Ft. Bragg in recent years.

US Army School of the Americas, Ft. Benning, GA

For more than a decade, SOA (renamed the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation") has been the focus of a citizen campaign to close it down because of the widespread commission of human rights violations by former SOA students. It was revealed in 1996 that this school had used manuals that advocated execution, torture and blackmail as recently as 1991. Today SOA/ WHINSEC provides Spanish language instruction in 53 courses. About 600 soldiers from Latin American militaries attend this school annually. The SOA Watch campaign's organizing and lobbying efforts have forced the Army to increase the level of transparency around SOA's curriculum, to institutionalize human rights training, and to establish internal and external oversight mechanisms at the school.

Foreign Military Training Schools in Your Neighborhood

Alabama
US Army Ordnance, Missile and Munitions Center and School, Redstone Arsenal, AL
US Army Aviation Center, Ft Rucker, AL
Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development, Maxwell AFB, AL
US Army Military Police School, Ft McClellan, AL

Arizona
US Army Intelligence Center and School, Ft Huachuca, AZ
Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Marana, AZ
Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ

California
US Army National Training Center, Ft Irwin, CA
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Defense Resources Management Institute, Monterey, CA Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, San Diego, CA
Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Three, Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA
Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center San Diego, CA
Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado, CA
Marine Corps Air Base, West Miramar, CA
Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA

Colorado
US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

Connecticut
Navy Submarine School, Groton, CT
Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

District of Columbia
National Defense University, Ft McNair, Washington, DC
National War College, Ft McNair, Washington, DC
Center for Hemispheric Studies, Ft McNair, Washington, DC

Florida
Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, FL
Commodore Training Air Wing Five, Milton, FL
Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
Navy Technical Training Center, Corry Station, Pensacola, FL

Georgia
US Army School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Ft Benning, GA

Hawaii
Navy Submarine Training Center, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI Asia-Pacific Center, Honolulu, HI

Illinois
US Army Management Engineering College, Rock Island, IL

Kansas
US Army Command and General Staff College Ft Leavenworth, KS

Kentucky
US Army Armor School, Ft Knox, KY

Maryland
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Defense Information School, Ft Meade, MD
United States Naval Test Pilot School, Naval Air Station, Patuxent, MD

Missouri
US Army Engineer Center, Ft Leonard Wood, MO
US Army Chemical School, Ft Leonard Wood, MO
Marine Corps Detachment, Ft Leonard Wood, MO

Mississippi
Navy Technical Training Center, Meridian MS 81st Training Group, Keesler AFB, MS

North Carolina
US Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Ft Bragg, NC
18th Airborne Corps, Ft Bragg, NC
Navy Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School, Camp LeJeune, NC

New Mexico
49th Fighter Wing Training Squadron, Holloman AFB, NM
542nd Crew Training Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM

Nevada
57th Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, NV

New York
US Military Academy, West Point, NY

Ohio
Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Oklahoma
US Army Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester, OK
US Army Field Artillery School, Ft Sill, OK

Pennsylvania
US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
Eastern US Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Annville, PA

Rhode Island
Naval War College, Newport, RI
Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, RI

South Carolina
US Army Training Center, Ft Jackson, SC

Texas
US Army Air Defense Artillery School, Ft Bliss, TX
US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Ft Bliss, TX
21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), Ft Hood, TX
Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Lackland AFB, TX
International Office, 82nd Airborne, Sheppard AFB, TX
12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, TX
47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, TX
315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX
Mine Warfare Training Center, Ingleside, TX

Virginia
US Army Logistics Management College, Ft Lee, VA
US Army Aviation Logistics School, Ft Eustis, VA
Defense Mapping School, Ft Belvoir, VA
Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Dam Neck, VA
Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic, Northfolk, VA
US Marine Corps General Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA
US Marine Corps Scout Sniper Instruction School, Quantico, VA
Fleet Combat Training Center, Norfolk, VA
374th Training Wing Detachment, Portsmouth, VA

Washington
9th Infantry Division, Ft Lewis, WA
Navy Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport, WA

This is a partial listing of military schools and installations that AIUSA has knowledge of. For space reasons, we were not able to include the full list. More installations are listed in the report Unmatched Power, Unmet Principles.

Sources:
AIUSA requested a list of all facilities providing training forforeign military personnel from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, theoffice with oversight responsibility for foreign military training, in March 2000.The office did not provide us with the requested information. Sources for the abovegraphic and the partial listing of schools include:

US Department of Defense and US Department of State, Foreign Military Training& DoD Engagement Activities of Interest in Fiscal Years 1998-99: Joint Report toCongress (Washington, DC: March 1999).

US Army Assistance Training Field Activity web page, http://www-satfa.Monroe.army.mil/

US Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity: US MarineCorp International Training Catalogue, available at: http://www.netsafa.navy.mil/Marine_Corps/Mapit.htm

Adam Isacson and Joy Olson, Just the Facts -1999 Edition: A Civilian's Guide toU.S. Defense and Security Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean(Washington, DC: Latin America Working Group and Center for InternationalPolicy, 1999), pp. 168-9.

Download