Translating Military Schools into Civilian Language

An important resume issue is the translation of military schools and training into civilian terms. Regardless of the level of training or education, your attendance and completion demonstrate to potential employers your perseverance and ability to learn.

Many military schools focus on developing management and leadership skills and instilling basic military values. Your task is to relate your training to your job objective and target employment opportunities.

The table below offers some suggested translations. Some schools and courses are peculiar to a given military service.

For those schools/colleges whose training program or course duration exceeds 3 months, we also recommend listing the course length on your resume.

Military SchoolCivilian Translation
War CollegeExecutive Military Leadership
Command and Staff CollegeSenior Military Leadership
Combined Arms Staff CollegeOfficer Leadership School
Officer Advanced CourseAdvanced Officer Leadership
Basic Officers CourseEntry Level Officer
Leadership Course
Advanced Non Commissioned
Officers Course (ANOC)
Advanced Leadership and
Management Development Course
Basic Non Commissioned Officers
Course (BNOC)
Leadership and Management
Development Course
Primary Leadership Development
Course (PLDC)
Introductory Leader
Development Course
Advanced Individual
Training (AIT)
Advanced Skill Training
Basic TrainingIntroductory Military

SOURCE: Adapted from Carl S. Savino, Major, USAR (Ret.), and Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., Military-to-Civilian Resumes and Letters (Impact Publications) pages 84-85. Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.