Military logistics is the supply of men, material and services to the operating military forces. The success of any military operation hinges on a well planned, coordinated and efficiently executed logistic support. Jomini was the first military writer who evolved the theory of war incorporating the concept of strategy, tactics and logistics. Clausewitz described conduct of war as "the art of making maximum use of given means in combat". In modern warfare, the term logistics signifies the total process by which national resources are mobilized and employed towards accomplishment of military objectives.
In the last few decades, employment of principles of logistics has received a concentrated blend of modern techniques of management. Management implies, forecasting, planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating and controlling the logistic assets. Pakistan Army like all the forward looking and modern Armies of the world has not lost sight of this important segment. For this reason, Army School of Logistics (ASL) exists in the beautiful and scenic hills of Murree.
Army School of Logistics was first established in 1974 at Toba Camp in the neighboring foothills of Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul in Abbottabad where young officers were skillfully trained in the field of Administration and Logistics. To achieve this objective, two courses were run in the institution namely, Logistics Staff Course for Majors and Junior Officers Administration Course for Captains. The Army School of Logistics was shifted to its present location at Kuldana, Murree in 1976. On 30 June 1976, School was re-designed as Army School of Logistics (ASL), during the visit of then Chief or Army Staff, General Muhammad Zia Ul Haq.
Kuldana is the name of an extremely beautiful ridge which spreads over a lush green area of about five square kilometers. The area is densely populated by a large variety of trees and plants and inhabited by various kinds of wild life species including birds, butterflies and monkeys.
At times snow leopards, cheetahs and jackals can also be seen crossing roads and tracks of the campus. The institution is about 50 kilometers away from Islamabad. For the ones who have a deep desire to enjoy the natural beauty in its ultimate form, a two days trip to Kuldana ridge in the month of February should prove to be an aesthetic pleasure. A spectacular view of the full moon with its reflection from the glowing white snow is a sight beyond compare.
The Army School of Logistics is well equipped with the entire range of essential training facilities. The training aids are utilized extensively and are the most modem by all standards.
The school maintains an exceptionally rich library which enables the students to find the required study material and reference for their research assignments. All the books and research material is available in computerized form to facilitate their immediate extraction and issue to the students. Besides the main library, a well-stocked publications library also exists in the School which houses sufficient copies of all the books, pamphlets, general publications and old research works.
With the latest printing machines and techniques at its disposal, the school printing press shares the major load of the printing books and journals.
Students Tea Bar
A very well furnished and decorated tea bar functions in an extremely efficient and hygienic way to provide a hot cup of tea or coffee with delicious and fresh snacks to students. Tea bar is located centrally in the training area for easy access to students and their timely return to the syndicate rooms.
Single and married accommodation is available to Student Officers attending LSC course on first come first served basis. AA&QMG office can be approached on telephone or mail for accommodation requests.
| Educational Philosophy
The art of war, apart from operational planning at various levels, revolves around the few basic elements like logistics, administration and management. The officers and troops get requisite knowledge of tactics and other specialized training in various institutions meant for the purpose.
Army School of Logistics endeavors to equip the students of various arms and services and foreign officers with the requisite knowledge in the field of Logistics, Administration and Management by sharing the multiple experiences of students specific to their own fields and required metered dose of professional input from the faculty. This process of mutual learning takes many forms starting from Class Discussions, Tutorial Discussions, Central Discussions, Model Discussions, Presentation of Research Work and going up to the apex in shape of Seminars, One and Two Sided War Games at the culmination point of various courses. The Directing Staff channelize the energy and learning process of students to keep them focused towards the goals of each course.
The faculty also known as Directing Staff of the Institution comprises of Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) & Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) who are the best in their specific fields. In order to have the desired diversity of knowledge and experience, the faculty of the Institution can very proudly claim to be an ideal combination of the best from all arms and services. This balanced blend of instructors leaves no field of profession unattended, may it be the strategy, operations, logistics, administration or modern concepts of management.
The officers serving on the faculty are sent on this prestigious assignment after they have gone through the mill of Pakistan Staff Course and have served on important command and staff appointments and commanded a unit. Because of their rich professional experience and deep professional study, they are well equipped to interact with students in a professionally rewarding manner. Same holds true in the case of Junior Officers, JCOs, and NCOs instructors. There is always a constant endeavor for progressive improvement in the acquired professional and intellectual standards by following the modern management and logistics concepts. The Institution also follows a schedule for enhancing the professional acumen and growth of the faculty.
Officers, JCOs, NCOs and recruit clerks are trained from ASL in an extremely professional manner. Later, they perform meritorious services in the various Formations, Units and Field Headquarters in the time of peace and war. A number of courses are being run in Army School of Logistics for Officers, JCOs and NCOs from all Arms and Services including Navy and Air Force. Officers from Allied Countries also attend these courses:
Logistics Staff Course (LSC)
To train Grade II Staff Officers for employment in Formation headquarters to handle Administrative and Logistics matters during peace and war.
JCO/NCO Administration Course (JNAC)
Majors with 12-14 years of service
Twice a year
95x Offrs per course
Operation of War
Administration in the Field and Peace
Staff Duties in the Field
Organization and Capabilities of Arms/Services
Lectures of renowned Military/Civilian Guest Speakers
To train JCOs and NCOs from all arms and services in Logistics matters during peace and war
A total of 100-110 JCOs/ NCOs attend the course
100x JCOs/NCOs per course
JCOs: N/Sub and Sub (minimum Secondary Level Education)
Administration and General Matters
Administration in the field
Accommodation, Clothing Rations
- Office Management Course (OMC)
- Aim. To acquaint students with Office Management aspects for routine office working.
- Vacancies. A total of 220x NCOs Clerks & SMTs (Hav Only) attend the course
- Duration. 12 Weeks
- Frequency. Twice a year
- Intake. 220x NCOs per course
- NCOs: Havildar (minimum Matric Level Education)
- 10-23 years of Service
- Administration and General Matters
- Administration in the field
- Accounts Matters
- Military Law
- Personal Assistant Course (PAC)
- Aim. To train students for personal assistant duties with senior officers.
- Vacancies. A total of 25x Nks Clerks attend the course
- Duration. 4 Weeks
- Frequency. Twice a year
- Intake. 25x Nks per course
- Nks (minimum Matric Level Education)
- Performance in PAC
- Proficiency in English (written and oral)
- Computer handling
- Administration and Administration Matters
- Recruit Clerk Course (RCC)
- Aim. To train recruit clerks of all arms and services
- Duration. 12 Weeks
- Frequency. Twice a year
- Intake. 550 (Including Persons from Civil Armed Forces)
- JCOs: N/Sub and Sub (minimum Secondary Level Education)
- NCOs: Havildar/ Naik (minimum Secondary Level Education)
- Should not be In last three years of service
- Administration in the Field
- Administration in the Peace
- Minor duties
- Typing Training
- Cptr Training
| Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Army School of Logistics has a very hectic schedule of training activities, which keeps all students busy for long hours. Through sports and extracurricular activities, students are provided with desired relief and entertainment essential for the development of mental human faculties. These activities include a number of sports and non-athletic pursuits, all held within the parameters of school and much closer to the residential quarters of the students. The students can enjoy following facilities at the Campus:
Extra Curricular Activities
Apart from a variety of sports activities, the School also arranges a number of excursion trips which keep the students in touch with nature and result in high spirit throughout the course. These activities include frequent picnics and one-dish parties for the students and their families at various picnic spots. A number of hiking trips are arranged for the students and their families on very imaginatively developed and fascinating hiking tracks.