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See Fellows’ Handbook for information on our mission, programs, policies and course descriptions.

See calendar for full course schedule.  Any additional changes to these dates will be disseminated through this web site. Please contact the Admissions Department with any questions or issues concerning these dates. (see contact information below). Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Department of Admissions is the initial point of contact for representatives from the Asia-Pacific region who are selected to attend the Asia-Pacific Center’s College of Security Studies. The Department of Admissions handles all in- and out-processing functions of the College, to include travel arrangements, billeting on-island and per diem payments.

Please note: Potential students are not allowed to register themselves into any course without the official endorsement/nomination from country’s ODC/Embassy or APCSS registrar.

The College of Security Studies conducts several courses including:

  • Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) – 1 week
  • Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC) – 4 weeks
  • Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course (CSRT) – 3 weeks
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM) (formerly the Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction Course (SSTR) – 4 weeks
  • Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) – 1 Week.
  • Senior Executive Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (SEAPOC)

Each course is geared toward a specific combination of mid- to senior-level career military officers and civilian government officials of equivalent rank (i.e., from the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.).

Selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region are invited to send representatives to the College of Security Studies through the U.S. Embassy in their invited country. Additionally, the U.S. Government will fully fund representatives from certain countries to attend College of Security Studies courses.

Members of Non-Governmental Organizations and/or International Media Organizations are now allowed to attend APCSS courses as self-funded fellows. Seat allocations are obtained via the U.S. Embassy in that host country. If you are unsure of who to contact at the embassy, please contact the Registrar Branch at (808) 971-4059 or email If you are interested in attending the College of Security Studies, are a resident of one of the Asia-Pacific region countries, and meet qualifications (specified at the course hyperlink above), you should use your chain of command to contact the responsible U.S. Embassy for your country. The Asia-Pacific Center does not accept nominations directly from individuals or organizations. All applications must be processed through the responsible U.S. Embassy for your country.

Department of Admissions

  • Chief – Mr. Thomas Patykula – (808) 971-8906
  • Program Recruiter – Mr. Terry Slattery – (808-971-8951) Email Address –
  • Administration – Cathy Moszkowicz – (808) 971-8917
  • Registrar Branch – Ms. Pearl Peiler – (808) 971-4059
  • Course Travel Coordinator – SSgt Gilberto Saldierna – (808) 971-8922
  • Branch Fax Number – (808) 971-8920
  • Branch E-mail Address –

Alumni Branch

  • Chief – Mr John Gasner – (808) 971-8981
  • Deputy Chief – Maj. Joshua Burgess (808) 564-5092
  • Records Mgr. – Mrs. Josefa Brettler – (808) 564-5077
  • Branch Fax Number – (808) 971-8920
  • Branch E-mail Address –


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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I be picked up at the airport? Yes. Admissions personnel pick up all off-island Fellows arriving for each APCSS course. Please ensure any last minute flight changes are provided to the Admissions office.
  2. What do I do if I miss my connecting flight? Please e-mail, fax or call. All numbers are listed in our handbook. Because it is a weekend, please call or LTC Patykula on their mobile phones. These numbers are also in our handbook.
  3. What is the per-diem rate? The current rate for APCSS Executive Course Fellows is $38.50 per day.
  4. Are Fellows authorized excess baggage? No. This includes the departure also. If you buy items, please be prepared to pay excess weight charges or mail them back home during the course. Any excess weight is charged to the Fellows by the individual airlines.
  5. Can my family attend? Yes. Each class we set a date per our invitation message that family members are authorized to visit. Normally, it is during the last two weeks of the course.
  6. Can my family attend APCSS sponsored functions (trips) away from the Center? Family members may attend APCSS sponsored functions on a space-available-basis, but will be required to pay any fees associated wtih the event, except for transportation, which will be provided by APCSS.
  7. Can I bring golf clubs? Yes. We do sponsor a golf tournament during the course. Just be aware of the earlier issue of weight. If your baggage is overweight, you may be charged by the airlines.
  8. If my family visits, do they require a visa? What are the procedures? Yes, they do need a visa. The items required are: forms DS 156, DS 157 and DS 158. They will require, a valid passport, two small photos, and $100 U.S. Start this process 90 days prior to the planned travel date.
  9. Is my family authorized to go the Commissary and BX? Family members can only go to the NEX if accompanied by the attending Fellow. Family members are not allowed in the commissary at any time.
  10. When I travel, do I need to keep receipts? Yes. Please bring ALL receipts in order to settle your travel claim. 11. Should I bring any money with me on my travels to the APCSS? Yes, Title 10 recipients do not receive any funds until the first day of class. Bring enough money to hold you over for the period from your departure until the start of class.



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