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SOSH AIADs

The Conflict and Human Securities Studies (CHSS) Office in the Dept. of Social Sciences offers a variety of international and domestic summer enrichment programs to cadets throughout the Academy. Our international programs place cadets abroad to work with NGOs on community development projects. These experiences increase our cadets' cross-cultural competences while also teaching them about human security issues. We offer a variety of domestic internship programs that provide our cadets with unique opportunities to expand their institutional knowledge of American politics, National security, and defense economics by working with some of our Nation's most distinguished leaders in these enterprises.
 
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Pictured above is CDT Louie Tobergte  teaching P6 and P7 (about 6th and 7th grade) at the Kawembe Primary School of the Church of Uganda.  While in Uganda on the HUNT program, Louie worked with CECORE (Center for Conflict Resolution) and taught children about the differences between a peaceful and a violent community and explained how they can use conflict resolution skills with their brothers and sisters.
 
 
                                                    
Cadet Resources  
Here you will find helpful information pertaining to your AIADs
Phone numbers:
Ms. Parisi 845-857-8179                                                              DTS Voucher Instructions.docxDTS Voucher Instructions.docx
Carlson Wagonlit 800-269-2423                                        2015 AAR - International AIADs.docxAAR template - International AIADs.docx
TMP Dispatcher 845-938-2018                                     
2015 AAR - Domestic AIADs.docxAAR template - Domestic AIADs.docx
                                                                                      
2015 AAR - Econ AIADs.docxAAR template - Econ AIADs.docx
Accountability Procedure:                                                           *must complete AARs & vouchers NLT 14 Aug*
Domestic AIAD- check in weekly
International AIAD w/o OIC- check in daily M-F
methods- (1) send email to AIAD.status@usma.edu from USMA email only, (2) email jennifer.parisi@usma.edu from personal email, or (3) text 845-857-8179. All you have to do is state your name and let us know you're still breathing.

Also:
- all AIAD flights are booked from NYC and back to NYC (since West Point is your duty station). If you wish to depart or return to/from a leave location rather than NYC, then you can exchange your refundable flight directly with Carlson Wagonlit. Instructions: you must wait until your DTS orders are complete, ensure they have been sent to Carlson, then you can call Carlson directly (not the airline!!) to exchange your refundable ticket for a non-refundable ticket. You will be responsible for paying a $35 exchange fee plus any difference in airfare, out of pocket. You also run the risk of now having a non-refundable flight, so if your AIAD is postponed or relocated (not common but not impossible either), you may be responsible for finding your own transportation there/back.
- remember you're representing West Point and the Army. Also remember why you're there and make the most of it!
- take photos, thank your hosts, and let Ms. Parisi know of any issues.
                                                                                           
Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!!

The 2015 Program (updated July 2015)
- 18 foreign countries
- 22 international programs
        - 75 cadets (38.7 % SOSH majors) & 
16 faculty OICs                - 29 SOSH majors (includes 8 double majors)
                - 46 non-SOSH majors (includes 11 undeclared)
        - 13 cultural immersion programs with NGOs
        - 3 joint programs with other service academies and civilian students from ivy league institutions
        - 4 programs offering academic course credit
- 47 domestic programs
        - 89 cadets
        - 32 government offices
        - 8 corporations

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Cadets on the Goldman Sachs AIAD are pictured above with Gary Giglio & CEO Lloyd Blankfein
Tri Academies - CDT Coutteau, AF CDTs Long and Hurtado, and MIDs Le and Howard with traditional Cambodian dancers.jpgTri Academies - Mekong Delta - CDTs Courtney Dooley and Charlene Coutteau, and MIDNs Howard and Le.jpg
USMA cadets, midshipmen, and Air Force cadets on the Tri-Academies AIAD in Vietnam & Cambodia
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Cadets Regina Parker and Megan McNulty with Dr. Ruth Beitler at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
 
APPS - VA - CDT Iddhikorn Hutachinda with VA Secretary Bob McDonald.jpg
CDT Iddhikorn Hutachinda with VA Secretary Bob McDonald
 
 
 
MORE TO COME - STAY TUNED!
 

In other news:
In 2014, CDT Theo Lipsky traveled to Liberia for a SOSH AIAD. His experience provided invaluable perspective, which he contributed to an article just picked up for publication by Small Wars Journal. Check it out>>
http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/preventive-medicine-ebola-and-security-sector-reform-in-liberia



 
 
 
 
 
 
*** Please direct questions to Ms. Parisi or Dr. Beitler:
 
Ms. Jen Parisi                                               Dr. Ruth Beitler
Program Manager, CHSS                                Director, CHSS
jennifer.parisi@usma.edu                            Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Social Sciences
845-938-0214                                                 ruth.beitler@usma.edu                                                                     
                                                                     845-845-3999
 
About Us
 
The cadet summer intern program has been sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences since 1967. Starting as an informal, unfunded program largely run by friends of the Department, it has evolved into a regular activity which now uses limited Academy funds. The purpose of the program is to place cadets in various government and service-oriented agencies for one month periods. During this time, cadets are normally assigned a project that they can complete during the period of the internship. This represents a significant opportunity for talented and motivated cadets to apply their academic training to real world issues.
 
This trip was more than an extremely fun get-away. It was a sojourn into the past and into international relations.
— AIAD Adventurer
 
Our Purpose
 
The purpose of the program is to place cadets in various government and service-oriented agencies for one month periods. During this time, cadets are normally assigned a project that they can complete during the period of the internship. This represents a significant opportunity for talented and motivated cadets to apply their academic training to real world issues. The program exposes cadets to a wider milieu of thought and practice than available at USMA. The intellectual and social exposure to bright, ambitious professionals is a broadening experience that better prepares cadets for their careers as military officers. In addition, the Department of Social Sciences sponsors this program in the belief that this summer program is an invaluable contributor to healthy civil-military relations. The program provides an opportunity for greater mutual understanding of roles in inter-agency operations. All cadets are eligible for Sosh AIADs. Cadets majoring in the Department of Social Sciences are given placement precedence over other cadets. The department manages its AIAD programs in areas that support the AP, IR/CP and Econ majors but a cadet majoring in any stem can request any AIAD.
 
Our History
 
The cadet summer intern program has been sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences since 1967. Starting as an informal, unfunded program largely run by friends of the Department, it has evolved into a regular activity which now uses limited Academy funds. The purpose of the program is to place cadets in various government and service-oriented agencies for one month periods. During this time, cadets are normally assigned a project that they can complete during the period of the internship. This represents a significant opportunity for talented and motivated cadets to apply their academic training to real world issues. The program exposes cadets to a wider milieu of thought and practice than available at USMA. The intellectual and social exposure to bright, ambitious professionals in the policy field is a broadening experience that better prepares cadets for their careers as military officers. In addition, the Department of Social Sciences sponsors this program in the belief that this summer program is an invaluable contributor to healthy civil-military relations. The program provides an opportunity for greater mutual understanding of roles in inter-agency operations. Participants have held a variety of jobs over the past 35 years, broadly categorized into three areas - political science or government, international relations, and economics. The positions that are available in all three areas have multiplied over the life of the program due largely to the reputation of the program and the continuing support of friends of the Department of Social Sciences. The sponsoring agencies gain energetic and enthusiastic summer assistance on specific programs and at minimal or no cost, they inspire intense individual development in cadets.
 
Our Goals
  • Contribute to military professional development by placing cadets in broadening positions requiring flexibility, intellectual prowess and leadership skills.
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to work with non-governmental organizations across the globe."
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to Provide a "hands-on" work experience that reinforces classroom instruction.
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to Enable cadets to enhance the quality of classroom discussion.
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to Inspire Second and First Class cadets to complete a capstone research project in the Social Sciences.
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