The Armed Forces Command and Staff College is a Joint Service institution established to produce operational-level military officers of the highest professional standard as well as to ensure standardization of Staff Duties in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The College was established on 29 May 76 as Army Command and Staff College, with assistance from the British Army Advisory Team (BAAT).

The first Senior Officers’ Course (SOC 1), which lasted for 6 months, was conducted from May 1976. A second course (SOC 2), ran from January to June, 1977. The Students of SOC 1 were all Army officers while SOC 2 had 2 naval officers. On 12 Sep 77, the Army Command and Staff Course (ACSC) comprising 62 Nigerian Army officers, 2 Nigerian Navy officers 2 Nigerian Air Force officers and 2 Army Officers from Guyana were assembled to run the first full course for about one year. Further expansion of the College was made on 24 Apr 78 when the Army Junior Division was established to conduct its first course for selected officers of the rank of Captain from the Nigerian Army.

As a result of a decision to establish the Air Faculty for the training of Nigerian Air Force officers at Jaji, a Royal Air Force Advisory Team was invited to join their Army counterparts. Thus, on 1 Sept 78, the Army Command and Staff College was re-designated Command and Staff College (CSC) to reflect the anticipated tri-service nature of the College. Two Navy officers and 20 Air Force officers joined their Army counterparts for the first Command and Staff Course (CSC 1). The Junior Division of the Air Faculty followed quickly and was officially established on 26 Feb 79, at the Air Force Base Kaduna. It fully moved to Jaji in August 1986.

Armed Forces Command and Staff College,
Jaji, Kaduna,