Ground Safety Officer Course (GSOC)

The Ground Safety Officer Course (GSOC) produces the skills necessary to manage a ground safety program at all echelons as the Additional Duty Safety Officer/NCO. Offered as a five-week resident course, the GSOC is designed to train an individual on "how to" successfully manage a Ground Safety Program. Included in the course curriculum is training in: Risk Management, Explosive Safety, Mishap Investigation and Reporting, Range Safety, Tactical Safety, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 511.

US Army Combat Readiness Center offers ANSI accredited professional certificates in the following areas:

  • Aviation Safety Officer Course (ASOC) Professional Certificate
  • Ground Safety Officer Course (GSOC) Professional Certificate

Achievement of the certificate is based on the successful completion of defined training requirements.


How to apply:

Submit a DA Form 4187 through your unit. Course is listed in Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) School Catalog (SC): 012, course # 6Q-F12; Please note that you must be on or projected Unit Duty Safety Officer (USO) or civilian equivalent USO position to attend the course. Course quotas are set by Department of the Army strength requirements and filled by HRC, NGB, USARC, and SATFA (for IMS).



Fort Novosel Course: Arrive to Fort Novosel on the class report date designated in ATRRS. Report Building 3900 at 0730 in the physical fitness uniform for height and weight screening (0845 for foreign officers and DACs) on the class start date designated in ATRRS. Students should be familiar with the following references: AR 385-10/DA PAM 385-10, The Army Safety program; ATP 5-19, Risk Management; AR 600-55, The Army Driver and Operator Standardization Program; and DA PAM 385-40, Army Accident Investigating and Reporting. The Fort Novosel lodging office number is (334) 598-5216 to confirm lodging. IHG Army Hotels is located in Building 308, 6th Ave Fort Novosel, AL 36362.

Travel Orders: The Ground Safety Officer Course must comply with the Fort Rucker Institutional Training Travel Guidance. Lodging and Meals are directed IAW the Institutional Training Directed Lodging and Meals-5 (ITDLM-5) Program. Meals are not provided to students during this course, students should refer to the course welcome letter for details. You have choice to reside in on or off post quarters, pending Fort Novosel IHG availability. Due to travel to and from classes and training areas, units are highly encouraged to authorize rental cars for students.

PCS Enroute: If you are attending the course enroute to a new duty station ensure you reach out to the Course Manager well in advance of your PCS date to ensure all your prerequisites which require action by your unit are completed in time. It is your responsibility to arrive prepared with all prerequisites complete. You should also be reachable during your PCS in the event that the documents you turn in do not meet the requirements and need correction.

Course Completion Requirements: The GSO course is an Additional Skill Identifier-producing course awarding the Officers Skill Identifier (SI), Warrant Officer, and Enlisted Service Members Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) Code "6Q", to graduates; therefore, students must pass all examinations and attend all training. Do not plan on scheduling routine appointments during the course. Students who miss more than 8 hours of the course will not graduate.

Prerequisites: A welcome letter will be sent to the email entered with the ATRRS registration approximately 30 days out from the course start date. It will have instructions for completing the prerequisites and pre-course forms and uploading them to Blackboard.

  • Unit Safety Officer Course - Go to the Training Courses > Online Training page for instructions on registering.
  • Introduction to Ammunition (AMMO-45) (Course Number 9E-F67/920-F35) – Register in ATRRS and access the course in ALMS.
  • The following documents are required in order to issue students a computer and allow access to USACRC network drives for coursework. Any student who does not provide the required documentation in the timeline provided in the welcome letter will not be allowed to attend the course.
  • Additional Forms/Documents
    • Student Information Sheet
    • Unit Pre-Accident Plan
    • Unit Safety SOP

Additionally, during the course, you will be introduced to several internet-based safety management tools. Arrive to the course having registered for the following:


Class # Report Date: Start Date: End Date:
24-001 2023-10-01 2023-10-02 2023-11-08
24-002 2024-01-08 2024-01-09 2024-02-15
24-003 2024-03-03 2024-03-04 2024-04-09
24-004 2024-04-22 2024-04-23 2024-05-30
24-005 2024-06-23 2024-06-24 2024-08-01


Ground Safety Officer Course Information:


Ground Safety Training Staff:

GSOC Course Manager
(334) 255-3650, DSN: 558-3650
Registrar: (334)255-0251
Chief, Safety and Risk Management
(334)-255-0171, DSN 558-0171