Areas of Military Specialization

 

General Information

Each year, the Canadian Forces selects, sponsors and sends to graduate study a number of officers to obtain education and qualification in subject areas of special importance and need to the military. These areas of speciality are denoted as the Occupational Speciality Specification (OSS) and are denoted within the military administration by a four letter alphanumeric code.

Some of the descriptors used by the military for the OSS codes link directly to a degree programme such as the ADTU, AEOV, AEOW, AEOX, AEPB, AESV that are respectively named Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Nuclear, and Chemical Engineering, and Business Administration. Other codes may not link in an obvious way to a degree programme such as ADOM Aerospace Systems, ADSB Telecommunications Management and AEPC Guided Weapons Systems, all of which require study in Electrical Engineering; AEOR Underwater Acoustics and AIEI Ocean Acoustics lie in Physics; and AESX Military Strategic Studies lies in War Studies.

Some OSS codes describe a speciality that may be best realized via an interdisciplinary programme tailored to meet the needs of the military and the sponsor. These include AENM Operations Research, AEPM Management Information Systems, AERK Systems Engineering, all of which would involve the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science, and Business Administration.

Graduate degrees currently offered at RMC under Department of National Defence sponsorship are listed by degree title in the left hand column below. For convenience, in the right hand column where available are shown the corresponding OSS (Occupational Speciality Specification) designators for those programmes of graduate study sponsored under the Canadian Forces Postgraduate General Training Program which are normally available at RMC.

Table of Occupational Speciality Specification (OSS) Codes

Note: The following list only constitutes a "mapping" of OSS to faculties/departments or degree titles, not the capability to deliver each OSS programme.
Master of Arts in War Studies
AESX, AIHZ
Master of Business Administration
AESV

Master of Science in

Physics
AEPD, AFAC, AIEI
Ocean Science
AEOR, AIEI
Mathematics
AENM, AERK, AEZV, AIQD
Materials Science
AENF
Computer Science
AEPM, AEPR, AEYN, AIQD

Master of Engineering and Master of Applied Science in

Ammunition Engineering
AEXO
Civil Engineering
AHPI, ADUM, ADVK, AEOW, AISM
Chemical and Materials Engineering
ADUM, ADVK, AENF, AEPB
Computer Engineering
ADOH, ADOM, ADON, ADQI, ADSB, ADTQ, ADTU, ADUJ, AEOM, AEPR, AEQF, AEYN
Electrical Engineering
ADOH, ADOM, ADON, ADQI, ADSB, ADTQ, ADTU, ADUJ, AELN, AENI, AENJ, AEOM, AEQF, AEYN, AIIP
Mechanical Engineering
ADOE, ADUJ, AEKI, AEOV
Nuclear Engineering
AEOX
Software Engineering
ADSB, ADTQ, AEOM, AEPM, AEPR, AKQX, AEYN

Doctor of Philosophy

War Studies
AIIL, AIIO
Physics
AIIH

Occupational Speciality Specification (OSS) Code Names

ADOF
Aircraft Propulsion System
ADOH
Systems Engineer Avionics Instrumentation
ADOM
(MLE) Aerospace Systems Engineering
ADON
Aircraft Communications Systems Engineering
ADQI
Signal Processing Systems
ADSB
Telecommunications Management
ADTQ
Combat Systems Engineering
ADTU
(MEL) Master of Engineering (Electrical)
ADUJ
Marine Systems Control and Instrumentation Engineering
ADUM
Environmental Engineering
ADVK
Research and Development Explosives
AEKI
Land Mobility Systems
AELN
Space Systems Operations
AENF
NonDestructive Testing
AENI
Radar System Design
AENJ
Radar Systems Research and Circuit Design
AENM
Operations Research/Systems Analysis
AEOM
Electrical Engineering Real Time Digital System
AEOR
Underwater Acoustics
AEOV
Mechanical Engineering
AEOW
Civil Engineering
AEOX
Nuclear Engineering
AEPB
Chemical Engineering
AEPD
ElectroOptics Engineering and Maintenance
AEPM
ADP Management Information Systems
AEPR
Computer Systems Design
AEQF
Elec Eng Comms
AERK
System Engineering (Logistics Option)
AESV
Masters of Business Administration
AESX
Military and Strategic Studies
AEXO
Advanced Ammunition Engineering
AEYN
Computer Software Management
AEZV
Mathématique
AFAC
Physics
AHPI
Soil Mechanics
AIEI
Ocean Acoustics
AIHZ
Master of Arts in War Studies (Intelligence)
AIIP
Airborne Electronic Warfare Systems
AIQD
Modelling and Simulation
AISM
Force Protection Engineering
AKQX
Computer Network Security
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