United states army student detachment

Effective 23 March 2020 until further notice, the USASD Staff will be teleworking as the team engages in physical social distancing based on the Coronavirus-19 guidelines. The primary means of communication will be through the group email inboxes which are monitored by the Staff daily.  Servicemembers should continue to monitor the USASD Website, SharePoint Portal, and Facebook page for information as it becomes available.  We appreciate your patience during these difficult times.

ORGANIZATION: The U. S. Army Student Detachment (USASD)  consists of 13 authorized military and civilian personnel that provide support at the Company, Battalion, Brigade, and Department of Human Resources (DHR) level to more than 2,400 students.  The unit has two additional civilian staff positions to serve the Foreign Area Officers In-Regional-Training (FAO-IRT), Students, and Active Duty Option Green-To-Gold (ADO G2G) Students.  The unit is aligned under the Leader Training Brigade in Fort Jackson, SC,  under the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training (USACIMT), Fort Eustis, VA, for administrative control, and under U .S. Army Training Center & Fort Jackson for UCMJ control.

USASD works directly with the Fort Jackson Defense Military Pay Office, the Fort Jackson Directorate of Human Resources, Fort Jackson Installation Security Management Office, Fort Jackson Travel Office (SATO), U. S. Army Cadet Command, and U.S. Army Human Resources Command – Program Managers. The unit commands Students and accomplishes this through the assistance of Liaison Senior Officers and coordination with Human Resources Command Programs Managers, Branch Managers, Army Advisors, Cadet Command, ROTC Battalions Professors of Military Science, and the Military and Defense Attaché Officials at installations near the student’s schools.

Active Duty Option (ADO) Active Duty Green-to-Gold (G2G)

Advanced Civil School (ACS) Program

– Bachelor Degree Completion

– Graduate (Masters)

– Doctorate (PhD)

– Naval Post Graduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA

Broadening Assignments

– Fellowships

– Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP)

– Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison, Strategic Education & Development Program

– Scholars: Olmsted Scholarship & General Downing Scholarship

– Foreign Area Officer In-Country Training (FAO-IRT)

– Joint Service Schools ILE

– Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Airforce Base, AL

– Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA

– Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, RI

– Training With Industry (TWI)

– Schools of Other Nations (SON) Foreign School ILE

– 20 OCONUS locations


Students are comprised of Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Junior Enlisted Soldiers. Despite the geographical and program diversity that exists, our priority is to arrive and depart Students in an efficient, accurate, and timely manner. The staff is prepared and dedicated to provide exceptional support during Student’s tour of duty. To achieve success, we must work as a cohesive team.

MISSION: The U.S. Army Student Detachment provides Command and Control, Personnel Administrative Human Resources, Medical Readiness, Financial Management support to more than 2,400 U.S. Army personnel attending civilian educational institutions and designated Armed Forces Service Schools in CONUS and OCONUS locations to ensure their successful tour of study with a military and civilian staff of 13.

HISTORY:   U.S. Army Student Detachment (USASD) was formed in November 1973 as the Directorate of Personnel and Community Activities with an authorized TDA military and civilian staff strength of 13 to support 900 students.


In April 1981, responsibility was transferred to the Troop Brigade at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.


In October 1993, USASD was relocated to Fort Jackson, SC,  as a separate unit under the Victory Brigade.


On January 1, 1998, USASD was attached to Task Force Victory, Victory Brigade, currently known as Blackhawk Support Battalion of the 171st Infantry Brigade.


On March 1, 2016, USASD realigned under Leader Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, SC .  The unit is aligned under TRADOC and USACIMT , Fort Eustis, VA, for Administrative Control and under Fort Jackson, SC,  for UCMJ.


USASD Leaders




First Sergeant Chad W. Grant II is a native of Commerce, TX. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2004. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC,  where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty 42A, Human Resources Specialist.

Captain Kenny A. McRae is a native of Dillon, SC .  He enlisted in the U. S. Army in July 2002.  CPT McRae graduated from Austin Peay State University of Clarksville, TN, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and earned his commission..

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