That depends upon your latest dip into Military Educashun!
If you have recently passed an in service Masters or have attended AJD in the past couple of years then I'd say you have a credible chance of avoiding it (and should), but remember, It is a full on course which will provide you with a good grounding and will put you ahead of your peers who won't do it!
At the moment I'd say , depending on your personal circumstances...
Sounds like hard work. A lazy slacker like me is thinking about getting out joining the TA doing TA ICSC then getting back in again.
Having done AJD recently i could be in the lucky bracket of missing it. Although I've got more chance of getting a decent posting then skipping it. I fully expect them to extend the course and charge for the chance to attend.
Apparently it's the Land Component of JSCSC, followed by up to 7wks of specialist staff trg (weapons or wotever) to ready you for your initial SO2 job...which you'll find out in May when the No 5 Board sits down to roll dice, drink meths and shatter dreams....so hopefully not AJD Redux - or else there might be a lot of skiving of lectures and dropping of notes by assorted punchy and gobby newly promoted majors.
The interesting non-ROCC subtext...how much weight will your course report carry in your CR Book, as an external and independent report (same deal as your AJD report)?
I thought ICSC was JCSC under a new name. The Land part of JSCSC is the new ACSC for junior Lt Cols. I also thought every beige lister will do ICSC but for the next couple of years there will be some exceptions as folk have JCSC already.
My advice for all you young chaps who find yourself unlucky enough to be unable to avoid the course, is to make sure you don't listen to a word you are told. Make your own assumptions, carry out your own research. In short, as we used to say in India, keep low, move fast and trust no-one!
Grown-Ups Beware: All students on ICSC have their jobs allocated BEFORE they arrive... This means that there is no backbiting to come top (although a few students seem shocked to recently discover that a report will be produced at the end of the course...) and that student questions revolve around the topics, not just "is your job any good?"...