The RN is profoundly anti-intellectual, which hte last 1SL (i.e. Z) has tried hard to break, but I am not sure the new one has the same belief in his Officers (or Ratings). The new 1SL told me to my face I wasn't clever enough to understand a piece of staffwork, because I was "a Lt Cdr"**, and we have an 'education strategy' that explicitly links rank to your ability to 'scale' Bloom's taxonomy. ACSC is linked solely to promotion to SO1, and there is no ability to take it earlier, nor some kind of intellectual assessment prior to arrival. Our attitude to this kind of stuff drives me up the wall, and it is probably the reason I will leave the RN.
Where do you guys sit with overseas staff colleges that give you an early ACSC tick? Are they recognised/endorsed or do you not really send people away on those?