Director of Acquisition Career Management Guidance Memoranda:

pdf Army Acquisition Corps Functional Area 51 Officer Intermediate Qualification Course Waiver Policy and Procedures (Feb. 25, 2014)

pdf Functional Area 51 Intermediate level Education (ILE)/Joint Professional Military Education-I (JPME-I) While Attending the Naval Postgraduate School (Aug. 31, 2015)

pdf Director, Acquisition Career Management Memorandum – Fiscal Year 2016, Army Acquisition Workforce Standards (November 4, 2015) Intent is to have the Army’s Certification rates, IDPs and CLPs as high as possible, and to adhere to a high-level of Talent Management standards.

pdf Army Acquisition Workforce Standard Program Management Position Nomenclature Policy. (September 22, 2015) Intent is to establish standard/common nomenclature for program management personnel across the Army Acquisition workforce.

pdf Continuous Learning Policy and Implementation Guidelines for Acquisition Employees and their Supervisors (January 8, 2014)

pdf  Director of Acquisition Career Management Guidance Memorandum #8 – Enforcement of DAWIA Certification Compliance Policy (January 30, 2012) Intent is for workforce member to be properly certified in their duty positions. Until they are, they will not be funded to take other developmental or non-certification related training. Also established GO/SES quarterly meetings to focus on Acquisition Workforce issues.

pdf  Director of Acquisition Career Management Guidance Memorandum #10 – Army Acquisition Corps Officer Assignment Flexibility (December 17, 2013) Intent is to have each Army ACQ Corps Officer focus on obtaining a primary certification in one of two ACFs, (ACF A or ACF C) prior to LTC. Once the officer obtains level of proficiency, they have the flexibility to pursue other developmental programs. Overall, become good at one thing first and then branch out to other ACFs.

pdf  FY15 Military Acquisition Assignment Guidance (October 25, 2014)

pdf  Guidance for AAC Application for CSL Command/Key Billet Selection Boards (October 11, 2013)

pdf  Consequences of Academic Failures and No Shows in DAU Resident Courses (March 30, 2012)

pdf  Timely Execution of Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) Section 852, Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Funding (August 18, 2010)

Acquisition Career Management Advocate & Organization Acquisition Points of Contact:

Acquisition Career Field Certification:

Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) Membership:

Army Acquisition Functional Advisor (AAFA) Policy:

Army Medical Department (AMEDD) :

pdf  MOU Regarding Army Acquisition Workforce Management of Army Medical Officers in Unique Education and Training Specialties (June 19, 2015)

MOU establishes a common basis of understanding on the identification, certification, utilization and management of AMEDD officers in the Army Acquisition Workforce and assigned to acquisition positions.

Army Supplement to the DoD Desk Guide for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Workforce Career Management:

pdf  Army Supplement to the DoD Guidebook (September 1, 2010)

Critical Acquisition Positions:

Delegation of Authority:

pdf DACM Delegation (November 10, 2010)

pdf DDACM Delegation (November 10, 2010)

Foreign Local Nationals Policy and Procedures:

Fulfillment Information:

Key Leadership Positions (KLP) Guidance:

Mandatory Training Requirements:

NCO Specific Policies:

Pathways Intern Program Participant Guide:

Product Support Manager (PSM):

Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE):

 SRPE Policy (July 10, 2015)

 SRPE Guidance (July 10, 2015)

SRPE Form (2015)

SRPE Comment Guide (September 2015)

Tenure Agreement:

Warrants for Contracting Officers:



Education & Training Program Policies:

Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP):
Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP)
The foundation of the ALCP is self-Awareness as the key to both leadership and diversity development to create an innovative culture by helping to understand each individual’s personal preferences and behaviors and how each not only interact with their co-workers, but how they are viewed by others. This approach includes addressing people’s unconscious biases to help them discover new approaches to doing things and emphasizing the strength and power in accepting individual differences to produce a stronger “whole”. The ALCP training will ensure that people can communicate with their supervisors through a common language and help develop leaders who value individual styles and behaviors, creating a leadership corps more capable of critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, and creativity/innovation.
Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP):
Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP)
The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) is open to permanent Army acquisition civilians and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) who are members of the Army acquisition workforce and meet the basic eligibility requirements. Eligible workforce members may pursue required business hours or acquisition/business related courses towards either a bachelor’s or master’s degree completion at an accredited college or university of their choice. Applicants applying for acquisition/business courses towards a master’s degree must be, at a minimum, level II certified in their current Army acquisition career field (ACF).
The University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program:
The University of Tennessee (UT) Aerospace and Defense MBA (ADMBA) Program
The ADMBA serves high-potential professionals while continuing to work. The innovative design and schedule have attracted sponsoring employers and students from more than 40 states and two international assignments. Traditional participants include high achieving professionals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including engineering, research and development, manufacturing, maintenance, operations, supply chain management, contracting, budgeting, marketing, business development and human resources. The ADMBA not only offers great value other programs don’t, it avoids the 18 months away from the job and the life and career disruption required for more expensive, Full-Time MBA programs.
Competitive Development Group/ Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF):
Competitive Development Group/ Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF)
The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) Program is a premier three-year leadership development program developed in 1997 and initiated by the USAASC Army DACM office to enhance the leadership acumen of the Army’s civilian acquisition workforce. Fellows are provided centrally funded leadership training and developmental assignments within the acquisition community. Developmental assignments are selected from the acquisition community worldwide and represent various and multiple developmental opportunities in program management offices, program executive offices, systems acquisition offices as well as senior staff offices (i.e. policy, headquarters and/or Department level). Fellows also have the opportunity to attend a variety of mid to senior-level leadership courses and conferences, complete the Congressional Briefing Conference on Capitol Hill, and participate in Operational Experience Training.
Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College (DAU-SSCF):
Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College (DAU-SSCF)
The Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship Program Is senior level training and educational developed for senior acquisition leaders. It is conducted under the auspices of the opportunity Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Huntsville, AL, Warren, MI and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The program provides leadership and acquisition training that prepares senior level civilians for senior leadership roles such as Product and Project Managers, Program Executive Officers and key acquisition positions. All graduates receive equivalency for the Program Managers Course (PMT 401) and option to obtain a Master’s degree. Click here for additional information on the DAU-SSCF program.
The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP):
The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)
The DCELP program is designed to develop the next generation of innovative leaders with the technical competence to meet the future leadership needs of the Department of Defense (DOD).Click here for additional information on the DCELP program.
Excellence in Government Fellows Program (EIGF):
Excellence in Government Fellows Program (EIGF)
The EIGF program is a leadership program and is conducted by the Partnership for Public Service located in Washington, DC. The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. The program offers hands-on leadership development for project managers and acquisition professional. Click here for additional information on the EIGF program
The Executive Leadership Program-Team Learning Event (ELP-TLE):
The Executive Leadership Program-Team Learning Event (ELP-TLE)
ELP-TLE is a series of executive learning events to promote executive growth, personal insight, leadership capacity, networking and collaboration, and increased relevance to the warfighter. Participants are invited by the Principal Military Deputy-Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology), U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC). The program includes 4.5 days at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. Learning content and methods include a blend of presentation, dialogue, and experiential application. Each event is designed to enhance the capacity of executives (General Officers, Senior Executive Service members, promotable Colonels, and high potential GS-15s) to more effectively lead and manage large, complex organizations through periods of dynamic change and adaption. Nationally renowned thought leaders in contemporary management and leadership present the underlying principles of their discipline and engage the executive participants in a dialogue on proven methods of applications. The events conclude with a dialogue with an enterprise executive, such as the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology and/or the Executive Deputy to the Commander, Army Materiel Command.
Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM):
Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science in Program Management (NPS-MSPM)
The NPS-MSPM is an eight-quarter part-time degree program that is conducted by distributed learning. The program offers an opportunity for eligible permanent civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce who meet both the NPS eligibility requirements and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office eligibility requirements to complete a Master’s of Science degree in Program Management on a part-time basis within a two-year timeframe. Students take two distance learning courses per quarter for eight consecutive quarters. All classes use an internet tool called “Collaborate.” Collaborate uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to send both video and audio over the internet to any computer logged into the course site. NPS-MSPM is delivered exclusively over the internet using two 3-hour sessions a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 0800-1100 (Pacific Time). To use Collaborate, students will need internet access, a personal computer (PC) microphone, and a PC camera (optional). There is no special software to use Collaborate. The Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the NPS-MSPM program and will fund the cost of books and tuition. Click here for additional information on NPS-MSPM
Naval Postgraduate School Masters of Science in Systems Engineering (NPS-MSSE):
Naval Postgraduate School Masters of Science in Systems Engineering
The NPS-MSSE is an eight-quarter part-time degree program that is conducted by distributed learning. The program offers an opportunity for eligible civilian members of the Army acquisition workforce who meet both the NPS eligibility requirements and the U.S Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army Director Acquisition Management (DACM) Office eligibility requirements to complete a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Engineering on a part-time basis within a two-year timeframe. Students take two distance learning courses per quarter for eight consecutive quarters. All classes use an internet tool called “Collaborate.” Collaborate uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to send both video and audio over the internet to any computer logged into the course site. NPS-MSSE is delivered exclusively over the internet using two 3-hour sessions a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 0800-1100 (Pacific Time). To use Collaborate, students will need internet access, a personal computer (PC) microphone, and a PC camera (optional). There is no special software to use Collaborate. The Army DACM Office is the sponsor of the NPS-MSSE program and will fund the cost of books and tuition.Click here for additional information on NPS-MSSE
School of Choice (SOC):
School of Choice (SOC)
The School Of Choice (SOC) is a highly competitive 18-24 month full-time degree granting program that provides civilian Army acquisition workforce members GS-11 thru 15 and pay band equivalent an opportunity to keep their current acquisition position while completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree during duty hours. The SOC program is restricted to colleges and universities that are nationally accredited and offer degree programs in business or disciplines that directly support acquisition functions as outlined in the Defense Acquisition University catalog for acquisition certification. All applicants must meet the required certification for their current position.
Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP):
Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
The SLRP is an annually funded program under the authority of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund (DAWDF), Section 852, Article 1705, Public Law 110-181. This annual program is centrally controlled and announced by the Army DACM office within the USAASC. The purpose of this program is to repay federally insured student loans as a retention incentive for civilian acquisition employees with critical acquisition skills. Any Army civilian acquisition employee is eligible to apply, however criteria for selection is based on several key factors: hard to fill and retain acquisition career fields; key critical acquisition skills in specified acquisition years of service; and necessary acquisition educational disciplines. These factors are evaluated annually and are all based on attrition analysis and trends. The opening of the SLRP application period may vary from year to year, so be sure to check this web page for SLRP announcement each year.
Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS):
Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS)
AR 621-1, Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions outline the guidelines and the mission of executing full-time education programs. both (fully and partially funded) for active duty commissioned, non commissioned and warrant officers attending civilian schools, commerce or industry, and service schools that offer accredited degrees (e.g. Naval Postgraduate School and Air Force Institute of Technology)
FA51 Leader Development Plan:
FA51 Leader Development Plan (BQC (formerly AABC), ILE, and IQC)
The FA51 Leader Development Plan is an end-to-end plan designed to prepare newly accessed acquisition officers for assignment to any acquisition organization, and to develop them at the ranks of captain and major for positions of higher responsibility.
AAC Training with Industry (TWI):
AAC Training with Industry (TWI)
The TWI program provides the opportunity for military to gain career broadening experience while working in an industry environment. It also provides the participant’s organization the means to acquire needed skills or expertise.
Advanced Education Program (AEP):
Advanced Education Program (AEP)
AR 621-1, Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions outline the guidelines and the mission of executing full-time education programs. both (fully and partially funded) for active duty commissioned, non commissioned and warrant officers attending civilian schools, commerce or industry, and service schools that offer accredited degrees (e.g. Naval Postgraduate School and Air Force Institute of Technology)
Non-Commissioned Officer Program: MOS51C and CMF 51:
Non-Commissioned Officer Program: MOS51C and CMF 51
The primary objective of the Army Enlisted Acquisition Career Management Field (CMF) 51 and Military Occupational Series (MOS) 51C is to ensure that the Army has Contracting Noncommissioned Officers that are qualified, trained, experienced and available to maintain a high state of combat readiness.
Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE):
Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE)
The United States Army Acquisition Support Center provides a robust offering of tuition assistance, leadership development, and experiential developmental opportunities to our Acquisition civilian and military workforce. The purpose of AETE is to build, enhance, and sustain the knowledgebase and leadership acumen of our workforce. The AETE Catalog also outlines many of the opportunities available to meet the standards established by the policy. The catalog is divided into three major categories: educational/academic, training, and experiential and development.
Acquisition Program Transition Workshops (APTW):
Acquisition Program Transition Workshops (APTW)
APTWs are intended to provide timely and tailored assistance to ACAT ID/AA and select interest government program managers in aligning the government/contractor team at critical points in a program’s schedule.
Defense Acquisition University Training (DAU):
Defense Acquisition University Training (DAU)
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific, and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense. . Its mission is to provide a global learning environment to support a mission-ready Defense Acquisition Workforce that delivers, and sustains effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.. Authorized by 10 U.S.C. 1746 and chartered by DoD Directive 5000.57, the DAU was established on August 1, 1992.
Senior Service College Program (SSC):
Senior Service College Program (SSC)
The SSC programs offers a unique opportunity for members of the AAC — military and civilians — to gain advanced leadership training and experience specifically designed for senior leadership positions. There are two SSC programs where civilian and military personnel can attend together. (Other SSC programs are offered to military only or to civilians only. See the link at the bottom of this description.) The Eisenhower School prepares selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership and staff positions by conducting postgraduate, executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with the resources component of national power. In addition, Eisenhower serves as the course provider for the Senior Acquisition Course directed by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. In this capacity, Eisenhower acts as a consortium college of the Defense Acquisition University. Individuals who complete the program receive a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy. Other program such as the Army War College and National War College provide advanced leadership training. Click here for additional information on the SSC programs offered to military or to civilians, Instructions: http://asc.army.mil/web/programs/senior-service-college-program/.
Supervisor Outreach Program:
Supervisor Outreach Program
This program was created to provide supervisors with information and resources to assist in the Management of their Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (AL&T) Workforce. Based on mission realignment, USAASC is implementing the Supervisor Outreach Program to better leverage supervisors as change agents for Army acquisition transformation. The new program is designed to revitalize the role of workforce leaders and supervisory personnel by providing them with the necessary tools to manage their respective workforces.