Mentoring helps mentees and mentors develop capabilities to achieve the next level of responsibility and is a key talent management initiative for developing the Army Acquisition Workforce. The resources on this page are intended for professional development purposes, providing anyone—from program administrators to individual participants—with information on how to improve their mentoring experience.
- Essential Mentoring Techniques: Mentoring Fundamentals (mgmt_29_a01_bs_enus)
- Essential Mentoring Techniques: Designing and Initiating Mentoring Programs (mgmt_29_a02_bs_enus)
- Essential Mentoring Techniques: Building and Maintaining Mentoring Relationships (mgmt_29_a03_bs_enus)
- Essential Mentoring Techniques: Evaluating and Ending the Mentoring Program (mgmt_29_a04_bs_enus)
- Mentoring as a Manager (MGMT_10_A02_BS_ENUS)
- Achieving Success: the Help of a Mentor: Replaced (MGMT_10_a05_bs_enus)
- Mentoring Effectively (MGMT_10_A01_BS_ENUS)
- Mentoring Strategies for the 21st Century (MGMT_10_A04_BS_ENUS)
Description: In this course, you’ll acquire mentoring expertise that will benefit your employees, your organization and your own career. You’ll examine how mentoring differs from managing, and you’ll brush up on essential communication skills. Finally, you’ll learn to use mentoring to improve team organization, dynamics and performance.
Note: “Replaced” refers only to the updated content of this course
Description: You’ll learn how a mentor can help you guide your own career. You’ll explore all aspects of building a relationship with your mentor, from setting initial expectations to using effective communication skills. You’ll discover what mentors expect of you and how to fulfill those expectations with a positive attitude, sound work habits and ethical behavior. Finally, you’ll learn how to manage your relationship with your mentor to a successful conclusion.
Description: Perhaps your organization has asked you to help bring a new employee onboard. Maybe a junior colleague has approached you for guidance. Or perhaps you want to “fast-track” a rising star into a particular leadership position. Whatever the case, before you sign on as a mentor you’ll want to learn all you can about the process, from how mentoring benefits you and your career to how you can best assist your protégé.
Focus: Program administrators; mentors
Description: This course addresses how mentoring strategies can benefit your organization in the current business climate. It explores the ways that mentoring can address gender, age and cultural differences. Finally, it provides instruction on assessing mentoring needs within your organization.
Setting up an Account and Accessing Courses
First, access the eLearning portal. If you are new to eLearning you will need to register; use the “Click Here to Register” link. You will go to the “ATTRS Self Development Center” website; click the “Register for Army e-Learning” link. Agree to the privacy and security conditions and login with your CAC. The “Training Application” page should open; fill out the required student information, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Submit Application’. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
Go back to https://usarmy.skillport.com and use your AKO username and the e-Learning password that was emailed to you to log in. The next screen has a “Search for” text box at the top. Enter the course number (e.g., MGMT_10_A02_BS_ENUS) in the search box to find a course.
To start a course, move the cursor over the course title and click the Launch link that appears. The course will start immediately. There are many other mentoring resources to explore and use at the eLearning site!
Handbooks and Guides:
DOD Site: https://www.cpms.osd.mil/Subpage/NewBeginnings/MentoringPortal/
Description: The DOD Mentoring Resource Portal objective is to reinforce and influence an enduring mentoring culture throughout the Department of Defense.
These are links to comprehensive mentoring how-to and program guides.* Together they describe all aspects of mentoring, from establishing a business case through recruiting participants and implementing the program. These guides are a good starting place for leaders interested in developing or improving a mentoring program. Use them to leverage your own efforts.
*NOTE: The USAASC Army DACM Office does not specifically monitor or endorse the content of the sites listed below.
NAVAIR Handbook – Mentoring Toolkit; NAVAIR; General program guidance on the practice of mentoring
HHS Mentoring Program; Department of Health and Human Services; Organizational execution plan
How to Build a Mentoring Program; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office via the Office of Personnel Management; Program plan guide
Department of Energy Mentoring Guidance and Program Plan. Site includes links to mentor and mentee tools in addition to the overall program plan
National Institutes of Health-Health and Human Services Mentoring Program; templates, forms and guides
The forms are provided in Word and Adobe Acrobat formats. The Adobe Acrobat files are ready to use. The Word files are unlocked and can be customized by administrators and then locked before being distributed as a mentoring program form. Instructions for saving the Word files listed below as mentoring program forms with restricted editing features are in the Read Me Guide.
Access the Mentoring Toolkit. AKO access is required.
A primary resource for administrators, mentees and mentors is the Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel (CAMP) and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). CAMP provides access to Army acquisition workforce tools such as the Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) and Individual Development Plan (IDP). The ACRB provides career information that can support mentee-mentor matching and partnership building, and the CAPPMIS IDP goals should relate to those noted in the mentee IDP form.
PARTICIPANT APPLICATION, SCREENING, AND MENTEE & MENTOR MATCHING
Mentee and Mentor Matching Forms – Effective pair matching is vitally important for a successful mentoring program. These matching forms are more detailed than many others, but when completed they support making good matches. If a form is too detailed for a program’s use, the administrator can edit the Word version to suit their needs.
MENTEE AND MENTOR PARTNERSHIP SET-UP
Partnership Agreement Mentoring – A template for mentee and mentor partnership covering important areas the pair should reach an understanding about, including goals, confidentiality and ground rules. Use of these templates helps build trust in the relationship at an early stage.
First Meeting Checklist – A useful list of who, when, where and how questions to help mentees and mentors have an effective first meeting; also helps establish a shared identity for the pair.
Mentor First Meeting Worksheet – Questions tailored for mentors to help them guide the first meeting and beyond. Includes first meeting guidance and a suggested script.
Mentor Partnership Plan Reflection – Worksheet to help the mentor explore priority areas identified by the mentee in the Partnership Plan and the IDP. The form helps mentors ensure they have thoroughly considered their mentee’s aspirations.
Personal Development Plan – A template for mentees that supports Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound (S.M.A.R.T) goal identification.
Goal Setting Process -Mentee – Helpful information about setting goals to support a mentee’s IDP, including various areas to consider and information on setting S.M.A.R.T goals.
ONGOING PARTNERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS
Job Issue Discussion Worksheet – Mentee – A worksheet that could be used before or during meetings to discuss goals, decisions or dilemmas that mentee is facing on the job.
Meeting Preparation Worksheet – Mentee – A worksheet featuring reflective questions about recent experiences and progress toward goals that mentees can use to prepare for each mentoring session.
Mentee Receiving Feedback Worksheet – Successfully receiving feedback is a key for mentee development. This worksheet gives guidance on how to provide feedback, and is intended for use at every mentoring session.
Mentor Giving Feedback Worksheet – Successfully providing feedback is a vital mentor skill. This worksheet, intended for use at every mentoring session, gives guidance on how to receive and understand feedback.
Mentor Managing Conflict Worksheet – Worksheet to help address conflict, disagreement or misunderstanding that may occasionally occur between pairs. This form can also be used as developmental tool for reviewing the steps of effective conflict resolution.
Discussion Topics and Things to Do Together – Suggested activities that mentee-mentor pairs could pursue for reflection and to generate discussion about professional and personal competency development.
PROGRAM CONCLUSION SURVEY – EXAMPLE
Final Survey Mentoring Example – This example survey has several sections including mentee skills improvement, outcomes for mentees and mentors, quality of the mentoring relationship, and quality of program administration.
Regulations and Policies:
Public Law 108-411 Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004, Section 201, Agency Training
FM 6-22, Army Leadership
AR 600-100, Army Leadership
DA PAM 690-46, Mentoring for Civilian Members of the Force
DA PAM 350-58, Army Leader Development Program