The Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF) program is a premier three-year leadership development program offering expanded training through a series of education, leader development and broadening assignments to build skills required for positions of greater responsibility. Managed by the USAASC Army DACM office, the program is designed 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.

While this program does not guarantee a promotion, it does strengthen desired skills, providing a competitive edge for those who compete for senior acquisition leader positions. Since the first class in 1997, 68% of participants have been promoted to at least GS-14. Program participants are encouraged to seek promotion opportunities during their tenure in the program by applying for vacancies through the competitive process.

Program Information:

  • The selection process contains two phases: Phase I, all eligible applicants are reviewed by the Selection Board which will determine the “Referral List” for Phase II in person interviews.
  • Fellows will be assigned to a centrally-funded developmental leadership position on the U. S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA).
  • CDG/AAF Fellows, along with their Command and assistance from the CDG/AAF Program Manager, are responsible for finding mentors to assist in career development and provide guidance throughout the assignment period. A senior (GS-15 or SES) mentor is required.
  • There are two distinct tracks for CDG/AAFs: Program Management (PM) and Acquisition Leader. Program Management offers fellows an opportunity to participate in developmental assignments as an Assistant Product Manager, Department of the Army Systems Coordinator, and other similar developmental assignment PM positions. The Acquisition Leader track offers fellows largely broadening assignments within their ACF and opportunities to gain experience in other ACFs.
  • The U.S. Army acquisition community provides six-month to one-year developmental assignment opportunities for the CDG/AAF Fellows.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to attend a variety of mid- to senior-level leadership courses as approved by the Program Manager.
  • At least one extended TDY assignment (Not to Exceed 179 days at a time), will be required and centrally-funded by USAASC.


Applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Be a current Department of the Army Acquisition workforce member serving in a Career or Career Conditional appointment.
  • Be a GS-13 (or high performing GS-12) or broadband equivalent
    NOTE: Applicants not already participating in the DoD Civilian Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project will be converted to it upon placement on the USAASC TDA if selected.
  • At the time of application, applicants must have met their current acquisition certification requirement. In addition, applicants must be certified at Level III in at least one Acquisition Career Field (ACF).




  • Scott Greene
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