General Information:

The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) 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). All acquisition Army submissions will be collected by the United States Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC).

This DOD program focuses on developing emerging leaders in the Acquisition, Financial Management, and Human Resources communities. It consists of five residential courses focused on: Leadership Assessment Team Development I & II, Effective Writing in the Federal Government, Conflict Resolution and Leadership for Non-Supervisors.

Participants will also complete an online course of instruction on the Mission and Culture of the DOD. Additional courses of instruction provided by the DCELP Program Office will include Effective Writing and Research in the DOD, Leadership Theories and Principles and a course of instruction on Emotional Intelligence.


DCELP Tuition and Lodging – funded by DoD
DCELP Travel and Per Diem – funded by USAASC

DCELP is a residency program. The 5 weekly sessions will be held at the Executive Management Training Center in Southbridge, MA.

Additional information on the program can be reviewed at


The application period for Year Group 2015 was open from 19 May to 20 June 2014. It is now closed.

This page will be updated with application dates for Year Group 2016 as soon as we know what they are.

Army Acquisition applicants interested in applying for this program must submit their application in Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS).

To access AAPDS, login at the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) using the following link: and click on Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAPPMIS). Once in CAPPMIS, select the “AAPDS” tab, then select the “Application Module” link. Click on “Apply” and the event entitled “2014 Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP).”

All required documents must be submitted in AAPDS. You must upload or type information into each section.

Year Group 2015 nomination packet requirements included the following: (This may change for Year Group 2016)


The program is open to permanent (non-temporary/non-term) Army Acquisition Civilians GS-7 through GS-11 and broadband equivalents who have met their current position certification requirement.

NOTE: If you had met your original certification requirement and were recently promoted so you now require the next level, you may still be eligible for DCELP. The Army Acquisition DCELP PM will review this on a case-to-case basis. If this situation defines where you are with your certification, please contact Ms. Marti Giella at


(For Army Acquisition Only)

Marti Giella
AAC DCELP Program Manager
Acquisition Career Development (ACD) Division/AETE Branch, USAASC
Comm: 703-805-2700
DSN: 655-2700