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 sessions will be held at the Executive Management Training Center in Southbridge, MA. Graduation may be held separately in Washington DC

Additional information on the program can be reviewed at

Announcement for YG15:

pdf Army DACM Office DCELP Announcement