The Senior Service College (SSC) Program offers a unique opportunity for members of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), military and civilians to gain advanced leadership training and experience specifically designed for senior leadership positions.

General Program Information:

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is responsible for developing the policy, implementation guidance, and the management of training programs for military and civilian workforce members. Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) is a 10-month program conducted at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. from August to June. It prepares selected military officers and civilians for senior leadership and senior staff positions by conducting postgraduate, executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with the resource component of national power.

The curriculum is a broad-based national security decision-making for senior policy makers, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies is awarded upon graduation. The AAC is allocated seven civilian acquisition slots annually for senior acquisition professionals (GS-14/15 or pay/broadband equivalent), and its selection is competitive through a Department of the Army board process.

The Vice Chief of Staff instituted a policy for placement of civilian SSC graduates, which began with Academic Year 2003-2004. The SSC graduates are matched to key leadership positions (at the same grade), which require advanced leadership education. G-1 is the proponent for this centrally managed program, the Graduate Placement Program. USAASC provides funding for travel and per diem of acquisition personnel selected each year for ICAF. The program offers a unique opportunity for members of the AAC, military and civilians to gain advanced leadership training and experience.


ICAF application process is managed by the Department of Army Civilian Human Resources Agency – Training Management Office. Additional information on SSC programs and other AETE opportunities is listed below:

pdf  2010 AETE Catlog

pdf  Senior Service College (SSC) Selection Criteria

pdf  A Trail Guide for Army’s Future Civilian Leaders

Applicants interested in applying for ICAF should review the procedures at

Application Instructions:

Civilian Personnel Online Training Catalog:


Roberta McMillen
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