CIVILIAN PROGRAMS

A selection of Army acquisition civilian education and training programs

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Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP)
ALCP harnesses self-awareness as the tool for enhancing leadership, innovation and diversity development by demonstrating how individual preferences and behaviors affect the ways we interact with co-workers and are viewed by others. Program offerings help participants understand how accepting individual differences can produce a stronger group and a leadership corps that’s capable, collaborative and creative.

Eligibility:
Civilian/Military Acquisition Workforce members, including Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs) term employees

Announcement Dates:
August 1 – 31, 2021

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Defense Acquisition University‐Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)
This 10-month training and educational program is designed to prepare senior-level civilians for key acquisition and leadership roles, including product and project manager and program executive officer. All graduates receive equivalency for the Program Managers Course (PMT 401) and have the option to obtain a master’s degree.

Eligibility:
GS-14/15 civilians

Announcement Dates:
January – March 2021

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Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)
This DOD program focuses on developing emerging leaders in the acquisition, financial management, and human resources communities. Open to permanent Army Acquisition civilians at GS-7 through GS-12, DCELP consists of residential courses on leadership assessment, team development, effective writing and conflict resolution as well as online courses on the mission and culture of DOD.

Eligibility:
GS-7 to 12 civilians

Announcement Dates:

DOD Public Private Talent Exchange (PPTE)

This groundbreaking program will serve as a platform for DOD and private sector participants to a) gain a better understanding of, and perspective on, each other’s business operations and challenges and b) share innovative and cost-saving practices. This exciting professional development opportunity will be considered a detail for participants from the DOD.

Eligibility:
GS 13-15 or AcqDemo-equivalent payband

Announcement Dates:
TBD

Ideal

Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL)
Leader development program for new and emerging Army Acquisition Workforce supervisors. Three one‐week sessions over a period of approximately five months. Applicants must be GS-12, -13, or broadband equivalent and DAWIA certified in current position. Completion of Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program – I (ALCP-I) strongly recommended.

Eligibility:
GS-12/13 or broadband equivalent Civilians

Announcement Dates:

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Leadership Excellence and Acquisition Development (LEAD)
The premier 24-30 month 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. The program is designed to enhance the leadership acumen of the Army’s civilian acquisition workforce. Participants are provided centrally funded leadership training and developmental assignments within the acquisition community.

Eligibility:
GS-12/13 and/or pay band equivalent civilians

Announcement Dates:
Oct. 18 – Dec. 3, 2021

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Senior Enterprise Talent Management/Enterprise Talent Management
The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) are Army talent management programs created to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective who could serve in increasing levels of responsibility. SETM is just one of the many programs developed under the Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and is administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Eligibility:
GS‐14, GS‐15, or broadband equivalent; Acquisition Corps member; bachelor’s degree; DAWIA Level III in current position; CES Advanced; Secret clearance.

Announcement Dates:
March 1 – May 15, 2021

Emerging Enterprise Leader (EEL) Program

The EEL initiative is an effort to expand the Army’s enterprise leadership development efforts to emerging leaders at the GS-11/12 levels.  The USAASC EEL initiative is a one year developmental program which provides aspiring leaders in the grades GS-11 and GS-12 (or equivalent) within the Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and USAASC Headquarters with specialized junior leader development.

Eligibility:
GS-11/12 Civilians

DoD College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP)

The DoD College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP) is an opportunity for Army acquisition organizations to hire eligible college students for a 10-week paid summer internship. Upon a student’s successful completion of the internship, the organization may noncompetitively convert the individual to a permanent position in the acquisition workforce.

Eligibility:
Army acquisition organizations who seek to hire a college sophomore or junior for a term position, with the intent to convert the intern to a permanent AAW position upon program completion may participate in DCAIP.

Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)
The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides mandatory, assignment-specific and continuing education courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within DOD. Its mission is to provide a global learning environment to support a mission-ready Defense Acquisition Workforce that delivers and sustains effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.

Civilian Education System (CES)
The Civilian Education System (CES) is a progressive and sequential leader development program that provides enhanced educational opportunities for Army Civilians throughout their careers. CES provides multiple levels of Civilian development to include the Foundation Course, Basic Course, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course, Continuing Education for Senior Leaders, Supervisor Development Course, Organizational Leader Development Course, Manager Development Course, and Action Officer Development Course.

ETHICS
Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) members are required to complete ethics training every calendar year. Options to meet the requirement include: Attend any installation or organizational judge advocate general-sponsored ethics training (ETH 007); Overview of Acquisition Ethics (CLM 003) – DAU Continuous Learning Module; Ethics at Work (HBS 415) – DAU Continuous Learning Module; or watch the 16-minute DAU online  Ethics Video (ETH 007) or the Army OGC Annual Ethics Online Training.

ATAP

Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP)
The annually funded program is designed to provide tuition assistance, technology and laboratory fees, within limits, to eligible Army acquisition workforce (AAW) civilians. Eligible AAW civilians must be pursuing their first bachelor’s or master’s degrees in a business discipline from a regionally or nationally accredited educational institution of their choice.

Eligibility:
Acquisition Workforce with exceptions (All civilian grades/military NCO’s)

Announcement Dates:
June 1 – August 6, 2021

setm/etm

Senior Enterprise Talent Management / Enterprise Talent Management
The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) and Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) are Army talent management programs created to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective who could serve in increasing levels of responsibility. SETM is just one of the many programs developed under the Civilian Workforce Transformation initiative and is administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Eligibility:
GS‐14, GS‐15, or broadband equivalent; Acquisition Corps member; bachelor’s degree; DAWIA Level III in current position; CES Advanced; Secret clearance.

Announcement Dates: March 1 – May 15, 2021

SLRP

Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
The annually funded program is designed to repay federally insured student loans as a retention incentive for civilian acquisition employees with critical acquisition skills.

Eligibility:
Civilian Acquisition Workforce (Any GS Level or equivalent)

Announcement Dates:
October 4 – November 18, 2021

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NPS

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Systems and Program Management (MSSPM) Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program

The NPS-MSSPM gives participants the opportunity to obtain a Master’s of Science Degree in Systems and Program Management, a certificate in Systems Engineering and earn Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act training equivalencies in various acquisition career fields outlined in the current announcement within two years, on a part-time basis.  Students take two distance learning courses per quarter for eight consecutive quarters. The Army DACM Office sponsors the program and will fund the cost of books and tuition.

Eligibility:
Civilian Acquisition Workforce GS‐11 – GS‐15 or equivalent

Announcement Dates:
April 11 – June 30, 2022

NPS

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master’s Degree Program (MSSE) With a System of Systems Focus
The NPS-MSSE gives participants the opportunity to obtain an MS in systems engineering within two years, on a part-time basis. Students take two distance learning courses per quarter for eight consecutive quarters. The Army DACM Office sponsors the program, and will fund the cost of books and tuition.

Eligibility:
Civilian Acquisition Workforce GS‐11 – GS‐15 or equivalent

Announcement Dates:
April 11 – June 30, 2022