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 CIVILIAN PROGRAMS

A selection of Army acquisition civilian education and training programs

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 004); 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 004).

Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP)
The tuition assistance program primarily supports the educational requirements in the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) for permanent civilians and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs). ATAP also funds required courses towards Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) membership or acquisition/business related courses towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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

Announcement Dates:
May 7 – July 27th, 2018

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SSC

Senior Service College (SSC) Program
The SSC Program comprises several educational opportunities for civilian and military members of the Army Acquisition Corps to gain advanced leadership training and experiences to prepare them for senior leadership positions. The Eisenhower School offers postgraduate, executive-level courses on national resource strategy issues. Other organizations, such as the Army War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College, provide advanced leadership training

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: TBD

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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:
January 2 – 31, 2019

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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:
Feb. 22 – April 11, 2018

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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:
Feb. 22 – April 11, 2018

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aalpc

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 Acquisition Workforce

Announcement Dates:
Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018

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CDG

Competitive Development Group/Army Acquisition Fellowship (CDG/AAF)
Established to enhance the leadership abilities of the Army’s civilian acquisition workforce, this three-year program provides leadership training and developmental assignments within the acquisition community, including program management offices, program executive offices, systems acquisition offices, and senior staff offices. Fellows also attend senior-level leadership courses and conferences, complete the Congressional Briefing Conference on Capitol Hill, and participate in operational experience training.

Eligibility:
GS-12/13 and civilians

DAU-SSCF

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:

Dec 3, 2018 – Mar 29, 2019

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dcelp

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:
March 1 – April 30, 2018

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dcelp

DOD INDUSTRY EXCHANGE PROGRAM (IEP) PILOT
This groundbreaking pilot 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

Ideal

Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL)
Leader development program for mid‐career AAW members with Supervisor potential. Multiple one‐week sessions over a period of approximately six months. IDEAL is for GS‐11 to 13 or broadband equivalent Army Acquisition Workforce members who are DAWIA certified in current position and have completed the Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP I).

Eligibility:
GS-11 to 13 civilians

Announcement Dates:
October 1st, 2018 – January 4th, 2019

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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-12 to 15 civilians

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