CIVILIAN PROGRAMS

A selection of Army acquisition civilian education and training programs

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

Announcement Dates:
2nd Quarter FY23
Announcement Opening:  October 1, 2022
Announcement Closing:  October 31, 2022

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Defense Acquisition University‐Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)
This 10-month training and educational program is designed to provide leadership and acquisition training to prepare senior-level civilians for leadership roles such as product and project manager, program executive officer, and other key acquisition leadership positions to include contracting. 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:

Announcement Opening:  Nov. 1, 2022
Announcement Closing:  Jan. 20, 2023
Program Start:  Late July 2023

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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, GS-7 through GS-12, participants are immersed in a variety of activities that promote self-awareness, enhance oral and written communication skills, share proven team building strategies, and strengthen overall leadership capabilities.

Eligibility:
GS-7 to 12 civilians

Announcement Dates:
Announcement Opening: March 1, 2022
Announcement Closing: May 24, 2022

DOD Public Private Talent Exchange (PPTE)

The PPTE program provides selected DOD acquisition workforce employees the opportunity to obtain a professional experience with industry by serving a six-month assignment at a private sector organization. PPTE promotes increased communication between government and industry, enables participants to gain a better understanding of industry’s business operations and challenges, and facilitates the sharing of innovative best practices.

Eligibility:
GS 13-15 or AcqDemo-equivalent payband

Announcement Dates:
Announcement Opening: July 14, 2022
Announcement Closing: August 15, 2022

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 (tentative):
Announcement Opening: May 24, 2023
Announcement Closing: August 2, 2023

 

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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. 17 – Dec. 3, 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/ETM consists of eight modules, and applicants may apply for one or more modules for which they are qualified. SETM/ETM is administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Eligibility:
GS-12 through GS-15 and equivalent employees; eligibility varies by module.

Announcement Dates:
Announcement Opening: March 1, 2022
Announcement Closing: May 22, 2022

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 12-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 fiscal 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 Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) provides tuition assistance, including laboratory and technology fees, to eligible Army acquisition workforce members pursuing acquisition/business related individual college courses or acquisition/business related college courses towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a business/acquisition related discipline.  The ATAP is announced no later than the 3rd quarter of each fiscal year.

Eligibility:
Army acquisition workforce (AAW) civilians (any GS level or equivalent) who meet their certification level required in their current position and meet eligibility requirements can apply to ATAP. Military Occupational Specialty 51 Contracting Non-Commissioned Officers (E-5 through E-8) who meet eligibility requirements may also apply to ATAP.

Announcement Dates:
Announcement opening: 3 June 2022
Extended closing date:  12 August 2022

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/ETM consists of eight modules, and applicants may apply for one or more modules for which they are qualified. SETM/ETM is administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office (CSLMO), Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).

Eligibility:
GS-12 through GS-15 and equivalent employees; eligibility varies by module.

Announcement Dates:
Announcement Opening: March 1, 2022
Announcement Closing: May 22, 2022

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 3 – November 17, 2022

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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:
25 April – 3 June 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:
25 April – 3 June 2022