Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF)

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The DAU-SSCF program is a 10-month educational/leadership development opportunity sponsored by the Office of the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM). DAU-SSCF is conducted under the auspices of the DAU at Huntsville, AL; Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Warren, MI; and Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The purpose of DAU-SSCF is 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.  On 28 March 2013, IAW Army Reg 621-7, the Army approved the DAU-SSCF program as Military Education Level-1(MEL-1) Senior Service College equivalent. DAU-SSCF is the only civilian Fellowship approved by the Army.

The program conducts multiple acquisition activities to include:

  • Credit for completion of the DAU Program Manager Course (PMT 401)
  • Leadership Courses (such as Ethics, Communications, ACQ 450 Series)
  • Studies in resource requirements and acquisition integration for senior and strategic leaders
  • Studies in executive leadership
  • Applications of acquisition in national defense/security study
  • Acquisition training in Life Cycle Management linked to Life Cycle Management Commands (LCMC)
  • Research in acquisition issues and processes
  • Mentoring program with government and industry senior leaders
  • Senior Leadership Speaker’s Program
  • Option to obtain a Master’s degree during off-duty hours. (Master’s degree is centrally funded for Army participants who do not already have a master’s.)


Key Dates

  • Announcement Opening Date:  22 January 2020
  • Announcement Closing Date: 07 April 2020
  • Applicant Selection Notification:  NLT 15 May 2020
  • Class begins: Late July 2020

DAU-SSCF Locations

  • Huntsville, AL
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  • Warren, MI
  • Picatinny Arsenal, NJ

Note 1: Effective DEC 2018, Applicants with home and/or duty locations in close proximity to a Senior Service College (i.e. The Eisenhower School, Army War College), may not apply to the DAU-SSCF, applicants must apply to SSC via the Army’s Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program announcements.

Note 2: Effective DEC 2018, Applicants not local to a SSC, or one of the above DAU-SSCF are welcome to apply to SSC-F, but must obtain command funding for TDY. Any command endorsing a non-local applicant must address the TDY funding requirement in the Command Endorsement Memorandum.


All DAU-SSCF selectees will remain on their current organization’s Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) while attending the DAU-SSCF program.  The command must address the TDA requirement in the Command Endorsement Memorandum.


The Army DACM Office will fund the tuition cost of the program at each location for Army acquisition civilian participants.  Non-Army participants will be responsible for the cost of tuition and any per diem and travel cost.

Post Utilization

The DACM has directed that all Army personnel attending DAU-SSCF should be assigned to broadening positions, ideally of greater responsibility, upon completion of the program.  The follow-on assignment process, to include the identification of the position the individual will be placed in, should be conducted within six months following the selection for the DAU-SSCF.  Identification of position and placement of each individual upon DAU-SSCF completion is a command responsibility.  Although identification and placement is a command responsibility, the Army DACM Talent Management Cell will assist in identifying potential post-fellowship opportunities. The command will address the commitment to assign the individual to a broadening position ideally of greater responsibility in the Command Endorsement Memorandum, which must be submitted as part of the application.


Applications are welcome from Army and non-Army Civilians. Following are the eligibility requirements for all applicant types.   NOTE:   Non Army Acquisition Workforce Civilians (i.e. DOD, Federal Service and Industry) applicants must demonstrate eligibility equivalency for all criteria identified.

  • Be a permanent GS-14/15 (or equivalent broadband) Department of the Army Civilian
  • Be in an Acquisition workforce position and credentialed as an Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) member at the time of application. AAC membership must be reflected in Section III of your Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB).
  • Be serving in a Career or Career Conditional Appointment
  • Have a Secret clearance at time of application
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree
  • Be identified by their organization as on track for executive level service. This information should be addressed in the Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE).
  • At the time of application, applicant must be DAWIA certified Level III in their current acquisition position. Certification status must be reflected in Section X of the ACRB.
  • Army Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course completion prior to the announcement closing date.
    • AAW will have CES Advanced I and II documented on their ACRB
    • Non-AAW will upload a CES equivalency statement in AAPDS, documenting completed advanced leadership training, comparable to that covered in the Army CES Advanced Course. For information on the CES Advanced Course, please visit
    • Note: Course completion can be met in one of three ways:
      • CES Advanced Course completion (both the Distance Learning and Resident portions)
      • Equivalency Credit
      • Constructive Credit


  1. For information on the CES Advanced Course, please visit:
  2. For information on Equivalency Credit and Constructive Credit, please visit:

How to Apply

The documents identified below under Required Documents must be submitted in full in order to receive consideration. All required documents must be submitted through the online application tool, AAPDS, as discussed above. Incomplete applications or submissions received outside of AAPDS will be deemed ineligible.

  • Complete online applications must be finalized and submitted NLT 11:59 p.m., 25 March 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications are subject to verification.
  • For helpful hints on preparing your application, see Application Best Practices at development/programs/bestpractices/.

** NOTE TO NON-ARMY ACQUISITION APPLICANTS: Before using CAPPMIS, non-Army applicants must request an account by completing the application for access here:

** Please provide information by 15 February 2020. Information received after 15 February 2020, may result in you not being able to apply.  Please contact Ms. Kelly Terry, immediately upon submission of your access request to ensure expedition and to be provided the application link.

Required Documents

Note: You must upload or type the requested information in these sections within AAPDS:

  • Verification of Applicant/Supervisor Data: Validate your email address and your supervisor’s information; check the boxes if your email address and supervisor’s information is correct. Please select the location you desire to attend; one selection is required. If you do not plan to complete a Master’s degree while in the program, please select “Do not Choose to Pursue MS Degree.”
  • Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB): The ACRB is an authenticated record of your education, training, and acquisition assignment history; it was created to mirror the military Officer Record Brief (ORB). Ensure your ACRB is updated and correct prior to submission of application.   AAW applicants may update and correct specific fields of their ACRB using the edit functions within CAPPMIS. For the areas in the ACRB that cannot be changed by the Applicant, please request assistance from the USAASC Help Desk by clicking “Help Request” within CAPPMIS and submitting an online request at:   Note:  Non-AAW will upload their ACRB.  Please download blank form, for manual completion, here
  • Resume: Upload your resume in PDF format. Please use 12 point Times New Roman with 1 inch margin and a maximum of 3 pages. Be sure to address positions that highlight your leadership capabilities or military experience. Applicants should also highlight their qualities and strengths instead of listing responsibilities. Ensure experience descriptions and dates match those in the ACRB. For a resume template as well as additional helpful hints and best practices, visit the following website:
  • Senior Rater Potential Evaluation (SRPE): Ensure that your most recent SRPE is in the system. Your most recent SRPE must have an end date within one (1) year of this announcement closing date and must be completed by your Senior Rater by the closing date or your application will not be reviewed by the Board. To view more information on the SRPE, visit Note:  Non-AAW will upload their SRPE.  Please download blank SRPE form for manual completion, here
  • Civilian Education System (CES) Documentation: As described above, completion of the CES Advanced Course for Army applicants is required. Please upload documentation, in PDF format, maximum 1 page, of course completion, equivalency credit, or constructive credit. Acceptable forms of documentation include:
    • Graduation/completion certificate from the CES Advanced Course (Resident portion) or a CES Advanced legacy course. For a list of CES Advanced legacy courses, please visit
    • CES Eligibility and Completion Status Report indicating Advanced course completion or equivalency (visit to obtain your report).
    • Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) Transcript (visit CES Advanced or a legacy course must be listed on the transcript.
    • Note: Non-AAW will upload documentation attesting to equivalency
  • Command Endorsement Memorandum: Endorsement Memorandum and ensure all required elements (listed below) are sufficiently addressed, to ensure eligibility:
    • A Command Endorsement Memorandum signed by at least the first General Officer/Senior Executive Service level in the applicant’s chain-of-command must be submitted as part of the application.
    • In addition to endorsing the applicant, the memorandum must state the number of people being endorsed from the command and identify where the applicant falls within that number.
    • The memorandum must also include a statement that the applicant will remain on the command’s TDA for the duration of the DAU-SSCF program. In addition, the memorandum must address how the command will assist with post placement to a broadening assignment, ideally with greater responsibility.
    • The memorandum must be in PDF format and 2 page maximum.
    • In the case of an individual applying for attendance outside of their local commuting area, the memorandum must indicate that the command will fund attendee’s TDY. For a Command Endorsement Memorandum template, visit
    • Non-Army applicants must submit an Endorsement Memorandum from the first General Officer/Senior Executive Service level in their chain of command or an executive level supervisor in their organization. Endorsement Memorandums for non-Army applicants must address the items required in the Command Endorsement Memorandum, as described above, with the exception of TDA and post placement requirements. Non-Army applicants must state that their organization will fund the cost of tuition and any per diem and travel cost. Memorandum must be in PDF format and 2 page maximum.
  • Statement of Interest: Type your statement of interest in this section. In 4,000 characters or less, please describe your reasons for attending the DAU-SSCF Program and the benefits the Army (or, for non-Army applicants, your service or organization) will gain by your participation. Clearly articulate goals and career paths and how the DAU-SSCF Program will help you achieve your specific goals.
  •  Continued Service Agreement (CSA): A CSA must be completed and uploaded. Please do not attempt to upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros as this will cause the process to fail. Do not modify the period of obligated service that has already been calculated and entered into the CSA. Applications using a modified period of service will be returned to the applicant. Be sure to sign and date the CSA. The CSA must be in PDF format, maximum 1 page.
    Note: Non-AAW: Non-Federal applicants may submit a PDF statement indicating they are exempt from the CSA requirement.  Please download CSA form, here.

Selection Process

  • The board will be administered by the Army DACM Office to select the best-qualified candidates from those nominated. The senior-level board will make selections based upon an assessment of the qualifications and potential of each nominee for continued outstanding service to the Army, the level and degree to which the nominee possesses the knowledge and abilities required of the program, the appropriateness of the training to the nominee’s occupation, and the overall benefit to the nominee and the Army as reflected in the official record before the board. The board will review the training, education and experience of each applicant and make a recommendation to the DACM.
  • The Army DACM Office DAU-SSCF Program Manager will notify all applicants of the board results. Successful candidates must accept or decline attendance, in writing, within ten (10) calendar days of notification. In accordance with AR 350-1, a selectee who declines a quota will be removed from any future consideration for the DAU-SSCF Program. The Army DACM Office DAU-SSCF Program Manager (contact info below) should be notified telephonically of any declination. The declination must be followed up in writing by memorandum through the organization’s chain of command to USAASC (addressed to the Director, Acquisition Career Management, 9900 Belvoir Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060). Please email the memorandum to the Army DACM Office DAU-SSCF Program Manager (contact info below).



The point of contact for administrative questions about this action is the DAU-SSCF Program Manager:

Ms. Kelly Terry
Commercial: (571) 329-2053