Inspiring and developing excellence in Acquisition leaders (IDEAL)

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The application period for IDEAL FY 2019 has closed.

Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) FY 2019

The US Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office is pleased to announce two offerings of IDEAL for FY 2019


One offering will be conducted in the Warren, MI area.  Applicants for this offering must be local to Warren.

The other offering will be conducted in the Washington, DC area.  This offering is open to any eligible acquisition workforce member with the exception of those who live in the local Warren, MI area.  Applicants who are local to Warren must apply to the IDEAL offering conducted in Warren.

IDEAL is a leadership development program for Army Acquisition Workforce Civilians with identified leadership and supervisory potential who are GS-11/12/13 or broadband equivalent to one of those particular GS levels.  IDEAL prepares mid-career professionals for positions where they will lead people, teams and other workgroups.

For FY 2019, the IDEAL program consists of three one-week resident sessions held over a period of approximately six months.  In between sessions, participants return to their workplaces where they utilize new skills and put into practice the concepts and competencies they studied and examined during the resident sessions.

The IDEAL curriculum includes classroom instruction, engagement with senior leaders, site visits and special projects.

Announcement Opening:  1 October 2018
Announcement Closing:  4 January 2019
Applicant Selection Notification:  early February 2019
Warren, MI offering (first resident session) starts:  11 March 2019
Washington, DC offering (first resident session) starts:  25 March 2019


Target Audience
IDEAL is targeted to future acquisition leaders seeking to prepare themselves prior to assuming formal supervisory and leadership roles.  IDEAL participants with limited or no supervisory experience will have the most to gain from attending.  Individuals with prior supervisory or military experience may find that IDEAL is not the right program to further develop their leadership competencies and are encouraged to consider other Army DACM Office leader development programs.  Please visit for information about other Army DACM Office programs.

For the FY 2019 offerings of IDEAL, the resident sessions will take place in the Warren, MI and Washington, DC areas, respectively.  Applicants must apply for and attend at ONE of the locations.  The location at which the participant attends is determined by the participant’s duty location:

Applicants local to Warren, MI must apply only to the Warren, MI offering.

Applicants not local to Warren, MI must apply only to the Washington, DC offering.

Session Dates
The dates for the three resident sessions, by location, are as follows:

Session 1:  11 – 15 March 2019
Session 2:  3 – 7 June 2019
Session 3:  16 – 20 September 2019

Session 1:  25 – 29 March 2019
Session 2:  8 – 12 July 2019
Session 3:  30 September – 4 October 2019

Participants must attend all three sessions at one location.  See “Location” section of this announcement, above, to determine the location to which the applicant must apply.  Participants cannot attend sessions across locations.

For each resident session, regardless of location, participants will attend class all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with half days on Friday.  Participants who travel to DC for IDEAL (i.e., those who are not local to DC) will be in a TDY status for the resident sessions; they will travel to class on Sunday and travel home on Friday after class.  Participants local to the DC area, and those attending in Warren will not be in a TDY status.

Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)
Participants completing the three resident weeks of IDEAL and all IDEAL activities and assignments will receive 112 CLPs.

Funding and Travel
The Army DACM Office will fund tuition and fees for all IDEAL participants.

For participants traveling to DC (i.e., those who are not local to DC), the DACM Office will fund TDY (travel, per diem, lodging).  The DACM Office will not reimburse travel time; travelers seeking travel comp time or any other type of compensation for traveling must make arrangements with their command/organization.

Organizations and commands are responsible for the compensation, salary and benefits of their employees attending IDEAL.  IDEAL participants remain on their organizations’ TDAs.

Curriculum and Competencies
IDEAL utilizes a competency-based approach focused on Army leadership competencies that are standard across all Acquisition Career Fields.  The competencies covered in IDEAL are

  • Prepares Self
  • Builds Trust
  • Stewards the Profession
  • Communicates
  • Develops Others
  • Leads by Example
  • Gets Results
  • Creates a Positive Environment
  • Leads Others
  • Extends Influence

During each of the three resident sessions, participants will explore the competencies through classroom instruction provided by Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE).  Instruction will include several four-hour leadership development modules as well as two longer courses:  Crucial Conversations and Influencer.  Participants will enhance and supplement their learning with acquisition-relevant site visits, special projects and engagements with senior leaders who visit the class in guest speaker roles.  IDEAL participants have further opportunity to practice leadership skills in their workplaces between the program sessions.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be a permanent civilian member of the Army Acquisition Workforce
  • Must be GS-11/12/13 or broadband equivalent to one of those particular GS levels
  • Must meet their DAWIA position certification requirement
  • Strongly recommended: Completion of Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program-I (ALCP-I)

The application process is located online in the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS).  To access AAPDS,

  • Log into the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) at
  • Click on the “CAPPMIS” button
  • Once in CAPPMIS, click the “AAPDS” tab
  • Click on “Apply”
  • Find the appropriate IDEAL event
    • The event title for the WARREN, MI offering is “Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) FY19 – Warren”
    • The event title for the WASHINGTON, DC offering is “Inspiring and Developing Excellence in Acquisition Leaders (IDEAL) FY19 – DC”
  • Click on “Apply” in the rightmost column

Follow the instructions within each section and click the “Submit Application” button when you have completed your application.  If you would like to save your work and return to your application later, click the “Save” button.  After you submit your application, your supervisor must review and approve it.

Important note regarding supervisor review and approval of applications.  Note that the individual identified in CAPPMIS as your supervisor must log into CAPPMIS to review and approve your application prior to the announcement’s closing.  You must have your supervisor’s approval in order to be considered for IDEAL.  By approving the application, your supervisor is endorsing you for the program and confirming that your organization will make you available for the three resident sessions at your respective IDEAL location.  Strongly suggest that you engage with your supervisor early to let him or her know of your interest in the program.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with the supervisor to ensure that he or she approves your application prior to the closing date.  If your supervisor does not approve your application prior to the closing date, your application will not be considered.

Complete online applications must be finalized and submitted NLT midnight 4 January 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Applications are subject to verification.  For helpful hints on preparing your application, visit  Note that a Command Endorsement Memorandum is NOT required to apply for the IDEAL program.

The following documents must be submitted and information must be accurate in 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.
  • Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB). Ensure your ACRB is updated and correct prior to submission of application.  Confirm that your ACRB is accurate by checking the provided box.  Applicants may update and correct specific fields of their ACRB using the edit functions within CAPPMIS.  For 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; you may also call the Help Desk at (703) 664-5740.
  • Resume. Upload your resume in PDF format.  Please use 12 point Times New Roman with a 1 inch margin and a maximum of 3 pages.  Be sure to address positions that highlight your leadership capabilities.  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, visit
  • 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 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.  Failure to have a completed/finalized SRPE in the CAPPMIS system at the time of announcement closing will result in the applicant being declared ineligible and the application will not be provided to the Board for consideration.   The SRPE is required of all applicants, including those who are GS-11 (or broadband equivalent to GS-11).  All applicants are advised to engage early with their supervisors to ensure that a SRPE is complete/finalized in time to apply for the IDEAL program.  For more information about the SRPE, log into CAMP (, click on CAPPMIS, and then click on the SRPE tab.
  • Statement of Interest. Type your statement of interest in this section.  In 4,000 characters or less, please describe your reasons for applying to IDEAL and the benefits the Army will gain by your participation.  Clearly articulate your goals, desired career path and how IDEAL 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.  The CSAs can be accessed at the following links:



Note that there are two CSAs:  one for the Warren offering and one for the DC offering.  Use the correct CSA for your location; applications using an incorrect CSA or a modified period of obligated service will be returned to the applicant.  Do not modify the period of obligated service that has already been calculated and entered into the respective CSA.  Be sure to sign and date the CSA.  Applications with unsigned and/or undated CSAs will be returned to the applicant.  The CSA must be in PDF format, maximum 1 page.  Signature and date may be digital or analog.

The Army DACM Office will administer a Board to review and rate eligible applications.  The DACM will make final selections and the IDEAL program manager will notify all candidates of the status of their applications.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is authorized to rate applicants for Federal jobs under Sections 1302, 3301, and 3304 of Title 5, US Code.  Section 1104, Title 5, allow OPM to authorize other Federal agencies to rate applicants for Federal jobs.  Information you put on your resume and other forms is needed to see how well your education and work experience qualifies you for Federal jobs.  We may also need information such as citizenship and military service to see what laws we must follow in deciding whom the Federal Government may employ.  Your social security number (SSN) is required to keep your records separate from other applicants who may have the same name and date of birth.  We may also use your SSN to request information about you from schools, employers, banks, and others who know you but only as allowed by law or Presidential directives.  Information you provide may also be given to Federal, State, and local agencies checking for violations of the law or other lawful purposes.  Providing this information is voluntary. However, your application cannot be processed if you do not provide this information.

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  Applicants will receive appropriate consideration without regard to non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and sexual orientation except where specifically authorized by law, age, politics or disability which do not relate to successful performance of the duties of this position.  Otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation may notify the agency Point of Contact on this announcement of their need.


Ms. Kristine Faria
IDEAL Program Manager
Army DACM Office
Comm: (703) 664-5709
DSN: 654-5709