Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) / Enterprise Talent Management (ETM)
General Program Information:
SETM and ETM are Civilian leader talent management programs for GS-12 through GS-15 and equivalent employees. Administered by the Civilian Senior Leader Management Office, Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, SETM/ETM prepares participants for positions of greater responsibility in the Department of Army through advanced senior-level educational and experiential learning opportunities. SETM/ETM consists of eight modules, and applicants may apply for one or more modules for which they are qualified.
Selection for SETM/ETM modules is linked to an applicant’s past and present duty performance, potential for leadership and career progression and the needs of the Army. Commanders, supervisors, General Officers/Senior Executive Service (GO/SES) members and human resource directors at all levels should support the SETM/ETM application of candidates who represent the “best of the best”: high-performing senior civilian leaders with outstanding potential for assignment to positions of greater responsibility and impact across the Army.
Army Senior Fellowship (ASF). ASF affords senior Army civilians in grades GS-14/15 (or equivalent) opportunities for strategic training, education and professional development. This two-year comprehensive study and utilization program will broaden participants’ enterprise-wide perspective needed to enhance their competencies and capabilities wherever they are assigned to meet the Army’s needs. Fellows will be subject to the Graduate Placement Program (GPP). Each applicant must submit a Mobility Agreement (MOBA) and Continued Service Agreement (CSA). The number of applicants nominated is limited by Army quotas.
Project-based SETM Temporary Duty (TDY) Assignments. SETM-TDY is open to all senior Army civilians in grades GS-14/15 (or equivalent) who apply and are selected for participation. Short-term developmental assignments are intended to challenge and provide a “broadening” experience to the participant, consisting of a TDY assignment to work on a special project designated by a command or organization, as part of a working group or “tiger team,” for a period not to exceed 179 days. Upon completion of the TDY assignment, participants return to their permanent duty stations with no further obligation; a MOBA is not required but a CSA is required. The number of applicants selected for participation is limited only by available funding and compatible skill matching to the projects submitted.
Senior Service College (SSC). SSC prepares senior Army civilians for positions of significant responsibility in the Department of the Army. This SETM component is open to applicants in grades GS-14/15 (or equivalent) who will compete for allocated seats at the U.S. Army War College (AWC) (Resident or Distance Education (DE) Program), the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy (TES) (Acquisition or Non-Acquisition Course) or Naval War College (NWC) (Senior Level Course). On completion of the program, graduates are placed in positions intended to leverage the competencies fostered at SSC and where the Army most needs their capabilities. Students who complete SSC in residence and SSC-DE (GPP volunteer) are subject to the GPP, and must submit a MOBA and CSA at the time of application. SSC-DE applicants selecting not to be mobile must submit a CSA only. The number of applicants selected for attendance at SSC is limited by the number of allocations provided by the AWC, TES or NWC. For more information about SSC, review AR 350-1 (Army Training and Leader Development), at https://armypubs.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/ARN18487_R350_1_Admin_FINAL.pdf.
Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP). Open to senior Army civilians in grades GS-14/15 (or equivalent); DSLDP is DoD’s premier civilian leadership program. DSLDP is a 2-year comprehensive educational and developmental program designed to inculcate participants with the enterprise-wide perspective needed to lead organizations and programs and achieve results in the joint, interagency and multinational environments. Selection to DSLDP is a three-part process: application through the SETM program, selection by the SETM board and selection by a DoD board. Participants continue in their current assignments until they start their SSC. DSLDP includes attendance at a SSC (Army participants will attend a component school other than AWC); defense-focused leadership seminars; and a developmental assignment. DSLDP graduates are subject to the GPP. Accordingly, each applicant must submit a MOBA and CSA. The number of applicants nominated is limited by DoD quotas.
Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC). CGSOC prepares senior Army civilians for positions of significant responsibility in the Department of the Army. This ETM module is open to applicants in grades GS-13 (or equivalent) (GS-12 by exception) who will compete for allocated seats at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). On completion of the program, graduates are placed in positions intended to leverage the competencies fostered at CGSOC. Students who complete CGSOC and who may volunteer for worldwide assignment, are subject to the GPP, and must submit a MOBA and a CSA at the time of application. For CGSOC participants in a TDY and return status, graduate placement determinations will be made by the nominating command. The number of applicants selected for attendance at CGSOC is limited by the number of allocations provided by HQDA G-3/5/7 training and the Army CGSC. For more information about CGSOC, review AR 350-1 (Army Training and Leader Development), click here.
Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP). The ELDP module allows Army civilian employees in grade GS-12/13 (or equivalent), who meet the prerequisites, to compete for participation. ELDP provides participants with an extensive exposure to the roles and mission of the entire DoD. The ELDP program is a 10-month training program. During the program, participants travel to a variety of locations worldwide to train with warfighters and experience first-hand many challenges the DoD components face in carrying out their mission. Participants remain in their permanent position and return to their home stations between field deployments. ELDP is both physically challenging and mentally demanding. A CSA is required for participation in ELDP. There will be no recruiting for ELDP in FY21 (March 1 – May 15, 2021). Recruitment will resume in FY22.
Project-based ETM TDY assignments. The ETM TDY module is open to all senior Army civilians in grade GS-13 (or equivalent) who apply and are selected for participation. Short-term developmental assignments are intended to challenge and provide a “broadening” experience to the participant, consisting of a TDY assignment to work on a special project designated by a command or organization, as part of a working group or “tiger team,” for a period not to exceed 90 days. Upon completion of the TDY assignment, participants return to their permanent duty stations with no further obligation; a MOBA is not required. The number of applicants selected for participation is limited only by available funding and compatible skill matching to the projects submitted.
ETM Leadership Shadowing Experience. The ETM Shadowing Assignments module is open to select Army civilians in grade GS-13 (or equivalent). ETM shadowing participants will accompany and observe an SES/GS-15 leader in his/her daily work environment for up to 20 work days. The number of applicants who may be selected for participation in ETM shadowing is based on Army resources. A selected ETM Shadowing participant can have up to two shadowing assignments total during the course of the FY for which he/she was selected. However, applicants selected for the ETM Shadowing module are not eligible to receive an ETM Shadowing assignment concurrent with their participation in CGSOC or ELDP.
FY21 SETM/ETM Application Timeline:
March 1, 2021: SETM/ETM opens for applications
May 15, 2021: Deadline for Applicant and Rater/Endorser Assessment
May 17 – 31, 2021: Functional Chief Representative (FCR) Assessment
June 1 – 30, 2021: Command Board meets
NLT December 2021: Final selections published
Applicants for both SETM and ETM programs will apply through the SETM Portal at https://hr.chra.army.mil/setm (CAC enabled; suggest using Chrome and Email certificate). Additional information about the SETM/ETM programs, as well as instructions on how to apply, will be available on the portal March 1 – May 15.
Applications submitted in the SETM Portal will generate an email to the first-line supervisor and first General/Flag Officer or SES in the chain of command for endorsements. Applicant and Rater/Endorser must submit complete applications May 15, 2021. Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units and/or Separate Organizations, Functional Chief Representatives (FCR) and Career Program Managers (CPM) will be able to access applications and conduct boards using the SETM Portal. FCR and CPM are responsible for reviewing / endorsing their respective career program applications in the SETM portal by May 31, 2021. Command boards will review all applications and provide their order-of-merit list to HQDA by June 30, 2021.
A SETM Board, consisting of GO/SES, will convene at the end of July 2021 (tentative) to select participants for the SETM program. An ETM Board, consisting of SES/GS-15/COL, will convene in October 2021 (tentative) to select participants for the ETM program. Final selections will be published NLT December 2021.
Should you have any questions pertaining to these competitive developmental opportunities, please contact:
AAW Engagement Branch
USAASC, Army DACM Office