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Digital transformation is not just a hot topic, it is a priority for the Army. The Army Modernization Strategy identifies digital transformation as an essential component, representing a shift in operations and culture. This shift fundamentally changes how the Army delivers value through investments in transformative digital technologies needed to execute the full range of Army missions.

In support of this initiative, the Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office with the support of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Data Engineering and Software (DASA-DES), is accelerating the digital transformation of the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW). One of the key platforms the DACM Office is using to support this initiative is Udemy. Udemy is an education technology company that provides an online learning and teaching platform. It is being leveraged to build customized learning pathways for understanding digital transformation and to “upskill” the workforce – minimizing gaps and expanding abilities to help grow the AAW now and into the future.

Starting in early March, a curated digital foundations training pathway will be available through Udemy for technical and non-technical professionals. The digital foundations pathway courses include:

  • Digital Transformation 2023 – Masterclass is the first foundations course. This masterclass takes you through the basics of digital transformation.
  • Agile Samurai Bootcamp covers everything needed to setup, execute and successfully deliver an Agile project.
  • Product Management for AI & Data Science provides a complete overview for a product manager in the field of data science and the importance of AI and data in product management.

As the DACM Office rolls out this pathway to the workforce through Udemy, it is important for you to confirm that your email address is correct in CAPPMIS, so you can receive the initial invitation to start using Udemy. Courses in Udemy can be counted as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) via CAPPMIS.Break free from your desk and digitally upskill from your smartphone! When you’re on the go, easily access Udemy with the Udemy Business app on your iOS or Android.






NOW OPEN – Now through April 20, applications are being accepted for opportunities to both the fiscal year 2024/25 Army Acquisition Centralized Selection Boards (CSB) and the fiscal year 2025 Centralized Selection List (CSL) positions. New this year: the Army Acquisition Professional Development System now enables those who are interested and eligible to “opt-in” to CSB or CSL opportunities using a single portal and one application packet.

The purpose of the centralized selection process is to identify a pool of high performing and high potential civilian acquisition professionals to lead and manage acquisition programs to meet the mission and vision of the Army acquisition enterprise. Best-qualified individuals will be selected for specifically identified acquisition command and acquisition positions.

For additional CSB details, go to  or contact Kelly L. Terry on For additional CSL details, go to or contact Adam Polite on 


The fiscal year 2024 Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP), Cohort 18, is open for applications. The program develops emerging leaders at GS-07 through GS-12 and equivalent broadband levels. Participants take part in reflection exercises, leadership assessments, mentoring, coaching, team and individual presentations, and much more. Cohort 18 is the fiscal year 2024 cohort for members of the DOD acquisition workforce and will provide excellent opportunities for participants to network with other emerging acquisition leaders from across DOD. The application period closes on May 10. To learn more about DCELP, go to ​ 


Senior Enterprise Talent Management and Enterprise Talent Management (SETM and ETM) are civilian leader talent management programs for GS-12 through GS-15 and equivalent employees. Administered by the Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA) Army Civilian Career Management Activity (ACCMA), 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, career progression and the needs of the Army. Commanders, supervisors, general officers and Senior Executive Service (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.

To apply for these opportunities, Army civilians can log into the Army Civilian Career Management Activity (ACCMA) Talent Development Application Portal at (CAC enabled). The SETM/ETM application cycle is open through May 15. Applicants for both SETM and ETM programs will apply through the ACCMA Talent Development Application Portal at (CAC enabled).

Additional information about the SETM/ETM programs, as well as instructions on how to apply, will be available on the portal through 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. The DACM Office is only a SETM/ETM liaison for the Army Acquisition Workforce and must coordinate with their commands and the ACCMA talent development portal to apply to SETM or ETM.

Applicant and senior rater or endorser must submit complete applications by May 15.

Army commands, Army service component commands, direct reporting units and 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 and endorsing their respective career program applications in the SETM portal by May 30. Command boards will review all applications and provide their order-of-merit list to Headquarters Department of the Army by June 30.

For more information, go to




Learn, share, and explore ideas and knowledge with DAU live events! These online events will keep you, as an acquisition professional, relevant, informed and engaged and offer a chance to engage with senior leaders from across DOD, industry and academia. Throughout March, a wide variety of topics are covered such as acquisition success strategies, modular open system approach, requirements definition process, contracting, leveraging Defense Contract Management Agency capabilities, zero trust cybersecurity, logistics sustainment reviews, the DAU annual acquisition update, human systems integration, artificial intelligence and much more. Check out the March lineup for an area that interests you and sign up today! These events may, with supervisor approval, count as continuous learning point credits.






By Maj. Tim Demerath

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) is reaching out to Functional Area 51 (FA 51) officers to gain their valuable feedback to evaluate and validate a new functional area assessment battery. USAASC is working in coordination with the Army Talent Management Task Force, U.S. Training and Doctrine Command, Army University (also known as Army U) and the U.S. Army Research Institute (ARI) for the behavioral and social sciences on this assessment battery. The ARI research team will be contacting FA 51 officers to participate in this voluntary research project which will consist of a two-hour battery of tests that measure a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviors (KSBs) foundational for functional area success, including cognitive skills, creativity, communication, disposition and vocational interests.

Participants will also be asked to provide contact information for their current supervisor and peers. The research team will contact these individuals to collect confidential, off-the-record observations of the participant’s performance. Linking performance observations of acquisition officers to their assessment test scores makes it possible to examine whether the assessment tools are valid, functioning as designed and are useful in providing the Army the data it requires to help assess officers interested in FA 51. Participation in this research is completely voluntary, and there is no penalty for not choosing to volunteer for this evaluation. The data collected will be used for research purposes only and will be kept confidential.

Once validated, this assessment battery will assist the Army in identifying and selecting officers who have the KSBs for functional area careers. In the future, this battery will also be administered to all officers in Captains Career Courses, which will increase the visibility of functional area career paths for junior officers. The data from this assessment will also allow the Army Acquisition Workforce to engage in more focused, targeted recruitment and will also provide a more holistic picture of the talent of officers who apply for the Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program, or VTIP.

For questions about this effort, contact Jason Pitts on


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