2J1A0369_small.jpgThe Army invests in its civilian employees through training and leadership development courses, programs and activities.

This page serves as a reference guide for USAG Benelux civilian employees to find information on most of their mandatory training and on training and leader development opportunities available for the Army Civilian Corps both Army-wide and locally.

To read the Workforce Development Reference guide in full, click here.

Local programs

"Better Together"

The garrison holds regular training sessions for its employees online, which are hosted and recorded through a online conferencing application.

To learn more, contact your supervisor.

Job swap program

In the Job Swap Program, two permanent Department of the Army civilian employees, in similar or like jobs, switch positions and organizations. The switch amounts to a lateral reassignment or transfer and provides employees with opportunities to expand in their skillset and career growth. This program is available to all USAG Benelux and Mission Partners within the USAG Benelux Area of Operations (AOR), Department of the Army Civilians (DACs), and Host Nation employees (HN). Job Swap will enable the workforce to train for, and work in a 30- to 90-day developmental assignment outside of the current career path and will be a continuous and enduring effort to provide the maximum amount of opportunities for the entire workforce.

Mentorship program

Mentorship is a powerful tool that helps to build competence, leadership skills, self-awareness and morale. Through this program, mentees can advance their confidence, skills, and capabilities; maximize their potential; and grow beyond their expectations. Soldiers and Department of the Army (DA) Civilians are encouraged to engage in mentoring activities beyond the chain of command. The Mentorship Program is voluntary and serves to promote learning and development among the U.S. Army’s future leaders.

Contact the Mentor Program Representative in your directorate/organization to sign up as a mentor or a mentee.


Army-wide programs

Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is the tool that you will use to determine your personal and professional goals. You and your supervisor will work together to create your IDP, and it will include all training and leader development activities that will lead to the attainment of your goals, within the context of the organization’s mission. The critical element of an IDP is communication between you and your supervisor. To create/access your IDP, visit the MyBiz website at https://compo.dcpds.cpms.osd.mil.

Army Career Tracker

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a leadership development tool that integrates training and education into one personalized and easy-to-use website. Users can search multiple Army education and training resources, monitor their career development and receive personalized advice from their supervisor and Army leadership.

Visit the Army Career Tracker website at https://actnow.army.mil/ to:

  • Track & plan your career in one place
  • Enhance, personalized career development
  • Navigate your career
  • Follow the Professional Development Model (PDM)
  • Build Your Personalized Career Path
  • Manage Your Career Goals
  • Search for Courses & Duty Positions
  • Collaborate with Your Leader


Mission and job-related training is required to support Army goals by improving organizational performance at every level. This includes training that supports the Army’s strategic plan and organization objectives; improves an employee’s current job performance and/or competencies or closes an existing competency gap; allows for expansion or enhancement of an employee’s current job by developing new competencies; enables an employee to perform needed or potentially needed duties outside the current job at the same level of responsibility; meets organizational needs in response to human resource plans and re-engineering, downsizing, or other program changes; develops employee competencies to facilitate career progression; or supports of recruitment strategies for "hard to fill" jobs.

Your training may be funded by your Career Program, your command/organization, or Headquarters, Department of the Army, depending on the specific course or program. It is important to know which career program you belong to so you can find the specific information for your career program. When you look at your position description under the position assignment title, you will see career program.

It will list the career program number. If your command or organization is funding your training, you will have to work with the command training manager to apply for a course or program. Your supervisor is always required to approve your training activity, regardless of the source of funding. Each program or course will have specific eligibility requirements and prerequisites, and you must meet these before you apply for the program or course.

Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS)

The Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) is a Department of the Army (DA) system, whose main purpose is to provide Army managers and careerists with policy and supporting guidance for systematic, competency-based career planning and development. This system blends on-the-job training (OJT), with formal education and classroom training, collaborative distance learning, developmental assignments, self-development activities, and more. Requirements in this ACTEDS plan are specific to the Army Intelligence Career Program (CP-35) in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). DCIPS is an excepted service civilian personnel system for the DOD Intelligence Community (IC). Visit the ACTEDS website for more information on specific career program training plans at http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog.

There are several courses and programs that are open to Army civilians. They require the completion of the target Civilian Education System course and have an eligibility requirement of 3 years in an Army Civilian position. These courses are listed and described on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website at http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil.

All employees must take initial and recurring mandatory training, as directed by executive order, Federal statute, DoD and Army regulations, and local command policy. Most mandatory training can be found in Army Regulation 350-1, Training and Leader Development. You must communicate with your supervisor or command training manager to ensure you are aware of mandatory and required training.

Mandatory supervisory training

The Supervisor Development Course (SDC) is an online course and is mandatory for all Army professionals (military and civilian) who supervise Army Civilians. It is required within the first year of assignment to a supervisor position and is required every three years thereafter. If you are in a supervisor position, you must complete this course. Some commands offer a resident supervisor training course to supplement the SDC, but the SDC must still be completed for credit. The SDC is also recommended for Civilians who are not supervisors, as it contains a wealth of information that is relevant to all employees.

You may enroll in the SDC through the Civilian Human Resource Training and Application System (CHRTAS) on the website at: https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas. Login to your profile, select the ‘Apply for Training’ link, select ‘Civilian Education System’, and then click on the ‘Supervisor Development Course’ tab.

Civilian Education System

The CES is comprised of core leader education courses and is based on leader competencies from the Office of Personnel Management Executive Core Qualifications, the Department of the Defense Leadership Competency Framework, as well as Army Doctrine Publication 6-22, Army Leadership. The Army Management Staff College is the proponent school for the CES courses. These courses are conducted at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Each course is comprised of a distance learning phase and a resident phase.

Completion of both phases is required for course credit, although the distance learning phase alone may be completed for self-development. All Army Civilians are required to take the CES course that is targeted to their grade levels. If you have completed a professional military education (PME) course in the Army or another service, you may be eligible to receive credit in lieu of taking your targeted CES course. To determine if you qualify, go to the CHRTAS website https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/chrtas and log in using your CAC card or SSN and birth date. You must create or update your profile before you will be able to continue. Once you have created or updated your profile, click on the CES Eligibility and Completion Status link to see your target course and completion status. As a new civilian, (regardless if prior military or not), you will be required to complete the Foundation Course, regardless of your current grade level or targeted course.

Here are list of the courses:

  • The Foundation Course (FC) is a fully online course. The course focuses on competencies required to lead self, and has important information for new Army Civilians. This course is required for all Army Civilians hired after 30 September 2006.
  • The Basic Course (BC) is a blended learning course, with an online and resident phase (2 weeks). The course focuses on leading teams and projects, and is the target leader development course for Civilians in grades GS-1 to GS-9 and comparable pay grades and bands.
  • The Intermediate Course (IC) is a blended learning course, with an online and resident phase (3 weeks). The course focuses on leading people, and is the target leader development course for Civilians in the grades GS-10 to GS-12 and comparable pay grades and bands.
  • The Advanced Course (AC) is a blended learning course, with an online phase and resident phase (4 weeks). The course focuses on leading organizations and programs and is the target leader development course for Civilians in the grades GS-13 to GS-15 and comparable pay grades and bands.
  • The Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) Course is a blended learning course, with an online phase and resident phase (1 week). The course focus is leading institutions, and is geared towards Civilians in the grades GS-14 to GS-15 and comparable pay grades and bands.

Competitive professional development programs

There are several courses and programs that are open to Army Civilians, they require the completion of the target CES course, and have an eligibility requirement of 3 years in an Army Civilian position. These courses are listed and described on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website, http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil, and the ACTEDS website, http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog. When you have reached your career conditional status, you may be eligible to apply for some of these programs. Check the individual eligibility requirements for each program.

  • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Program is a tuition assistance program for those who are seeking an academic degree in a field related to the performance of your official duties. You will be eligible for this program when you have completed 3 years as an Army Civilian. You may apply for this competitive program through your command/organization or through your career program. You can get more information on this program at Civilian Training and Leader Development, http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil.
  • The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program is designed to afford selected GS-14 to GS-15, or equivalent Army senior civilians, an exceptional professional development, senior level education or experiential learning opportunity. There are four components to SETM, each focusing on a different type of training or developmental experience. It is a great opportunity to do something outside of your organization or your career program. You must carefully review the eligibility requirements of each component, as they are not the same.
  • The Enterprise Placement Program (EPP) is open to GS-15s, or equivalent employees, who apply and are selected as Army Enterprise Employees. Army Enterprise Employees are slated for consideration for placement into positions across the Army that will broaden their skills and prepare them for greater challenges.
  • SETM-Temporary Duty is a short-term developmental assignment program for GS-14 to GS-15s, or equivalent employees. Participants are temporarily assigned to work on a special command-nominated project as part of a working group or to fill a "critical need" detail for a period not to exceed 179 days.
  • Senior Service College (SSC) is open to applicants in grades GS-14 to GS-15, or equivalent employees, who have competed their core CES requirement (Advanced Course) and have 3 years in a permanent Army Civilian position. Applicants compete for limited number of seats at the US Army War College or the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Attendance at SSC is designed to expand the participants' knowledge of the national security mission, understanding of complex policy and operational challenges faced by senior DoD and Army officials.
  • The Defense Senior Leader Development Program is a DoD funded program and an Army component of SETM. You can find additional information about SETM and its individual programs and instructions by going to https://www.csldo.army.mil.

Command and career program sponsored leader development programs

Many commands, career programs, and organizations conduct leader development programs for their Civilian employees at all levels. Commonly, they include mentoring and coaching from senior leaders in the organization, developmental assignments, shadowing senior leaders, and participation in special projects. You should talk with your supervisor if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

  • The Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) is targeted to GS-7 to GS-11 Army Civilians who are in the Human Resources Management and Financial Management career programs, as well as those who are in positions coded as Acquisition Workforce. This program is limited to these career fields by law. It is a 10-month program that consists of participants from all services and defense agencies, and consists of multiple 1 and 2 week courses. Travel to the program location in Southbridge, Massachusetts is required for attendance. Participants are selected by an Army board.
  • Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) is targeted to GS-14 to GS-15 Army Civilians from all career programs. It is a 2-year program with participants from all services that consists of seminars, a 10-month Senior Service School attendance, and a developmental assignment. Students must have 3 years in a permanent Army position in order to be eligible to apply. Participants are placed in a new job upon graduation. Participants are selected by the SETM program, followed by a DoD board.
  • Department of Defense Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP) is targeted to GS-12 to GS-14 Army Civilians in all career programs. It is a rigorous 10-month program that consists of classroom activities and short term deployments to various military training bases. This program requires a high level of physical activity, and a medical clearance is required for participation. Participants are selected by an Army board.


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