CHAPTER 5

		     PHYSICAL SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

				  PROCEDURES

			       SELF-DEVELOPMENT

Self-development is a voluntary effort initiated and conducted by the
employee throughout his/her career, but may be recommended by the
supervisor.

    (1)  Employees are encouraged to undertake self-development projects
to improve their overall knowledge and understanding of their specific
career area, increase their competence in various specializations, and
strengthen their knowledge, skills, abilities, or personal characteristics
identified as requiring development during the career appraisal or other
counseling sessions. The ACTEDS plan can be used as a guide for planning
these activities.

    (2)  Active participation in self-development activities (seminars,
college courses, correspondence courses, etc.) adds breadth and depth
to expertise and may be given consideration in the selection process
for filling positions.

    (3)  To maintain professional currency careerists are encouraged
to engage in formal academic education. Taking job-related courses or
pursuing a Bachelor's or advanced degree in a relevant field of study
after hours is an important means of acquiring, and/or enhancing, job
relevant knowledges and/or competencies.

    (4)  When any self-development activity at an institution charging
tuition is planned to improve and employee's current performance, local
managers should determine, in advance, what percentage of available
financial assistance is appropriate, in accordance with local and DA
policy.
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