The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Chapter 3 (cont.)    SECTION II
Opportunities Open to All Career Programs

Army Congressional Fellowship Program (ACFP)

Modern DCPDS Course Code 15LEG
Length of Program 18 months consecutive.
Location Washington, DC (Capitol Hill)
Suspense Dates
Dates of Program

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Board Dates

Program Dates

ACFP 02 April 2018 TBD May 2019 - Dec 2020
Eligibility Requirements

Army Civilian employees at the GS-11 through GS-14 level who have career status and are serving in permanent competitive appointments; Schedule A, Excepted appointments without time limitation; or, are serving under an Excepted Service appointment in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (Title 10 USC 1610) and have a minimum of three years of consecutive service under one or more permanent Department of the Army civilian positions.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree (GPA must be 3.0 unless applicant has previously earned a Master's degree);
  • GS-11/12 or equivalent pay bands - Completion of the CES Intermediate Course or copy of CHRTAS Intermediate Course Credit Documentation;
  • GS-13/14 or equivalent pay bands - Completion of the CES Advanced Course or copy of CHRTAS Advanced Course Credit Documentation.
Other Requirements

Have extraordinary potential for future Army service;

Have interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and form relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds;

Be able to complete the full fellowship program without interruption;

Have a Command post-training utilization assignment in a position related to congressional affairs.


The Army Congressional Fellowship Program is an 18-month program for Army Civilians, which includes pursuit of a Master's Degree in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University, and service on the staff of a Member of Congress. The program seeks individuals who have demonstrated outstanding promotion potential.


The purpose of the Army Congressional Fellowship Program (ACFP) is to educate and train selected Army officers and civilians in all aspects of congressional activities, emphasizing those matters regarding the Department of Defense (DOD). The program provides an understanding of the dimensions and complexities of congressional responsibilities and their relationship to the total process of government that is of future value to the Army. (Army Regulation 1-202)

Program Details

Orientation and Academics. Selected participants begin the fellowship with an HQDA orientation program, which educates fellows on HQDA operations and the Army's position on a wide range of issues. The academic portion of the fellowship begins simultaneously with the HQDA orientation and includes an intensive summer program of study at George Washington University (GWU). The GWU MPS in Legislative Affairs consists of a rigorous, 11-course program focused on Congress. The curriculum exposes students to all aspects of the congressional experience. Congressional staffers comprise the large majority of students in the program, which offers Army fellows a unique opportunity to network with others working on Capitol Hill and in the legislative liaison arena. Fellows enroll in core courses and electives in the summer and fall 2019 sessions. Fellows take elective courses in areas of their choosing, pursue independent study opportunities, and complete comprehensive exams earning a Master of Professional Studies Degree in Legislative Affairs in spring 2020. Fellows can be awarded transfer credit for Army PME and courses completed that have not contributed to a Master’s Degree, at the discretion of GWU.

The Capitol Hill experience. In January 2020, fellows begin their assignment on Capitol Hill by serving on the staff of a Member of Congress or on a congressional committee. Fellows are typically given responsibility for drafting legislation, preparing and staffing the Member for congressional hearings, writing speeches, drafting floor statements, handling defense-related constituent issues, and briefing Members of Congress prior to committee deliberations and floor debate. The Capitol Hill experience ends in December 2020.

Application Process

Application packages will be forwarded through command channels respective Army Commands (ACOM), Army Service Component Commands (ASCC), Direct Reporting Units (DRU), or the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (OAASA), Civilian Personnel Director. The nomination suspense dates in this announcement are HQDA suspense dates. Please check with your local/command training manager for Army Command suspense dates so your application meets all local/command suspense deadline(s). Application packets received from individuals who do not meet ALL eligibility requirements by the designated HQDA suspense date will be returned without action. Complete application packages must be sent through command channels for forwarding to G37/TRV. Commands may send packets via regular mail or FedEx to the following address:

Headquarters Department of the Army
G-37 Training Directorate
Civilian Training and Leader Dev Division
450 Army Pentagon
Room 2D639
Washington, D.C. 20310-0450

* Applications will not be accepted directly from the candidate.

Selection and Notification

COMMANDS ARE LIMITED TO TWO NOMINATIONS. Applicant packages are evaluated at each level of the submission process - supervisor, command headquarters, and HQDA AFCP Selection Board. Applicants should indicate qualifications to include: demonstrated flexibility in work habits; ability to work in an unstructured environment; ability to work independently with minimum supervision, direction or assistance; and, an interest in legislative procedures, practices and techniques. Civilians selected to participate in this program will incur a service obligation of not less than three times the length of training. DAMO-TRV will notify ACOMs/ASSC/DRU/OAASA of selection results.

Deferment Procedures

Office of Chief Liaison (OCLL) does not grant deferments.


Tuition cost of approximately $25,000, travel and per diem, and two (2) Congressional TDYs is centrally funded.

Point of Contact

Army Civilians, send email inquiries to:

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