The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Army War College Distance Education Program (AWCDEP)

Modern DCPDS Course Code 12AWN
Length of Program 2 Years
Location On-line, with resident segments in Carlisle, PA.
The website is at
Degree Awarded Master of Strategic Studies

Funding See Funding under Administrative Procedures: Post Selection in Chapter 2.

Suspense Dates
Dates of Program

Susp. to HQDA *
HQDA Board Dates

Program Dates

AWCDEP 28 Jun 2013 30 Jul - 02 Aug 2014 May 2014 - Jun 2016

* Applicants must check with their servicing Human Resources Office and comply with local, intermediate and Command-equivalent suspense dates

Eligibility Requirements

DA civilian employees at GS-14/15 or equivalent grade levels 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 Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System (Title 10 USC 1590); and have a minimum of three years of consecutive service under one or more permanent appointments
See Chapter 2 Eligibility Requirements

Purpose To prepare selected military and civilian leaders to assume strategic responsibilities in military and national security organizations.


The AWCDEP objectives are to educate students about the employment of land power as part of a unified, joint, or multinational force in support of the national military strategy pursuant to a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies; to research operational and strategic issues; and to conduct outreach programs that benefit the USAWC, the US Army, and the Nation. The two-year non-resident program consists of a series of ten courses conducted in a distance-learning format and two resident courses completed at the end of the first and second years in the program. The curriculum centers on theory and application of strategy in the context of responsible command, national defense, and military art and science. The program of instruction is conducted at the graduate level and is rigorous. AWCDEP demands considerable dedication to study, conduct of critical analyses, and preparation of numerous papers on complex national security and defense issues. The course curriculum closely parallels the AWC Resident course and graduates are awarded the same diploma. AWCDEP participants meet course requirements through personal initiative and commitment, on their own time, except for the 22 resident academic days required at midcourse and end-of-course periods. The AWCDEP students' academic requirements are integrated with regular civilian professional requirements.

Application Process

Follow the guidelines listed here and in Chapter 2 of the ACTEDS catalog.

Applicants: The new Senior Enterprise Talent Management System (SETMS) will be used for all eligible Army Civilians to apply for academic year 2013 (AY13) Senior Service Colleges (SSC). Completed nominations in SETMS will generate an email to the first-line supervisor and general/flag officer or SES for nomination endorsement. Army Commands, Army Service Component Commands, Direct Reporting Units and/or separate organizations will be able to access their applications and conduct their boards using SETMS. Functional reviews conducted by the Army career programs will be automated in SETMS as well. The window of opportunity to submit applications will vary based upon internal command suspense. Please check with your Command civilian training POC for your suspense date. The HQDA suspense to all commands is 29 June 2012. To access the SETM system, please log into:

The "Command endorsement" Memo will be submitted in the SETMS as part of the Command Board Process. The command forwards those best qualified candidates to SAMR-SES, CSLDD. It must:

  • Include an order-of-merit list (OML) of nominees within the body of the endorsement or as an enclosure.
  • If the Command/equivalent organization has only one nominee, the endorsement must include a statement that the nominee is "one of one."
  • Include the name, email address and telephone number of the Command/equivalent POC.

The Command will determine what method(s) are appropriate to generate an OML. Submit nomination packages of best qualified candidates to CSLDO via command endorsement in SETMS. Command endorsement must be completed in SETMS in time to reach SAMR-SES, CSLDD by the suspense date.

Selection and Notification

A Senior Enterprise Talent Management Board will be convened to select the best qualified candidates from among those nominated Army-wide.

The board will make selection recommendations based upon its assessment of the potential and the qualifications of each nominee for continued outstanding service to the Army; the level and degree to which the nominee possesses the knowledge and abilities required of the program; the appropriateness of the training to the nominee's occupation; the nominee's career aspirations, goals and suitability for attendance; and the overall benefit to the nominee and the Army as reflected in the official record before the board. The board will be provided all documents that are submitted IAW the SSC Checklist with the exception of the Race and National Origin Form.

ASA (M&RA) announces the tentative (before AWC has accepted the students) and final results (post-AWC acceptance) of the Senior Enterprise Talent Management Board to Command Human Resource Directors (HRD). Command HRDs will notify applicants, their supervisors and commanders of their status. Principal selectees will receive a welcome packet directly from AWCDEP.

Declination Procedures IAW AR 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development, a selectee who declines a quota will be removed from any future consideration for PME. The SAMR-SES, CSLDD POC will be notified telephonically if a declination is necessary so that an alternate can be elevated to the vacant slot, if possible. The declination must be followed up in writing by memorandum through chain-of-command to the address provided above, with copy furnished to G357/ The telephone numbers are 703-695-4834 (DSN 225) or 703-692-3318 (DSN 222).