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Army Career Program 16 (CP-16)


Army Civilian Training, Education & Development Systems (ACTEDS) funds are used to professionally develop the Army CP-16 workforce. Using ACTEDS funds, Army CP-16 Competitive Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are available for non-intern careerists from journey level to senior level positions. Opportunities include: Short-Term Training (STT); Long-Term Training (LTT); Developmental Assignments and Academic Degree Training (ADT).

NOTE: Approval of training each fiscal year (FY) takes place as soon as funds are allocated from Army. It is recommended that training applications be submitted at least 3 months before the scheduled training date (for example: apply for December training in September) except for Academic Degree Training (ADT) covered in more detail below.

Competitive Professional Development (CPD) Information and Criteria: CPD priorities change annually in support of command missions, emerging competency gaps, and strategic priorities. It is recommended to review the ACTEDS catalog and plan regularly to stay current on funding priorities. Army CP-16 Careerists who have career status, in permanent competitive appointment and meet training announcement criteria are eligible to apply. Interns are not eligible for ACTEDS funded CPD training.

  • Careerists must plan ahead for training attendance so that the training application and the SF182 are approved in GoArmyEd (GAE) at least 20 working days in advance of the training start date. Note: We highly recommend submitting applications 3 months in advance.
  • All opportunities are competitive and applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a Department of Army (DA) civilian at the time of application (regardless of the training start date)
  • Army CP-16 funded CPD applications must go through GAE and requested training should be entered on the careerists' Individual Development Plan (IDP) in Army Career Tracker (ACT)
  • Group training requests must be coordinated in advance of GAE submission with a Career Manager at the Army CP-16 Program Management Office (PMO)
  • ACTEDS funds may pay for training leading to certification or licensure, but cannot be used to pay for the actual certification or licensure. Training that results in certification or licensure is allowed
  • Employees selected for full-time, continuous training in government facilities in excess of 120 calendar days or non-government facilities in excess of 80 hours must agree in writing to continue in DA or DoD service for a period equal to at least three (3) times the length of the training program or course (e.g., if the approved training is 10 months, the employee is obligated to continue in DA or DoD service for 30 months upon completion of training). Continuous service time cannot begin until the completion of training
  • Salary and benefits are the responsibility of the careerist’s command and not funded by Army CP-16
  • Army CP-16 will not pay for rental cars, travel in/around the TDY site or local mileage
  • Each applicant should become familiar with Training and TDY approval budget guidelines from the Army CP-16 community page. Books, materials and supplies will not be reimbursed to the careerists. It is highly recommended to seek other funding for this expense to include, but not limited to Command funding or personal expense without reimbursement
  • If an employee attends a training event prior to receiving official approval on an SF 182, to include fund citation, he/she will be responsible for all associated training costs
  • An Army Civilian may take up to twelve (12) credit hours at a college or university before he/she is required to submit an ADT packet and acquire approval if the intent is to complete an academic degree (AR 350-1, 3-94, l, Page 103. Students will be required to self-certify to the credit hours completed.
Short Term Training

Short Term Training (STT): Training of 120 calendar days or less is considered short-term training. This includes technical and non-technical training based on the need of individual employees and supervisors.

Long Term Training

Long Term Training (LTT): Long-term training is training in which an employee is assigned on a continuous, full-time basis for more than 120 calendar days. The assignment may be at government or non-government facilities and may include both formal training programs and strategically planned career assignments. LTT enables employees to stay abreast of changes and innovations in their occupational fields, learn new skills, or develop/improve abilities needed in current positions and meet emerging Army requirements. Each approved course, even those taken within the same semester, must be approved in advance on a separate SF 182.

Developmental Assignments

Developmental Assignments: Developmental Assignments provide careerists with a competency-based approach for developing and/or broadening careerist competencies; to include operational techniques that provide a global and enterprise approach for positions of significantly higher responsibility. These assignments can be with Army, Joint Services and other DoD activities. Developmental Assignments may include lateral movement to positions where careerists gain additional technical, management and professional skills; knowledge; and abilities to enhance performance and effectiveness. Most Developmental Assignments will be 179 days or less and cannot cross Fiscal Years. Locations will vary. br>

Academic Degree Training (ADT)

Academic Degree Training (ADT): Academic Degree Training is training or education with the stated objective of obtaining an academic degree from a College, University, or other institution that is accredited by a regional, national, or international accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and listed in its Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. ADT must be part of a planned, systematic, and coordinated program of professional development endorsed by the Army that supports organizational objectives and results in measurable individual and/or organizational performance. The ADT program is administered as follows:

  • All ADT requests require Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA (M&RA)) approval regardless of funding source
  • Application packets must be sent to Army CP-16 PMO for review, and processing prior to submission in GAE. Incomplete application packets will be returned. Application packets must contain current forms as published in the ACTEDS Catalog ( ADT must be related to the performance of an employee's official duties in their current positions and target a known competency gap
  • The degree-granting institution must be accredited, to include full accreditation for the program of instruction or degree being sought
  • ADT participants must satisfactorily complete all courses of study. Undergraduate students must maintain a "C" average or better; graduate students must maintain a "B" average or better for all courses completed. Failure to do so may result in repayment to the government of all costs associated with the training course/program (i.e., tuition, fees, etc.)
  • Careerist must ensure their school submits grades in GAE within two weeks of grading. Failure to submit grades to the Army CP-16 PMO may lead to a “hold” being place on future applications within the GAE system and prevent approval of future classes
  • Maximum funding for an ADT is $75K
  • Employees selected for ADT must agree in writing to continue in HQDA or DoD service for a period equal to at least three (3) times the length of the training program or course
  • Expenses associated with granting course credit for life experience, school/university acceptance application, and graduation application/conferment fees must be funded by the employee
  • Attendance should be to a College/University within the applicant's commuting area. Army CP-16 will not fund mileage for local programs
  • Training must develop careerist competencies and/or support a competency gap closure strategy
  • Careerists must submit their last three (3) most current performance appraisals
  • Careerists must submit documentation of the highest level of Continuing Education System (CES) course (Foundation/Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Course) completed or equivalency document from the Army Management Staff College (AMSC)
  • Careerists must submit a current resume. The resume must list all ACTEDS and government funded training completed by the careerist

ADT Suspense Dates

For planning purposes the estimated time to process and obtain ASA (M&RA) approval of ADT applications/packets is 180 days. Careerists should plan accordingly and submit their completed packets to their Supervisor no later than 180 days prior to the start of class.

Selection of Trainees/Career Factors: Selection of careerists for training will be made without regard to political preference, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Applicants will be rated against some or all of the following factors:

  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • How well training targets a competency gap
  • Prior Army CP-16 funded training or ADT
  • Program cost
  • Proximity of training to home workstation
  • Leader endorsement
  • Supervisor's Assessment of Need for Training
  • Post Utilization Plan
  • Functional (ACPM) Assessment of Need
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Employee's Motivation for Attendance
  • Relevance of Training Program to the Army mission or Career Program
  • Completion of the appropriate Civilian Education System (CES) courses or equivalency
  • Supervisor Development Course (SDC) completion
  • Acquisition Certification (if applicable) - All applicants serving in positions requiring Acquisition Certification (regardless of acquisition classification), must provide a current copy of their Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB) and proof of certification at required level for current position
  • Additional helpful hints for submitting an ADT are posted to the Army CP-16 Army Career Tracker Community Page ____________

Army Career Tracker (ACT): ACTEDS funded training requests should be in the careerists' ACT IDP. ACT was created to change the way training, education, and experiential learning support is provided to Army civilians and their leaders/supervisors. Users can search multiple education and training resources, monitor career development, and receive advice from their leadership. All careerists must ensure their immediate supervisor is identified in ACT before applying for CPD training in GAE. More information on ACT can be found on the website (Please remember to login using your CAC to access the website.) Additionally, ACT allows the careerist to:

  • Identify training activities and requirements based on tailored Career Program Maps
  • Track individual progress of IDP goals
  • View skill and competency career progression across multiple career maps
  • Search multiple training catalogs and educational resources
  • ACT also includes Supervisor and CPM dashboard functionality
  • An unofficial "lifelong learning transcript" that represents the accumulation of all assignments, training, and education accomplishments by careerist
  • You may find the current FY Budget Guidance for Army Career Programs

GoArmyEd: Army Civilians will use GAE ( ) to process ACTEDS training applications and SF 182 Authorizations. More information on GAE can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development (CTLD) website:

Other Professional Development Opportunities not funded by Army CP-16:

The Civilian Education System (CES) and Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program

Civilian Education System (CES): The Civilian Education System (CES) is the foundation of the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. CES is centrally funded by HQDA G-37/Training Directorate for most permanent Army Civilians, including but not limited to general schedule (GS), non-appropriated fund (NAF), local national (LN), and wage grade (WG) careerists employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Careerists should include attendance at the CES course level which is required based on careerists grade level.

Careerists are eligible to attend the CES course that is targeted at their grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees are eligible to attend the CES Basic Course; GS-10 through GS-12 employees are eligible to attend the CES Intermediate Course; and GS-13 through GS-15 employees are eligible to attend the CES Advanced Course.

NOTE: All Army Civilians who were hired after 30 September 2006 are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in any other CES courses.

More information on CES courses, as well as instructions on how to enroll can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website at:

Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) Program: The Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program is the means by which the Army prepares senior Army Civilians to assume positions of greater responsibility across the department and is open to GS-14 and GS-15 (or equivalent) employees who wish to apply for participation. The SETM Program is comprised of the following modules: :

  • The Defense Senior Leader Development Program is a two-year program designed to develop the enterprise-wide perspective needed to lead organizations in the joint interagency and multinational environment. This includes attendance at another service's Senior Service College, leadership seminars and a follow-on developmental assignment.
  • SETM-Temporary Duty is a short-term developmental assignment program for GS-14 to GS-15 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< Resident is open to applicants in grades GS-14/GS-15 (or equivalent) who compete for allocated seats at the US Army War College or the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. 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.
  • Senior Service College Distance Education is open to Army senior Civilians GS-14/15 (or equivalent) Participants remain on Command roles during this 24 month learning experience. Students will attend some seminars and workshops at the AWC. Graduates remain at Command not included in the graduate placement process. No mobility agreement required.
  • Enterprise Placement Program (EPP) Option 1 – Reassignment is open to Army senior Civilians GS-15 (or equivalent). Selection based on past performance/ demonstrated potential. Considered for placement into positions across the Army.
  • Enterprise Placement Program (EPP) Option 2 SES Detail is open to Army senior Civilians GS-15 (or equivalent). Temporarily detailed to a command/ organizational nominated SES position. Detail not to exceed one year.
  • Army Senior Civilian Fellowship (ASFC) is open to Army senior Civilians GS-14/15 (or equivalent). Part I - 12-month study that expands fellows’ understanding of how National Strategy is developed and the linkages and challenges faced by senior DoD and Army officials. Part II - 12-month fellowship may be offered by the Federal Government, corporations, foundations, funds or educational institutions. Phase III – Fellow will be placed into duty positions intended to leverage the competencies fostered where the Army most requires these enhanced capabilities.
For more information regarding the Senior Enterprise Talent Management (SETM) program please visit

Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) Program: Enterprise Talent Management program, similar to the Army's SETM program, is the means by which the Army prepares senior Army Civilians to assume positions of greater responsibility across the department. ETM program is open to GS-12/13 (or equivalent) employees who wish to apply for participation. The ETM Program is comprised of the following four modules:

  • Command and General Staff Officer College (CGSOC): is open to Army senior Civilians GS-13 (or equivalent). CGSOC is focused on expanding participants' knowledge of the operational and tactical Army and prepares the generating force for challenges of a complex environment.
  • Executive Leader Development Program (ELDP) DoD Level Program: is open to Army senior Civilians GS-12/13 (or equivalent). ELDP consists of a 10-month program of learning and training experiences requiring both mental and physical agility - requires continuity of service agreement and medical authorization.
  • Naval War College Intermediate Level Course College of Naval Command & Staff (CNC&S) Program is open to Army DACs GS-13/equivalent only.
  • Leadership Shadowing Experience: is open to senior Army Civilians GS-13 (or equivalent). This experience consists of a 20 working day structured leadership shadowing experience with: A GS-15/SES focusing on developing firsthand knowledge of what it takes to lead at senior levels in the Army.
  • Enterprise Talent Management - Temporary Duty (ETM – TDY): is open to Army Civilians GS-13 (or equivalent). ETM-TDY consists of a TDY assignment not to exceed 90 days focusing on broadening experience through participation on a special project or filling a different position to build enterprise level experience.

Point of Contact Army Career Program 16 Proponency Office
Phone: 256-450-8781

HQ, U.S. Army Material Command
Army Career Program 16 Proponency Office
4400 Martin Rd.
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000

More Information
  • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Employees requesting DA ACTEDS funds to obtain an academic degree (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" below.
  • Career Program ACTEDS Plans - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans. Individual plans may be found using the ACTEDS link below.
  • Course Checklist - Employees requesting ACTEDS funds for training-with-industry programs, developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" below.

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