The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Public Affairs And Communications Media (CP-22)

Public Affairs Qualification Course A Defense Information School nine week course designed to prepare civilian and military public affairs officers. It provides instruction and comprehension of the theory, concepts, policies and principles of Army public affairs operations. This course encompasses practical principles of interviewing, reporting, writing, and editing for each field of approach with focus on techniques of researching, analyzing, and writing news for different delivery methods of print, web, and broadcast. This course provides practice in interviewing, writing, editing and building research skills through the use of various media to include, archiving records as well as Internet research and builds analytical and retrieval skills. The course culminates in a three day final exercise in a simulated field environment requiring the student to apply skills from knowledge and proficiencies gained throughout the course in order to perform the basic duties of a military public affairs leader.

Content Management Course The graduate is prepared to perform the duties of an editor/content manager of all communication products. The course covers the application of the latest techniques and theory from military and civilian experts in layout and design, journalism, imagery, graphics and Internet-based capabilities. It provides experienced military communicators with advanced instruction in determining and refining content, designing attractive and functional products, coaching writers and photographers, making ethical decisions, and staff management. Students receive comprehensive training in adapting techniques through publication redesigns and critiques. This course will culminate in an improvement presentation.
Joint Intermediate PA Course The JIPAC course provides the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a public affairs practitioner at the operational level. Particular emphasis is on PA professionals who will be performing duties as part of a deployed Joint Task Force. The scope of this training includes classroom discussion, guest speakers, and field trips.
Joint Senior PA Course The Joint Senior Public Affairs Course provides a capstone experience for seasoned practitioners who will occupy senior Public Affairs jobs at the highest levels of military service. Using a blend of top-flight outside speakers, readings, written assignments and classroom discussion, this course will better prepare senior PAOs to become effective strategic communication counselors to combatant commanders, e.g., CJCS, Unified Commands, Service Chiefs, etc. This course will address the challenges faced by PAOs to rapidly gain approval for and release of sensitive information during a fast-breaking news situation before adversaries disseminate inaccurate and distorted messages and images. The graduate will have studied and practiced a wide variety of lifelike scenarios and exercises employing joint doctrine and simulating the joint operation planning and execution system.
Georgetown University - Strategic Communications Planning in a Social Media World Five day class at Georgetown University designed for public affairs professionals who need to plan strategic communications programs -- whether planning a low-budget, one-month awareness program targeted at a niche local audience or a broad, multi-year program targeted to influence the behavior of thousands. Participants will be taught a strategic communication planning process that has proven effective for many public affairs professionals and that has been revised and updated to effectively tap social media technologies. Using lecture and facilitated team work, Dr. David Lipscomb will work with participants to develop strategic communications plans, with a particular emphasis on social media.
Georgetown University - Congressional Operations Seminar This five-day course provides a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, and at how Congress affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the executive branch. Participants will also be given the opportunity to attend congressional committee hearings and/or observe floor action when Congress is in session.
Professional Development:
Developmental Assignments Training and developmental opportunities and broadening experiences of 90-120 days to learn and experience how public affairs planning and processes are conducted at the operational and strategic level. Developmental assignments may be conducted in Army, Joint and Interagency organizations and will focus on communications in support of the National Security Strategy. Various locations and start dates. Developmental assignment announcement will be announced throughout the year as they become available. (GS-12 and above are eligible.)
Training with Industry CP22 does not currently have a TWI program due to budget limitations.
Leader Development:
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) employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Employees should include attendance at the CES course for which they are eligible in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).

Employees 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 either of the 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

Executive Leadership Program The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides Department of Defense (DOD) and interagency personnel the opportunity to participate in an exceptional joint and enterprise-wide Civilian leadership training and development experience. The objective is to promote greater understanding of the overall Department of Defense mission and culture, provide hands-on leadership training that parallels selected military training and ensure cross-Component exposure. The program is offered annually, and provides a series of learning and training experiences that blend experiential and academic learning, with hands-on exercises focused on the role of the war fighter. Program activities are conducted both in the United States and overseas.
Defense Senior Leader Development Program DSLDP is the Department of Defense (DoD) program to develop senior civilian leaders to excel in the 21st Century joint, interagency, and multi-national environment. This program supports the government-wide effort to foster interagency cooperation and information sharing by providing opportunities to understand and experience, first-hand, the issues and challenges facing leaders across DoD and the broader national security arena. Designed to support one of the Department's top transformational priorities, DSLDP is the senior-level component of our overall leader development strategy. The program provides the means to develop a cadre of world-class senior civilian leaders with the Enterprise-wide Perspective and the critical skills needed to lead organizations and programs, and to achieve results in the national security environment today and well into the future.
Senior Service School SSC/PME is at the apex of the Army Civilian Education System (CES) and prepares civilians for positions of greatest responsibility in the Department of Army, including but not limited to Army Enterprise Positions. SSC/PME provides advanced level educational opportunities for those who have completed CES training through the Advanced Course or HQDA G-3/5/7 awarded CES Advanced Course Credit. Leaders who attend must have an understanding of complex policy and operational challenges and increased knowledge of the national security mission. For more information on eligibility and requirements,
Army Congressional Fellowship For 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. 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)
The Senior Leader Seminar The Senior Leader Seminar (SLS) is a one-week seminar that will enhance the education of select senior Army colonels (generally 23-26 years of service) and Department of the Army Civilians (GS-15 or equivalent level) who are either currently assigned to, or projected for assignment to, key positions as advisors and staff officers for general officers and senior civilian leaders. The SLS course offers an experience that is both broadening and educational. It is coordinated and centrally managed by the Center for Strategic Leadership, United States Army War College (USAWC).
Federal Executive Institute
Leadership for a Democratic Society
A four-week program covering personal leadership in government, transforming public organizations, policy in a constitutional system, global perspectives and public action. To develop career executive competencies, linking individual development to improved agency performance. Army Civilian managers at SES or GS-15 or pay-band equivalent levels ONLY will be accepted into the LDS program.
Harvard University Program For Senior Executive Fellows Army Civilian Managers at the GS-14/15 (or equivalent pay band) levels. This course is directed primarily to promising upper-level managers who have advanced rapidly into senior positions and are now required to focus on "the larger picture" of the organization. Candidates for the Senior Executive Service are strongly desired. The purpose is to build executive skills in political and public management, negotiation, human resource management, policy-making, organizational strategy, communication, ethics and leadership. Participants are expected to contribute their professional expertise to complement the program's learning experience, and are selected to reflect a broad cross-section of functional and operational responsibilities. The program is a unique opportunity to gain perspectives on public policy and management, to strengthen managerial skills and acquire insights into managerial practice, and to interact across agency and executive-legislative branch boundaries.
Senior Managers Course (SMC) In National Security This two-week course is targeted to personnel assigned to designated National Security Professional positions at GS-14/15 or equivalent levels. It is held in Washington, DC, and includes site visits and briefings from policy-makers. The course systematically examines the forces that influence U.S. defense decision-making: the interagency process, the wider policy community, and threats in the international arena. It also focuses on developing three critical areas:
  • Defense Management Skills: through a range of specially developed sessions in the analytical tools and techniques of policy analysis.
  • Foundational Knowledge: through instruction, active learning, policy briefings, and table-top exercises focused on the defense environment.
  • Understanding of Key Issues: through instruction, policy briefings, and site visits.
Participants will fully utilize Washington, DC, with site visits and briefings by policy makers. A central case study will be used to improve management skills and prepare participants for the culmination of the course, a one-day simulation exercise, which requires successfully utilizing the substantive expertise and analytical skills developed during the course.
Academic Degree Training: GS-1035 employees in grade GS-11 and above may apply for part-time (off duty) college assistance. Courses must pertain to mass communication, public affairs, or strategic communication. To apply for Academic Degree Training, please follow all processes and procedures in the ADT Link:
Submit requests through your command/PAO chain of command to the DSCA at OCPA with a courtesy copy to your command Career Program Manager.
Administrative Notes: Training and development applications, except for Advanced Degree Training, should be completed using the attached checklist (link below). Please use the ADT checklist for Advanced Degree Training packets. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submissions should be sent to the DSCA. Participants may be required to sign a Continued Service Agreement and complete an obligated service period of not less than three times the length of the program.
Point of Contact for CP-22 Training & Development: Bobbie Galford
Deputy, Senior Civilian Advisor
Room 1D445, Pentagon
Washington, DC, 20310-1500

        Phone: 703-697-4269
        Fax: 703-697-2792
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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