The ACTEDS Training Catalog


Analysis, Modeling and Simulation (CP-36)

General

Career Program (CP) 36 supports the education and training needs of Operations Research Systems Analysts (ORSA) and Modeling and Simulation (M&S) careerists. CP36 Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) training opportunities will help enable Analysis, Modeling & Simulation (AM&S) professionals to become proficient in essential CP36 competencies. This ACTEDS catalog along with the CP-36 ACTEDS Plan will enable CP36 to provide the requisite education, training, and development for Analysis, Modeling and Simulation professionals. A comprehensive view of CP-36 is available on the AM&S web site at
http://www.ms.army.mil/sp-div/.

Career Field And Grade Requirements

All CP-36 professionals with three years of service as an Army Civilian are eligible to apply for ACTEDS training based on the target career phase of each training event. CP-36 Interns are exempt from the 3 years of service requirement.

Scope Of Programs

The CP-36 Competitive Professional Development Program (CPD) supports professional training, education, and career development to mold future-oriented, multi-functional, multi-disciplined specialists in analysis, modeling and simulation. CP-36 CPD programs encompass several types of training:

  • Short-Term Training
  • Long-Term training
  • University Training Programs
  • Developmental Assignments
  • Civilian Education System (CES)
Cost Sharing of Non-Government Training

Funding for each type of training is determined on a fiscal year basis. While in training, the applicant's command/activity/laboratory will continue paying all costs for salary and personal benefits. Commands will not be reimbursed for salaries and personal benefits for training participants. Costs for authorized travel, per diem, tuition, and books will be covered by available ACTEDS resources, and in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR).
The Career Program cannot pay for rental cars nor "in and around" travel. It is the careerists' responsibility to request their command's line-of-accounting if a rental car or "in and around" costs are needed.

Tools to Request Training

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a new Army web portal created to change the way training, education and experiential learning support is provided to Army enlisted, officer, civilian, and their leaders and supervisors. Users can search multiple education and training resources, monitor career development and receive advice from their leadership. To access the system, you will use your AKO credentials to through your Commom Access Card (CAC) at: https://actnow.army.mil. Once you access ACT every User is required to identify their First Line Supervisor. http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Army-Career-Tracker.aspx

Additional information on ACT can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil.

GoArmyEd: Army Civilians will use GoArmyEd (https://www.goarmyed.com) to process online training applications and SF 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training requests for G-3/5/7 centrally and command-funded training and professional development opportunities. To access GoArmyEd, go to https://www.goarmyed.com and select the "Student" radio button in the Create/Activate GoArmyEd Account then select the Create/Activate Account" button. After creating an account you will have the ability to apply for training.

Schools and vendors must have an account in GoArmyEd. Schools and vendors with existing GoArmyEd accounts to manage Army Tuition Assistance-funded enrollments will use their same accounts to manage Army Civilian-funded enrollments.

Additional information on GoArmyEd can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development (CTLD) website: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/goarmyed/Pages/default.aspx

Short-Term Training (STT)

Operations Research Systems Analysis Military Applications Course (ORSAMAC)

ORSAMAC is a fourteen week resident program, held at the Army Logistics University (ALU), Ft. Lee, Virginia. The target audience for this course is Military Officers in the grade of Captain or Major and has been designated to receive the FA49 identifier. Civilians should be serving in the GS-1515 series as Operations Research Analysis in the grades of GS-7 through GS-12. ORSAMAC is taught at ALU six times per year. The ORSAMAC course includes a comprehensive block of instruction in probability and statistics, as well as a review of calculus. In addition, there is an in-depth instruction in the use of computer software to conduct data analysis and spreadsheet modeling, including database structure and data retrieval. The classroom presentation will emphasize principles, demonstrate techniques of analysis, and illustrate typical applications of the analytical techniques. This course is recommended for all CP-36 ORSA Interns.

Target Career Phase: CP-36 ORSA Intern or in the early phase of an ORSA's career. Note: Civilians must have 3 years of service as a Department of the Army civilian. Interns are exempt from the 3 years of service requirement.

Application Procedures: CP-36 is responsible for allocating the quotas and centrally registering DA civilian ORSAs in the Army Training Requirements & Resources System (ATTRS) for ORSAMAC classes. During late summer or early fall, CP-36 will ask commands to identify their requirements for ORSAMAC. Commands will be required to submit names, social security numbers, and preferred class dates. Commands should also identify alternates that can be substituted if their primary needs to cancel out of the class. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.simops@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability.

Command/Elements that know in advance that they will not use their apportioned allocations are directed to notify CP36 so that other CP36 standbys can be substituted. If there are no other CP36 standbys for the course, CP36 will contact the DA civilian Quota Source Agency before the reservation suspense date for each class so that unused quota spaces can be offered to other Command/Elements in need of them. That way, students can be registered through the centralized process before the ATTRS registration process opens Army-wide for unrestricted registration.

Simulation Operations Course (SOC)

SOC is an eight-week course designed to educate military and civilian M&S careerists in the fundamentals of military models and simulation. The course is only offered in the complete eight-week module. The course provides individuals with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities, practices, procedures, and concepts necessary to integrate battle command, models and simulations into the operational environment. The curriculum emphasizes the following topics:

  • Battle Command Officer roles and responsibilities
  • Knowledge of battle command, modeling and simulation
  • Applying battle command activities, models and simulations to a operational environment
  • Creating and modifying models and simulations
  • Integrating models and simulations with unit training programs and battle command systems
  • The Simulation Operations Course will enable students to:

    1. Provide expert advice on Army model and simulation systems to the training and operational communities, focusing on the integration of simulations into training for mission requirements.
    2. Provide expertise in planning, preparing, supervising, and executing events, experiments, and exercises supported by models and simulations.
    3. Provide expertise in managing, developing, fielding, and maintaining models and simulations.
    4. Participate in the development, equipping, and maintenance of simulation product repositories and interoperability standards development.

    Target Career Phase: This course is required for CP-36 Interns that are striving to be Modeling and Simulation careerists. Grade levels with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of Army civilian. Interns are exempt from the 3 years of service requirement.

    Location: Ft Belvoir, VA

    Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.cp-36@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

    Mailing address:

    Army Modeling & Simulation School
    5801 Hurley Road
    Building 805
    Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Simulation Professional Course (SPC)

Simulation Professional Course (SPC) is required for all CP-36 Interns. This 2-week resident course provides individuals with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities, practices, procedures, and concepts necessary to integrate models and simulations into the organizational environment. The curriculum emphasizes the following topics: fundamental knowledge of modeling and simulation; technical aspects of simulation; program management; employing simulations; cross domains issues (ACR/RDA/TEMO); and application of simulations within the M&S functional communities.

The course will enable students to:

  • Understand model & simulation concepts, and have the ability to discuss applications within a specific modeling and simulation environment.
  • Understand the similarities and differences among the Army modeling and simulation domains and communities.
  • Understand interoperability & architecture issues within the modeling and simulation environment.
  • Understand organizations involved in the process of managing and implementing models and simulation.

Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA.

Target Career Phase: Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation professionals (military and civilian) and DA Interns.

Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.simops@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

The Advanced Simulation Course

The Advanced Simulation Course (ASC), is a two-week, Senior Leadership Course for LTC/COL level FA 57 and senior civilians in the Modeling and Simulation Community. The focus is to provide a non-technical perspective of the significant M&S issues. This course combines relevant reading assignments and formal presentations by faculty SMEs, who will lead in-class discussion, group exercises, and an examination of relevant case studies.

The Advanced Simulation Course will:

  1. Equip students to manage M&S activities at DRU, ACOM, and PEO Level.
  2. Familiarize students with management concerns regarding M&S activities throughout the Acquisition Life Cycle, including the progression of different modeling and simulation applications in use during each phase.

Content will address Battle Command, JCIDS, M&S Acquisition Management, M&S activities in RDA, ACR and TEMO M&S domains, Life Cycle Management of M&S (to include resource management and contracting), Knowledge Management at the Corps, ACOM, and DRU Levels, Resource Management for M&S, Program Sustainment, Project Management, Industry M&S Activities, M&S Emerging Technologies and Capabilities, and the use of simulation in Test and Evaluation.

Target Career Phase: Civilians: GS14 and above or equivalent, and those individuals selected by the Functional Chief Representative, with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of Army Civilian GS13 can attend as an exception to policy (based upon assignment and level of responsibilities) which is approved by the CP-36 FCR.

Location: Fort Belvoir, VA

Simulations Operations Right Seat Ride (SORSR)

The SORSR is a one-week course which offers FA 57 officers, NCOs and Government civilians who work in Modeling and Simulation the valuable experience of observing units participating in NTC rotations. The intent of the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to spend approximately five to seven days of a NTC rotation experiencing a live training operation that prepares units for real world deployments.

During your time at the NTC your activities will include but are not limited to:

  • Vulture Team Briefing
  • Sim/Stim Room Briefing
  • BUB (Battle Update Brief)
  • NTC Command Brief
  • Visit out into the box to see live training (Optional)

Course Dates: Variable (7-9 days); Course dates are determined by training dates established at the NTC. The Right-Seat-Ride POC coordinates scheduling for this training opportunity.

Location: Fort Irwin, CA

Target Career Phase: All Grade Levels with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of the Army Civilian

Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.simops@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

Various other short-term Analysis, Modeling and Simulation (AM&S) training opportunities

Various other short-term Analysis, Modeling and Simulation (AM&S) training opportunities are available via private vendors and universities.

Course Dates: Course dates vary by training vendor.

Training vendors may include but are not limited to the following: Georgia Tech; University of Alabama; University of Arizona; University of Central Florida; Old Dominion University; George Mason University; Distributed Simulation Institute; National Training and Simulation Association; Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization; Teledyne Brown Engineering; Knowledge Management Institute

Location: Alexandria, VA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Huntsville, AL; Baltimore, MD; Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; Norfolk, VA; Washington, DC

Target Career Phase: All Levels with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of the Army Civilian

Course Description: Each AM&S course taken represents a unique aspect of AM&S.

Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.cp-36@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

Certificate Programs

Modeling and Simulation Certificate Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville

Description: Courses may be taken individually, without completing the entire certificate program. Students who wish to earn the Certificate for either of these programs are required to complete core courses and required elective(s). All students will be awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the successful completion of each course, and those students who successfully complete the program will be presented with a Modeling and Simulation Certificate of completion. Online courses are available for this certificate program. Registration information and admissions deadlines can be obtained at the university website. See ACTEDS CP-36 Plan, Annex A, for detailed descriptions. \

Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.cp-36@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

Modeling and Simulation Certificate Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville
http://www.pcs.uah.edu/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10015

System Engineering Certificate Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville
http://www.pcs.uah.edu/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10019

Test and Evaluation Certification Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville
http://www.pcs.uah.edu/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10020

Course Dates: Varies by course

Location: Huntsville, AL; Resident or Distance Learning

Target Career Phase: All grade levels with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of the Army Civilian

University

University Training

Description: Colleges and universities provide a source of education to ensure the currency of technological, theoretical and management knowledge and skills for the Analysis, Modeling & Simulation (AM&S) Workforce. University training will develop the employee's job competence or support a future career assignment. In addition to graduate level programs in technical areas, this may include courses or programs designed to enhance the managerial and leadership skills of experienced professionals.
CP-36 supports funding for three types of university training for the AM&S workforce:

  • Individual coursework at an accredited college/university
  • Part-time studies in a degree program at an accredited college/university
  • Full-time studies in a degree program at an accredited college/university

Programs of Study: Coursework or degree programs must be job related and can be taken at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level. Priority for university training will be determined by the relationship of the course or program to the careerist's current or future work assignment as evaluated through the employee's application package. Careerists may also apply for individual courses in the recommended degree programs or at local colleges/universities.

Location of University Training: Attendance should be to a college/university within the applicant's commuting area or available through a non-traditional mode of learning (including but not limited to online coursework or programs of study). University training outside the commuting area must be accompanied with strong supporting justification, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Participation in an educational curriculum not offered at a local university must be required by the position duties; and the post-utilization plan must address how the newly acquired skills, knowledge, and abilities will be beneficial to Army and how they will be used upon the employee's return to duty. If attendance at a college/university outside the local commuting area is approved, travel, per diem, books and tuition will be covered by ACTEDS resources, as available, and in accordance with the JTR. Local travel will not be reimbursed from ACTEDS resources when the trainee attends a local university.

Scheduling of University Training: University training will be taken during non-duty hours unless otherwise approved by the Supervisor. Graduate students are required to take a minimum of 9 semester hours for the training to be considered as full-time.

Authorized Expenses: Expenses are limited to books, tuition and lab fees except as noted above. While in training, the applicant's command/activity/laboratory will continue paying all costs for salary and personal benefits. Commands will not be reimbursed for salaries and personal benefits for training participants under any circumstances.

Academic Performance: Careerists are required to maintain a "B" average (graduate level courses). Failure to maintain this grade point average may result in removal from the course of study. Careerists shall be required to send a grade report after each semester/quarter to the CP-36 FCR. The Government's interests must be protected when an employee fails to complete training for which DA pays all or part of the training expenses. All applicants are required to submit a Continuation of Service Agreement. A continued service agreement (CSA) is an agreement an employee makes to continue to work for the Government for a pre-established length of time in exchange for Government sponsored training or education. The service obligation begins when the training is completed.

Application Procedures

Applying for Individual University Courses: CP-36 careerists may take college/university courses without enrolling in a degree-granting program of study. The individual course(s) will develop or enhance the employee's current competence and skills or will support a planned career assignment. Requests to attend individual college/university courses do not require approval by OASA (M&RA)

Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.cp-36@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

Academic Degree Training (ADT)

Applying for Part-Time or Full-Time University Training Programs: Applications to attend college/university programs of study require approval by OASA (M&RA). The approval processing period is roughly 2-3 months. Applications must be submitted through command channels and be received and approved by the CP-36 FCR. Applicants should submit their requests to the CP-36 FCR with at least a two-semester lead-time due to administrative processing and funds transfer.

Developmental Assignments
Developmental Assignments

Description: Developmental Assignments provide Analysis, Modeling & Simulation (AM&S) professionals the opportunity to gain a broad overview of the interrelationships between HQDA components and other DoD organizations. Assignments allow for lateral movement to positions where careerists gain additional technical, management, or professional skills, knowledge, and abilities to enhance performance and effectiveness. The work-based learning is then transferred to the careerist's home organization upon return to the permanent position. Positions vary from 30 to 90 days in duration. Longer assignments, not to exceed 6-12 months, will be considered if deemed integral to the developmental experience.

Location: Flexible, varies by opportunity

Target Career Phase: All Grade levels

Training With Industry
Training With Industry (TWI)

Description: Training programs must be uniquely designed and individually tailored to offer careerists direct private industry experience that should improve the effectiveness of the careerist in their working relationships with counterparts in private industry firms. The TWI participants will be accountable for the results achieved. The length of the assignment must be at least 120 days or greater but not more than one year. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the participant's Army Command and the company providing the training will be completed. This MOU should describe the work the trainee will perform and how the trainee will be evaluated. The MOU must also include a statement that salary and benefits are to be paid by the employee's government office with travel and per diem paid through ACTEDS funding. Careerists interested in applying for TWI must contact the CP-36 Proponency Office.

TWI must avoid the perception that the government is giving preferential treatment to a specific corporation. The industry with which the trainee participates may also require a non-disclosure agreement for any proprietary

Course Dates: Varies (4-6 months, not to exceed 12 months)

Location: Varies

Target Career Phase: All levels with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of the Army Civilian

Civilian Education System
Civilian Education System (CES) Leader Development Programs

The Civilian Education System (CES) is the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. CES provides the foundation and is the underpinning for all other leader education courses. 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 leader education 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 Army Management Staff College website at http://www.amsc.army.mil/

FCR Application Information

Suspense Dates and Resources

Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline.

  1. Travel and TDY funds are available for developmental assignments, TWI, and select short-term and long-term training.
  2. Travel and TDY funds are not available for university training except by approval of the CP-36 FCR.
  3. Rental cars are not authorized for any training or career developmental opportunities.


Selection Criteria

Training programs are open to all eligible CP-36 careerists based on target career phase. Participants are competitively selected to attend both short-term and long-term training opportunities, including University Training, Developmental Assignments and Training with Industry. Long-term training is, by definition, training that lasts for more than 120 days. The purpose of competitive training is to develop selected individuals for positions of increasing responsibility. All requested training must clearly benefit the mission and functions of the Army.
Employees are selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Potential for professional development
  2. Career goals
  3. Supervisor's recommendations/endorsements
  4. Post training utilization plan
  5. Job performance
  6. Army's requirements for core competencies
  7. Program cost


Application Guidelines

Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline. In addition, careerists must log into GoArmyEd to create an application. Once the application is approved through command channels the careerists must then complete a SF182 in the GoArmyEd system. You MUST have an approved SF182 prior to attending training. Refer to https://www.goarmyed.com. A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.cp-36@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

Completion of Training

CP-36 individuals awarded ACTEDS funds must provide completed copies of the SF182 grade reports or other evidence of successful completion of training for each funded course. Individuals will be responsible for maintaining records of all funds received for ACTEDS training.

Points of Contact

For information about CP-36 or any of the training opportunities in the ACTEDS Plan or Training Catalog, contact the CP-36 Proponent Division:

  1. Email: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.simops@mail.mil
  2. Phone Number: 703-805-0371/0139/0396/0132
  3. Fax: (703) 805-0190
  4. Postal Service:
    Army Simulation Proponent Division
    ATTN: Career Program 36
    5801 Hurley Road
    Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
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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