Training & Leader Development

Analysis, Modeling and Simulation (CP-36)


The Analysis, Modeling and Simulation Career Program (CP-36) provides funding for individuals who develop, use, manage and/or integrate models and simulations throughout the Army. Careerists can select education, training and/or professional development opportunities that are described within the CP-36 Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) plan. The intent of the training opportunities is to focus on growing a technically proficient and capable workforce. A comprehensive view of CP-36 is available on the AM&S web site at:

Eligibility Requirements

All opportunities are competitive and all applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a Department of the Army (DA) civilian at the time of application.

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)

Funding for training is determined on a fiscal year basis. Costs for authorized travel, per diem, tuition, and books will be covered by available ACTEDS resources subject to availability of funds. Salary and personal benefits are the responsibility of the command and cannot be funded by CP-36. CP-36 is unable to authorize ACTEDS funds for rental cars, travel in/around the Temporary Duty (TDY) site, or local mileage. Additionally, CP-36 does not fund travel associated with University or College courses or Academic Degree Training (ADT). It is the careerists' responsibility to request their command's line-of-accounting if a rental car or "in and around" costs are needed.

Army Career Tracker

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is an Army web portal created to change the way training, education and experiential learning support is provided to Army military, civilians, 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, use your Army Knowledge Online (AKO) credentials through your Common Access Card (CAC) at: Once access is granted identify your First Line Supervisor in the system. Additionally, ACT will allow the user to:

  • Track individual progress of Individualized Development Plan (IDP) goals.
  • View multiple skill and competency career progressions across multiple career maps.
  • Search multiple training catalogs and educational resources.


GoArmyEd (GAE) is the official gateway for all Army Civilians to request centrally funded education, training and professional development opportunities.

Army Civilians will use to process training applications and SF 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training requests.

Careerists, supervisors and vendors must have a GAE account. To access GAE, go to and create your account. After creating an account careerists will have the ability to apply for training, supervisors will be able to approve training and vendors will be able to submit invoices and grades.

Note: Schools and vendors must have an account in GAE.

Additional information on GAE can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development (CTLD) website:

Application Process

Application Procedures: Careerists interested in applying for training must request approval for funding prior to creating a training application in GoArmyEd (GAE). Training requirements are submitted during the annual CP-36 training solicitation window, occurring in the June-July timeframe. For training requirements identified outside of this timeframe, submit training requirement(s) via email, to the CP-36 Team at least 60 days prior to the training start date. Careerists will only create training applications in GAE when notified by the CP-36 team that funds are available for their training events. After the training application is approved, the SF182 is created and will flow through the system for approval at all levels; final approval occurs at HQDA/G3/5/7. Forms must be created in GAE to meet the 20-business day timeline for approval, as outlined in the CP-36 guidance sent to all careerists, who are approved for training. All careerists, supervisors and vendors must have an account in GAE in order to use the system. The GAE website is . After creating an account careerists will have the ability to apply for training, supervisors will be able to approve training, and vendors will be able to invoice for payment of tuition. If travel is required to attend training, a travel authorization, DD1610, must be created in the Defense Travel System (DTS).

Send an email to: to obtain application procedures and/or course availability.

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 FA-49 identifier. Civilians should be serving in the GS-1515 series as Operations Research Analysis (ORSA) 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 Interns are exempt from the 3 years of service requirement. Army ORSA Civilians in the early phases of their careers are eligible to apply for this training; waivers are not issued for this requirement

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 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 CP-36 so that other CP-36 standbys can be substituted. . If there are no other CP-36 standbys for the course, CP-36 will contact the DA Civilian Quota Source Agency before the reservation suspense date for each class. The unused quota spaces can be offered to other Command/Elements in need of them. 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 Modeling and Simulation (M&S)careerists in the fundamentals of military models and simulation. 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 an 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 highly recommended for CP-36 personnel that are striving for a better understanding of Modeling and Simulation. Careerists primarily serving in Training, Exercises, and Military Operations areas in CP-36 Modeling & Simulation, with at least 3 years of service as a Department of Army civilian may apply; waivers are not issued for this requirement.

Location: Ft Belvoir, VA

Simulation Professional Course (SPC)

SPC is required for all CP-36 Interns. This two 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.

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 National Training Centers (NTC) rotations. The intent of the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to spend approximately five to nine 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 (5-9 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

Various Short Term Training (STT) Courses

Various Short Term Training Courses.

Course Dates: Course dates vary by training vendor.

Vendors Locations
Brown University (Engineering) Providence, RI
Distributed Simulation Institute  
George Mason University Fairfax, VA
Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA
Knowledge Management Institute Vienna, VA
National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)  
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO)  
University of Alabama Huntsville, AL
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

Target Career Phase: All CP36 professionals with 3 years of service as a Department of the Army Civilian

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

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 A DD1610 must be prepared in the Defense Travel System (DTS) if travel is required to the training site. Send an email to to obtain application procedures and/or course availability

Modeling and Simulation Certificate Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville

System Engineering Certificate Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville

Test and Evaluation Certification Program - University of Alabama in Huntsville

Course Dates: Varies by course

Location: Huntsville, AL; Resident or Distance Learning

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


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.

University Training

Description: University training is limited to job related courses that do not lead to a degree. University training is limited to 12 credit hours before you are required to be enrolled in an Academic Degree Training (ADT) program. Individual coursework must be from an accredited college/university.

Academic Degree Training (ADT)

Description: 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 Army that supports organizational objectives and results are measurable in terms of individual and/or organizational performance.

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. The 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.

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 lengthy. 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 3 months lead-time due to the administrative processing.

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

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

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

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:
  2. Phone Number: 703-805-0136/0371/0139/0396/0132
  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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