Training opportunities are designed to provide a progressive competency growth in developing CP53 personnel, both professionally and technically. In addition, training opportunities will be lined to competency gap closure strategies. Programs identified in this document align with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Army Human Capital Strategic Plans and are substantiated in our ACTEDS Plans.
CP53 funded training is open to all CP53 employees, regardless of grade, assigned to permanent positions, with 3 or more years of service, unless otherwise stated. All opportunities are competitive and selections will be determined by the CP53 Career Program Planning Board.
Identification of Requirements
Requirements for all ACTEDS resources will be submitted annually to the CP53 Functional POC, when requested by suspense action. Requirements will be routed through chain-of-command to Medial Commands for review, consolidation, and prioritization. Requirements will be submitted to the CP53 POC and subsequent submission to HQDA G-3/5/7 TRV.
Funding Competitive Selection Considerations
Selection of employees 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 the following factors:
All training requested must be identified in employee's Individual Development Plan (IDP), in Army Career Tracker (ACT). In addition, justification for training must indicate how the training closes existing competency gaps.
- Prior participation and/or advanced degrees
- Program cost/length
- Proximity of training to home workstation
- Medical Treatment Facility (MTF)/Activity Endorsement
- Supervisor's Assessment of Need for Training
- Post Training Utilization Plan
- Functional (Career Program Manager) Assessment of Need
- Performance Appraisals and Awards
- Employee's Motivation for Attendance
- Relevance of Training Program to Mission of the Army Medical Department
All applicants must provide proof of completion of the appropriate level Civilian Education System (CES) course for their position. Certificates from non-CES leadership development programs will not be acceptable unless accompanied by certification of equivalency from CES.
Commands will not be reimbursed for salaries and personal benefits for training participants or costs incurred through temporary backfill of the vacated position.
ACTEDS funding is provided IAW ACTEDS Funding Strategy and funds are always subject to availability, set forth by HQDA, G-3/5/7.
For application or program information contact the CP53 POCs listed at the end of this section.
Short-Term Training (STT)
Developmental Assignments |
Training of 120 Calendar Days or Less
Short-term training courses provide CP53 employees with a competency-based approach for developing or broadening individual functional, leader, and core competencies. Short-term training will be supported when the training is in keeping with ACTEDS identified training needs and/or has significant benefit to the individual and the organization.
A developmental assignment, such as training with industry (TWI) assignment, usually refers to a work assignment for a specified period of time (usually one year or less) designed to allow the employee to gain competencies required to become qualified to compete for higher level positions. Important competencies often cannot be obtained in the employee's current work location or assignment. This makes it imperative that developmental assignments be available to provide maximum potential for career progression. Assignments may be to a different function, command, geographic location, organizational level (operations, MACOM staff, HQDA), or outside Army. Extensive TDY may be required. These assignments should be designed to:
- Blend with formal training courses and other experiences to form a logical, sequential, and progressive development plan.
- Enhance staffing flexibility by strengthening the experience of employees to prepare them for higher responsibilities,
- Increase the competence of high potential personnel to prepare them for managerial or executive responsibilities.
Developmental assignments can be effected in several ways. The specific circumstances of each case will dictate the best choice, and the supervisor should be consulted for a recommendation. The various possibilities are:
Detail - A temporary assignment to a different position or set of duties for a specified period, with the employee returning to his or her regular duties at the end of the assignment. Experience gained during the detail is fully creditable toward meeting qualification requirements for future assignments and the employee need not meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standards for the position detailed. Details are made in increments of 120 days and generally cannot exceed 1 year.
Training guidelines are listed below:
- In order to maximize CP53 training funds, employees are highly encouraged to use local or online/distance learning training.
- Requests for training will be submitted through GoArmyEd
- Training Requests (SF 182s) must be input into GoArmyEd NLT 30 days prior to training start date.
- Training must be documented in the employee's IDP in Army Career Tracker
and approved by their supervisor.
- Attendance at conferences/workshops/symposiums requires formal conference approval IAW current OSD, Army, and MEDCOM procedures and additional processing time.
- The applicant must be accepted for the training, or be otherwise eligible to attend the course, prior to submission of the application.
- Employees who travel to, or attend, training prior to receiving a HQDA 3/5/7 TRV approval will be responsible for costs associated with the training.
- Additional information:
- Cash advances are not authorized. Employees must obtain a Government Credit Card (through their local activity) prior to travel.
- Rental cars are not authorized, however the employee's activity may choose to fund.
- If training must be cancelled, employee must immediately notify their supervisor, the vendor and the CP53 Proponent Office. Failure to coordinate cancellation of training with the CP53 POC may result in employee being held responsible for the vendor's cancellation fees.
Less than Full-Time Training
Less than full-time training (individual college/university courses) may be supported with CP53 funds when the training is particularly meritorious and timely with significant benefit to the individual and the organization. This opportunity for training is intended to broaden employees' experience, knowledge, and perspective in management and operational techniques and closes competency gaps. This training is primarily university training that is job-related that will not result in a degree.
Academic Degree Training (ADT)
Academic Degree Training is training or education with the stated objective or competency gap closure of obtaining an academic degree from a college, university, or other accredited institution. CP53 does not fund fulltime attendance in lieu of traditional work assignments.
ADT may be funded by HQDA or by individual Commands. All requests require Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) (ASA M&RA)) approval, regardless of the funding source. Listed below are the criteria to participate in ADT. Specific application instructions are available in the ACTEDS Catalog (located at
- ADT is open to all civilian employees (not in probation status) assigned to a CP53 permanent position, unless otherwise stated.
- Applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full-time employment as an Army Civilian at time of application.
- Must be part of a planned, systematic, and coordinated program of professional development endorsed by Army that supports organizational objectives.
- Academic degree to be pursued must be related to the performance of the employee's official duties.
- Applicants must have met admissions criteria as determined by the University.
- All requests require supervisory approval and must be routed through Command channels.
- Employees must sign an Agreement to Continue in Service for three times the length of the training; to begin upon successful completion of the program.
- Course of study must be from an accredited institution.
- 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, books, equipment, tools, fees, etc.).
- Submission of application packages for university training does not guarantee approval for the program. The availability of ADT funds will determine how many application packages are accepted and approved.
- Funding for specific courses is on a case-by-case basis. ACTEDS funds cover tuition and books both for full-time and part-time study. Funding is not authorized for per diem or travel.
- Applicants must plan for at least a three-semester lead-time due to the lengthy approval process of the application package and the training requests.
- Funding, under an approved "Degree Program" cannot exceed 3 years.
Supervisory and Command Endorsements, CES completion as detailed above, and a copy of the employee's IDP.
In addition, the following forms are required:
Application for ACTEDS Training Opportunities,
Nominee's Statement of Interest,
SF 181-Ethnicity and Race Identification (optional), and
Agreement to Continue in Service (for training in excess of 80 hours).
Academic Degree Training (ADT)|
ADT may be funded by HQDA or by individual Commands. This opportunity has been extended to those wishing to continue with graduate studies.
- Funding will be provided for tuition and books for both full-time and part-time study.
- Funding is not authorized for per diem or travel.
- Supervisory approval is required prior to any program start.
- Applicants must have met admissions criteria as determined by the University.
- Funding will be programmed within a 2-year period from start to completion.
Baylor University |
Master of Healthcare Administration Program
The Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Healthcare Administration was created to ensure a steady pipeline of civilians who are properly trained and have the appropriate skill sets to become Healthcare Administrators (GS-0670). This rigorous graduate level program is centrally funded by US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and is open to current MEDCOM employees. The 2-year program consists of a 54-week didactic phase at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, followed by a 52-week residency in a Military Treatment Facility either in San Antonio or at their employers' facility. Army-Baylor students complete 60 hours of graduate coursework toward a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree awarded by the Baylor University Graduate School. Minimum prerequisites/requirements include:
- Current Permanent Career Federal Service employees, working for the MEDCOM in the grade of GS-11 or 12, or equivalent in another pay system. Waivers may be requested for employees at the GS-9 and GS-13 levels. Physicians may apply up to GS-14. The MEDCOM employment and permanent career status are not waiverable.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution (not waiverable).
- A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score in the 50th percentile or greater in both verbal and quantitative or a score of 525 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Standardized tests must have been taken within 5 years of June of the year submitted. Waivers may be requested for low standardized test scores but not for the absence of a test score.
- Cumulative 2.9 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Waivers may be requested.
- Candidates must have more than 4 years but less than 15 years of federal service as of June of the year submitted. Waivers may be requested for up to 20 years of federal civilian service.
- Candidates may not have received a Master's degree in a field related to Healthcare or Business Administration with was fully or partially funded by the Department of Defense. Not waiverable.
- Applicants must have met admissions criteria as determined by the University.
- Employees will be required to sign a worldwide mobility agreement and incur a Federal Service Obligation totaling 214 weeks to be started upon completion of training. This Federal Service Obligation equals 3 times the didactic training period and 1 time the residency period.
- Annual deadline for applications is 31 October. Selection board will select students in November-December time frame. Program begins in June of each year.
- Candidates must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs attended, copies of official GMAT or GRE standardized test scores, copy of latest SF50, copies of last three Civilian performance appraisals, a 500-word essay on the topic "Why I Want to be an Army Healthcare Administrator," and any waiver requests in memorandum format, as required. Supervisory approval is required prior to any program start. An endorsement from the employee's current Commander (05 or above), addressing waiver requests, as applicable, and includes a statement on potential and proposed utilization is required.
- Funding will be programmed within a 2-year period from start to completion. Funding will be provided for tuition and books. Permanent change of station moves will be allowed. Funding is not authorized for per diem or travel.
Fayetteville State University |
Master of Social Work Program
The MSW Program is not accepting Civilian applications until further notice.
This 38-month graduate level program was developed to ensure a steady inventory of trained civilian GS-0185 Social Workers. This is a MEDCOM-funded program and PCS is authorized. Minimum prerequisites/requirements include:
- Target group is MEDCOM civilian employees working in GS-5 through 9 grade level positions.
- Baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts field from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must submit a copy of all undergraduate transcripts that were used toward degree completion.
- Composite verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score that is in the 53 percentile of the maximum score, and the examination must be within 5 years of program start date. GRE will not be waivered.
- Candidates must submit a 3-5 page personal statement, resume, recent SF-50 reflecting current permanent position within MEDCOM, and three signed letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to the applicant's capabilities for performing in a graduate level program and becoming a social worker. One of the references must be from the applicant's supervisor.
- Board recommended selectees and their supervisors will be interviewed by the program director, or designee, as part of the selection process.
- Civilian employees will incur a 3-year, 2-month service obligation for continued federal service.
- Employees with a BSW degree (acquired within the last 5 years) will be considered advanced students, and their Phase 1 training will be reduced to 9 months.
- Salary will be funded at employees' applicable grade.
Phase 1 is a 14-month didactic phase that culminates with students taking their licensing examination to practice as Master Social Work practitioners and the receipt of the Master's degree. In Phase 2, employees are placed in a permanent GS-0185-9 position for 24-months of structured supervision within MEDCOM, where needed. Employees will receive prescribed professional development training locally, and centrally funded training offered by MEDCOM. Employees have the potential to be promoted to GS-0185-11 after they have met their independent licensure supervision requirements and have passed the LCSW exam.
Completion of Training
Career Program 53 individuals awarded ACTEDS funds must provide completed copies of the
SF 182 application (in
https://www.goarmyed.com), 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.
Students must ensure training is approved/signed by an HQDA G-3/5/7 TRV Budget Analyst prior to attending training. Failure to follow identified procedures may result in the employee incurring liability for all training costs. Employees must submit their application in GoArmyEd 30 days prior to the proposed training start date to ensure there is sufficient lead time for processing
Point of Contact
CP53 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Program Representatives:
Mr. Perry Blake, 210-221-9293 (DSN 471) or
Ms. Rosalinda Jenkins, 210-221-1335 (DSN 471).
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
- Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Applicants requesting 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" link below.
- Career Program ACTEDS Plans and Development Maps - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans and through professional development maps (PDMs.) Individual plans may be found using the "Go to ACTEDS Plan" 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" link below.