The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Legal (CP-56)


The Legal Career Program (CP-56) Competitive Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are designed to provide professional competency growth in developing civilian attorneys and paraprofessionals in order to meet the challenges of today's Army mission. A full description of training opportunities available to CP-56 careerists can be found in their respective ACTEDS Plans located at

Identification of Requirements

CPD is open to all CP-56 careerists, regardless of grade, assigned to permanent positions, unless otherwise stated. All opportunities are competitive and selections will be determined by the CP-56 Functional Chief Representative (FCR). CPD is funded through the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS). ACTEDS funds university programs, development assignments and short-term training programs, which are designed to professionally grow CP-56's careerists.

University Programs If made available, CP-56 funded university program opportunities will be announced. All degree programs must be approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs).

Developmental Assignments
  • Developmental assignments build knowledge, skills, and abilities by providing careerists experiences not generally encountered within the legal office to which they are assigned. /li>
  • Developmental assignments are an economical and effective way to build professional credentials in fulfilling identified career goals of nominees. These assignments consist of multi-week training details to an organizational level or functional area different from the one to which currently assigned. Assignments are normally lateral assignments to positions where the individual can gain skills, knowledge, and abilities other than those they currently possess.
  • Developmental assignments may be announced Army-wide by the FCR, can be developed by commands, or can be requested by individual careerists.
  • Nominees selected will be funded only for travel and per diem as authorized in the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR). Salary and personal benefits continue to be paid by the nominating organization. Rental cars will not be authorized.
  • Careerists and supervisors are encouraged to propose competitive development opportunities for consideration.

Selected Short-Term Programs

HQDA sponsored and boarded short-term training programs (e.g., Harvard Fellows or Federal Executive Institute) will be considered when they are in keeping with CP-56 ACTEDS identified training needs.

If CP-56 funding is made available, a selection board (apart from the command boards) will be convened to determine the candidate that will receive CP-56 funding. Irrespective of the CP-56 application deadlines, applicants must still comply with command application deadlines. Opportunities for HQDA sponsored and boarded training will be announced separately, as they occur throughout the year. Applicants for this type of training should complete a Career Program Support Form and include that with their command submission.

CP-56 will announce other short term training CPD opportunities and applications will be solicited in the announcement. All CPD announcements are currently posted on JAGCNet on the CP-56 MilBook page
and on the CP-56 Army Civilian Tracker (ACT) page
Additionally, the announcements are e-mailed to the CP-56 representatives for AMC, OGC, and USACE for dissemination to the careerists via e-mail. Please ensure you have an active JAGCNet account to receive e-mail notifications of the opportunities when posted, join the CP-56 MilBook page, and review the CP-56 community in ACT.

Approval Process

A panel of senior CP-56 careerists review nominations and provide recommendations to the FCR for CP-56. The FCR is the final decision authority.

Points of Contact Career Program Manager
Will Koon, Telephone 571-256-2936

CP-56 Proponency Office
Sarilyn Leary, Telephone 254-287-2993

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

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 or less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" below.

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