The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Chapter 4 (cont.)    SECTION I
Government Programs

Academic Degree Training (ADT)

General Information

Academic Degree Training (ADT) is defined as training or education with the stated objective of obtaining an academic degree. Training must contribute significantly to meeting an identified agency training need; resolve an identified agency staffing problem; or accomplish goals in the strategic plan of the agency. The training must be received from an accredited college or university.

Approval Authority

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA M&RA) is the sole approval authority for approving Academic Degree Training (ADT) requests, regardless of the source of funding (ACTEDS central funds, proponent funds other than ACTEDS, Command or Installation funds).


All members of the Army Civilian Corps are eligible to apply for Academic Degree Training (ADT), except those employees occupying or seeking to qualify for: (1) appointment to any position that is excepted from the competitive service because of its confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating nature (i.e., Schedule C appointments); or 2) a non-career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Additionally, all applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a DA civilian at time of application.


The academic degree must be related to the performance of the employee's official duties. The training must contribute significantly to meeting the command's identified: training need; staffing problem; or accomplishing goals in the strategic plan of the organization. The training must be accredited and provided by a college or university that is accredited by a nationally recognized body, which a regional, national or international is accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please consult the website for a listing.


ADT may be funded by the Career Program with ACTEDS/central funds or through Command funding.
The funding threshold must not exceed $75,000.

Authorized Expenses

All or part of necessary expenses, to include tuition and matriculation fees; library and laboratory services, purchase or rental of books, materials, supplies; and other services or facility costs directly related to the training. Membership fees ONLY if the fee is a condition of attending the training.

Application Process

Applicants seeking Career Program/ACTEDS funds, must submit their application packet via GoArmyEd for review and selection through a competitive process (AR 690-950).

Command funded ADT requests must be accompanied by a command endorsement from the Commander or designated Command Point of Contact (POC) that command/installation funding is available. Command POC will electronically forward complete packets to:

Endorsement memos should be addressed:

THRU Deputy Chief of Staff,
G-37, Training Directorate,
Civilian Training and Leader Development Division (G-37/TRV),
111 Army Pentagon, Room 2E469,
Washington, DC 20310-0111.


Employees will be contacted by the appropriate FCR or Command POC regarding the status of his/her ADT request.
Beginning ADT training prior to ASA (M&RA) approval will not be funded by the government.

Funding document

Employees who receive ASA (M&RA) written approval from the Career Program/FCR POC must initiate a SF-182 for training in the GoArmyEd system. Approval must be received prior to beginning training or the employee will be responsible for payment (ACTEDS will not fund). Employees who receive ASA (M&RA) written approval from the Command POC, must initiate a SF-182 for training in accordance with local established procedures.

Agreement to continue service

An employee selected for training must is subject and must sign a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) prior to starting training. The period of service will be equal to at least three times the length of training (ADT may be based on semester hours).
Click here for a copy of the Continued Service Agreement.


Click here to view the ADT Checklist of requirements when applying for Academic Degree Training.


5 USC Section 4107; 5 CFR 4109 & 410.308(a) and (b); AR350-1