The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Chapter 4
Government/Non-Government Training
Section I - Government Programs

DOD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)

Modern DCPDS Course Code 15EL1
Grade GS-12 through GS-13 or equivalent pay grade/band
Length of Program 10 months (77 contact days).
Location Various locations the United States and Overseas.
Space Allocations 10 (includes 1 military)
Suspense Dates
Dates of Program

DA SUSP from
Board Dates

Class Dates

ELDP 30 Jun 2016 26 - 31 July 2016 Sep 2016 - Jun 2017

Eligibility All applicants must meet the following general requirements, as well as any specific requirements:
  • Full-time Army Civilian in the grade levels of GS-12 through GS-13 or equivalent pay grades/bands with a minimum of three (3) years of service in a permanent Army Civilian position; to include non-appropriated funded (NAF) employees. (NOTE: Employees in other pay banding systems or on grade retention should seek assistance from their personnel advisor).
  • Completed Civilian Education System (CES) leader development courses (prior to nomination) or have received Course Credit from HQDA G-3/5/7. If applying for Constructive Credit, applicants should allow 90 days for processing.
    1. GS-12 or equivalent pay bands; Intermediate Course
    2. GS-13 through GS-14 or equivalent pay bands; Advanced Course.
    Active duty Soldiers (Officer & Enlisted) in the rank of CPT, CPT(P)/MAJ & SFC to SGM - (See detailed eligibility requirements below)
  • Possess a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or demonstrate equivalent experience and training.
    Must submit copy of transcript with your application.
  • Possess a Secret security clearance at the time of nomination.
    A copy of your clearance must be submitted with your application.
  • Possess a valid Passport and Government Travel Card

  • Active Duty and Active Guard and Reserve-Us Army Reserve Soldiers (Officer and Enlisted) in the Rank of Captain (P)/Major, Chief Warrant Officer 3 (P)/Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Less Than 3 Years in Grade), and Sergeant First Class to Sergeant Major.
  • Completed All Professional Military Education (PME) for Grade at Time of Nomination.
  • Baccalaureate Degree from an Accredited College or University, or Demonstrate Equivalent Experience and Training.
  • No Pending Unfavorable Actions.
  • Valid Passport and Government Travel Card.

Military Nomination Packets Must Include the Following:

  • DoD ELDP Application, Available on the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS)
  • Officer/Enlisted Record Brief (ORB/ERB).
  • Current Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and Height/Weight (IAW AR 600-9) Within the Past Six Months.
  • Official Photo.
  • Last Five Evaluation Reports (OER/NCOER).
  • Medical Release Form/Letter from A Licensed Physician.

(Military personnel should contact Mr. John Hughes,

Program Description

ELDP is a rigorous program that demands a significant commitment by participants and their commands. During the course of a typical 10-month training cycle an ELDP participant can expect to travel and participate in training deployments for at least a week to 12 days out of each month. It is not intended for everyone. Participants are required to work long hours when deployed, travel on weekends, adjust to rapidly changing conditions and situations, climb three-story nautical ladders, jump from airborne training towers, fly in tactically configured military aircraft, and participate in rigorous physical fitness activities that include but are not limited to running or walking a mile in 12 minutes or less, doing push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and participating in an organized physical fitness regimen. Extraordinary dietary requirements or unique/specialized medical care may not be available while traveling overseas or working at training sites. Applicants should consider these when applying for ELDP.

Key program features include:

  • Orientation and Core-Curriculum (DoD Executive Management Training Center, Southbridge, MA - 2 weeks). Topics include team building, problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills.
  • Deployments each month from December to June to military installations (CONUS and OCONUS):
  • Seminars and briefs on defense and international issues and international perspectives.
  • Preparation of Staff Studies
  • Graduation Week Activities (DC Area)
  • See ELDP Overview for additional details
Ideal Candidates

The ideal ELDP candidate:

  • Is flexible, adaptable and willing to be a member of a cohesive team.
  • Has an outstanding performance record and has progressed through positions of increasing responsibility at a faster pace than his/her peers.
  • Has experience that has demonstrated strong potential for higher level leadership positions, which includes the competence, confidence, and motivation to be a bold and innovative leader in the public sector. This includes showing initiative, professional excellence, community involvement, commitment to public service, and integrity.
  • Sees value in life-long learning
  • Has succeeded in rigorous programs of formal training and self-development, and assumes responsibility for this learning.
  • Has successfully completed leadership programs and other developmental activities toward attaining career goals.
  • Is highly motivated to succeed and is willing to challenge himself/herself to do so.
  • Is committed to continued service in DoD and can articulate the anticipated return on investment.

Note: ELDP is not for everyone. It is both mentally and physically challenging.

Nomination/Application Process

Applicants must apply through and be nominated by their respective commands. Applications will not be accepted directly from the candidates. Application packet must be submitted to HQDA electronically at
The nomination suspense dates above are HQDA suspense dates. Please check with your local training coordinator for local command suspense dates. Application packets received from individuals who do not meet ALL eligibility at the time of nomination will not be processed and will be returned through command channels.

Application Forms and more information can be found at:

NOTE: Incomplete nomination packets, nominations packets received after the suspense date or without command endorsement will not be considered. (No extensions will be granted)

Selection/Notification Process

Applicants are selected through a competitive process. Nomination packets will be vetted by a selection panel. Applicants will be evaluated on experience and readiness for the program as evidenced by the documentation provided in the application packet. Alternates will be selected in the event primary candidates are unable to attend or additional class seats become available.

Sponsoring organizations and employees selected for the Executive Leadership Development Program will be notified via email.

Funding for Civilian Participants Tuition and TDY related costs (travel, per diem) are centrally funded by HQDA

Funding for Military Participants Funding for TDY related costs for military personnel are incurred by the nominating organization. There is no tuition cost for military participants (DoD does not charge tuition for military).
Deferment/Withdrawal Procedures

Individuals are advised to reflect carefully on their personal goals and intent to participate in the program before applying. Requests for deferments are not applicable to this course. Withdrawals will only be granted for compassionate, operational or medical reasons.


Specific questions can be forwarded via e-mail to the ETM Program Management Office at

Lori Rhoades, CSLMO, for Army civilian applicants only.

Mr. John Hughes, HQDA,, for military applicants only.

Link to Application Package