|Modern DCPDS Course Code||15EL1|
|Grade||GS-12 through GS-14 or equivalent pay grade/band|
|Length of Program||10 months (89 contact days).|
|Location||Various locations the United States and Overseas.|
|Space Allocations||10 (includes 2 military)|
Suspense Dates |
Dates of Program
The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides Department and interagency personnel the opportunity to participate
in an exceptional joint and enterprise-wide Civilian training and leader development experience. The objective of this 10-month
program is to promote greater understanding of the overall Department of Defense mission and culture, provide hands-on leadership
training that parallels selected military training and ensure cross-Component exposure. The program is offered annually, and
provides a series of learning and training experiences that blend experiential and academic learning, with hands-on exercises
focused on the role of the "War Fighter". Program activities are conduct both in the United States and overseas.
ELDP is intended to stretch participants' experiences and comfort zones and to help them develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors expected of future Enterprise leaders. Given the rigor of these requirements, the ELDP program 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. Applying for a physically demanding leadership development program, such as ELDP, is an important step. It is not intended for everyone. Events during the program require participants 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. These conditions should be considered when applying for ELDP.
Key program features include:
|Target Audience/Ideal Candidates|
The ideal ELDP candidate:
All applicants must meet the following general requirements, as well as any specific requirements:
Note: ELDP is not for everyone. It is both mentally and physically challenging. All applicants must submit a medical release form/letter from a licensed physician.
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 by command training points of contact
Complete application packets must be scanned in PDF format and sent in an encrypted e-mail to:
NOTE: Incomplete nomination packets, nominations packets received after the suspense date or without
command endorsement will not be considered. (No extensions will be granted)
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 G-37/TRV|
|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).|
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
Mr. Don Harrison, HQDA, Donald.firstname.lastname@example.org
or Ms. Lisa Rycroft, HQDA, email@example.com
Mr. John Hughes, HQDA, firstname.lastname@example.org, for military applicants only.
The ACTEDS Training Catalog