Training & Leader Development

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

Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS)
at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI)

Length 4 weeks
Location The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Program Dates
Program Suspense
Class Dates
Applied Learning Program
29 Aug 16 October 23 – November 4, 2016
and return
February 26 – March 10, 2017
Applied Learning Program
09 Sep 16 November 6 - 18, 2016
and return
March 12 - 24, 2017
Blended Learning Program
07 Oct 16 Residential, December 4 – 16, 2016
Online, December 17, 2016 – May 30, 2017
Conclusion/Graduation, May 31-Jun 2, 2017
431 11 Nov 16 January 8 – February 3, 2017
432 03 Feb 17 April 2 – 28, 2017
433 24 Feb 17 April 30 – May 26, 2017
434 7 Apr 17 June 4 – 30, 2017
435 5 May 17 July 9 – August 4, 2017
436 9 Jun 17 August 6 – September 1, 2017
437 14 Jul 17 September 10 – October 6, 2017


Army Civilian managers at GS-15 or pay-band equivalent levels ONLY will be accepted into the LDS program.


  • Completion of Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course - (Copy of Advanced Course Certificate of Completion or CHRTAS Advanced Course Credit Documentation must be included in nomination packet).
  • Nominees must have completed three (3) years, or any combination thereof, of service in a permanent Department of the Army Civilian position(s) by the HQDA suspense date for the respective session.

To develop career executive competencies, linking individual development to improved agency performance.


This four-week program is targeted for Army Civilian Managers at the GS-15 or pay band equivalent level. It is held at the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.

LDS is an executive leadership-development opportunity that challenges students to reach beyond their past experiences to embrace a broader perspective of their Government and the unique roles they serve in support of the Government and its populace. Students progress through a challenging program as members of small, leadership-development teams (LDTs), facilitated by experienced, credentialed faculty members. In this collaborative, application-based approach to personal growth, students learn more about themselves – their strengths and weaknesses, more about the Government they serve and the intricacies of the interagency process, and gain a better understanding of the dynamic domestic and international environment in which they, their agency and their Government must succeed.

LDS is offered in three formats. The first is the traditional, four-week resident program. The second is called the "Applied Learning Program (ALP)," or less formerly, the "split program." In this program, students report for the first two weeks of LDS, return to work to apply what they learned in the first section. Then return for the second section sometime later and complete the rest of the program. The ALP is very popular among those executives who find it difficult to allocate a whole month for this valuable developmental opportunity. Our third format is our "Blended Learning Program." In this format, executives participate in two weeks of face-to-face learning and then complete online courses over the ensuing months, finishing the course with a face-to-face session where they report out on a major transformational project and participate in a commencement program. The online courses are delivered via a customized learning management system and feature facilitated curriculum delivery by credentialed faculty members. It is a truly interactive, participative approach to learning. The online portion of the Blended Learning Program will require a considerable amount of time to complete.

Application Process

Applications packages (original only) will be forwarded through command channels - respective Army Commands (ACOM), Army Service Component Commands (ASCC), Direct Reporting Units (DRU), or the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (OAASA), Civilian Personnel Director. The nomination suspense dates in this announcement are HQDA suspense dates. Please check with your local/command training manager for Army Command suspense dates so your application meets all local/command suspense deadline(s). Application packets received from individuals who do not meet ALL eligibility requirements by the designated HQDA suspense date will be returned without action. Complete application packages (original only) must be sent through command channels for forwarding to G37/TRV - Army Commands will include an Order Merit List. Command-endorsed nomination packets, to include an OML, may be sent via regular mail or FedEx to the following address:

Headquarters Department of the Army
G-37 Training Directorate
Civilian Training and Leader Dev Division
450 Army Pentagon
Room 2D639
Washington, D.C. 20310-0450

Career Program-Funded Packets: All packets requesting Career Program/ACTEDS-funding support must be submitted via the GoArmyEd process. All HQDA nomination deadlines still apply.


Applications that are sent directly to the school will be returned without action.

Selection And Notification

The nominations are reviewed by HQDA and will be disapproved if they are incomplete, poorly written, or applicant does not meet eligibility and/or program requirements. Selectees are notified by DAMO-TRV through command channels.

Funding Tuition cost $19,875.00 for the 4-week and Applied Learning Programs, and $14,883.00 for the Blended Learning Program.
  • Tuition includes all instructional services, course materials, meals and lodging charges.
  • Nominating agencies reimburse FEI via government credit card, interagency agreement, SF-182, IPAC or MIPR. The following information must be included on the payment document(s): complete billing address, appropriation/fund cite, requisition/purchase order number, Agency Locator Code/IPAC number, Treasury Account Symbol and approval signatures.
  • Tuition costs are non-refundable if agencies must cancel attendance. All costs are paid by the participant's organization. Command funded nominations/endorsements must state that local resources are available. Nominations packets received that do not contain this statement will NOT be processed.
  • Applicants/commands requesting career program funding support must contact the respective Career Program Functional Chief Representative for additional information.

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