Training & Leader Development

Senior Leader Seminar: Senior Leader Development Course

Modern DCPDS Course Code TBD
Length of Program 1 Week.
Location National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
Shepherdstown, WV
Suspense Dates
Dates of Program

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Class Dates

SLS 17-1 07 Oct 2016 22 - 27 Jan 2017
SLS 17-2 05 May 2017 06 - 11 Aug 2017
Eligibility Requirements

Army Civilian employees at the GS-15/equivalent level that currently work as key advisors or staff personnel for a general officer or senior Civilian leader or are projected to do so within the next six months. Nominees must have career status and be serving in permanent competitive appointments; Schedule A, Excepted appointments without time limitation; or, serving under an Excepted Service appointment in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (Title 10 USC 1610); and have a minimum of three years of service in a permanent Department of the Army Civilian position or any combination thereof.


  • GS-15 or equivalent levels.
  • Completion of Civilian Education System (CES) Advanced Course or equivalent course or supporting request for waiver documentation.
  • Nominees must have completed three (3) years, or any combination thereof, of service in a permanent full-time Department of the Army civilian position(s) by the HQDA suspense date for the respective session.

Purpose To accelerate the development of select senior Army Competitive Category colonels (generally 23-26 years of service) and Army Civilians (GS-15/equivalent levels) by providing them current strategic issues and information regarding Army programs, policy and thinking, as well interagency perspectives and information relevant to National-level service.

The Senior Leader Seminar: Senior Leader Development Course (SLS) is a one-week seminar that will enhance the education of select senior Army colonels (generally 23-26 years of service), Department of the Army Civilians (GS-15 or equivalent level), invited Interagency federal Civilians (GS-15 or equivalent level), and select Command/Staff Sergeant Majors who are either currently assigned to, or projected for assignment to, key positions as advisors and staff officers for our most senior general officers and Senior Executive Service (SES)civilian leaders. The SLS course offers an experience that is both broadening and educational. It is coordinated and centrally managed by the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, United States Army War College (USAWC). GS-15s or equivalents whose first-line rater is a senior GO/SES (2, 3, or 4 star equivalent) will be given priority during the selection process.

Application Process Application 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 that 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 of 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

NOTE: Military participants are selected via invitation only. Military members with questions/concerns should contact LTC Robert Love, Chief, Development Branch, Colonels Management, Senior Leader Development, at (703) 602-8562 or via email at:

Selection and Notification HQDA, G-37, DAMO-TRV, will host a review panel to review application packets to develop an Order of Merit List (OML). The recommend OML will be presented to HQDA, DCS, G-37, Director of Training, for review and approval. The Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, Army War College, reserves final selection authority.

This course will consist of sixty-three (63) active duty Colonels, fourteen (14) GS-15 equivalent Army Civilians, fourteen (14) GS-15 equivalent federal civilians from invited Interagency departments, and 7 select Command/Staff Sergeant Majors. Travel, per diem, and incidental entitlements, as allowable by the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR), will be centrally funded by the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, U.S. Army War College.

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