The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) provides
Department of Defense (DOD) and interagency personnel the
opportunity to participate in an exceptional joint and
enterprise-wide Civilian leadership training and development
experience. The objective 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
conducted 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.
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)
- ELDP Program Overview
See ELDP Overview for additional details. 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
- Army Civilians, grades GS-12 to GS-14 or equivalent, in
permanent appointments with a minimum of three (3) years of
full-time Army Civilian service; to include non-appropriated funded
(NAF) employees. (Employees in other pay banding systems or on grade
retention should seek assistance from their personnel adviser).
- GS 12 or equivalent pay bands: CES
Intermediate Course or equivalent course.
- GS-13 to GS-14 or equivalent pay bands: CES
Advanced Course or equivalent course
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, or
demonstrate equivalent experience and training.
- Secret security clearance at the time of nomination.
- A valid Passport and Government Travel Card.
All eligibility criteria must be met at time of nomination.
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. The ideal ELDP candidate:
- Is flexible, adaptable and willing to be a member of a cohesive
- Has an outstanding performance record and has progressed
through positions of increasing responsibility at a faster pace than
- 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
- Sees value in lifelong 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.
Applicants must apply through and be nominated by their respective commands.
HQDA will not accept applications directly from candidates.
Applications must be submitted to HQDA by command training points of contact.
The nomination suspense date above is the HQDA suspense date. Please check with your local training coordinator for local command
suspense date. Application packets received from individuals who do not meet ALL eligibility requirements at the time of nomination
will not be processed and will be returned through command channels.
Training points of contact must scan applications in a PDF format and send in an encrypted e-mail to:
NOTE: Incomplete nomination packets, packets received after the suspense date or without command endorsement will not be considered. No extensions will be granted.
The application checklist is
Applicants are selected through a competitive process.
Nomination packages 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 package. Alternates will be selected in the event
primary candidates are unable to attend or additional class
seats become available.
Sponsoring organizations and those selected for the Executive
Leadership Development Program will be notified via email.
ELDP is centrally funded. All costs (travel, per diem & tuition)
associated with this program will be funded by the Civilian
Leader & Training Development Division (CTLD) for all Civilian
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Aug 21, 2015 - Jun 11, 2016
16 March 2015
GS-12 to GS-14
Passport and Government Travel Card
CES Intermediate Course
CES Advanced Course
- DoD (Army) Corporate Perspective
- Oral Communication Skills
- Problem Solving
- Team Building
Varies Orientation Core study Deployments Seminars