U.S. ARMY ACQUISITION SUPPORT CENTER (JULY 15, 2015)
Susan L. Follett
FORT BELVOIR, Va.—Open up your calendars: The Office of the Army, Director of Acquisition Career Management has scheduled a host of Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) education, training, and leadership development opportunities for FY16.
A handful of AAW leadership development opportunities are on the schedule, including four sections of the Acquisition Leader Challenge Program, a series of seminars that focus on developing leadership skills for civilians, identifying challenges for new leaders, and incorporating individual talents into a cohesive workforce. Applications will be accepted in August for the Competitive Development Group, a three-year developmental program for board-selected applicants that offers expanded training, leadership, experiential, and other career development opportunities. Civilian workforce members can also take advantage of the opportunities offered through the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program and the Senior Service College Fellowship, both of which will open for applications next year.
Ready for your next career challenge? Announcements open in mid-September for the Centrally Selected List/Centralized Selection Board, which fills billets for project and product managers as well as product directors. Maybe a hands-on experience is what you need for this stage of your career. Military members of the Army Acquisition Workforce might consider the Training With Industry program, which places competitively selected officers in corporate assignments, giving them extensive exposure to managerial techniques and industrial procedures. The program announcement opens July 23. Programs for 51C NCOs and FA-51 officers include Advanced Civil Schooling, which offers a number of sessions through FY16, and the Degree Completion Program, which opens for applications a year from now.
Looking for tuition assistance programs? The Student Loan Repayment Program opens in the fall, and applicants will be selected early next year. Further down the road, the Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program, which allows participants to earn an advanced degree in program management or systems engineering, will open for applications in early 2016.
A complete list of the FY16 programs, including opening and closing dates, is below, and additional information can be found on the online calendar.
FY16 U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center/Army DACM Office Announcement Timelines
ADVANCED CIVIL SCHOOLING (ACS) [FA-51] OFFICERS AND MOS 51C NCO’S
ACS 17-02 [FA-51 Officers]
- Announcement opening: o/a Aug. 7, 2016
- Announcement closing: o/a Nov. 5, 2016
- Applicant selection notification date: o/a December 31, 2016
ACS [MOS 51C NCOs]
- Announcement opening (FY 17): Aug. 8, 2016
- Announcement closing: Nov. 30, 2016
- Applicant selection notification date: January 20, 2017
DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM (DCP)
More information will be posted at http://asc.army.mil/web/dacm-office/.
- Announcement opening (spring): Aug. 1, 2016
- Announcement closing: Oct. 14, 2016
- Applicant selection notification date: Nov. 18, 2016