Talent Development - Training

Training, Education and Professional Development (TE&PD) drives organizational efficiency and is the cornerstone of Talent Development. It is DoD policy to invest in civilian human capital as a strategic corporate asset. Through deliberate planning, programming, budgeting, operation, evaluation, and improvement of TE&PD activities civilian employees will develop enhanced competencies and capabilities. This ensures individual and organizational performance, assists in achieving performance objectives, the DoD mission, and maximizes the return on investment to the Department of Defense.

DOD Enterprise Leader Development (LD) Programs

DoD Enterprise LD training enables a diverse cadre of high performing, and results-oriented civilian leaders to develop strategic leadership competencies that will allow them to increase their influence, lead effectively in increasingly complex environments, and take others to the next level. The DoD LD training programs also ensure continuity of leadership and organizations that drive transformation and continuous improvement across the enterprise.

DoD Civilian Leader Development Continuum

There are 5 DoD Enterprise LD programs:

Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)

DCELP is the premier DoD leader development program GS-7 through GS-12 (or equivalent) civilians in DoD or other Federal Agencies. The program is comprised of a series of 4 one-week in-resident sessions, assessment tools, knowledge transfer activities, participant writing and briefing projects, and individual coaching. The program concentrates on the five terminal learning objectives of Know Self, Express Self, Build Teams, Manage Organizations, and Understand the DoD.
DCLEP Information Paper
Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)
ELDP, established in 1985 with the approval of the Secretary of Defense, trains the Department’s future leaders to recognize and respond to the issues facing DoD. It is open to DoD civilians at the GS-12 through GS-14 (or equivalent) level, with limited participation from military O-3 through O-4 levels and other Federal Agencies. ELDP provides participants with an extensive exposure to the roles and missions of the DoD through intense, hands-on field experience, and allows participants to experience first-hand the challenges our military face in carrying out their mission. ELDP is not for everyone; it is challenging both mentally and physically. During the ten months of training, participants travel to a variety of locations, within and outside of the Continental United States, to train with the warfighter. Participants of ELDP graduate from the program with an increased understanding and appreciation for today’s warfighters and the complexity of leadership at higher-level echelons.
ELPD Information Paper

Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP)


DSLDP is the premier civilian leader development program for Department of Defense civilians at the GS-14 through GS-15 (or equivalent) level. DSLDP institutes a competency-based approach to the deliberate development of senior civilian leaders with the enterprise-wide perspective needed to lead organizations and programs, and achieve results in the joint, interagency, and multi-national environments.
DSLDP Information Paper

White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP)

The WHLDP, sponsored by Executive Office of the President and supported by the President's Management Council and the Performance Improvement Council, provides a unique growth opportunity focused on developing high potential career GS-15s and equivalents poised to enter the next generation of career senior executives. Participants will work on the Federal government's high impact challenges that require the coordination of multiple federal agencies to succeed.
WHLDP Information Paper

Vanguard Senior Executive Development Program (Vanguard)

Vanguard is the DoD's premier executive development program designed to equip Senior Executive Service (SES) members with tools to expand collaboration among Components, Federal agency partners and mutual stakeholders for successful mission accomplishment. This six-day/five-night residential program focuses on enhancing the ability of SES members to serve as enterprise leaders in a joint and interagency environment. Vanguard offers SES members the unique opportunity to form strategic partnerships with top-level executives, build upon their leadership capability to overcome evolving challenges such as constrained resources, and mitigate increasingly varied threats to national security.

Program Overview

CAREER DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES AND TOOLS Welcome to the Career Development Resources and Tools Center where you will find a myriad of resources to support professional development. Whether you are an employee looking to discover opportunities to grow and learn or a supervisor responsible for the daily development of your team, there are plenty of resources and tools to get your journey underway. If you’re a training manager or workforce developer charged with cultivating a culture of continual learning we have just what you need.

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