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Commentary | July 3, 2024

Advance your career through the DOD’s Leadership Development Programs

By Zach Shapiro, MyCG Writer

If you’re a civilian employee thinking about your career and your future, then look no further. The Department of Defense (DOD) offers various leadership development programs that can help you build your skills and harness your potential. Administered by the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS), these programs are designed to recruit and retain “a diverse cadre of highly capable, high-performing, and results-oriented civilian leaders.” 

Read on for information about the DOD programs that could help you meet your professional goals. 
Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP) 
The DSLDP aims to cultivate a diverse cohort of senior civilian leadership to foster success at the highest levels. The program is geared toward civilian leaders who hope to serve as senior executives. 
GS-14/GS-15 employees and equivalent civilian employees with at least one year of supervisory experience are eligible. Tuition is funded by the DCPAS, and component organizations are responsible for travel funding. For component organizations like the Coast Guard, applications are due Sept. 09, 2024. However, component organizations may have earlier internal review deadlines. 
Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) 
DCELP aims to equip forward-thinking leaders with the tools to meet the DOD’s most pressing future challenges. GS-7 through GS-12 employees and equivalent civilians are eligible.  
DCPAS funds tuition costs, while component agencies are responsible for travel costs (with some exceptions). For DOD component organizations like the Coast Guard, applications are due July 26, 2024. Please be mindful, however, that earlier internal review deadlines may apply. 
If you have any questions about these programs, please contact Mr. Jim Buchman, director of the DCPAS Talent Development Directorate at (571) 372-2072 or at For more information, please view the DCPAS leadership development website

For those interested in applying, more information (including a link to the application) may be found on the DCELP page of the Office of Leadership website at: DoD Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) - Office of Leadership (CG-128) | U.S. Coast Guard ( The CG DCELP POC is Ms. Alyssa Lombardi (