Civilian Education System

What is it? The Civilian Education System (CES) concept originated from a Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) mandate to implement and sustain a CES that provided enhanced training and education opportunities for Army civilian leaders comparable to that provided to officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. The CES leader development program includes the Civilian Foundation Course (for new Army civilians) and three levels of leader development training - the Basic Course (for First-Line supervisors), the Intermediate Course (for more senior supervisors), and the Advanced Course (for managers of supervisors or programs). The CES learning strategy is progressive and sequential with each course providing required leader training for the current role and the building blocks for the next. The CES training strategy is a combination of distributed learning and resident instruction. CES courses are based on leadership competencies from the Office of Personnel Management and the Center for Army Leadership's FM 6-22, Army Leadership. In order to promote full participation across the Army, training policies will support mandatory training for civilians in leadership positions and a life-long learning approach.

What has the Army done? In accordance with the CSA-approved Army Training and Leader Development-Civilian (ATLD-Civ) Implementation Plan (dated June 2003), proponency for civilian leader development was transferred from the Deputy Chief of Staff (Personnel) to the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) with Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as executive agent. After creating the CES framework, TRADOC developed a CES concept plan that specified the organizational structure, manpower, resources, timelines, and products required to implement and sustain the CES Leader Development System. TRADOC's Combined Arms Center (CAC) has lead responsibility for developing and implementing CES. Within CAC, the Command and General Staff College is directing Army Management Staff College efforts to develop the CES curriculum and provide for initial implementation in January 2007. Legacy civilian leader development courses will not be offered after the summer of 2006 so that initial implementation of CES will meet the high standards required to develop Army civilian leaders.

What does the Army have planned for the future? The Army will create policy mandating civilian leader participation in the appropriate CES course for individual leaders. As additional resources are provided, additional CES infrastructure to support the system will be ramped up and more leaders will be developed. Fielding the new CES courses in January 2007 will increase the quality of civilian leaders and enhance their ability to support the transforming modular force and an Army at war.

Why is this important to the Army? Although Army civilians have historically made significant contributions in the execution of the Army's mission, our reliance on civilians today is even more pronounced. The Global War on Terrorism has diverted uniformed leaders increasingly from Generating Force roles to warfighting missions. As the Army transforms, Army civilians will assume a greater number of leadership roles and responsibilities to support Army operations at war. Freeing-up military manpower to perform more military-specific tasks required in the contemporary operating environment is critical. A fully implemented CES will meet the Secretary of the Army's vision to develop leaders who are multi-skilled and possess the attributes of the 21st century Army Pentathlete.