What is it? The Civilian Education System (CES) is a progressive and sequential leader development program that provides enhanced educational opportunities for Army civilians throughout their careers comparable to that provided to officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. CES is comprised of four courses delivered via distributed learning and resident instruction, and is based on leadership competencies from the Office of Personnel Management and FM 6-22, Army Leadership.
What has the Army done? The Command and General Staff College and the Army Management Staff College have directed the development of four courses that are being piloted during FY07—Foundation Course (FC), Basic Course (BC), Intermediate Course (IC), and Advanced Course (AC). While the FC is for all new Army civilians, the BC is for team leaders or first-line supervisors, the IC for both direct and indirect supervisors, and the AC for more senior level managers or supervisors of programs. Initial CES policy has been published to provide guidance for this new Army civilian leader development program, and a new on-line course management system, CES Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS), was fielded in June 2007. CES CHRTAS will manage the training and education application process for potential students and provide notification of application status to applicants and supervisors. In addition, three civilian leader development on-line courses—Action Officer Development Course (AODC), Supervisor Development Course (SDC) and Manager Development Course (MDC) have been revised and updated for civilian use as mandatory or self-development courses.
What does the Army have planned for the future? ? In order to ensure maximum participation in the appropriate CES courses for civilian leaders, the Army will continue to address policy issues as the new CES evolves and will publish periodic updates. The latest policy will also be published in the next revision of Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development. As additional resources are provided, the CES infrastructure to support the system will be ramped up and increased training opportunities provided to our civilian leaders.
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 help meet the Secretary of the Army’s vision to develop leaders who are multi-skilled and possess the attributes of the 21str Century Army Pentathlete.