Civilian Education System
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 completed the development of four courses that were piloted during FY07: Foundation Course (FC) (for all new Army Civilians); Basic Course (BC) (for team leaders or first-line supervisors); Intermediate Course (IC) (for both direct and indirect supervisors); and Advanced Course (AC) (for more senior-level managers or supervisors of programs). The new CES was marketed Army-wide and initial policy was published to provide guidance for this new Army Civilian leader development program. A new on-line course management system, CES Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS), was fielded in June 2007 to 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? As the new CES continues to evolve, required changes will be made to the curriculum and policies refined and published in the next revision of Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development. A CES Community of Practice will be developed and implemented. Additionally, a Continuing Education for Senior Leaders Course that will address contemporary issues, Army transformation, and leadership at the strategic and senior organizational level will be offered in FY08. 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 21st century Army leader.