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Army Leader Development Program (ALDP)

What is it?
The ALDP includes all of Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA)-approved initiatives and provides the management process for program execution, approval and incorporation of new initiatives, and the prioritization of resources. On December 21, 2007, the Chief of Staff of the Army signed a memorandum establishing the ALDP. This charter designated the Commanding General (CG), United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as the single responsible official (SRO) for all Army Leader Development (LD) initiatives crossing all cohorts, domains, and components of the Army. The status of LD initiatives is reported from the SRO to the Executive Office of the Headquarters (EOH) semi-annually or as required. The intent of the ALDP is to capture all previous Army LD initiatives, develop and maintain a single ALDP integrated priority list (IPL), identify and recommend the resource requirements for LD initiatives, track initiative execution, and arbitrate new LD initiatives under the authority of a single Commander.

What has the Army done?
The CG, TRADOC established the Army Leader Development Office (ALDO), at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. .The ALDO is organized to develop and execute a management process to strengthen synergy and integration among Centers of Excellence, supporting commands, and lead agents for LD initiatives and programs that cross all cohorts, domains, and components. Core functions of ALDO include: capture all Army LD initiatives and develop them into an EOH approved IPL; establish and manage the ALDP process,; evaluate and prioritize resource requirement recommendations to the EOH for approval,; assess and make recommendations on proposed new LD initiatives; track, evaluate, and make recommendations for LD policy,; and facilitate the CG, TRADOCs Quarterly Leader Development Review (QLDR). The ALDO maintains an Army Knowledge Online web page at: This web page contains the details of the current 46 leader development initiatives.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?
The Army anticipates that the QLDR will remain as the CG, TRADOC decision-making forum for LD initiatives. The QLDR is comprised of senior Army leaders and meets quarterly to track ALDP execution, arbitrate new initiatives, and maintain and update the ALDP IPL. Additionally, the QLDR reviews and makes recommendations for LD policy, assesses ALDP initiatives progress, prioritizes/re-prioritizes ALDP initiatives, makes resource recommendations, and issues guidance and directives to LD initiative lead agents to close, modify, and accomplish ALDP initiatives.

Why is this important to the Army?
The ALDP has significantly streamlined the process whereby the Army approves, resources, and implements leader development initiatives. Driven by an approved IPL, the QLDR establishes and maintains an integrated, executable, well-resourced ALDP across all cohorts, domains and components of the Army.

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