By Lisa Hunter
AMCOM Public Affairs

A course that teaches Federal employees value-based leadership skills, networking and other career-enhancing skills is accepting applications until Sept. 14.

The next session of Upward Leader Investment for Tomorrow (UpLIFT), will start on Oct. 23 and run until Nov. 8. The students meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a total of nine training days.

In the UpLIFT course, students learn the individual skills to become proactive leaders who are guided by their core values, said Jared Tarver, the UpLIFT instructor, "The course incorporates and emphasizes the Army's values - leadership, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage - but we encourage students to explore the values that are unique to them and the organizations for which they work," he said.

During the course, the students complete a "selfless service" project at a local nonprofit organization. Students will hear from various guest speakers across Redstone Arsenal, participate in a staff ride, build their Individual Development Plan and complete a group presentation base on their interpretations of how they will incorporate values into their daily lives. More importantly, they will meet peers and share knowledge to improve their personal leadership development.

UpLIFT is open to all Department of the Army, other Department of Defense and Federal employees who work on Redstone Arsenal Tarver highly recommends it for new Federal employees.

This is the first iteration of the revised "UpLIFT" course. The UpLIFT course is one of three components available within the overall Leader Investment for Tomorrow (LIFT) program provided by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command G1. The other two courses available are the Intermediate Leader Investment for Tomorrow Program (iLIFT) and the Advanced Leader Investment for Tomorrow (AdvLIFT) course. iLIFT is open to GS11-13s/equivalents and focused on organizational level leadership development. AdvLIFT is open to GS14-15/equivalents and focused on strategic leadership. The LIFT program directly supports the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command's Lines of Effort to build and sustain a professionally trained, resilient and ready workforce of flexible and adaptive leaders. The program started in 2005 and has graduated 927 employees since that time with 250 graduating from UpLIFT.

To apply or for additional information, go to https://amcom.aep.army.mil/G3/CMD/suptool/LMS/default.aspx . Supervisors must approve the employee's application for he or she to be considered. For employees who do not have access to SharePoint, contact Jared Tarver at 256-842-9040.