The Army Coaching Program

By Cpt. Gregory Rader, U.S. Army Talent Management Task ForceJune 6, 2023

The Army Coaching Program brings executive style coaching to all Soldiers and Army Civilians, supporting the professional and personal growth of the Army’s leaders.
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WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth signed Army Directive 2023-09 (Army Coaching Program) on June 2nd, 2023, establishing one of the Army’s newest tools for developing talented, effective, and expert leaders as a permanent program. This directive makes way for a new Army regulation governing the functions, roles, competencies, and ethics of the Army Coaching program which is to be established within two years of the directive.

Through the Army Coaching Program, Soldiers and Army Civilians will receive career-long feedback that is non-attributional and leader-focused, emphasizing self-development, performance, and potential to cultivate war-winning talents in support of the Army mission.

Unlike the leader to subordinate dynamic of counseling or a mentor and mentee dynamic, Army Coaching provides participants with a coach outside from the participant’s chain of command. Army coaches are also trained and certified to industry standards, meeting stringent coaching skill and experience requirements.

Soldiers who are already certified by the industry standard are able to apply for the Army Coach, Army Leader Coach, Army Executive Certified Coach, or Army Master Coach Professional Development Skill Identifier (PDSI) dependent on their level of certification or credentialling experience.

The Army began offering coaching to Command Assessment Program candidates in 2019 and has been offered to other leaders through various pilot programs since 2017. To date, the Army has trained over 125 Soldiers and Army Civilians as coaches and continues to train a dedicated pool of voluntary cadre to provide coaching at pivotal assignments in a leader’s career.