New Continuing Education for Senior Leaders Course

Wednesday November 26, 2008

What is it?

The Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) course was officially approved and added to the Army's Civilian Education System (CES) curriculum on July 30, 2008. CESL is a continuing education program for employees who have completed or received course credit for the CES Advanced Course (AC). Three or more years are required between AC completion/course credit and CESL attendance. CESL brings senior civilians, GS-14/15 or comparable pay band, COL, LTC, CW5, CW4, CSM, and SGM together to discuss current and relevant issues facing the Army. CESL is conducted through blended learning - precourse work and a 4.5 day resident course. The resident course consists of both small and large group activities. The course structure is a combination of guest speakers and interactive exercises on subjects like National Security Personnel Challenges, Strategic Thinking, Knowledge Management, and Cultural Well Being. Panels consisting of commanders and NCOs who recently returned from theater provide a personal perspective on events in Iraq and Afghanistan. Updates on Army initiatives are also included in the program. The intent is for leaders to return to the program continuously every three or more years to refresh and update on current Army initiatives.

What has the Army done?

CESL provides Army civilians and military members the opportunity to collaboratively refine their skills for the Department of Defense's contemporary operating environment. It fills an education gap for senior civilians between the AC and Senior Service College. As with the other CES courses, CESL is centrally funded for Army civilians. This allows the organizations the ability to use their mission dollars to support other training requirements. Military and DOD attendees are funded by their organizations.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

We continue to refine course curriculum, and evaluate leader development programs for additional learning opportunities. Under evaluation is a continuous education course for civilians at the intermediate level designed to inform this target audience on current Army issues and initiatives. These efforts ensure the Army has a trained, adaptive and competent Civilian Corps prepared to meet the future strategic environment and future leadership positions.

Why is this important to the Army?

Our reliance on Army civilians today is more pronounced than ever. As the Army grows in response to operational demands, Army civilians are assuming greater leadership roles and responsibilities. To fill this leadership requirement, we must invest in the training and development of our leaders to provide a more professional, capable, and agile Civilian Corps. CESL, designed to provide continuous education for civilian leaders, is just another example of how the Army is investing in its leaders.


To begin this experience and register for a CESL course: CHRTAS Web site

To learn more about CES Army Management Staff College Web site


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