Civilian Education System
What is it? The Civilian Education System (CES) concept originated from a Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) mandate to implement and sustain a CES that provided enhanced training and education opportunities for Army civilian leaders comparable to that provided to officers, warrant officers, and noncommissioned officers. The CES leader development program includes the Civilian Foundation Course (for new Army civilians) and three levels of leader development training - the Basic Course (for First-Line supervisors), the Intermediate Course (for more senior supervisors), and the Advanced Course (for managers of supervisors or programs). The CES learning strategy is progressive and sequential with each course providing required leader training for the current role and the building blocks for the next. The CES training strategy is a combination of distributed learning and resident instruction. CES courses are based on leadership competencies from the Office of Personnel Management and the Center for Army Leadership's FM 6-22, Army Leadership. In order to promote full participation across the Army, training policies will support mandatory training for civilians in leadership positions and a life-long learning approach.
What has the Army done? In accordance with the CSA-approved Army Training and Leader Development-Civilian (ATLD-Civ) Implementation Plan (dated June 2003), proponency for civilian leader development was transferred from the Deputy Chief of Staff (Personnel) to the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) with Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) as executive agent.
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For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.
Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded
The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.
The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.