Army Leader Development Program

Monday April 15, 2013

What is it?

The Army Leader Development Program (ALDP) is the Army's formal process for introducing, developing, tracking, and approving leader development (LD) initiatives and programs. The Department of the Army Pamphlet (DA PAM) 350-58, Army Leader Development Program, was published on Mar. 8, 2013.

This major revision includes a title change and all new content. It establishes procedures and methods for the ALDP and documents the management process, procedures, and methods for leader development initiatives such as the Army Profession, Structured/Guided Self-Development, Army Career Tracker, and the Army Green Pages.

What has the Army done?

The ALDP procedures were formalized in DA PAM 350-58 to provide a standardized and deliberate process to guide the development and life-cycle of leader development initiatives to reflect the needs of the Army. On behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), the senior responsible official (SRO) provides LD policy, program, and priority recommendations to the CSA for decision.

Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development, specifies the commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command as the LD SRO and the Army's lead to provide visibility and guidance on LD efforts. The DA PAM 350-58 major revision reinforces CG, TRADOC as the LD SRO and Army focal point to direct the execution of the ALDP through the Army Leader Development Forum (ALDF).

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue its regular quarterly battle-rhythm for the ALDF, an Army-level decision making body led by the LD SRO, which makes LD recommendations to the CSA. The ALDF invitees include commanders and leader development stakeholders from across the Army who meet to critically examine LD initiatives and programs, discuss issues, and advise the SRO.

Why is this important to the Army?

The newly published DA PAM 350-58 provides an Army-wide understanding of the procedures for submitting LD initiatives to respond to the needs of the Army. Additionally, the updated pamphlet describes an integrated framework for Army Leader Development through the depiction of the LD Process and LD execution models that serve to resolve long-standing ambiguities in LD roles and responsibilities.


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