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Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP)

DCELPDefense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) was created to recruit and develop the next generation of innovative leaders who possess the technical competence to meet the future leadership needs of the Department of Defense (DoD). As authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010, Section 1112, DCELP fills a critical need, by enabling the DoD to focus on leadership development of entry level and emerging GS-7 – GS-12 future leaders.

In DCELP, leadership is developed inside and outside of the classroom. Learning is pursued through community-based courses of instruction, guest speakers, group projects, mentoring, and simulations. Program competencies include: mission orientation, public service motivation, DoD mission and culture, decisiveness, interpersonal skills, oral communication, problem solving, conflict management, accountability, strategic thinking, technical credibility, influencing/negotiating, leveraging diversity, team building, and continual learning.

The cohort program consists of online course of instruction and in-residence courses. DCELP maintains high standards and acceptance to the program is competitive. Selection criteria include a demonstrated capacity for leadership, commitment to public service, and broadly defined diversity.

The DoD acquisition workforce allocated 93 slots for the 2018 DCELP class. Applications are due 1 July 2017 and must be vetted through each Component representative and reviewed by HCI prior to the deadline. The final selection will be made by the OSD Functional Community Managers.

For more information on how to apply for the 2018 DCELP Class, please review the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP) website that can be found at https://www.cpms.osd.mil/Subpage/Events/LeaderDevelopment. The website also contains links to the call for nominations, application package, overview, quota allocations, points of contact, and training schedule.

For additional information on the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program, please call: 703-805-3761.

Highlights from the DCELP Graduation Ceremony for the Acquisition Workforce (27 March 2017).

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