Professional development assignments are an excellent avenue to gain the depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be highly competitive for increasingly and progressive management and leadership positions. Each Career Program (AR 690-950)
has an Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) plan
in place which provides roadmaps for advancement and recommended kinds of experience at various grade and experience levels. The ACTEDS Training Catalog
, published by the OASA(M&RA), contains many developmental assignment opportunities.
Employees are also encouraged to gain experience by accepting assignments in other occupational series, accepting temporary promotions or even accepting assignments at other levels of command, such as installation level or MACOM level.
Career program employees may also apply to compete for selection as a congressional or legislative fellow and other Executive Leadership Development programs.