The ACTEDS Training Catalog

Manpower and Force Management (CP-26)


The Manpower and Force Management Career Program (CP-26) Competitive Professional Development is open to all GS-11 and above CP-26 careerists assigned to a CP-26 position. CP-26 supports the education, training, and professional development opportunities listed below.

University Programs

Competitive Professional Development provides a valuable learning experience and competitive edge for future advancement. Careerists develop their own full-time or part-time course of study with local accredited colleges or universities.

  • Full-time: Training in excess of 120 calendar days at an accredited college or university on a continuous, full-time basis (Undergraduate: 12 or more semester hours per semester or 18 or more quarter hours per quarter; Graduate: a minimum of 9 semester hours per semester or 12 quarter hours per quarter). CP26 focuses Academic Degree Training (ADT) on three disciplines: Public Administration, Business Administration, and Operations Research Systems Analysis.
  • Part-time: This training may consist of evening, weekends and/or part-time study that is less than the minimum number of semester or quarter hours required to be a full-time student. Part-time training will be considered on a case-by-case basis when it is in keeping with the disciplines identified above or other training needs identified in the CP-26 ACTEDS Plan. Part-time students are not entitled to be relieved of the full 40-hour tour of duty. However, a student may be excused any part of a week as agreed to by the supervisor.

Other Competitive Development Programs

CP-26 also supports funding for other competitive development programs such as the Army Congressional Fellowship Program, and the OPM Federal Executive Institute course "Leadership for a Democratic Society."

Developmental Assignments

  • Developmental assignments are an economical and effective way to build professional credentials in fulfilling identified career goals of nominees. These assignments consist of three to six month training details to an organizational level or functional area different from the one to which currently assigned. Assignments are normally lateral assignments to positions where the individual can gain skills, knowledge, and abilities other than those they currently possess.
  • Developmental assignments may be announced Army-wide by the FCR, or be developed by ACOM or Activity Career Program Managers (MCPM/ACPM).
  • Selectees will be funded only for travel and per diem as authorized in the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).
Selected Short-Term Programs Selected short-term training programs are focuses on functional training.
Applicants for this functional training should should submit an application that includes:
  1. Statement of Interest
  2. Supervisor Statement of Support
  3. Civilian Record Brief
  4. Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  5. Resume (including all functional training)
  6. Cost Estimate of Training (tuition, travel and per diem)
  7. Proposed article topic
Grade Level GS-11 and above may apply.
Approval Process A panel of CP-26 careerists review nominations and provide recommendations to the FCR for CP-26. The FCR is the final decision authority.
CP26 Proponent Office
Point of Contact
Address telephonic inquiries to CP-26 Proponency Office (703) 695-5437
Send email inquiries to

Submit application packages to
Deputy Chief of Staff G1,
ATTN: Manpower Policy, Plans, and Programs Division (DAPE-PRM),
300 Army Pentagon,
Washington, DC 20310-0300.
Civilian Education System (CES)

The Civilian Education System (CES) is the foundation of the Army's leader development program for all Army Civilians, providing progressive and sequential education courses throughout their careers. CES is centrally funded by HQDA G-37/Training Directorate for most permanent Army Civilians, including but not limited to general schedule (GS), non-appropriated fund (NAF), local national (LN) and wage grade (WG) employees. CES leadership courses, or designated equivalent courses, are required for all Army Civilians. Employees should include attendance at the CES course for which they are eligible in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).

Employees are eligible to attend the CES course that is targeted at their grade level. GS-01 through GS-09 employees are eligible to attend the CES Basic Course; GS-10 through GS-12 employees are eligible to attend the CES Intermediate Course; and GS-13 through GS-15 employees are eligible to attend the CES Advanced Course. NOTE: All Army Civilians who were hired after 30 September 2006 are required to take the Foundation Course prior to enrolling in either of the CES courses.

More information on CES courses, as well as instructions on how to enroll can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development website at

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