Training & Leader Development




Analysis, Modeling and Simulation (CP-36)

General

The Analysis, Modeling and Simulation Career Program (CP-36) provides funding for individuals who develop, use, manage and/or integrate models and simulations throughout the Army. Careerists can select education, training and/or professional development opportunities that are described within the CP-36 Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) plan. The intent of the training opportunities is to focus on growing a technically proficient and capable workforce. A comprehensive view of CP-36 is available on the AM&S web site at:
http://www.ms.army.mil/sp-div/.

Eligibility Requirements

All opportunities are competitive and applicants must have three (3) years of permanent, full time employment as a Department of the Army (DA) civilian at the time of application.

Scope Of Programs

CP-36 Competitive Professional Development (CPD) supports professional training, education, and career development to mold future-oriented, multi-functional, multi-disciplined specialists in analysis, modeling and simulation. CP-36 CPD programs encompass several types of training:

  • Short-Term Training
  • Long-Term training
  • University Training Programs (Academic Degree Training)
  • Developmental Assignments
  • Civilian Education System (CES)
Funding

Funding for training is determined on a fiscal year basis. Costs for authorized travel, per diem, tuition, and books will be covered by available ACTEDS resources subject to availability of funds. Salary and personal benefits are the responsibility of the command and cannot be funded by CP-36. CP-36 is unable to authorize ACTEDS funds for rental cars, travel in/around the Temporary Duty (TDY) site, or local mileage. Additionally, CP-36 does not fund travel associated with University or Academic Degree Training (ADT).

Army Career Tracker

Army Career Tracker (ACT) is an Army web portal created to change the way training, education and experiential learning support is provided to Army military, civilians, and their leaders and supervisors. Users can search multiple education and training resources, monitor career development and receive advice from their leadership. To access the system, use your Army Knowledge Online (AKO) credentials through your Common Access Card (CAC) at:

  • Track individual progress of Individualized Development Plan (IDP) goals.
  • View multiple skill and competency career progressions across multiple career maps.
  • Search multiple training catalogs and educational resources.


GoArmyEd

GoArmyEd (GAE) is the official gateway for all Army Civilians to request centrally funded education, training and professional development opportunities. Army Civilians will use GoArmyEd.com to process training applications and SF 182 Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training requests.

Careerists, supervisors and vendors must have a GAE account. To access GAE, go to https://www.goarmyed.com and create your account. After creating an account careerists will have the ability to apply for training, supervisors will be able to approve training and vendors will be able to submit invoices and grades.

Note: Schools and vendors must have an account in GAE.

Additional information on GAE can be found on the Civilian Training and Leader Development (CTLD) website: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/goarmyed/Pages/default.aspx

Application Process

Application Procedures:

  • Careerists interested in applying for training must request approval for funding via email, prior to creating a training application in GoArmyEd (GAE). Training requirements are generally submitted during the annual CP-36 training solicitation window, occurring in the June-August timeframe. For training requirements identified outside of this timeframe, submit training requirement(s) via email, to the Career Program Manager (CPM) at least 60 days prior to the training start date.
  • Careerists approved for training will create training applications in GAE when notified by the CPM. After the training application is approved, the SF182 is created by the careerists and will flow through the system for approval at all levels; final approval occurs at HQDA G3/5/7. Forms must be created in GAE to meet the 20-business day timeline for approval.
  • All careerists, supervisors and vendors must create an account in GAE in order to use the system. The GAE website is https://www.goarmyed.com.
  • After creating an account careerists will have the ability to apply for training, supervisors will be able to approve training, and vendors will be able to invoice for payment of tuition.
  • If travel is required to attend training, a travel authorization must be created in the Defense Travel System (DTS).
  • Send an email to: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.simops@mail.mil to obtain application procedures and/or course availability.

    Short-Term Training (STT)
     
    Operations Research Systems Analysis Military Applications Course (ORSAMAC)

    ORSAMAC is a fourteen week resident program, held at the Army Logistics University (ALU), Ft. Lee, Virginia. The target audience for this course is Military Officers in the grade of Captain or Major and has been designated to receive the FA-49 identifier. Civilians should be serving in the GS-1515 series as Operations Research Analysis (ORSA) in the grades of GS-7 through GS-12. ORSAMAC is taught at ALU six times per year. The ORSAMAC course includes a comprehensive block of instruction in probability and statistics, in-depth instruction in the use of computer software to conduct data analysis and spreadsheet modeling, including database structure and data retrieval. The classroom presentation will emphasize principles, demonstrate techniques of analysis, and illustrate typical applications of the analytical techniques.
    * This course is recommended for all CP-36 ORSA Interns.

    Target Career Phase: CP-36 ORSA Interns are exempt from the 3 years of service requirement. Army ORSA Civilians in the early phases of their careers are eligible to apply for this training; waivers are not issued for this requirement.

    Simulation Operations Course (SOC)

    SOC is an eight-week course designed to educate military and civilian Modeling and Simulation (M&S)careerists in the fundamentals of military models and simulation. The course provides individuals with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities, practices, procedures, and concepts necessary to integrate mission command, models and simulations into the operational environment.

    The curriculum emphasizes the following topics:

    • Modeling and Simulation Operations: The SOC trains students to translate tactical/operational requirements into technical solutions by integrating live, virtual, constructive and gaming capabilities into a seamless environment to support the full range of military operations including training, testing, and experimentation.
    • Mission Command System Integration: The SOC trains students to integrate Army Mission Command Information Systems (MCIS) as a weapon system to achieve informational dominance and situational understanding for the commander and staff.
    • Operational Knowledge Management: The SOC trains students to integrate Knowledge Management principles with Mission Command Systems and staff processes to provide the commander with the right information in the right format at the right time to drive decision-making.

    Target Career Phase: This course is highly recommended for CP-36 personnel primarily serving in Training, Exercises, and Military Operations areas in CP-36 Modeling & Simulation.

    Location: Ft Belvoir, VA


    Simulation Professional Course (SPC)

    SPC is required for all CP-36 Interns. This two week resident course provides individuals with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities, practices, procedures, and concepts necessary to integrate models and simulations into the organizational environment. The curriculum emphasizes the following topics: fundamental knowledge of modeling and simulation; technical aspects of simulation; program management; employing simulations; cross domains issues (ACR/RDA/TEMO); and application of simulations within the M&S functional communities.

    The course will enable students to:

    • Understand model & simulation concepts, and have the ability to discuss applications within a specific modeling and simulation environment.
    • Understand the similarities and differences among the Army modeling and simulation domains and communities.
    • Understand interoperability & architecture issues within the modeling and simulation environment.
    • Understand organizations involved in the process of managing and implementing models and simulation.

    Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA.

    Target Career Phase: Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation professionals (military and civilian) and DA Interns.

    Simulations Operations Right Seat Ride (SORSR)

    The SORSR SORSR is a one-week course which offers FA-57 Officers, NCOs and Government Civilians who work in Modeling and Simulation the valuable experience of observing units participating in National Training Centers (NTC) rotations. The intent of the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to spend approximately five to nine days of a NTC rotation experiencing a live training operation that prepares units for real world deployments.

    During your time at the NTC your activities will include but are not limited to:

    • Vulture Team Briefing
    • SIM/STIM Room Briefing
    • BUB (Battle Update Brief)
    • NTC Command Brief
    • Visit out into the box to see live training (Optional)

    Course Dates: Variable (5-9 days); Course dates are determined by training dates established at the NTC. The Right-Seat-Ride POC coordinates scheduling for this training opportunity.

    Location: Fort Irwin, CA

    Target Career Phase: All Grade Levels with at least 3 completed years of service as a Department of the Army Civilian

    Certificate Programs
     
    Certificate Programs
     

    Students who wish to earn the Certificate for either of these programs are required to complete core courses and required elective(s). Courses may be taken individually, without completing the entire certificate program. All students will be awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the successful completion of each course, and those students who successfully complete the program will be presented with a Modeling and Simulation Certificate of completion. Online courses are available for this certificate program. Registration information and admissions deadlines can be obtained at the university website. See ACTEDS CP-36 Plan, Annex A, for detailed descriptions.

    Academic Institutions Certificate Programs
    George Mason University Certificate: Fundamental Concepts & Applications of M&S
    Certificate: M&S Throughout the Acq Lifecycle
    Georgia Tech Certificate: Defense M&S
    Naval Post Graduate School Certificate: M&S Management; dL
    Certificate: M&S Acquisition; dL
    Certificate: M&S Test & Evaluation; dL
    Certificate: M&S Engineering Integration; dL
    Portland State University Certificate: Computer M&S
    University of Alabama, Huntsville Certificate: Modeling & Simulations; dL or resident
    Certificate: System Engineering; dL or resident
    University of Central Florida Certificate: Graduate in Training Simulations
    Certificate: Instructional Design for Simulations
    University of Michigan Certificate: Simulation & Gaming Studies
    Note: dL + distant learning

    University Programs
     
    University
     

    University training is limited to job related courses that do not lead to a degree. It is limited to 12 credit hours before you are required to be enrolled in an Academic Degree Training (ADT) program. Individual coursework must be from an accredited college/university.

    Academic Degree Training (ADT)
     

    Academic Degree Training (ADT) is defined as training or education with the stated objective of obtaining an academic degree. ADT must be part of a planned, systematic and coordinated program of professional development endorsed by Army that supports organizational objectives and results are measurable in terms of individual and/or organizational performance. The training must be received from an accredited college or university.

    Programs of Study: Coursework or degree programs must be job related and can be taken at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level.

    Location of Academic Institutions: Attendance should be to a college/university within the applicant's commuting area or available through a non-traditional mode of learning.

    Scheduling of University Training: University training will be taken during non-duty hours unless otherwise approved by the Supervisor. Graduate students are required to take a minimum of 9 semester hours for the training to be considered as full-time.

    Authorized Expenses: Expenses are limited to books, tuition and lab fees except as noted above. While in training, the applicant's command/activity/laboratory will continue paying all costs for salary and personal benefits. Commands will not be reimbursed for salaries and personal benefits for training participants under any circumstances.

    Academic Performance: Careerists are required to maintain a "B" average (graduate level courses). Failure to maintain this grade point average may result in removal from the course of study. Careerists are required to send a grade report after each semester/quarter to the CP-36 Career Program Manager. The Government's interests must be protected when an employee fails to complete training for which DA pays all or part of the training expenses. All applicants are required to submit a Continuation of Service Agreement (CSA). The CSA is an agreement an employee makes to continue to work for the Government for a pre-established length of time in exchange for Government sponsored training or education. The service obligation begins when the training is completed.

    Applying for Part-Time or Full-Time University Training Programs: Applications to attend college/university programs of study require approval by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASA/M&RA). Applications must be submitted through command channels and be received and approved by the CP-36 FCR. Applicants should submit their requests to the CP-36 FCR with at least a 3 months lead-time due to the lengthy administrative process.

    By exception the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary Army and the Commanders/Heads of Army Commands, ASCCs, and Direct Reporting Units (DRU) may approve Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) related degrees. ACTEDS/centrally funded STEM degree application requests must be accompanied by a command approval memorandum from the Commander or designated Command Point of Contact (POC) to the CP36 Career Program Manager.

    Developmental Assignments
     

    Developmental Assignments provide Analysis, Modeling & Simulation (AM&S) professionals the opportunity to gain a broad overview of the interrelationships between HQDA components and other DoD organizations. Assignments allow for lateral movement to positions where careerists gain additional technical, management, or professional skills, knowledge, and abilities to enhance performance and effectiveness. The work-based learning is then transferred to the careerist's home organization upon return to the permanent position. Positions vary from 30 to 90 days in duration. Longer assignments, not to exceed 6-12 months, will be considered if deemed integral to the developmental experience.

    Location: Flexible, varies by opportunity

    Target Career Phase: All Grade levels

    Civilian Education System (CES)
     
    Civilian Education System
     

    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 http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil/Pages/Homepage.aspx.

    Enterprise Talent Management Program (ETM)
     

    The ETM Program is the means by which the Army prepares its GS-13s and GS-12s (that meet the prerequisites) to gain professional senior-level educational, developmental learning, and experiential opportunities to assume duty positions of greater responsibility across the department.

    This program, for GS 13s and GS 12s (that meet the prerequisites) has four modules:

    1. ETM Command and General Staff Officer College: This module is designed to expand participants' knowledge of the operational and tactical Army in preparation for the challenges faced in a complex global environment.
    2. ETM Executive Leader Development Program: A 10-week program covering 10 months of learning and training experiences that require mental and physical agility.
    3. ETM Temporary Duty: Participants will fill a 90-day or less developmental assignment on a special project as a member of a working group, tiger team or will fill a critical-need detail.
    4. ETM Shadowing Experience: The Shadowing module is designed to provide applicants with up to 20 duty days of structured leadership and shadowing experience with a senior GS-15s or Senior Executive Service civilian.

    Senior Enterprise Talent Management Program (SETM)
     

    The SETM Program was created to produce senior civilian leaders with an enterprise perspective who could serve in increasing levels of responsibility. Application window of opportunities are announced annually and must be staffed and approved by individuals’ chain of commands/leadership.

    The SETM Program, for GS 14/15s, has five modules:

    1. Enterprise Placement Program
      1. Option 1 - Reassignment: Only open to GS-15s, who applies and are selected as Army Enterprise employees willing to be reassigned for leader development.
      2. Option 2 - SES Detail: Open to senior GS-15s to be temporarily detailed to a Senior Executive Service position for up to 1 year.
    2. Army Senior Civilian Fellowship: A two-year fellowship for GS-14s/15s that expand fellows' opportunities for strategic training, education and professional development through exposure working with DOD agencies, corporations, foundations and educational institutions.
    3. Defense Senior Leader Development Program: A 2-year program for GS-14/15s, designed to develop the enterprise-wide perspective needed to lead in joint organizations and across a broad interagency spectrum or multi-national environment.
    4. Senior Service College: Open to GS-14s/15s or equivalent employees, who compete for allocated seats at the U.S. Army War College or Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
    5. Project-Based Temporary Duty: A 179-day developmental assignment for GS-14/15s where participants are temporarily assigned to work on a special command-nominated project as part of a working group or to fill a critical needs detail.

    FCR Application Information
     
    Suspense Dates and Resources
     

    Careerists interested in applying for training must ensure their requirements are included in CP-36 quarterly training request. Requirements should be received by the published timeline.

    1. Travel and TDY funds are available for developmental assignments, TWI, and select short-term and long-term training.
    2. Travel and TDY funds are not available for university training except by approval of the CP-36 FCR.
    3. Rental cars are not authorized for any training or career developmental opportunities.
    Selection Criteria
     

    Training programs are open to all eligible CP-36 careerists based on target career phase. Participants are competitively selected to attend both short-term and long-term training opportunities, including University Training, Developmental Assignments and Training with Industry. Long-term training is, by definition, training that lasts for more than 120 days. The purpose of competitive training is to develop selected individuals for positions of increasing responsibility. All requested training must clearly benefit the mission and functions of the Army. Employees are selected based on the following criteria:

    1. Potential for professional development
    2. Career goals
    3. Supervisor's recommendations/endorsements
    4. Post training utilization plan
    5. Job performance
    6. Army's requirements for core competencies
    7. Program cost

    Completion of Training
     

    CP-36 individuals awarded ACTEDS funds must provide completed copies of the SF182 grade reports or other evidence of successful completion of training for each funded course. Individuals will be responsible for maintaining records of all funds received for ACTEDS training.

    Points of Contact
     

    For information about CP-36 or any of the training opportunities in the ACTEDS Plan or Training Catalog, contact the CP-36 Proponent Division:

    1. Email: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-dcs-g-8.mbx.simops@mail.mil
    2. Phone Number: 703-805-0136/0371/0139/0396/0132
    3. Fax: (703) 805-0190
    4. Postal Service:
      Army Simulation Proponent Division
      ATTN: Career Program 36
      5801 Hurley Road
      Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
    More Information
    • Academic Degree Training (ADT) Checklist - Employees requesting DA ACTEDS funds to obtain an academic degree (training or education with the stated objective of getting an academic degree) must provide the information found in the "ADT Checklist" below.
    • Career Program ACTEDS Plans - Information about career management training, education, and development is provided in the individual ACTEDS plans. Individual plans may be found using the ACTEDS link below.
    • Course Checklist - Employees requesting ACTEDS funds for training-with-industry programs, developmental assignments, short-term training opportunities (120 days for less) and non-academic degree programs must provide the information found in the "Course Checklist" below.


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