MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Mandatory Placements for Civilian Graduates of Senior Service Colleges (SSC)
The Army's senior leadership recognizes the importance of developing civilian leaders. Effective career management of key civilian leaders is a critical element of Army's current capability and future success. SSC education prepares civilians for positions of greater leadership responsibility; civilians with advanced leadership education make greater contributions to the Army.
To increase the effectiveness of civilian SSC education, I have decided to institute a policy of directed placement of all civilian SSC graduates, including participants in the Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP). This will maximize the Army's return on investment and provide an avenue for full utilization of the competencies acquired through SSC education through an assignment process paralleling that which exists for military graduates. Directed placement will advance the goals of professionalizing leader development for the civilian workforce and provide an avenue for full utilization of leadership skills and competencies acquired. Centralized placement will strengthen the Army, ensuring SSC graduates are put to use immediately and on a continuing basis, using the benefits acquired from their development by placement in Army key leadership positions.
Therefore, effective with Academic Year 03/04, the Office, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 (ODCS-G-1) will direct placement of all Army civilian SSC graduates. SSC includes Army War College resident and distance education programs, National War College, or the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Likewise, this policy applies to DLAMP participants who have access to seats at the Air War College and the College of Naval Warfare. The ODCS, G-1 will develop and issue implementing policies and procedures.