DHS Leader Development Program - Foundations & Milestone

(Non-Supervisory Employees)


About the Program

Every Coast Guard, and thus DHS, employee has the opportunity to lead, whether by example (such as producing well-planned, high-quality products), or by showing investment in the success of others (such as guiding, mentoring, or project leadership). To ensure that non-supervisory leaders are supported in maintaining and growing the specific leadership competencies for success, the DHS Leader Development Program (LDP) can benefit you. ​

The DHS LDP offers two tiers of leader development specifically targeted to non-supervisors:​

  1. Foundations (Team Members)

  2. Milestone (Team Leads)

Foundations Team Members are non-supervisory, non-military personnel and make up the largest of the Coast Guard’s civilian workforce.  Team Members are vital to Coast Guard mission and operational success, and are not only relied upon to exhibit technical proficiency in their jobs, but also the competencies and capabilities that demonstrate leadership.  ​

​Milestone Team Leads are non-military, civilian personnel who serve in non-supervisory roles, yet lead groups of people in executing the Coast Guard’s missions. Team Leads typically serve as project and program managers that assign and direct work to their teammates.  They are responsible for the ultimate work deliverables of the team, but do not assign performance ratings, approve leave or assign training. 



Development Opportunities offered on the LMS​   

Log into the Coast Guard Learning Management System (LMS)  and search the following courses by name or course number

  • Civilian Orientation (502281) ​

  • Foundations Program (Team Members) Core Development Experience Part 1 & 2 (100196) ​

  • Do I Want to Be a Supervisor (501832) 


  • Milestone Program (Team Leads) Core Development Experience Part 1 & 2 (100216)​

  • A Day in the Life of a DHS Supervisor: Understanding the DHS Leadership Commitment (100001)​

  • Do I Want to Be a Supervisor (501832)

 Optional Opportunities

  • Foundations Career Coaching​ - Looking for a coach? Visit the DHS Coaching Talent Bank to  connect with a coach for individual or program needs. Select a coach's name to view their biography. You may contact the coach directly to discuss their experience and availability.


  • Milestone Book of the Year 

  • Coast Guard Reading List and the DHS Leadership Library for educational and inspirational books, TED Talks, podcasts and more!​

  • Milestone Shadowing Program - ​​The Coast Guard offers opportunities via the USA Graduate School, including:​

        - Aspiring Leader Program ​

        - New Leader Program ​

        - Executive Leader Program ​

        - Executive Potential Program ​


Additional Activities and Opportunities


  • Learning Without Limit– This site provides a variety of different learning tools and options for continual and leadership development.  Development options include book lists, blogs, videos and so much more! ​

  • DHS Leadership Bridges: So You Want to be a Leader Guides -- Those looking for guidance on how to develop the competencies needed to serve at different leader levels, these guides provide helpful hints and tips on experiences and actions that can help you develop important knowledge and abilities before advancement. ​

  • Leader Development Learning Cafés  - The monthly Learning Cafés feature leaders and subject matter experts from across DHS to help leaders at all levels enhance leadership competencies.  These sessions are delivered as a presentation, interview-style, or panel discussion, with opportunities for participants to engage in Q&A.​

  • CG Mentoring Program – choose from several options including 1:1, Communities Marketplace and Fresh Perspectives.​

  • Skillsoft-- Whether you're trying to answer a question, learn a new skill, or develop professionally, USCG Skillsoft lets you quickly locate learning content aligned to your needs. Includes books, videos, courses and so much more!




Program Manager

Alyssa Lombardi, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-795-6099, email Alyssa.J.Lombardi@uscg.mil