Office of Leadership (CG-128)

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Commandant (CG-128)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

Midgrade Officer and Civilian Transition Course 1 (MOCTC 1)

About the Course

As officers and civilians transition to roles of greater responsibility and broader impact, their leadership abilities and approach must evolve to handle more complex leadership challenges.


To enable students to apply knowledge to large-scale current organizational challenges and daily individual leadership challenges.

Areas of Emphasis

The primary focus of MOCTC 1 will be on Leading Self and Leading Others, helping students develop their understanding of successful leadership practices to improve the climate of their workplace and increase their effectiveness in accomplishing Coast Guard missions. Topics covered within the curriculum include communication (interpersonal, written and oral), self-awareness, team dynamics, collaboration, conflict management, influence, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making. Graduates of this course will:

  1. Seek and apply feedback from others to continuously improve their leadership skills.
  2. Adjust their communication and leadership styles to improve their influence.
  3. Build strong unit climates by recognizing and resolving conflict and positively impacting their co-workers, unit and the Coast Guard.
  4. Apply coaching or mentoring skills to maximize the development of others.
  5. Inspire others by highlighting excellence and sharing a positive vision of the future.
  6. Leverage an expanded peer network across disciplines/specialties/workforce.
  7. Become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and their impact on others.
  8. Be invigorated in their dedication to Coast Guard service.


MOCTC-1 is delivered in a blended format over a period of 16 weeks. Each course consists of seven weeks online training before, and seven weeks online training after a two-week resident session. Online coursework requires a 2-4 hour commitment per week and includes reading, participation in online discussion boards and phone discussions with a skills transfer coach. Students who fail to keep up with course assignments may be disenrolled.


All O-3s and GS-12s are welcomed to apply; however, the primary target audience for the MOCTC 1 course is O-3s and supervisory GS12s (or other civilian schedule equivalent).

How to Apply for the Course

Applications shall be submitted by standard CG memorandum to the MOCTC Admissions Committee via email to by 1 September 2017. Applications shall include the following information:

a. Why are you a good candidate for the program and what do you hope to gain from the experience? (One paragraph, 150 words or fewer).
b. What is your current unit and position, and how many people do you supervise?
c. What are your primary and secondary specialties (aviation, prevention, response, naval engineering, human resources [HRM/RPA], legal, finance, civil engineering, C4IT, operations afloat)?
d. What is your date of rank? For civilians, when did you promote to or accept your current position?
e. What is your rotation date (military only)?
f. List the course convenings you can attend, in priority order. Note: If you are selected and stationed near one of the exportable locations (CGHQ or Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA), you will likely be assigned to the resident session co-located with your permanent duty station.
g. Employee ID number
h. An endorsement/recommendation from your Commanding Officer or first O6/GS15 in your chain of command, which specifically addresses your suitability for the course, ability to keep up with required coursework and availability to attend the resident session.

Course Convenings

Resident sessions will meet during the following dates:

 a. MOCTC-1 (01-18) 12/4/2017 – 12/15/2017 in Washington, DC
 b. MOCTC-1 (02-18) 3/12/2018 – 3/23/2018 in New London, CT
 c. MOCTC-1 (03-18) 6/4/2018 – 6/15/2018 in New London, CT
 d. MOCTC-1 (04-18) 7/16/2018 – 7/27/2018 in Portsmouth, VA
 e. MOCTC-1 (05-18) 9/17/2018 – 9/28/2018 in New London, CT

Program Manager

CWO Nicole McKenzie, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5518, email