Commandant (DCMS-DPR-5)
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Stop 7907
Washington, D.C. 20593-7907

New Leader Program (500917)

About the Course

The New Leader Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USA, is for employees who have just entered leadership positions or have a high potential for leadership. The program is designed to strengthen the employee's leadership competencies and to teach them how to apply the skills they learn in real-world situations. Participants gain knowledge and practice skills that will help them develop into effective leaders.

The training requires participants to be away from their primary duties for three, one-week, sessions over a six-month period. The program components include:

1. Individual assessment
2. Leadership development plan
3. Learning teams/team projects
4. 30-day developmental work assignment
5. Management readings
6. Management interviews
7. Shadow assignment

Assignments to be completed outside of class hours include at a minimum: individual assessments, a leadership development plan, learning teams/team projects, a four-week developmental rotational work assignment, leadership book readings, two management interviews, and a three-day shadow assignment.

Members should plan to spend an average of 4-6 hours per week outside of the resident sessions to complete assignments.

School Information

Participant Objectives

Strengthen basic competencies in leadership skills such as teamwork, customer service, problem solving, self-direction, flexibility, interpersonal skills, conflict management, decisiveness, oral and written communication, and working effectively in a diverse workforce.

Program Duration

August 12, 2024 - February 28, 2025

Session Dates

12 Aug - 16 Aug 2024

18 Nov - 22 Nov 2024

24 Feb - 28 Feb 2025


GS 7-11, Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) NF 3-4, and equivalent wage grade levels (WG 10-15, WL 6-14, WS 8-13)


Applications must be received by the Coast Guard no later than 1 Feb 2024.

Application Procedures

To apply:

  1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500917.
  2. Submit a current resume, or equivalent documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing a current home address. Resumes or equivalent documentation shall not exceed one page.
  3. Include a letter of nomination in CG memo format from the commanding officer at field units or appropriate office/division chief for HQ, Area, District or Sector staffs.  The letter of the nomination should contain the following information:
    1. Please state how participation in the New Leader Program will support the member's career goal.
    2. Address the applicant's potential performance.
    3. How the member will apply what they have learned in their current and future federal government positions.
    4. Address the applicant's potential as a leader.
  4. Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above) into a .pdf file and send as an email attachment Include the course title within the subject line of the email.
  5. Once the student is selected by the CG, a CG-128 POC will contact the student to complete an online Graduate School Application Form.

For more information about the Graduate School USA Program Higher Reach Student Information System (SIS), click here.

NOTE: DO NOT submit application directly to Graduate School, USA prior to being notified by CG-128.

Selection Procedures

1. A selection panel will review the documents of all eligible applicants.
2. Selected individuals will be notified by record message traffic of their selection.
3. Alternates will be selected and will attend the program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.
4. Selected individuals will be directed to submit a completed SF182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF182).

Program Manager

Kin Szeto, phone 202-475-5515, email

Additional Information

For additional information (including conveying dates, prerequisites, location, etc.) please visit the TQC website.


For course information conflicts between DCMS-DPR-5 website and TQC website, DCMS-DPR-5 takes precedence.