Office of Leadership (DCMS-DPR-5)


​Leadership Development Opportunities


Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Executive Leaders Program 

Active Duty O5-06 & E8-9 
GS 14 & 15 

Application Deadline
Civilian: DHS application: 10 MAY 24; CHDS application: 15 JUN 24 
Military: CHDS application: 15 JUN 24 


Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies 

Any Officer & E5 and above 
GS 11-15 

Application Deadline 
Civilian: DHS application: 29 MAR 24; CHDS application: 01 MAY 24 
Military: CHDS application: 01 MAY 24 


Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Emergence Program 

Any Junior Officer & E5  
GS 9-12 

Application Deadline
Civilian: DHS application: 05 APR 24; CHDS application: 01 MAY 24 
Military: CHDS application: 01 MAY 24 


DoD Civilian Emerging Leaders Program 

Civilians only; GS-7 through 12 

Application Deadline 
26 JUL 24 


OPM Detail Opportunities 
Application Deadline: Ongoing


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

The mission of the Office of Leadership is to communicate and facilitate the Commandant’s Leadership Philosophy and Coast Guard Leadership Competencies by providing Officer, Enlisted, and Civilian personnel with information and resources for professional development opportunities, recognizing exceptional leadership, and establishing policies to sustain leaders of character at all levels.

Program and Course News

    Bravo Zulu to the winners of the 2024 Coast Guard Inspirational Leadership & Navy League Leadership Awards! See the list of winners here. Read more about their achievements here.
    Follow along as the Mentoring Program hits the road and visits districts, sectors, commands and units across the fleet.
    Check out the updated Enlisted Leadership Continuum Frequently Asked Questions here.
    In honor of #NationalLeadershipDay, we wanted to share some of our favorite leadership development learning and research resources offered by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Find them here.
    Come work with the best team in the Coast Guard.! We are hiring for a Program Analyst (Executive Development). Deadline to apply is January 18, 2024.
    Deadline announced for Graduate School USA & Partnership in Public Service Excellence in Government Fellows Program. Applications due Feb. 1, 2024. Get more information here: New Leader Program, Executive Leader Program, Executive Potential Program & Excellence in Government. Read the ALCOAST here.
    Reasons to nominate an exceptional leader for an Inspirational Leadership Award can be found here.
    Be part of the Coast Guard's Largest Mentoring Event (EVER) on Tues., Jan. 9, 2024 at the CG Yard in honor of National Mentoring Month. Senior officers, enlisted members and civilian personnel in the DC-Baltimore area are encouraged to sign up to be a mentor. Get more details here. Register here.
     Nominate an exceptional leader for a 2024 Inspirational Leadership Award or Navy League Leadership Award. Submissions are due Feb. 14, 2024. See nomination guidelines here. Find the ALCOAST here
    Civilians: The Mentoring Program invites you to become a civilian "sponsor" for 'Welcome Aboard', their newest track designed to help new civilian employees seamlessly transition to the Coast Guard. Civilian sponsors will play a crucial role in guiding & supporting these new civilians while creating a welcoming and nurturing environment. Read VADM Thomas' Weekly Message to the Workforce here.
    Calling all Enlisted, Officer, and Civilian Leaders! Advance your skillset through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Emergence, Executive Leaders and Master's Degree programs. See links for each program for application details and deadlines, which vary. Read the MyCG story here.
    Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (AFSNCOA) convening dates released. Applications due 45 days prior to the session. 
    11 Chief Petty Officer Academy (CPOACD) convenings announced. Details can be found here.
    Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (USNSEA) convening dates released. Sessions held Nov. 2023 - August 2024. Get more info here.
    Supervisor of Civilians Tier 11 convenings announced. 14 convenings available, including 2 designed for West Coast participants. First convening starts in January. Get more info here.
    Chief Warrant Officer Development Program course convenings announced (CWODP). Find info here. Includes virtual and in-person sessions.
    Team Leader/Facilitator Course dates now available. Get more info here. 12 in person convenings available in FY24.
    Senior Enlisted Leadership Course (SELC) dates announced. Find them here. 6 convenings held in FY24.
    Officer & Civilian Leadership Continuum (OCLC) course dates released. Get details here: MOCTC, SLPS & SLTC
    Check out the Leadership Competency Facilitator Guide and Job Aid that offers an engaging way into leadership for military members and civilians. 
    Supervisors of Civilians Tier 1 self-paced eLearning is now available online. As part of the Coast Guard's efforts to modernize and increase its support of our civilian workforce and their supervisors, the course has been redesigned to be an easy-to-use tool that supervisors can reference on an ongoing basis. Learn more and access the course here