Office of Leadership Courses

Leadership courses are available to active, reserve and civilian personnel; through multiple agencies.

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.



    The target audience for MOCTC-1 is O-3s and GS-12s (or other civilian schedule equivalent). However O-4s and GS-13s that have recently assumed supervisory roles are encouraged to apply. Reserve O-3s and O-4s are eligible to apply.


    How to Apply for the Course

    Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. The online portions of these courses require internet access, but it need not be a CG workstation. Course Code: 100139

    Course Convenings

    Resident sessions will meet during the following dates:


    MOCTC-1 01-19 (LDC, New London, CT): 01/07/19 – 01/18/19 (Overall course length: 11/19/18 – 03/10/19)

    MOCTC-1 02-19 (LDC, New London, CT): 03/25/19 – 04/05/19 (Overall course length: 02/04/19 – 05/26/19)

    MOCTC-1 03-19 (LDC, New London, CT): 05/13/19 – 05/24/19 (Overall course length: 03/24/19 – 07/14/19)

    MOCTC-1 04-19 (LDC, New London, CT): 07/22/19 – 08/02/19 (Overall course length: 06/03/19 – 09/22/19)

    MOCTC-1 05-19 (CG HQ, Washington, DC): 09/09/19 - 09/20/19 (Overall course length: 07/22/19 - 11/11/19)


    *Prospective students located at or near CG HQ should apply for the MOCTC-1 05-19 convening, which will only be filled with local, no-cost orders.

    Program Manager

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