JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command graduated the second class of the Intermediate Leader Development Program July 21, establishing itself as a model Civilian Development Program across the Army.
“Be that person the boss can trust to get the most difficult missions accomplished … even if it is outside of your lane,” said David Brinkley, deputy chief of staff, TRADOC G-1/4 (Personnel/Logistics), to a packed Morelli Auditorium on Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Brinkley delivered the graduation address to 24 emerging civilian leaders, who have taken the next step preparing themselves to serve in positions of greater responsibility.
While the ceremony was a significant milestone for the graduates, it was also a special moment for the program, which was lauded as a model by members of the Army’s Office of Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel, who observed and facilitated training during the week. This office has also been charged with developing similar programs across the Army.
Established in 2014, the ILD Program is a two-year TRADOC civilian leader development initiative designed to prepare GS 11s through 13s for key leadership positions. Program participants receive and select training to address competency gaps, participate in two local career developmental assignments of 60-90 days, and engage with a senior civilian mentor.
Rob McMurtrie, one of the graduates, was appreciative of his ILD Program experience.
“The program gave me unique opportunities to serve in other areas at Fort Huachuca, which led to a lateral transfer into a new position,” McMurtrie said. “Moreover, my experience laid the foundation for a new civilian development program at the Intelligence Center of Excellence patterned after the ILD Program.”
On an individual basis, ILD Program participants select from a menu of training opportunities that include Harvard, the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia, and the Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University among others. They have participated in myriad of developmental assignments to include joint assignments with the Air Force and Navy.
In the days preceding the ceremony, the graduating class received training on a range of critical thinking skills and groupthink mitigation strategies from the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, Red Team.
Tracy Bradford, a member of the graduating class from Fort Lee, Virginia, shared on the value of the group training like that provided by the Red Team.
“The most unexpected reward of the ILD Program was the continued inspiration and encouragement I received,” she said. “We entered this journey together in 2015 and grew as individuals and as a team through amazing training, mentoring and coaching opportunities.”
Based on interest in the program, TRADOC has expanded the ILD Program to include participants from other commands. Four students in the graduating class are members of the U.S. Army Medical Command, which forged a partnership with TRADOC in 2015. In 2017, the U.S. Army Cyber Command likewise established a partnership with TRADOC to enable their emerging leaders to participate.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony were over 30 new ILD Program participants, who received orientation training earlier in the week.
ILD Program newcomer, Tony White from Fort Eustis, commented on his orientation training “…with all of the speakers, great messages, training sessions and ability to immediately apply what we learned, I felt valued. I am re-energized, and I am very excited about the future.”
The application period for the next class is in the March-April 2018 time frame. Army Civilians who are interested in the program can call Stephanie Brown, 757-501-6821, or Kevin Willis, 757-501-6816.