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Office of Leadership (CG-12C)

Eisenhower School

About the Course

The Eisenhower School is a college under the Department of Defense's National Defense University. The mission of ES is to prepare military officers and civilians for senior leadership and staff positions by conducting postgraduate, executive-level courses of study and associated research dealing with the resource component of national power, with special emphasis on material acquisition and joint logistics, and their integration into national security strategy for peace and war. Graduates are awarded a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.

The training requires participants to be away from their position for approximately 10 months. Students will be on temporary assignment in Washington, D.C.

Participant Objectives


GS-14, GS-15, and NF-5 managers. Applicants must possess at least a baccalaureate degree and have demonstrated potential for senior executive level service.

Applicants must have a SECRET clearance prior to being accepted by ES. (If you don't have a secret clearance, we recommend that you apply for one prior to beginning the ES application process.)

A Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information Clearance is required for certain electives and briefings.

Course Dates

Timeframe: August 2015 - June 2016 Application Deadline: closed

Enrollment Procedures

Application packages must be directly submitted to Packages must include:
  1. Completed copy of National Defense University (NDU) Student Nomination Form.
  2. An official transcript (highest degree earned).
  3. One-page student biography or resume to include education and career history.
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. Completed copy of NDU Student Worldwide Travel Form.
  6. Students statement of no more than two pages as to their career aspirations, goals, and suitability for the program.
  7. A Letter of Nomination, in CG Memo format, from the first Flag Officer or SES in the applicants chain of command.
  8. A copy of a final secret security clearance that includes adjudication date.
  9. If you are applying for the ES Senior Acquisition Course (SAC) you will also need to complete a SAC Nomination Form.

Costs are paid by CGHQ Funds.

Selection Procedures

The application packages of all eligible nominees will be reviewed by a selection panel at Headquarters. Selections are based on a candidate's joint/interagency experience and/or potential, future utilization and career path, ES mission match (Resourcing National Security Strategy/ Acquisition/ Logistics), breadth of experience within and outside of current career field, and ability to contribute as a member of a diverse seminar. Nominations will be reviewed and selections recommended by a CG panel. Candidate recommendations will then be forwarded to ES for their approval.

Selectee will be required to sign a Continued Service Agreement (pages 4 & 5).

Additional Information

All persons interested in the Senior Service School Programs are encouraged to visit the Senior Service School information page on the PSC-OPM Advanced Education website at

For further information on training visit the Eisenhower School website:
Last Modified 2/10/2015