Continuing Education for Senior Leaders


Course Number


Delivery Method

Distributed Learning (DL) & Resident


One week

Academic Hours





The Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) course provides an interactive environment in which senior leaders (GS 14/15, CWO 4/5, SGM/CSM, and LTC/COL) discuss current issues and relevant challenges facing civilian and military leaders. The program’s intent is for leaders to return to the program continuously to refresh and receive updates on current Army issues and initiatives. Students will apply strategic thinking and problem solving to global Army and DOD issues.

CESL is conducted through blended learning – distributed learning (DL) and four and a half days of resident training. The DL consists of reading materials and written assignments. CESL resident training consists of both small and large group activities. The course structure is a combination of guest speakers and interactive exercises.


  • Army Civilians in permanent appointment to GS 14-15 or equivalent.
  • Active duty Military at the rank O-5, O-6, CW4, CW5, SGM, or CSM.
  • DOD or other Federal agency leaders in permanent appointment to GS 14-15 or equivalent.


Additional Information

  • One year is required between Advanced Course completion and CESL attendance.
  • Two years are recommended between each CESL attendance.
  • Course participants must receive a "Go" on all assignments. Course completion certificates are awarded at the resident phase.
  • CES courses are centrally funded for most Department of the Army Civilians. Refer to AR 350-1 for specific requirements and eligibility.
  • Courses are open to DOD employees and employees from other military departments. These employees are NOT centrally funded.

Accessing the Course

Apply through CHRTAS and follow the instructions provided in system-generated emails.

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