Centrally Managed Civilian Leadership Courses (CMCLC)
Centrally Managed Civilian Leadership Courses (CMCLC) are development programs for Civilian Marines starting at GS-5 through GS-15 and pay equivalents that are centrally funded by the Marine Corps. These programs are open to all civilians in any pay system, as long as they meet the GS grade equivalency requirement.

For more information: please contact the CMCLC Administrator by phone at (703) 614-9088 or by email at

To participate in the CMCLC applicants compete for Marine Corps quotas.

The following are the basic steps to enroll in the program:

  • Lejeune Leadership Institute (LLI) announces courses through the Civilian Leadership Development Administrators(CLDAs)
  • CLDAs will then distribute calls for nominations through the HQMC Training Coordinators
  • Applicants will complete and route packages through their Chain-of-Command to the HQMC CLDA
  • CLDA will route completed nomination packages to a HQMC selection board
  • Packages selected by the HQMC board will be forwarded to LLI by the CLDA
  • LLI will make the final selection(s) and applicants will be notified if selected or not

Programs vary regarding time away from the office and on-the-job assignments; and dates vary from year to year.

Below are the current Centrally Mangaged Civilian Leadership Courses (CMCLC) that Civilian Marines may apply for:

(Watch for MARADMIN announcing the call for nomination for each program, or [Click Here] for the current CMCLC Planning Calendar)

CMCLC Summary of Courses


Grade Levels 

Course Summary

Executive Potential Program (EPP)

Graduate School USA
Program Length:
12 months 

GS 13 & Above or Equivalent  Addresses the competencies necessary for executive-level positions. 

Capital Hill Fellowship Program

Government Affairs Institute
Program Length:
12 months 

GS 13-15 or Equivalent  Designed for executives and managers who require a high-level working knowledge of Congress. 

Aspiring Leader Program (ALP)

Graduate School USA
Program Length:
3 months 

GS 04-06 or Equivalent  Prepares federal employees for potential positions as team leaders, supervisors, and managers. 

Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)

National Defense University (NDU)
Program Length:
10 months 

GS 14-15 or Equivalent  Senior Acquisition Course that awards a Master of Science Degree in National Resources Strategy. 

Seminar XXI

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Program Length:
6 evenings &
3 weekends

GS 14-15 or Equivalent  Broadens understanding and critical thinking skills with regard to international relations theories and the implication for politics, the economy, and society in foreign countries. 
DoD Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) 

Civilian Personnel Management Services
Program Length:
12 months

GS 12-14 or Equivalent  Aggressive hands-on training immersion program designed to expose the Department’s future leaders to the joint and interagency perspective. 
Defense Senior Leadership Development (DSLDP)

Civilian Personnel Management Services
Program Length:
2 Years

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GS 14-15 or Equivalent  Develops senior civilian leaders with the Enterprise-wide perspective critical to meeting all Department of Defense missions. 

Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society

Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Program Length:
4 weeks

GS 15 & Above or Equivalent  Reflects and enhances the Constitutional underpinning of Federal Government work and the common culture of senior Federal executives. 

New Leader Program (NLP)

Graduate School USA
Program Length:
6 months 

GS 07-11 or Equivalent  Develops future public service leaders by providing assessment, experiential learning, and individual development opportunities. 

Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

Graduate School USA
Program Length:
9 months 

GS 11-13 or Equivalent  Provides training and development experiences through experiential learning and individual development opportunities with an emphasis on leading people." 

Lejeune Leadership Institute


Organizational and Workforce Management Section

Mailing Address:

Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (HQMC) Code ARHM
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon
Room 2C253
Washington, DC 20350-3000


Phone: 703-614-9088