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Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership : Eisenhower Leader Development Program

Eisenhower Program & Benavidez Program
What is the Eisenhower Leader Development Program? 

The US Military Academy Brigade Tactical Department, in conjunction with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, is currently seeking branch qualified (or soon-to-be branch qualified) captains for assignments as Company Tactical Officers, regardless of commissioning source. Annual selection boards convene each December and make selections for the academic year beginning 1.5 years ahead. (In other words, the December 2010 selection board will choose officers for a class start date of May 2012, and so forth.) Selection as a "TAC" begins with your enrollment in the full-time, 12-month Masters of Arts Program where you complete an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology (Leader Development) from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Additionally, officers seeking graduate school training through the Enhanced Graduate Program (EGSP) are encouraged to contact their respective branch to explore this opportunity. EGSP officers generally return to the larger Army for a follow on assignment upon completion of their degree and do not serve as TACs. 
All officers are assigned to West Point, New York with academic instruction divided between West Point and the Teacher's College in New York City. Officers are afforded priority housing placement (future TACs only), individual study areas, government transportation to Teacher's College, full duty exemption and abide by the Advanced Civil School SOP. An Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of 3 years is incurred upon completion of the M.A.
You are strongly encouraged to begin an on-line application and populate it as much as you can even if it is not possible to complete it by December. While incomplete packets will go before the board, it is in your interest to best represent your skills and experience to include a GRE minimum of 153/144/4.0. 
To BEGIN/COMPLETE the on-line application, click here
In the "Type of Position Desired" field, be sure to select "Tactical Officer" and add the "Brigade Tactical Department" for your department of assignment interest. Fields marked with * are required before submissions are accepted. Upon completion of this initial step, you'll receive an e-mail reply with a unique user name and password. (Do not lose or delete it, as it will be known only to you.) You'll then be set to access, manage and complete your file.
To view "What is in a Complete Packet", Applicant WEST Instructions.
A Tactical Officer (TAC) is the legal Company Commander of a Cadet Company and the primary developer of cadets at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York. He or she assists each cadet in balancing and integrating the requirements of the physical, military, academic, and moral-ethical programs. A "TAC" trains and coaches the cadet chain of command to establish and sustain high unit standards and behavior essential to a cohesive company environment. TACs have a senior NCO (SFC or MSG) assigned as their NCO partner (1SG equivalent) - together they form and model a professional command team for the cadets. TACs inspire cadets to develop effective leadership styles through role-modeling, counseling, teaching, and training. A Tactical Officer also presents formal and informal instruction to the company, implements special development programs for individual cadets as needed, and is responsible for all company administration.
BS&L and USCC (Tactical Officers) requires and wants diversity among the officer role models we place before cadets, and we are aggressively committed to a diverse faculty. It is very important that cadets are coached, taught, mentored, and led by both genders, and all ethnic groups. Women and minority officers are strongly encouraged to apply to work our programs.  
ELDP Educational Goals 
The Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) portion of the Eisenhower Program takes 12-months to complete. Officers are stationed at West Point during this period and are assigned to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. (They are inter-post transferred to the Brigade Tactical Department after graduation for the remainder of their tour as a TAC.) Classes are coordinated between USMA and Columbia University, with some held on post but all others held on the Teachers College campus in New York City. A sample of the classes in the program include:  

•Human Resource Management
•Leadership Development
•Systems Leadership
•Organizational Dynamics
•Organizational Culture and Socialization
•Organizational Change
•Preparation for Individual Counseling
•Preparation for Coaching
•Career Counseling and Development
•Instructional Design
•Organizational Psychology
•Psychological Aspect of Organizations
•Military History/Profession

The academic program is rigorous but highly rewarding. It requires completion of 45 credit-hours of graduate study. Past participants confirm that it was challenging, both in terms of its workload and intellectual rigor. But historically, most have done very well. With this in mind, it is possible to not complete the degree due to any of numerous factors. Applicants should honestly self-assess their academic skills and personal situations before committing to this program.  
Tactical Officer Timeline
First Year at USMA (ELDP)  

•May - PCS to USMA, assigned to the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership
•June - begin ELDP / Masters of Arts Degree work
•Graduate from ELDP with M.A. from Columbia after 12 months (late May)

Second Year at USMA (first year as a TAC)  

•Inter-post transfer / assigned to the Brigade Tactical Department, United States Corps of Cadets
•Serve as Associate TAC for cadet summer training (late May – mid August)
•Primary TAC of a cadet company for academic year (mid-August – May)
Third Year at USMA (second year as a TAC) 

•Serve as Primary TAC for cadet summer training (mentoring recent ELDP graduates)
•Primary TAC of cadet company for entire academic year
Fourth Year at USMA (third year as a TAC)  
• Primary TAC of cadet company for entire academic year 
• Possibility of serving as an XO to a Regimental Tactical Officer or as the XO to the Brigade Tactical Department 

 For more information please contact CPT John Borland, ELDP XO, 845-938-5589 or Mr. Billy Austin , USCC S1, 845-938-2213

 CPT Barry Ammons
Please tell us a little about yourself
I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2006 with a major in International/Strategic History. Following graduation, I served as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY and the 4-2 Stryker Brigade at JBLM, WA – including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program, I received my MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College (Columbia University) prior to becoming a Company Tactical Officer for G-2. I’m married to my amazing wife Abby, and we have two daughters, Emily Claire and Catherine. 
Can you please describe your duties as a Tactical Officer (TAC)?
In short, Tactical Officers are leader-developers. It is ultimately our responsibility to integrate the academic, physical, military, and character programs into a single effort aimed at preparing our Cadets to be future leaders. To fulfill this obligation, TACs act as the legal company commanders for their companies; coach, teach, mentor, and counsel Cadets of all classes within their companies; collaborate with external agencies and personnel within USMA to facilitate Cadet development; closely assist the Cadet chain of command at the Company, Battalion, and Regimental Level with their respective duties; and serve as professional examples for the Cadets. Read More
 CPT Jen Wilson
Please tell us a little about yourself
I am from San Diego, California.  I received a commission into the Medical Service Corps in 2007 from the University of California at Davis with a Major in Modern US History.  I was a division 1 lacrosse player for 4 years and played in a garage band in my off time.
I’ve been married to the wonderful CPT Ryan Wilson for over nine years.  Together we have one 5 year old dog, Zeva.I was a company commander in 2BCT, 82nd ABN and love jumping out of airplanes.  Before that I was stationed at FT Carson, CO, and deployed with 3BCT, 4ID to Iraq.  Before that I was stationed at Camp Casey, Korea, where I started my career.
Can you please describe your duties as a Tactical Officer (TAC)?
A TAC is an integrator of all of the programs at West Point: Physical, Military, Academic and Character. I am a career counselor, resident advisor, cadet chain of command mentor, formal and informal mentor (in and outside of the chain of command), disciplinarian and standards bearer. Like command I’ve found I spend 90% of my time on 10% of my company.  Read More
 CPT Westley LaFitte
Please tell us a little about yourself
I am a field artillery officer and 2007 graduate of USMA from Shreveport, Louisiana. My wife is an AG officer that works at USMA in ODIA. We have one daughter and a dog. Aside from the Masters from Columbia, I hold another Masters from Webster University.
Can you please describe your duties as a Tactical Officer (TAC)?
I am the legal commander and synchronizer of all elements of development for a 125 cadet organization. TAC’s wear many hats and therefore an exact job description is difficult to codify. The best way to put it is we are involved in every aspect of a cadet’s life to a detail that no other position at the academy can offer. We are with the cadets through their entire journey, not just a semester. This job provides the most opportunity to make a difference in a cadet’s life. Additionally, TACs are required to be able to influence through a cadet chain of command a company without the reliance of a robust and experience NCO chain of command. We have one NCO and between the two of us we manage a company’s administration and training. It requires creativity and an ability influence through multiple layers of an organization unique to the academy. Read More