Educating, Training, and Inspiring Future Leaders

The Department of Military Instruction's (DMI) mission is to educate and inspire the US Military Academy's Corps of Cadets in the essence of war-fighting and the profession of arms in order to develop future army officers with the values, ethos, military skills, and leadership competencies necessary to lead America’s soldiers.

About DMI

DMI Mission:

The Department of Military Instruction trains, educates, and inspires the Corps of Cadets in the foundational military competencies necessary to win in a complex world by providing sequential and progressive military training and leadership development experiences to develop cadets into commissioned leaders of character who embrace their roles as United States Army officers and for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.

DMI Focus Areas:

Academic Year:

  • Instruction of Military Science (MS) courses
  • Instruction of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS) courses
  • Forward thinking thought and leader development through the Modern War Institute (MWI)
  • Branch education and mentorship as branch representatives in Accessions [ACC]

Summer Months:

  • Cadet Basic Training [training audience’s 1st summer]
  • Cadet Field Training [training audience’s 2nd summer]
  • Cadet Leader Development Training [training audience’s 3rd or 4th summer]

Candidate Information

DMI hires personnel for all positions through an internal hiring board. Personnel must be either post-KD or in their current broadening period, demonstrate potential for continued promotion, and prepared to dedicate themselves to the development of Cadets as future leaders of character.

  • Post-KD Captains – Primarily through the Army Advanced Civil Schooling program and partner graduate Institutions. Direct Hire Positions (no ACS) can also available as personnel movements take place. ACS for MS is 1 year, ACS for DSS is 2 years.
  • Post- KD Field Grade Officers - Direct hire positions (no ACS) are available annually.
  • Senior NCOs – These positions are direct filled by HRC. Interested NCOs should contact their branch to express interest and find opportunity.

DMI values diversity in knowledge, skills, and ability, as well as ethnic and gender background. We look to hire from all commissioning sources and branches as most positions are Branch Immaterial (01A) and Combat Arms Immaterial (02A).

Assignment length: Personnel typically serve in the depart for 24 - 36 months, depending on utilization and career timeline considerations.

Application Process

The TEACH Portal is the primary means of submitting an application for the Accessions, Military Science, and DSS divisions.

Minimum Documents Required to Apply:

  • Availability Date (Month & Year)
  • AIM2 Resume
  • Last five OERs to include all your most recent Key Development OERs (KD positions IAW DA PAM 600-3) (if KD OER is not available candidates are highly encouraged to obtain an endorsement letter from their senior rater)
  • Current APFT/ACFT scorecard (within the last 12 months)
  • Undergraduate and/or Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
  • GRE Scores or GMAT Scores (no older than 5 years) (if applicable)
  • Letter of Intent in "Memorandum For" Format IAW AR25-50 addressed to COL Alan J. Boyer, Director, Department of Military Instruction and answer "Why you think you are a good fit for DMI and how you will use this opportunity to enable DMI's success?"
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from current and/or past leadership in "Memorandum For" Format IAW AR25-50 addressed to COL Al Boyer from the recommender's office letterhead.

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