Department of Military Instruction Job Opportunities


Attention: DMI Offers Fully Funded One Year Advanced Civilian Schooling (ACS) Scholarships, as well as, Direct Hire positions for immediate fill. 

What It Means to Work in 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 focuses its efforts primarily in two places: instruction of Military Science and Defense and Strategic Studies during the academic year and field training for cadets during the summer. Every officer and Non-Commissioned Officer can expect to teach Military Science during the academic year and support field training during the summer. Additionally, officers and NCOs can expect to serve in any of the following key leadership positions:

  • DMI XO
  • DMI Operations Officer
  • DMI Strategic Planner
  • DMI Adjutant
  • Cadet Summer Training BDE S3 (CST S3)
  • CST S4
  • CST Course Directors/Detail BN S3s
    • Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT)
    • Cadet Field Training (CFT)
    • Cadet Basic Training (CBT)
    • Cadet Candidate Basic Training (CCBT or USMA Predatory School)
  • Military Science Course Directors for MS100, MS200, MS300
  • Military Science Instructor
  • Branch Group Mentor (Branch Reps)
  • Sandhurst Competition OIC
  • Staff and Faculty Leader Training Program (LTP) OIC
  • AASLT School OIC
  • CLDT III OIC at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst (RMAS)
  • Branch Week S3
  • Branch Week S4
  • DMI Club OICs
  • Plus Many More...

We encourage interested candidates to explore the DMI page to learn more about the organization and potential opportunities.

Who DMI Hires:

DMI primarily hires all incoming officers through the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program. We will likely have a few direct hire positions each year and will therefore continue to look for highly qualified personnel directly from the force. A strong record of military performance is a must for personnel applying as a Direct Hire. DMI will continue to hire NCOs directly from the force as well. There is no advance degree program established at this time for incoming NCOs.

DMI values diversity and looks to hire from a variety of backgrounds and branches as most positions are Branch Immaterial (01A) and Combat Arms Immaterial (02A).

Available positions for Academic Year 2021/22 (ACS arrive summer 2021 to start Grad Degree/ACS; Direct Hire can arrive as early as Winter 21 (depending upon their availability)): 
Direct Hire Officers Slots/Positions: TBD
Advanced Civil School (ACS) Officers:
Seven (7) CPTs
Currently DMI has agreements with:

  • NOTE: See the “Final Note and additional resources” section below for more information about the acceptable Academic Discipline Codes and additional anticipated programs authorized for DMI).  Candidates have the opportunity to pursue other college opportunities outside the aforementioned department agreements, but are handled on a case by case basis.

Direct Fill NCO: Contact the DMI Sr. Enlisted Leader at for more information.
Civilian Instructors
: N/A
Qualification: All Officer Positions are CPT/MAJ fills in YG 2006-2014, all NCO positions are SFC/MSG fills.
Assignment length: Four years, one year at ACS school with 3years in the department.  ACS candidates incur a 36mo  utilization to DMI as part of their one year scholarship.  Utilization can shorten to 24mo depending on officer's timeline or branch dialogue.  Direct Hire personnel typically serve the depart for 24mo with as many as 36mo depending on branch supportability.

DMI ACS & Direct Hire Application Process:
DMI (Non-DSS) Officer candidate applications are managed directly through the DMI Applications & Hiring Committee which allows applicants to communicate and submit packet requirements directly to DMI.  To do so, send an email to with a copy of your ORB/SRB and availability date.  Then when prompted, send the required documents listed below.

Minimum Documents Required to Apply:

  • 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 scorecard (within the last 12 months)
  • Undergraduate and/or Graduate Transcripts
  • Current DA Photo
  • GRE Scores or GMAT Scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Letter of intent addressed to COL Alan J. Boyer, Director, Department of Military Instruction, West Point, NY 10996 and answer “Why you think you are a good fit for DMI and how you will use this opportunity to enable DMI’s success?"

All candidates desiring consideration as an Academic Year 2021/22 (Summer 2021 direct hire or ACS start) hire must have complete packets submitted directly to the DMI Application & Hiring Committee NLT 15JUL2020.

Please direct all DMI job opportunity or application questions to and we will get back to you at earliest opportunity.

Defense & Strategic Studies (DSS) Hiring (Done Separately from DMI Hiring):

The Defense & Strategic Studies (DSS) program under DMI also has approximately 2-3 ACS opportunities annually in a variety of disciplines that support their mission to teach cadets the following courses:

DS320 – Landpower

DS385 – Sustaining the Force
DS350 – Military Communication DS460 – Counterinsurgency
DS470 – Military Strategy DS455 – Comparative Military Systems
DS360 – Special Ops/Low Intensity Conflict    DS497 - Defense and Strategic Studies Capstone
DS345 – Military Innovation  

Those interested in DSS can find  more information .


DSS Application Process:

DSS Officer Candidates are managed through the Web-Enabled Selection and Tracking (W.E.S.T.) system. Officers can create a W.E.S.T. file at the link:…

For officers interested in DSS ACS opportunities (start grad school in the fall of 2020, report to USMA summer of 2022), W.E.S.T. applications must be complete by 01DEC19.

Minimum documents required in W.E.S.T.:


  • A copy of last five OERs to include company command; if a command OER is not available, the officer is highly encouraged to get an memorandum of endorsement memorandum from their senior rater.
  • Current APFT scorecard
  • Undergraduate transcripts; graduate transcripts if applicable
  • GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Current DA photo
  • Informal photo
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation (comments focused on potential to do outstanding work at a top American university and be an effective college-level instructor)
  • Letter of Intent (why you want to join DMI/DSS) addressed to:

LTC Nathaniel B. Davis
Director, Defense and Strategic Studies Program

The hiring board for ACS candidates takes place throughout the month of December with notifications to the officer NLT early February.

Final Note and additional resources

Note 1: Resident ILE is a critical planning factor for those interested in pursuing ACS and teaching at USMA. In most cases, ILE deferments have been approved to ensure officers complete at least a two year utilization at USMA, however this is not guaranteed.

Note 2: If not chosen for ACS, candidates are still encouraged to compete for a Direct Fill position.

academic Discipline Codes

Below you will find two of the programs and their associated timelines that are potentially available for those applying for DMI:

Georgetown University: Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. We are a vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to real-world applications of our research, scholarship, faith and service.

Drawing upon the 450-year-old legacy of Jesuit education, we provide students with a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. Students are challenged to engage in the world and become men and women in the service of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

These values are at the core of Georgetown’s identity, binding members of the community across diverse backgrounds.

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

McCourt School of Public Policy – Policy Management
The McCourt School of Public Policy offers the following degree programs of study:

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP): The MPP is two-year, multidisciplinary program designed to meet the needs of individuals desiring a strong background in the political and economic dimensions of governmental policy-making, particularly those who plan a career in public- or private-sector policy analysis and management. MPP students receive training in research methodology, statistics with computer applications, economics, policy process/implementation as well as political theory and values.

  • Master of International Development Policy (MIDP): A MIDP degree equips today’s future leaders in development with the essential technical and analytical skills necessary to make a positive difference in the world. A degree for professionals with experience in development or related fields, the MIDP delivers skills in evidence-based policy-making within a broad, multidisciplinary curriculum.
  • Master of Policy Management (MPM): A MPM degree equips policy leaders with essential management and analytic skills that allow them to meet policy management challenges. A degree for professionals with significant practical experience, the M.P.M. hones and integrates their talents to enhance effectiveness in the policy world. The McCourt School provides committed policy professionals with the theoretical foundation and practical tools they need to make a difference.
  • Executive Master of Policy Leadership (EMPL): The EMPL is an advanced degree for currently employed, high achieving professionals with seven years of work experience in the policymaking arena who want to learn more about management and leadership in a public context. The degree addresses executive-level skills, with attention to many of the Executive Core Qualifications for the Senior Executive Service, identified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The EMPL is a graduate program that allows students to develop leadership skills and knowledge to address public policy issues and problems.

Application deadlines are outlined with each degree program linked above.

Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs: The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs promotes education and scholarship on global affairs at Yale. We serve the entire university through courses and core teaching programs in global affairs, career counseling, and public lectures. Our mission is to inspire and prepare Yale students for global leadership and service.

We are the home of the Master’s Program in Global Affairs, a Master of Advanced study in Global Affairs and the undergraduate major in Global Affairs. Our academic programs are interdisciplinary, embedded in Yale and designed to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of global affairs. We work to strengthen coverage of global affairs throughout Yale’s curriculum and offer a number of courses that serve all Yale students, including "Gateway to Global Affairs".