Professional Development 

Professional development is learning to earn or maintain professional credentials such as academic degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It has been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage.

The Washington National Guard senior leaders strive to provide the soldiers and airmen the best in professional development resources.

Paths to Success

There are many paths to success in the Washington National Guard. Here are some resources that can help you along the way:



Warrant Officers

Professional Development Articles

Below are some articles that can give leaders some ideas about professional development

1. Maintaining Individual Relevance for Organizational Success in the Global Marketplace

2. Mentoring Future Leaders

3. Understanding the Mental Architecture of the Solo Enterpreneur for Life Long Development

4. One Degree Trajectory Change Makes Monumental ROIs

5. Making & Implementing Decisions

6. Mentoring Future Nonprofit Leaders

7. Self-Proclaimed Expert or Wannabe

8. Understanding Your Organizational Health Blueprint

9. Is Your Culture a Leader, Creator or Killer?

10. Shaping Leaders - Driving Results - Insights, May 2016

11. Leaders’ Guide for Building Personal Readiness and Resilience - Dec. 2016

12. NGB Posture Statement - 2018

13. Joint Services Support Information - 2018

14. The Five Dyfunctions of a Team

Civilian Education

The Guard is your ticket to a successful education.  We offer benefits like: 100% Tuition Assistance—up to $16,000 over four years; the Montgomery GI Bill; Post 9/11 GI Bill; Army National Guard Kicker; National Guard Scholarships that can pay up to $10,000 a year plus a $1,200 book allowance; and the Student Loan Repayment Program. It's a great way to pay for college and put cash in your pocket. Click link below for more details:

National Guard Education Information

2016 - 2017 Scholarships

2017 Army National Guard Education Handbook

Professional Development Opportunities

NCOA- ILE (Air Guard)

ALS BLC (Air Guard)

Guardsman of the Month

Do you think you have a Guardsman that went above and beyond during the last month? Want to award them for a job well done? Click link below to enter your soldier or airmen.

Guardsman of the Month entry form

Contact Information

Interested in Professional Development Opportunities? Contact Command Chief Master Sergeant Trisha Almond via email.

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