Level I Mentoring Program

Level I Venn Diagram of Program FeaturesInterested? Apply Now!

Applications are open once a year. Keep an eye out for Informational Meeting Sessions, usually held every February.

Apply to the Mentoring Program , Group ID: DLALevel1


To provide professional development and learning opportunities that will allow participants to develop competencies and skills


  • Below GS/WG-9 Grade Levels
  • Voluntary
  • Participation not limited
  • 1 year commitment
  • You obtain your mentor(s)
  • Length of relationship-flexible

The program is not a guarantee for promotion, vacation from job or replacement of supervisor.   

What is Mentoring?

  • One person facilitates the development of another by sharing known resources, expertise, values, skills, perspectives, attitudes and proficiencies
  • Mentoring is an opportunity for personal enhancement
  • It allows the learner to build skills and knowledge while attaining goals for career development

Situational Mentoring

  • Short-lived
  • Happens for a specific purpose
    • Informational Interview
    • Helps with a special project
    • Shadowing

What is Self-Development?

  • Observing yourself "objectively"
  • Reflecting on what you observe
  • Determining exactly what you need to overcome your developmental challenges (learning curves)

Keys to Self-Development

  • Be Self-Disciplined and Focused
  • Design yourself a support group
  • Be responsible and honest
  • Utilize Resources: peers, parents and siblings, co-workers, biographies, materials and media, and field experiences

Roles and Benefits

Mentee's Role Situational Mentor's Role Supervisor's Role
Complete Self Enrollment in LMS Complete profile Support participation
Complete mentoring agreement Complete the application online Recognize progress
Attend orientation Provide support to up to 3 mentees Provide feedback
Complete Mentee/Mentor Training Previous mentor or mentee in the mentoring programs contact Level 1 program coordinator  
Attend 7 out 10 Facilitated Monthly Meetings *Graduation Requirement* Provide guidance with Career Action Plan (CAP)  
Attend additional training offerings Act as a "sounding board"  
Network Be trustworthy  
Obtain situational mentor Provide constructive feedback  
Identify 3 or 4 Goals Allocate time as needed  
Complete a Career Action Plan (CAP)    
Commit 2-4 hours a month      
Benefits to Mentees Benefits to Mentors Benefits to DLA Land and Maritime
Establish professional networks Develop relationships with new talent Relationship building
Increase self-awareness and self-discipline Share valuable knowledge gained as result of experience Associates working together
Expand horizons Exchange ideas and perspectives on issues and trends in your field Fosters professional and personal growth
Expand growth in your sense of competence, identity and effectiveness as a professional Motivate and support a person to raise his/her level of professional attainment Improves interpersonal skills
Gain exposure to new ideas, theories, practices and/or people Gain personal satisfaction through contributing Increase job satisfaction
Improve understanding of work issues and exposure to different approaches Engage in a meaningful volunteer opportunity Build morale
Increase awareness of professional issues Extend your network to other mentors and mentees Make employees feel valued
Receive honest and informal feedback Experience professional and personal growth and renewal Increase productivity
Explore opportunities, anxieties, barriers and feelings   Culture of acceptance and inclusion
    Reinforces cultural norms and values


  • Webinars
  • Reading Club
  • Special Projects
  • The Mentoring Connection
  • Skill Soft Courses
  • Facilitated Monthly Sessions
  • Developmental Activities
  • Shared Resources
  • Councils
  • Working Groups
  • Professional Organizations
  • Special Emphasis Groups

Monthly Meeting Modules

subject to change

  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Stress Management
  • How to Become Politically Savvy
  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Speed Networking
  • Special Emphasis Overview
  • Council Overview
  • Behavior Based Interviewing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Political Savvy
  • LDA, EAP, Toastmasters and MWR sessions