Level I Venn Diagram of Program Features


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

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Group ID: DLALevel1


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

Level I Mentoring Program


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