Welcome to the Coast Guard’s Leadership Development Center. Established in 1998, the Leadership Development Center creates an educational center of leadership excellence for the entire Coast Guard. Over 5,000 students per year attend over 20 college accredited courses through the American Council of Education at the following branches:
- Chief Petty Officer Academy
- Command and Operations Branch
- Leadership and Organizational Performance Branch
- Officer Accessions and Transition Branch
With detachments in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petaluma, California, the Leadership Development Center is co-located with the United States Coast Guard Academy on the Thames River in New London, Connecticut.
The LDC reaches out to active duty enlisted, officer, officer candidate, cadet, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary members of the Coast Guard through resident and non-resident classroom training, unit level programs, and web-based programs. These delivery strategies combine to facilitate leadership development which translates to enhanced mission performance and increased retention. In our mission-focused service, we must take the time to invest in our people and work to establish the positive command climate that will serve as a force multiplier to ensure mission success.
Well-skilled staff provide Coast Guard members with a leadership development experience that ensures their development as a leader of character and with the opportunity to enhance their command climate upon return to their unit. We welcome you to seize every opportunity to invest in yourself and in those you lead.
To learn more, browse our website and view the Leadership Development Center Tour.