2015 Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Enagement Program nominations open
The Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), the oldest public liaison program in DoD.
2014 Nominations On Hold
Due to the on-going sequestration, JCOC nominations are on hold for 2014. If there are any changes, an announcement will be posted here.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Department of Defense and your United States military forces.
SD-SLEP Historical Notes - Affected by Budget Efficiencies
The 2013 and 2014 JCOC programs were cancelled due to sequestration.
This is not the first time that the program has been suspended. Programs were not held in 1961, 1974, and 1975, due to Vietnam; 1977, due to an energy shortage; and 1991, due to Operation Desert Storm.
In light of budget efficiencies during the summer of 2010, it was decided that all future programs will be held within the United States. This shifted the location for JCOC 80, originally to be hosted by the United States European Command, to installations located on the West Coast and Alaska. Despite last minute changes, it was still a tremendous trip.
Alumni First-Hand Accounts
JCOC 83, conducted from April 22 to 27, 2012, gave 37 particpants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn more about today's military by visiting our servicemembers on the East Coast. The week-long trip started and ended in Washington, D.C. and included visits to Air Force's Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Coast Guard Sector Miami, Fla.; Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.; Army Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
The next JCOC experience, JCOC 84, took place July 22 to 28, 2012. A group of 38 civilian leaders visited with, and learned from, some of our most impressive military men and women. JCOC 84 started at the Pentagon and then travelled to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; U.S.S. Makin Island (LHD-8) homeported in San Diego, Calif.; Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and Coast Guard Sector Seattle, Wash. You can relive the experience through the eyes of our participants here and here and here.
The Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program is an outgrowth of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), the oldest public liaison program in DoD. Participants in the Senior Leader Engagement Program are guests of the Secretary of Defense and attend briefings by senior military and civilian officials at the Pentagon. The program has been held 84 times since 1948.
Program alumni are encouraged to share their experiences with their circles of influence when they return home.
It is DoD policy that fostering and furthering good relations with communities at home and abroad is in the best interest of the Department of Defense. A principal goal is to increase understanding of the mission of the Department of Defense and the U.S. defense posture and capabilities by increasing public exposure to, and understanding of, military personnel, facilities, equipment, and programs.