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Leadership and Management School (LAMS)
Welcome to the United States Coast Guard Leadership and Management School (LAMS). The Leadership and Management School is a one-week course designed to enhance supervisory skills for first line supervisors. The course develops skills to: communicate effectively, influence others positively, create an environment that motivates performance, get the job done while taking care of subordinates, encourage personal ethics, and promote teamwork. This course has been evaluated by the American Council on Education, which recommends LAMS have three college credits. All LAMS graduates receive the credit on their military transcript.

Resident courses for LAMS are offered at TRACEN Petaluma, TRACEN Yorktown and the Leadership Development Center (LDC), which resides at the Coast Guard Academy. In addition, the LDC provides up to 74 LAMS courses hosted locally at CG units across the country every fiscal year.

How to Apply as a Student 

  1. Review LAMS convening dates on ETQC’s CG Portal page and in ETQC shared documents. Select the Job Aid to learn more about the application process.
  2. Identify an appropriate course to attend and at least two alternate sessions using the following criteria:
      a. If you are located within 50 miles of the Exportable Host Unit session(s), you will first request attendance at your local   convening(s).
      b. If you are located outside of 50 miles from the Exportable Host Unit session(s) or have operational, medical, or work-life    constraints with your local exportable convening(s), you should request attendance at a resident convening.
  3. Follow your local operating procedures to submit an ETR, ensuring at least two alternate sessions have been included in the comments section of the ETR request. List all operational constraints and special circumstances in your comments.

NOTE: Classes tend to fill up several months in advance so submit your ETR early.

For Reservists:
Reserve members are authorized to only utilize ADT-OTD for exportable training in accordance with policy.

LAMS Exportable Class Information 

  1. The LAMS schedulers are as follows:
      Districts 1, 8, and 9 please contact CWO3 Russell Tippets at (860)701-6302 or
      Districts 5 and 7 please contact CWO4 Philip Pinto at (757) 856-3500 x3377 or
      Districts 11, 13, 14 and 17 please contact CWO3 David Thirion at (705) 765-7417 or
      ETQC Scheduler, please contact Ms. Susan Sonsteng at (757) 413-7279 or 
  2. LT Christopher Reimer is the LAMS School Chief and should be contacted for issues that cannot be addressed by the above schedulers. Please contact him at (860)-701-6543 or 
  3. The LAMS Host Unit Checklist provides additional information and guides POCs in preparing for a successful course.

Target Audience (Active Duty and Reserve)  

  • E-5: LAMS is a requirement for all E-5s to advance to E-6. These members shall have priority seating in the class before any other eligible students.
  • GS 7-11, O-1, O-2, E-4 above the cut for E-5, and E-6: These personnel receive secondary priority.
  • O-1 and O-2: It is highly recommended O-1s and O-2s attend regardless of accession-level LAMS training.

Other Eligible Personnel  

  • CG NAF employees (all), CG Work-Life (all)
  • CG Auxiliary personnel (FC, VFC, and FSO)
  • Other federal or state agency employees in positions of leadership
  • Members who have taken LAMS previously are eligible and encouraged to retake the course if more than three years have passed since they last attended the training


Only ODUs or Tropical Blue Long will be authorized. See your orders for more details.

American Council on Education (A.C.E.) Accreditation
Course #:
Location: Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
Length: 1 week (38 hours)
Exhibit Dates: 10/08–Present
Credit Recommendation: In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in leadership (8/12)

Course Convenings: (Search by Course Number 340720: CG Portal - CG Personnel Only) 

Additional information can be found on the CG Portal.