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Welcome to Career Program 61 (CP-61)
Career training for Army Historians, Museum Personnel, and Archivists

Career Program 61

About CP-61

The Center of Military History accurately collects, preserves, interprets, and expresses the Army's history and material culture to more broadly educate and develop our force, the military profession, and the nation. We accomplish this mission through our primary lines of effort, which entail managing the Army's field history program; developing a cohesive Army museum program; providing historical support to Army leadership; creating and administering a historical knowledge management system; and researching, presenting, and preserving the Army's history and heritage. Our long-term strategic goals are the following:

  • To improve our business processes and create a superior history and museum structure to meet the demands of a globally engaged Army in the twenty-first century.
  • To align the Center with Army knowledge management initiatives by leveraging twenty-first-century best practices and technology to transform our culture and historical information into an asset that has relevance to the Army.
  • To reaffirm the invaluable and indisputable value of the Army Historical Program to the Army and the nation.
  • To achieve greater effectiveness, enhance credibility, and expand the influence of the Army historical community.
  • To provide a highly motivated and loyal workforce that has superior professional capabilities and skills.

Our work with Army schools ensures that the study of history is an important part of the training of officers and noncommissioned officers. We support the use of history to foster unit pride and to give soldiers an understanding of the Army's past, with much of this educational work occurring at field historical offices and in Army museums

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Upcoming Conferences:

Event Normal Timeframe Frequency
American Historical Association (AHA) January Annual Meeting
Consortium on the Revolutionary Era (CRE), 1750-1850 February Annual Meeting
Medical History Symposium March Biennial Symposium (even numbered years)
Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) Conference March Annual Meeting
The Company of Military Historians March Annual Meeting
Society for Military History (SMH) Conference April Annual Meeting
Organization of American Historians (OAH) April Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History (NCPH) April Annual Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) April/October Semi-Annual Conference
Vietnam Center & Archives Conference April Annual Meeting
American Alliance of Museums (AAM) May Annual Meeting
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) May Varies
Partnership for Peace (PfP) Conflict Studies Working Group (CSWG) May Annual Meeting
Society of Civil War Historians (SCWH) Conference June Biennial Conference (even numbered years)
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Conference June Annual Meeting
Marine Historical Symposium July Annual Meeting
Society for Historians of Early American Republic (SHEAR) Conference July Annual Meeting
Conference of Army Historians (CAH) July Biennial Conference (odd numbered years)
Society of American Archivists (SAA) Conference August Annual Meeting
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) September Annual Meeting
International Commission of Military Historians (ICMH) Conference September Annual Meeting
McMullen Naval History Symposium September Biennial Conference (odd numbered years)
Oral History Association (OHA) October Annual Meeting
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) October Annual Meeting
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Upcoming Courses:

Event Normal Timeframe Frequency Length Location
CMH Orientation Course January Annual 1 week Ft McNair Washington, DC
Basic Museum Training Course (BMTC) April Biennial (even numbered years) 1 week Ft Belvoir, VA
Archives Practicum Training Course (APTC) April Annual 1 week Carlisle, PA
"Intermediate Museum Training(Preservation and Conservation)" November Biennial (odd numbered years) 1 week Anniston, AL or Ft Belvoir, VA
Advanced Museum Training Course (AMTC) May Biennial (odd numbered years) 1 week Ft Belvoir, VA
Continuing Museum Training Course (CMTC) December Biennial (odd numbered years) 1 week Ft Belvoir, VA

Orientation Course

The New Historians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals Orientation Course introduces new employees of the Army Historical Program to the Army, its organization, and its missions. The course covers the duties, responsibilities, and procedures of CP 61 professionals, as well as their role within the wider   ... more info »

Basic Museum Training Course (BMTC)

The Basic Museum Training Course (BMTC) focuses on museum collections. The classroom component consists of five in-residence day sessions, Monday morning through Friday mid-day. The curriculum includes lectures, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, and visits.

The BMTC introduces museum professional to the provisions of AR 870-20 (Army Museums, Historical Artifacts, and Art) and covers the different responsibilities, duties, procedures, and competencies of entry-level museum professionals and their role within an Army Museum. It introduces the technical competencies needed by GS-1010 (Exhibits Specialists), GS-1016 (Museum Specialists), and GS-1016 (Museum Curators).   ... more info »

Intermediate Museum Training Course (IMTC)

The Intermediate Museum Training Course focuses on storyline development, exhibit management, exhibit design and fabrication; museum education for soldiers, civilian audiences, school groups, and online; and on-site or off-site special events. ... more info »

Advanced Museum Training Course (AMTC)

The Advanced Museum Training Course draws from the latest research on museum and leadership development, which shows core competencies are best enhanced through an ongoing cycle of assessment, challenging work, learning opportunities, and support from mentors and coaches.   ... more info »

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Contact Information:

Mr. Michael DeYoung, CP61 Program Manager

Camille Romail, CP61 Program Assistant