Intermediate Leadership Course

Our Intermediate Leadership Course (ILC) is designed to prepare officers for their role as a front-line leader at the department head level. The core curriculum supports the Chief of Naval Operations’ Navy leader development framework and includes discussion from outside subject matter experts such as Command Master Chief Petty Officers, Post-Commanding Officers and Flag Officer Capstone speakers.
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General Information


Junior Lieutenant Commanders or senior Lieutenants en route to a department head tour or role of similar responsibility.

Location & Duration

ILC is a five-day course offered at three different locations: Newport, Rhode Island, Dam Neck, Virginia, and San Diego, California.

Learning Format

The course is conducted in a classroom format. Please see pre-reading assignments below and be prepared to engage in class-wide discussions on the material.


Completion of this course will allow each student to walk away with a better self-awareness and honed leadership style to bring into their department head role.  

Program Structure

Core Objectives

Apply teamwork, communication and alignment

Required | Objectives
Apply teamwork, communication and alignment to increase overall departmental effectiveness.

Describe the responsibility and accountability

Required | Objectives
Describe the responsibility and accountability of the department head through exploration of topics on leadership, character, and trust.

Explain professional and personal expectations

Required | Objectives
Explain professional and personal expectations of the department head charged with supporting the commanding officer accomplishing the mission and setting high individual moral and ethical standards.

Develop teamwork

Required | Objectives
Develop teamwork to build a command climate that fosters esprit de corps, positive influence, commitment and collaboration.

Develop effective communication skills

Required | Objectives
Develop effective communication skills for use with individuals, teams, command and their families in order to maintain a positive command climate.

Develop self-awareness skills

Required | Objectives
Develop self-awareness skills in order to work successfully with others across various leadership and communication styles.

Incoming Students

Contact Information

Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

More Information

How to Sign Up:
Access Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC) for course information and locations, enter course identification number (CIN) as H-7C-0104.

Upcoming Events

July 14, 2019
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Pre-Reading Assignments

Be prepared to engage in class-wide discussions on the material, readings are linked to the most up to date references. Periodic changes are distributed via Navy Administration (NAVADMIN) or All Navy (ALNAV) messages. Navy SORM 3.1.1 and 2 the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer plus 5.1.47 is a required reading for officers.

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Reference Materials

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