Service Leadership Corps FAQs
Who is eligible to apply for the Service Leadership Corps?
The Service Leadership Corps is open to U.S. veterans, Guardsmen, and Reservists from all branches and generations of service. Applicants must reside in the Continental U.S., Hawaii or Puerto Rico, have completed one year of military service and have a Character of Service above a “Dishonorable Discharge.”
I was discharged before September 11, 2001. Am I eligible?
Yes, veterans of all eras are eligible to apply.
I received a general discharge “under honorable conditions,” am I eligible to apply for a the program?
Yes. However, we will request additional information as to the circumstances surrounding your discharge for further consideration.
I am getting out of the military soon. Can I apply now and start serving after my discharge?
Yes. If you are on active duty and intend to start the program after you’re discharged from active duty then you can start your application now. All SLC participants must be retired or separated, on IRR, or in the Guard or Reserves only.
Can active Service Platoon Leaders apply for the Service Leadership Corps?
Platoon Leaders who have completed less than six months of their volunteer term are eligible to apply for the Service Leadership Corps.
Can Fellowship Program alumni apply for the Service Leadership Corps?
I applied for a fellowship but did not start the program, can I apply for the Service Leadership Corps?
Yes. Previous fellowship applicants who did not start their fellowship with The Mission Continues are welcome to apply.
I applied for a fellowship but ws not accepted, can I apply for the Service Leadership Corps?
Yes. Previous fellowship applicants who were not accepted into the Fellowship Program are welcome to apply.
How do I apply for the Service Leadership Corps?
Interested applicants can apply on our website during the application period. Between enrollment periods, you can sign up to receive updates about the next admissions cycle.
How long is the program?
The Service Leadership Corps offers an in-person six-month program, or an accelerated 3-month virtual program.
Which program is right for me?
We offer the SLC program in virtual or in-person tracks in order to accommodate varying needs and learning styles. No matter which track you apply for, you will receive the same high-quality training and skill sets needed to lead a Service Platoon in your community. Please review the program overview to determine which offering is the best fit for you.
What is the weekly time commitment for the in-person program?
In between the four in-person sessions, Corps members have an estimated 3-5 hours of group and individual work per week. This includes virtual meetings, online training, reading, and self-paced study.
What is the weekly time commitment for the virtual program?
Due to the accelerated nature of the program, Corps members have an estimated 5-7 hours of individual and group work per week. This includes virtual meetings, online training, reading, and self-paced study.
Is attendance at the in-person sessions mandatory?
Yes, you must be able to attend each of the four in-person sessions associated with the program in their entirety. Each session will be in a different US city. Travel, hotel, and meals are provided by The Mission Continues.
Please note: In light of current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, travel to in-person sessions is contingent upon federal, local, and CDC Guidelines. We will notify you in a timely manner should travel plans, event dates, or locations change.
I have a previous commitment on one of the in-person session weekends, but can attend the other three, can I complete the program?
No. Attendance at ALL four of the in-person three-day sessions is required for successful completion of the program. Please review the in-person session dates before committing to the program.
What costs associated with the program am I responsible for?
The Mission Continues covers all costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals for each session unless otherwise noted.