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Assistant Commandant

Recruitment #24-000499-0001


Are you looking for a rewarding career with great benefits, pension, generous leave, competitive salary, and the opportunity for advancement and professional growth? Apply to join the Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy team today!

The Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy (FCA) is one of the original 10 state Challenge Programs.  FCA is a tuition-free program which offers at-risk adolescents, 16 to 18 years old, an opportunity to change their future for the better by providing the skills, education and self-discipline needed to become responsible,productive citizens. The initial program consists of a 22-week residential phase. During this phase the cadets learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility. Participants live and work in a controlled military environment, encouraging teamwork and personal growth. A 12-month post-residential phase focuses on helping enroll graduates into continued education, technical school programs or entry-level employment. During the post-residential phase, students are assisted by at least one trained mentor from the community for further development. Help young Marylanders who want and deserve the opportunity to acquire their GED while progressing on a path to a better future.  Join a dynamic team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to helping these young people thrive!




Maryland National Guard Freestate Challenge Academy
Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) - Edgewood Area
Building E4230 Beal Road
Gunpowder, Maryland 21010

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to monitor, supervise and direct cadets who are participants in the Maryland National Guard Military Youth Corps, Freestate ChalleNGe Academy. This position will maintain discipline in the corps and provide practical guidance that will enable the cadets to complete the program and function effectively in society.

The Assistant Commandant position reports directly to the Commandant of FCA. They will serve as the Assistant Commandant of cadets and cadre, providing the upmost assistance to ensure that the program propels in a continued positive direction.

The Maryland Military Department (MMD) is looking to fill 3 vacancies. Each vacancy will operate during one of three shifts, morning, evening, or night. MMD is seeking candidates who have the ability to connect with the youth to provide leadership, and structure. This position will perform a range of administrative and developmental activities that will enhance the success of each cadet. The selected candidates will ensure continuous and adequate supervision, accountability, control, training, safety and well-being of cadets 24 hours/day, 7days/week while cadets are in the Residential Phase of the program.


Position duties include but are not limited to:

1. Assist with the development and training of all cadre staff.
2. Instruct/Supervise cadets in various personal and recreational activities and personal training.
3. Transport and supervise cadets when participating in off-site activities.
4. Assist the Commandant with scheduling and documentation of all cadre staff and cadets.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience providing supervision and guidance to youths in a quasi-military environment including one year as a shift or platoon leader. 

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Social Service Aid and Assistant classification or Social Service Aid and Assistant specialty codes in the Social Services, Psychology and Welfare field of work for the required experience.


1. One year of the following: Prior military experience such as Military leadership, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Non-Commissioned Officer, Drill Instructor, Tech Instructor or similar training
2. Supervisory experience, providing supervision to multiple employees.
3. One year of experience creating and providing developmental activities for the youth.


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties are required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Selected candidate will be subject to a criminal background check as required by the Family Law Article,Section 5-561, Annotated Code of Maryland. The candidate will also be subject to a Childcare and Federal background check in order to access the military installation.

2. Employees in this classification are required to successfully complete training as indicated by the National Challenge Program, such as a one-week basic course for all Challenge Program staff and advanced courses on specific job responsibilities.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

4. This position also requires a valid Maryland Motor Vehicle operator's license class C with less than 5 points in order to operate state vehicles.

5. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

6. Employees in this classification will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid leading to certification. These certifications must be kept current as a requirement of residential childcare licensure by the Department of Human Resources.

7. Employees promoted within the classification series may be required to operate large vans and buses to transport youth offsite. Employees assigned these duties will be required to obtain a Class C Maryland driver’s license.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after the closing date. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


This position is not subject to Bargaining MOU's




Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application by the closing date to:

Maryland Military Department State Personnel Office
29th Division Street, Room B10
Baltimore, MD 21201-2288

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Kira Williams at; Fax:667-239-3559 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. A copy of your proof of eligibility (DD214) for Veterans’ Credit must be in this office and completely verified before Veterans’ Credit will be approved.

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