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Commandant *Re-Post*

Recruitment #22-003235-0002


The Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy is one of the 10 original states to begin a ChalleNGe Program. It is endorsed by the State of Maryland and is in a cooperative agreement between The Maryland National Guard and the National Guard Bureau. The academy is located on Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Maryland. The Academy 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 in 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. The Freestate ChalleNGe Academy provides instruction based on each cadet’s personal needs in order to prepare the cadet to take the State of Maryland’s General Education Development (GED) exam. Classes are in the five areas tested on the GED certification exam; Math, Science, Social Studies, Literature, and Writing Skills/ Essay.




Freestate ChalleNGe Academy Building
E4230 Beal Rd. 
Harford, MD 21010


Monitors, supervises and directs cadets who are participants in the Maryland National Guard Military Youth Corps. Maintains and discipline in the corps.
Provides practical guidance that will enable the cadet to complete the program and function effectively in society. Serves as the direct line supervisor of the Military Youth Worker Supervisors. 
Oversees the development and training of all cadre staff.  
Approves, schedules, assigns duties and daily activities for the cadre.  
Coordinates the general development and non-academic skills training of more than 300 cadets annually. Supervises the Military Youth Worker Supervision in the movement of cadets to and from classrooms, barracks, work details, etc.  
Develops the training schedule and curriculum for all staff and cadets. Upholds the standards and policies of the FCA programs.


Experience: Six years experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from a college or university and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours for each year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work that included regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations or analysis of operational programs or procedures with recommendations for improvement on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


One year of experience providing services to at-risk youth in a residential or community setting

One year of experience being directly responsible for the oversight of staff who were responsible for supervising at-risk youth

One year of experience establishing and maintaining military standards


You must have your COVID-19 vaccination for this position!!

This position is located on a military base and you must pass a DOD background check in order to enter in on the base.


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


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience relating to the requirement of this job.  The rating will be based on your application. 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 completing the online or paper application.

Online applications are STRONGLY recommended; if you do not have internet access, please mail your application by the closing date to:

MD Military Department

ATTN: Angela Stokes

29th Division St., Rm B10

Baltimore, MD 21201 Currently teleworking so email would be best accepted.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.


Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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

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