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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2018 UNITED STATES ARMY SENIOR ENLISTED PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION COURSE

Date Signed: 8/18/2017
MARADMINS Number: 460/17

R 181830Z AUG 17
MARADMIN 460/17
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG MCCDC QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2018 UNITED STATES ARMY SENIOR ENLISTED PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION COURSE//
REF/A/MCO P1553.4B//
AMPN/REF IS THE PME ORDER.//
POC/SCOTT D. HAMM/SGTMAJ/SENIOR ENLISTED ACADEMY/ENLISTED
PME/MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY (MCU)/TEL: (703)432-4793/EMAIL: SCOTT.HAMM@USMC.MIL AND MCU_SEPME@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Situation.  Joint-service professional development opportunities for enlisted Marines in the grades of master sergeant and first sergeant are limited.  Marine Corps University, with assistance from the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, has established a long-term relationship with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA).  Located at Fort Bliss, Texas, USASMA is an intense 10-month course, with a total of 1,420 instructional hours designed to elevate the thinking of master sergeants and first sergeants from the tactical level to the operational and strategic perspective, thus preparing them for leadership positions in organizations executing unified land operations.  USASMA also prepares senior enlisted personnel for leadership positions in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational organizations.  The course assists in the development of logical, practical, and original reasoning abilities necessary for problem solving.  Students analyze problems based on available information, arrive at logical solutions and decisions with reasonable speed, communicate reasoning and decisions orally and in writing.  Intellectual honesty, integrity, professional values, and standards are highly stressed.
2.  Mission.  The Director, Senior Enlisted Academy will accept nominations for 3 master sergeants and 3 first sergeants for USASMA Class 69.
3.  Execution
3.A.  Major subordinate commands may nominate Marines in the ranks of master sergeant and first sergeant to attend the course.  Nominees will be submitted through the Marines chain of command to the Marines Marine Forces (MARFOR) G-3 via the respective MARFOR Sergeant Major.  Nominations will only be accepted from the MARFOR commands.
Submission deadline  Report date    Start date     Graduation date
1 Feb 18             6 Aug 18       13 Aug 18      21 Jun 19
3.B.  Course Prerequisites.
3.B.1.  Nominees must have completed the new Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) II.  The original SEJPME course is no longer accepted.  The new SEJPME II is accessed at https:(SLANT)(SLANT)jkodirect.jten.mil.
3.B.2.  Nominated first sergeants must also have completed Resident First Sergeants Course and the First Sergeant/Master Sergeant Regional Seminar.  Nominated Master Sergeants must also have completed First Sergeant/Master Sergeant Regional Seminar.  The respective course completion codes must be reflected within Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS) prior to student nomination.
3.B.3.  Nominees must have a current security clearance, minimum level of secret reflected in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System.
3.B.4.  Nominees must have at least two years time in grade and at least two years time on station prior to report date.
3.B.5.  Once selected, nominees must also complete all course prerequisites as identified on the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy website for Sergeant Major Course class 69 at https:(SLANT)(SLANT)usasma.bliss.army.mil.
4.  Administration and Logistics
4.A.  Parent commands must provide the following information for Marines nominated to attend the USASMA.
4.A.1.  Last name, First name, Middle Initial, Electronic Data Interchange Personel Identifier, and military occupational specialty.
4.A.2.  Grade and date of rank.
4.A.3.  End of current contract.
4.A.4.  Submit a professional resume.  Resume format can be found at https:(SLANT)(SLANT)www.manpower.usmc.mil/portal/page/portal/M_RA_HOME/MM/B_EA/A_mmea8/B_mmea81.
4.A.5.  Current photo in the Service Charlie uniform.
4.A.6.  Submit a brief essay explaining the reason for requesting attendance at USASMA.  This essay should be no more than one page.
4.B.  MARFOR G-3s will submit nominees directly to the Director, Senior Enlisted Academy at:  scott.hamm@usmc.mil and mcu_sepme@usmc.mil.
4.C.  All nominations must be received by the submission deadline in paragraph 3.A.
4.D.  Selectees will be approved by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and will be notified by the Director, Senior Enlisted Academy via separate correspondence.
4.E.  Marine attendees will be required to execute Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to the course with follow-on PCS orders upon completion of the course.  Nominees should satisfy time on station requirements specified within MCO P1300.8.
5.  Command and Signal.  Additional information is available on the USASMA website at https:(SLANT)(SLANT)usasma.bliss.army.mil.
6.  Release authorized by Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command//