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ENLISTED ATTENDANCE AT THE JOINT AND COMBINED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL DURING ACADEMIC YEAR 2018

Date Signed: 8/18/2017
MARADMINS Number: 461/17

R 181848Z AUG 17
MARADMIN 461/17
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG MCCDC QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/ENLISTED ATTENDANCE AT THE JOINT AND COMBINED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL DURING ACADEMIC YEAR 2018//
POC/SCOTT HAMM/SGTMAJ/MCU/LOC: QUANTICO/TEL: (703) 432-4793/EMAIL: SCOTT.HAMM@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Situation.  Marine Corps University (MCU) is soliciting active component senior enlisted, in the ranks of gunnery sergeant through sergeant major, for participation in the Joint Force Staff Colleges Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) in order to enhance the effectiveness of future commands with a pool of graduate staff members able to confront complex security problems with critical analysis and problem solving skills.  One applicant will be selected to attend each class during Academic Year 2017-2018 (AY 17-18).
2.  Mission.  The JCWS is a highly competitive and prestigious 10-week resident school that emphasizes professional military education at the operational level of war.  Students are expected to think, write, and speak at the graduate level.  The colleges goal is to help each student expand their intellectual abilities to professionally engage in critical analysis and problem solving.
3.  Execution
Course      Submission Deadline     Report          Graduation Date
1-18         6 Oct 17                    15 Jan 18       23 Mar 18
2-18         5 Jan 18                     3 Apr 18        8 Jun 18
3-18        30 Mar 18                    18 Jun 18       24 Aug 18
4-18         1 Jun 18                    10 Sep 18       16 Nov 18
3.A.  Commanders Intent.  To provide an opportunity for exceptional senior enlisted Marines to attend the JCWS to enhance the overall student class experience and broaden the experience and knowledge of those selected to attend.
3.B.  Concept of Operations.  The JCWS provides graduate level education and training in order to develop critical thinking required to conceive and apply joint solutions on the 21st Century battlefield.  The curriculum focuses on joint doctrine at the operational level and employs historical case studies and computer-driven war games to achieve intellectual rigor and stretch student minds.  Seminar groups consist of majors through colonel or equivalent representing all services, and international military officers.
3.C.  Coordinating Instructions
3.C.1.  Program Prerequisites.
3.C.1.A.  Promoted gunnery sergeants through sergeants major.
3.C.1.B.  Current secret clearance.
3.C.1.C.  Successful completion of a bachelors degree (non-waiverable).
3.C.1.D.  Orders to or serving in a joint billet.
3.C.1.E.  Professional Military Education (PME) complete for grade.
3.C.1.F.  Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) I complete and must have completed Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) II.  If applicant is not JPME I complete, they will have to attend a one-week Joint Transition Course, funded by the applicants unit, the week before JCWS convenes.
3.C.1.G.  Requests for waivers to prerequisites will be individually considered by the selection panel and approved by the President, MCU.
3.C.2.  Application Format.
3.C.2.A.  Endorsement from the first general officer in the chain of command.
3.C.2.B.  Photo.
3.C.2.C.  Professional resume.
3.C.2.D.  Biography.
3.C.2.E.  College transcript(s).  Submit transcripts of all post-secondary education.  Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for applications, however, selected applicants will be required to validate possession of a bachelors degree by submitting an official transcript to the JCWS registrar prior to start of classes.
3.C.3.  Submitting Applications.
3.C.3.A.  Applications must be scanned and sent to MCU via email in portable document format.
3.C.3.B.  Due to personally identifiable information, please encrypt and email applications to scott.hamm@usmc.mil and the organizational mailbox at MCU_SEPME@usmc.mil.
3.C.4.  Selection Process.
3.C.4.A.  MCU will convene a panel to select the most highly qualified applicant for each course iteration.
3.C.4.B.  Panel-selected applicants are subject to approval by the President, MCU.
4.  Administration and Logistics
4.A.  Additional information on JCWS is available on the MCU website at http:(SLANT)(SLANT)jfsc.ndu.edu.  On the homepage, click the link for Joint and Combined Warfighter School under the Academics pull-down menu.
4.B.  Additional information will be provided to selected applicants via correspondence from JCWS registrar.
5.  Command and Signal.  MCU point of contact is Sergeant Major Scott Hamm, phone:  (703) 432-4793, email:  scott.hamm@usmc.mil.
6.  Release authorized by Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.//