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ACADEMIC YEAR (AY) 18-19 TOP LEVEL SCHOOL (TLS) SELECTION BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT

Date Signed: 10/27/2017
MARADMINS Number: 600/17

R 270800Z OCT 17
MARADMIN 600/17
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR (AY) 18-19 TOP LEVEL SCHOOL (TLS) SELECTION BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/CMC WASHINGTON/YMD: 20140918//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20080125//
REF/C/MSGID: MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC/112035Z DEC 08//
REF/D/MSGID: MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC/141427Z OCT 16//
REF/E/MSGID: MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC/012059Z MAR 16//
NARR/REF A IS MCO 1300.8, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY. REF B IS MCO 1553.4B, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION. REF C IS MARADMIN 703/08, OFFICER PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) SUMMARY. REF D IS MARADMIN 548/16, OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE (OMPF) GUIDANCE. REF E IS MARADMIN 115/16, CALENDAR YEAR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ACTIVE DUTY MAJORS, LIEUTENANT COLONELS, AND COLONELS.//
POC/M.D. NICHOLSON/MAJ/MMOA-3/TEL: DSN 278-9284/EMAIL: MARK.NICHOLSON@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose.  To announce the eligibility criteria and publish the available Top Level Schools (TLS) and Fellowships during AY 18-19.  Per the references, the TLS board will meet on or about 5 Dec 17 for approximately three weeks to select officers to attend the schools listed in paragraphs 3 and 4.  The board will consist of general officers and colonels.  A sufficient number of primaries and alternates will be selected to fill the requirements from the eligible population.
2.  Eligibility.
2.a.  Eligibility Criteria:
2.a.1.  Lieutenant colonels and lieutenant colonels (sel) who have 24 months TOS (CONUS and OCONUS) by 31 Jul 18.  For officers who are selected to attend or are attending the Special Education Program, this TOS requirement applies to their utilization tour.
2.a.2.  Officers selected by the CY17/FY19 Colonel Promotion Board who have not yet attended TLS.  The only TOS requirement for colonels (sel) are Joint and Acquisition assignment restrictions.
2.a.3.  Officers serving in Joint and Acquisition tours are eligible for selection at 24 months TOS (by 31 Jul 18).  These officers should contact their monitor with questions regarding eligibility.
2.a.4.  Lieutenant colonels slated to command or currently in command of an organization identified in the Command Screening Program who have completed a command tour by 31 Jul 18.
2.b.  Ineligibility Criteria:
2.b.1.  Colonels (sel) who were selected to colonel on the CY16/FY18 or earlier Colonel Selection Boards.
2.b.2.  Lieutenant colonels passed for promotion to colonel on the FY19 or earlier Colonel Selection Boards.
2.b.3.  Lieutenant colonels at or having attended TLS.
2.b.4.  Majors in zone for lieutenant colonel on the FY19 board.
2.b.5.  Restricted-Limited duty officers.
2.b.6.  Officers attending or selected to attend Intermediate Level School (ILS) or Advanced ILS follow on schools:  School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), or Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS).
2.b.7.  Officers with approved retirements or resignations.
2.c.  Prior to the board convening, otherwise eligible officers who wish not to be screened for TLS are required to indicate this on the online questionnaire and send an email to their PMOS monitor requesting to be Removed by Request (RBR).  Once the board is in session, officers who desire not to be screened must request in writing to the board president not to be considered for TLS and indicate the reason in their letter.  Officers will be removed from TLS consideration without prejudice.  This correspondence will not be placed in an officers OMPF.
3.  Department of Defense (DOD) schools to which selections will be made on the AY 18-19 TLS board are listed below.  Schools, quotas, and convening dates are subject to change.  Officers who complete one of the following DOD schools will obtain JPME Phase II credit.
COURSE TITLE                                QUOTA  CONVENES  GRAD
Adv. Strategic Leadership Study Program     1      Jun 18    Jun 19
 (Note 1)
Air War College                             8      Jul 18    Jun 19
Army War College                            14     Jul 18    Jun 19
College of Naval Warfare                    16     Jul 18    Jun 19
College of International Security Affairs   1      Jul 18    Jun 19
Eisenhower School (Note 2)                  14     Jul 18    Jun 19
Information Resource Management College     1      Jul 18    Jun 19
Joint Advanced Warfighting School           2      Jul 18    Jun 19
Marine Corps War College                    11     Jul 18    Jun 19
National War College                        14     Jul 18    Jun 19
 (Note 1) Followed by 1 year assignment at Ft Leavenworth as a seminar leader.
 (Note 2) Two students with an acquisition background (PMOS 8059/61) will be identified to participate in the acquisition curriculum.
4.  Foreign senior service colleges and fellowships to which selections will be made are listed below.  Officers interested in a foreign, non-English speaking service school must take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) and have it included in their record or have an established DLPT score on record for the target language.  Minimum DLAB score to attend language training is 100.  Officers completing a foreign PME assignment receive service TLS credit and JPME Phase I credit except as noted.  Fellowships grant service TLS PME credit only.
COURSE TITLE                                QUOTA  CONVENES  GRAD
Argentine National Defense School (Note 3)  1      Jan 20    Dec 20
Inter-American Defense College (Ft McNair)  1      Jul 19    Jun 20
    (Note 4)
Israeli National Defense College (Note 5)   1      Jun 18    Jul 19
Japanese National Institute for Defense     1      Aug 20    Jun 21
    Studies (Note 6)
NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy)
    1st Session                             1      Sep 18    Feb 19
    2nd Session                             1      Feb 19    Jul 19
Dept of Homeland Security (Wash DC)         1      Jul 18    Jun 19
Dept of Justice (Wash DC, Note 7)           1      Jul 18    Jun 19
U.S. Institute of Peace (Wash DC)           1      Jul 18    Jul 19
Dept of State (Wash DC)                     1      Jul 18    Jun 19
Hoover Institution (Stanford)               1      Jul 18    Jun 19
International Security Studies              1      Jul 18    Jun 19
Program (Yale)
JFK School of Government (Harvard)          1      Jul 18    Jun 19
Logistics Fellowship (Penn State, Note 8)   1      Jul 18    Jun 19
School of Advanced International            1      Jul 18    Jun 19
    Studies (Johns Hopkins)
SECDEF Executive Fellowship (Note 9)        2      Jul 18    Jun 19
Security Studies Program (MIT)              1      Jul 18    Jun 19
United States Agency for                    1      Jul 18    Jun 19
International Development (Wash DC)
 (Note 3) Language training (approx. Mar-Nov 19, Monterey CA).
 (Note 4) Language training if required (approx. Sep 18-Jun 19, Wash DC). JPME I credit upon completion.
 (Note 5) No language training required.
 (Note 6) Language training (Mar 19–Jun 20, Monterey CA).
 (Note 7) Only open to PMOS 4402.
 (Note 8) Only open to PMOS 0402 and 3002.
 (Note 9) Corporation/company/location determined following
          selection.
5.  Executive (colonel) level Foreign PME students to attend the Pakistan National Defence University (Aug 18-Jun 19) and the United Kingdoms Royal College of Defence Studies (Aug 18-Jun 19) will be independently assigned.  Senior CMC Fellows to attend the Brookings Institution, Atlantic Council, Center for a New American Security, and Center for Strategic and International Studies (Wash DC, Jul 18-Jun 19) will be selected from those officers who are TLS graduates.
6.  Board Communication and Update Material
6.a.  Online Questionnaire
6.a.1.  The online questionnaire is the primary mechanism for officers to communicate with the board.  Such communication may call attention to any matter the officer considers important, including preferences for school.  Officers electing to remove their name from consideration shall complete the applicable portions of the online questionnaire and notify their PMOS monitor via email.
6.a.2.  The TLS questionnaire is accessed through the Manpower and Reserve Affairs Homepage (www.manpower.usmc.mil).  From the homepage select "M&RA Applications" and then "Boards & Surveys" under the heading "Top Applications."  CAC certification is not required to access the site.  Additionally, officers are highly encouraged to submit all additional material electronically through the questionnaire.  Instructions on how to upload material are given at the bottom of the questionnaire.
6.a.3.  The questionnaire will open upon release of this message and will close at 2359 EST on 20 Nov 17 to ensure all material is submitted to the board in a timely manner.  For questions concerning questionnaire eligibility, contact MMOA-3.  For questions concerning the functionality of the questionnaire, contact the Manpower and Reserve Affairs help desk at (703) 784-9030 (DSN 278-9030) or email smb.m&ra.webmaster@usmc.mil.
6.b.  Update material.  If unable to upload additional material through the questionnaire, all correspondence to the board must originate from or be endorsed by the eligible officer.  All correspondence addressed to the board including enclosures is destroyed upon completion of the board.
All correspondence must be received before 20 Nov 17 and sent to:
      Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps
      Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MMOA-3)
      Attn: AY 18-19 TLS Board
      3280 Russell Road
      Quantico, VA 22134-5103 smb email address:  smbmanpowerofficerpr@usmc.mil.
6.c.  Photographs.  Officers have a personal responsibility to ensure their photograph is submitted and received by the board.  To parallel officer promotion board and command screening board requirements, an official photograph is required to be submitted for the TLS board.  Digital photographs are to be electronically filed in the OMPF per references (d) and (e).  Officers who submit digital photographs to the OMPF may confirm receipt of the digital photograph by contacting MMRP-60 and by verifying OMPF inclusion in Marine Online under the "My OMPF" tab.  All photographs must be dated within one year of the convening date of the board.  If electronic transmission of digital photographs is not possible, officers must submit a hard-copy photograph to the board.
6.d.  Fitness reports.  Completed fitness reports must be submitted to MMRP-32 for inclusion into the OMPF via A-PES.  Incomplete fitness reports will not be accepted if forwarded to the board.
6.e.  Deferrals.  Historically, the TLS board has selected a small number of officers who have subsequently been unable to attend school due to operational commitments.  On rare occasions, some officers may be slated to off-cycle TLS slots.  However, off-cycle TLS opportunities are extremely limited.  If a known operational commitment will preclude an officer from beginning the academic year (Jul 18), that information should be identified on the questionnaire.  Additionally, those officers should strongly consider requesting not to screen by removing their name by request (RBR).
6.f.  Declinations.  Officers selected for TLS by the board who subsequently decline the opportunity to attend are required to submit their declination in writing with chain of command endorsement to include the first general officer to CMC via MMOA-3.  The declination letter will become part of the officers OMPF.  Alternates fleeted up to fill vacated TLS quotas are also required to formally decline via the procedure described above if they decline the opportunity to attend school.
7.  Points of Contact
Col B. M. Wilson, MMOA Branch Head
  DSN:  278-9300, COMM:  (703) 784-9300
  email:  blake.m.wilson@usmc.mil
Col D. S. DeWolfe, Aviation Col Monitor
  DSN:  278-9300 COMM:  (703) 784-9300
  email:  douglas.dewolfe@usmc.mil
Col D. R. Everly, Ground Col Monitor
  DSN:  278-9300, COMM:  (703) 784-9300
  email:  david.r.everly@usmc.mil
LtCol C. M. Murray, Aviation LtCol Monitor
  DSN:  278-9267 COMM:  (703) 784-9267
  email:  christopher.m.murray@usmc.mil
Maj P. M. Haines, Deputy Aviation LtCol Monitor
  DSN:  278-9267 COMM:  (703) 784-9267
  email:  patrick.haines@usmc.mil
LtCol R. H. Pitchford, Ground LtCol Monitor
  DSN:  278-9279 COMM:  (703) 784-9279
  email:  richard.pitchford@usmc.mil
Maj S. C. Culbertson, Deputy Ground LtCol Monitor
  DSN:  278-9279 COMM:  (703) 784-9279
  email:  scott.culbertson@usmc.mil
LtCol S. O. Meredith, Head, MMOA-3 Plans and Programs
  DSN:  278-9284, COMM:  (703) 784-9284
  email:  scott.meredith@usmc.mil
Maj M. D. Nicholson, Plans Officer, MMOA-3
  DSN:  278-9284, COMM:  (703) 784-9284
  email:  mark.nicholson@usmc.mil
Mr. M. G. Cooper, CMC Fellowships/Foreign PME MCU
  DSN:  378-0696, COMM:  (703) 432-0696
  email:  michael.cooper@usmcu.edu
Maj Rob Arant, PME Plans and Policy MCU
  DSN:  378-4837, COMM:  (703) 432-4837
  email:  robin.arant@usmcu.edu
8.  This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
9.  Release authorized by MajGen Robert F. Castellvi, Director, Manpower Management Division.//



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