POLICY ON PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) FOR PROMOTION SELECTION BOARDS DURING PERIOD OF INCREASED DEPLOYMENT TEMPO

Date Signed: 5/13/2008
ALMARS Active Number: 026/04

R 142020Z MAY 04
FM CMC WASHINGTON DC(uc)
TO AL ALMAR(uc)
ALMAR
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ALMAR 026/04
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//DMCS//
SUBJ/POLICY ON PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) FOR PROMOTION
/SELECTION BOARDS DURING PERIOD OF INCREASED DEPLOYMENT TEMPO//
REF/A/MSG/CMC/210541ZAUG2002//
REF/B/MSG/CMC/190729ZFEB2004//
REF/C/MSG/CMC/220541ZMAR2004//
REF/REF/D/DOC/MCCDC/20DEC1999//
REF/REF/E/DOC/CMC/YMD:19990310//
REF/REF/F/DOC/YMD:CMC/YMD:20001030//
REF/REF/G/DOC/YMD:CMC/YMD:20000228//
POC/L. W. FREUND/COL/HD MMPR/-/TEL: FREUNDLW@MANPOWER.USMC.MIL
/TEL:COMM (703)784-9700//
NARR/REF A IS MARADMIN 447/02, FY04 STAFF NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER
(SNCO) SELECTION BOARD SCHEDULE.  REF B IS MARADMIN 073/04, MCBUL
1400, FY 2004 GUNNERY SERGEANT SELECTION BOARD.  REF C IS MARADMIN
131/04, CHANGE 1 TO MCBUL 1400, FY 2004 GUNNERY SERGEANT SELECTION
BOARD.  REF D IS MCO P1553.4A, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
(PME).  REF E IS MCO P1610.7E, PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEM.  REF F
IS MCO P1400.32C, ENLISTED PROMOTION MANUAL.  REF G IS MCO
P1400.31B, OFFICER PROMOTION MANUAL.//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  BACKGROUND.  PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
(PME) IS A VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT ASPECT OF BOTH OFFICER AND
ENLISTED MARINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  CONSEQUENTLY, THE MARINE
CORPS ESTABLISHED COMPLETION OF APPROPRIATE PME BY GRADE AS A
REQUIREMENT FOR SELECTION FOR SNCO SELECTION BOARDS AS OUTLINED IN
REFERENCES A THROUGH F.  WHILE COMPLETION OF PME IS NOT A
REQUIREMENT FOR SELECTION AT OFFICER PROMOTION BOARDS, SUCCESSFUL
COMPLETION OR DEMONSTRATION OF PROGRESS IN PME MAY MAKE AN OFFICER
BETTER QUALIFIED FOR SELECTION.  IT TAKES A COMMITMENT OF TIME AND
AVAILABILITY ON THE PART OF OUR OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MARINES TO
COMPLETE THE REQUIRED PME COURSES, BOTH RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT.
I AM ALSO AWARE THAT DUE TO THE HIGH DEPLOYMENT TEMPO OF MARINE
UNITS DURING THIS PAST YEAR IN SUPPORT OF OPERATIONS AROUND THE
WORLD, THERE ARE MANY WELL-INTENTIONED AND HARD WORKING OFFICERS,
SNCOS, AND SGTS WHO MAY NOT HAVE HAD THE ABILITY OR THE ACCESS TO
COMPLETE THEIR REQUIRED PME.  THIS ALMAR OUTLINES ACTIONS TO
MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF INCREASED DEPLOYMENT TEMPO ON OFFICER AND
SNCO PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES.
2.  POLICY ON SNCO PROMOTIONS.  THE PRECEPT THAT CONVENED THE FY04
USMC GYSGT SELECTION BOARD ON 19 APR 04 WAS MODIFIED TO WAIVE THE
PME REQUIREMENT FOR SELECTION TO GYSGT.  THIS WAIVER WILL ALSO
BE IN EFFECT FOR THE FY04 USMC SSGT SELECTION BOARD SCHEDULED TO
CONVENE ON 19 JUL 04.  WHILE THESE SELECTION BOARDS WILL STILL
CONSIDER PME AS ONE OF THE MANY FACTORS IN A MARINE'S RECORD TO
DETERMINE THE BEST QUALIFIED FOR PROMOTION, COMPLETION OF PME WILL
NOT BE A REQUIREMENT FOR SELECTION.
A.  THIS TEMPORARY WAIVER OF PME REQUIREMENTS FOR THE REMAINING
FY04 SNCO SELECTION BOARDS DOES NOT CHANGE EITHER THE PME BY GRADE
REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN REF D OR THE PME REPORTING REQUIREMENT
AS SET FORTH IN REF E.  ALL MARINES ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION
CONSIDERATION SHOULD CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY
TO COMPLETE THE PME REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR GRADE.
B.  THIS WAIVER OF PME REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FYO4 GYSGT AND SSGT
SELECTION BOARDS IS NOT RETROACTIVE FOR PREVIOUS SNCO SELECTION
BOARDS AND CANNOT BE USED AS A BASIS FOR REQUESTING REMEDIAL
CONSIDERATION FOR PROMOTION FOR PREVIOUS BOARDS.
C.  ENLISTED MARINES SELECTED FOR PROMOTION WHO ARE NOT PME COMPLETE
AT THE TIME OF THEIR SELECTION WILL STILL BE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE
THE REQUIRED PME FOR BOTH THEIR PRIOR GRADE AND THEIR NEW SELECT
GRADE PRIOR TO THEIR NEXT PROMOTION SELECTION BOARD.  FAILURE TO DO
SO MAY ADVERSELY IMPACT FUTURE PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES.  
D.  ENLISTED MARINES ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION CONSIDERATION ARE
REMINDED THAT THEY MAY SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THEIR
RESPECTIVE SELECTION BOARD TO CLARIFY ANY PORTIONS OF THEIR MILITARY
RECORD, TO INCLUDE THE IMPACT OF INCREASED OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENTS
ON THEIR PROGRESS TOWARD COMPLETING THEIR PME.  
3.  POLICY ON OFFICER PROMOTIONS.  ALTHOUGH COMPLETION OF PME IS NOT
A REQUIREMENT FOR SELECTION AT OFFICER PROMOTION BOARDS, PME MAY
MAKE AN OFFICER BETTER QUALIFIED FOR SELECTION.  INCREASED
OPERATIONAL COMMITMENTS MAY HAVE ALSO PRECLUDED SOME OFFICERS FROM
COMPLETING OR MAKING PROGRESS ON THEIR PME.  PER REF G, ELIGIBLE
OFFICERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THEIR
RESPECTIVE PROMOTION SELECTION BOARD TO CLARIFY ANY PORTIONS OF
THEIR MILITARY RECORD.  THIS CAN INCLUDE EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES
RELATED TO PME PROGRESS.  INSTRUCTIONS ON COMMUNICATING WITH A
PROMOTION BOARD PRESIDENT ARE CONTAINED IN MARADMIN 132/04, AND WILL
BE REITERATED IN EACH PROMOTION BOARD CONVENING NOTICE.  
4.  ACTION.  COMMANDERS ARE DIRECTED TO DISSEMINATE THE INFORMATION
CONTAINED IN THIS ALMAR TO ALL MARINES UNDER THEIR COGNIZANCE.
5.  THE POLICY FOR FY05 OFFICER AND STAFF NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER
PROMOTION BOARDS WILL BE ADDRESSED IN AN UPCOMING ALMAR.
6.  POCS.  POC FOR THE ENLISTED PROMOTION SECTION IS MAJ J. A.
POPIELEC, HEAD, DSN 278-9710 COMM (703) 784-9710
EMAIL:POPIELECJA@MANPOWER.USMC.MIL.  POC FOR THE OFFICER PROMOTION
SECTION IS MAJ P. L. GILLIS, HEAD, DSN 278-9703 COMM (703) 784-9703
EMAIL:GILLISPL@MANPOWER.USMC.MIL.//