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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EXPANDED ADVANCE DEGREE PROGRAM (E-ADP)

Date Signed: 7/3/2018
MARADMINS Number: 373/18

R 021501Z JUL 18
MARADMIN 373/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EXPANDED ADVANCE DEGREE PROGRAM (E-ADP)//
REF/A/MSGID:DOC/MCO 1300.8/YMD:20140918//
REF/B/MSGID:DOC/DODI 1322.10/YMD:20080429//
REF/C/MSGID:DOC/MCO 1560.19E CH1/YMD:20121201//
REF/D/MSGID:MSG/CMC/YMD:20180605//
REF/E/MSGID:MSG/CMC/YMD:20180605//
AMPN/REF A IS MCO 1300.8, THE MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY.  REF B IS DOD INSTRUCTION 1322.10, POLICY ON GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR MILITARY OFFICERS.  REF C IS ADVANCE DEGREE PROGRAM (ADP).  REF D IS MARADMIN 312/18, FY19 COMMANDANTS PROFESSIONAL INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL EDUCATION BOARD (CPIB).  REF E IS MARADMIN 314/18, FY19 COMMANDANTS CAREER LEVEL EDUCATION BOARD (CCLEB)//
POC/S. A. HUMR/MAJ/MMOA-3/USMC/DSN 278-9285/TEL (703)784-9285//
EMAIL: SMBMANPOWEROFFICERPR@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  This MARADMIN formally offers the Expanded Advance Degree Program (E-ADP) as part of the FY19 Commandants Education Board (CPIB/CCLEB) and solicits for applications through the CPIB/CCLEB online questionnaire due NLT 17 August 2018.
2.  The Expanded Advance Degree Program (E-ADP).
2.a.  Purpose.  The  purpose for expanding the Advance Degree Program is to provide additional education opportunities for Marine Corps officers.  The E-ADP allows officers the chance to earn an advance degree while maintaining career progression.  Participants are highly encouraged to pursue areas of study and research topics of interest to the Marine Corps.  E-ADP is currently a pilot program.
2.b.  Program  Details.  The board will select up to five officers to participate in an education program lasting no longer than 12 months.  This program qualifies as partially-funded education per reference (b).  Participating officers will receive their regular pay and allowances, but applications fees, tuition and matriculation fees, cost of textbooks and materials, and all similar fees and expenses will be borne by the officer.  The area of study and research is at the discretion of the officer and no utilization tour is required.
3.  Eligibility.  All Marine Officers on the eligibility rosters for the FY19 Commandants Professional Intermediate Level Education Board (CPIB) and the FY19 Commandants Career Level Education Board (CCLEB) may apply.  See references (d) and (e), respectively.  The eligibility rosters are posted on the CPIB/CCLEB updates webpage, see paragraph 6.
4.  Ineligibility.
4.a.  Officers considered non-compliant per paragraph 8 of reference (d) or (e).
4.b.  Officers in the above zone.
4.c.  Officers in a utilization tour, incurred through training or education, not due to complete their prescribed tour length prior to 1 August 2019.
4.d.  Officers with an approved separation or retirement date.
4.e.  Restricted officers.
5.  Application.
5.a.  Command endorsed administrative action form.
5.b.  GRE Scores.
5.c.  List of five desired institutions with school name, address, area of study, start date and anticipated completion date.
5.d.  All conditional acceptance letters, as applicable.
5.e.  Privacy Act Statement.
5.f.  Signature agreeing to obligated service as indicated in paragraph 7.
6.  An example application and the board eligibility rosters can be found on the CPIB/CCLEB updates webpage on the main USMC Manpower and Reserve Affairs website at https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/OA3CEB/CPIB/CCLEB%20Updates.  Applications must be uploaded to the board questionnaire no later than 17 August 2018.
7.  Service Requirements.
7.a.  All applicants must agree in writing, if selected, to:
7.a.1.  Not tender resignation or request separation or retirement while participating in the program.
7.a.2.  Commit to an active duty service obligation of three-months for every one-month of partially-funded education received under this program (i.e. 12-months of partially-funded education incurs a 36-month service obligation) as described in reference (b).  The service obligation will run concurrently with any other individual service obligation previously incurred.
7.b.  No utilization tour will be required for participation in this program.  Participants follow-on assignment will be based on the needs of the Marine Corps and the participants career progression.
7.c.  Marines who complete the E-ADP are required to have their diplomas and transcripts included in their OMPF.
7.d.  Marines may be awarded a secondary FMOS (i.e. 88XX) for their masters degree if approved by the Occupational Field Manager for that discipline.
8.  Selection.
8.a.  Selections will be made by the Commandants Education Board (CPIB/CCLEB) and selectees will be notified via the board results MARADMIN.
8.b.  Selectees must send an official acceptance letters to MMOA-3 via smbmanpowerofficerpr@usmc.mil no later than 1 April 2019.  Failure to produce an acceptance letter by this deadline will result in removal from the program.
9.  Professional Military Education (PME) Requirement.  This program is not a service equivalent for PME and does not meet the JPME requirements.  Marines participating in E-ADP are required to pursue completion of a PME program commensurate with their grade.
10.  Questions may be directed to MMOA-3 via e-mail at smbmanpowerofficerpr@usmc.mil, subject titled “Expanded Advance Degree Program.”
11.  This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
12.  Release authorized by C. F. Swain, Deputy Director, Manpower Management Division.//