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THE CONVENING OF ACADMIC YEAR 2019-2020 COLLEGE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AND EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL BLENDED SEMINAR SELECTION BOARD FOR RESERVE OFFICERS

Date Signed: 1/30/2019
MARADMINS Number: 054/19

R 292140Z JAN 19
MARADMIN 054/19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/THE CONVENING OF ACADMIC YEAR 2019-2020 COLLEGE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AND EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL BLENDED SEMINAR SELECTION BOARD FOR RESERVE OFFICERS//
REF/A/MCO P1900.16G/CMC/20131126//
REF/B/MCO 1553.4B/CMC/20080125//
REF/C/MARADMIN 703/08/MSG/20081211//
REF/D/MARADMIN 498/13/MSG/20130926//
NARR/REF A IS MCO P1900.16G, MARINE CORPS SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT MANUAL. REF B IS MCO 1553.4B, PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME).  REF C IS MARADMIN 703/08, OFFICER PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) SUMMARY. REF D IS MARADMIN 498/13, OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE (OMPF) PHOTOGRAPH GUIDANCE.//
POC/E. J. LEDREW/CAPT/CDET/TEL: (703) 784-3015/DSN: 278-3015/E-MAIL: ERIN.LEDREW@USMCU.EDU//
POC/MR. DAVID S. ROBERTS/CIV/MARINE FORCES RESERVE (G-3/5)/TEL: (504) 697-7375/DSN: 647-7375/EMAIL: DAVID.S.ROBERTS@USMC.MIL//
POC/MR. BRENNETT FORD/CIV/RESERVE AFFAIRS/TEL: (703) 784-0523/DSN: 278-0523/EMAIL: BRENNETT.FORD@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  This Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN) announces the convening of the academic year (AY) 2019-2020 Command and Staff College (CSC) and Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) funded Blended Seminar Program (BSP) selection board for reserve officers.  The intent of this MARADMIN is to solicit applications from those reserve officers desiring to attend the funded BSP Distance Education Program (DEP) and to detail the application process.
2.  Application
2.A.  All applicants must submit their application via the Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MRA) website in which the officers that are board selected for a BSP will be registered in the Marine Corps Training Information Management System by Marine Forces Reserve G-3T.  Officers who meet any of the following criteria are ineligible to apply for the funded BSP DEP:
2.B.  Officers who are in the above zone on the next scheduled promotion board.
2.C.  Officers that have completed an equivalent formal level school (FLS) or DEP.
2.D.  Officers with approved retirements, resignations, or pending conditional release.
2.E.  Officers applying for FLS who have a mandatory removal date of 1 October 2022 or earlier will not be considered.
3.  Requirements
3.A.  Officers participating in any funded professional military education (PME) program of study (excluding two week staff training courses) will incur a selected reserve (SELRES) drilling affiliation obligation for 24 continuous months following the completion of the program of study.  This requirement is to ensure that the reserve component (RC) effectively realizes a return on the investment made in funding the education of officers through these programs.  To more effectively enforce this requirement, the following applies:
3.B.  Officers will sign a separate written agreement to train (SWAT) at the time of application to all funded DEP PME programs of study to acknowledge and accept the SELRES drilling affiliation requirement.  DEP applications submitted without a signed SWAT will not be accepted.
3.C.  Ninety days following graduation, officers must be joined to either a Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR) drilling unit or an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) billet identification code that matches his or her grade and military occupational specialty.
3.D.  Subsequent failure to affiliate following graduation will be handled in accordance with the SWAT signed at the time of application.
4.  BSP prerequisites
4.A.  Officers in the ready reserve (SMCR and IMA) or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) are eligible for consideration if they meet the specific eligibility criteria listed for each respective program below:
4.B.  Intermediate level course:  CSC BSP
4.B.1.  Eligibility
4.B.1.A. Major, limited duty officer (LDO) major and major (select)
4.B.1.B. Captain and LDO captain (complete with professional military education for grade and three years time in grade)
4.B.1.C. Chief warrant officer 5 and chief warrant officer 5 (select)
4.B.1.D. Chief warrant officer 4 and chief warrant officer 4 (select)
4.B.2.  Format.  CSC BSP is designed for delivery in 3 stages: stage 1 is a 4-week resident period, stage 2 is a 28-week online period, and stage 3 is a 6-week resident period.
4.B.3.  CSC BSP class dates (read in three columns):
Class Number/Location       Report 1st          Report 2nd  
                            Resident Period     Resident Period
001-002/Quantico            9 Jun 19 (001)      26 Apr 20 (002)
003-004/Camp Lejeune        31 Jul 19 (003)     12 Apr 20 (004)
005-006/Camp Pendleton      31 Jul 19 (005)     12 Apr 20 (006)
007-008/Camp Lejeune        28 Jan 20 (007)     20 Sep 20 (008)
009-010/Camp Pendleton      28 Jan 20 (009)     20 Sep 20 (010)
4.C.  Career level courses:  EWS BSP
4.C.1.  Eligibility
4.C.1.A. Captain, LDO captain and captain (select)
4.C.1.B. Chief warrant officer 3 and chief warrant officer 3 (select)
4.C.2.  Format.  EWS BSP is designed for delivery in 3 stages: stage 1 is a 4-week resident period, stage 2 is a 12-week online period, and stage 3 is a 6-week resident period.
4.C.3.  EWS BSP class dates (read in three columns):
Class Number/Location       Report 1st          Report 2nd
                            Res Period          Res Period
001-002/Camp Lejeune        7 Jul 19 (001)      27 Oct 19 (002)
003-004/Camp Pendleton      7 Jul 19 (003)      27 Oct 19 (004)
005-006/Quantico            3 Oct 19 (005)      22 Mar 20 (006)
007-008/Camp Lejeune        5 Jan 20 (007)      26 Apr 20 (008)
009-010/Camp Pendleton      5 Jan 20 (009)      26 Apr 20 (010)
5.  Course Prerequisites.  Information, course prerequisites, and frequently asked questions can be found by accessing the Reserve Officer PME website under "Top Requests" at www.manpower@usmc.mil.
6.  Application Process
6.A.  The deadline for submitting the application and updated material for the BSPs is 8 March 2019, 2359 Eastern Standard Time (EST).  The online website for submission of all applications and material is https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/application_noncac/. Officers with Portal accounts will proceed to the login process.  Officers who do not have an MRA portal account will receive a 404 access error.  Within the error message are instructions on how to register for an MRA portal account.  Any active or reserve component Marines requesting a portal account will be automatically approved.  Upon login, the system will validate the application for which the officer is qualified.  Click "RPME-C" and complete the Resident Professional Military Education-Credit application for the respective program you desire to enroll in.  Officers are strongly advised to read the instructions in their entirety before completing the application form.  The web-based application allows for the attachment of documents and offers RPME preference options via drop-down boxes.  Ensure upload of documents into the proper document type (e.g. Reserve Qualification Summary (RQS) documents upload into RQS file type).  Officers must complete, sign (digitally or physically) and attach their RQS NAVMC 10476 (Rev. Sep 2016), which is the current version located on the online application and on the RAM-3 webpage in order for their application to be considered.  All applicants applying for funded BSP must also attach a signed SWAT which is located on the application website, in order for their application to be considered.  Once submitted, officers will receive a confirmation e-mail that their application has been received.  Hard copy applications will not be accepted.  All submitted material will be destroyed upon completion of the selection process.
6.B.  Photographs.  A current promotion photograph is required by the RPME board in accordance with reference (d).  Eligible officers are highly encouraged to read and comply with reference (d).  Officers are responsible for verifying receipt of their photograph by Commandant of the Marine Corps (MMRP-20).  The primary means of confirming receipt of a photograph is the online Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) via Marine Online.  Photographs will be available for viewing online within 24 hours of photograph receipt by CMC (MMRP-20).  Photographs are considered current if submitted within 12 months preceding the convening date of the RPME-C selection process.  The date listed on the photograph title board, is the date used to determine whether or not an officers promotion photograph is current.  Officers are advised that outdated photographs will remain in the OMPF until an updated photograph is submitted.  Marines have the personal responsibility to ensure that their promotion photograph is current, submitted and received.  Verification of photograph processing into the OMPF can be accomplished via the OMPF tab in Marine Online.  If you have taken a photograph, and it has not processed into your OMPF within two to three working days after submission to MMRP, contact MMRP-60 at (703) 784-3738 to verify the photograph has been received.
6.C.  OMPF Material.  Any documents that an officer feels should be part of his or her OMPF, other than fitness reports, must be forwarded to HQMC (MMRP-20) by 8 March 2019, 2359 EST.  E-mail is the preferred and fastest way to update your OMPF.  E-mail your updated material to smb.manpower.mmsb-20@usmc.mil.  In the text of the e-mail, indicate AY 19-20 RPME-C selection process as the program you are being considered for.  A single black and white multi-page attachment in Adobe Portable Document Format will expedite filing.  Ensure all materials contain full name and electronic data interchange personal identifier.  Personally identifiable information privacy is the responsibility of the sender.
7.  Administration.  Ensure correct e-mail addresses and telephone numbers are current and are provided on the application.  Update any changes to point of contact information promptly.
8.  Notification of selection.  The selection panel will select a number of officers as primaries equal to the number of school seats available.  The selection panel will also select a sufficient number of officers as alternates to meet quota requirements when officers decline or otherwise cannot accept.  Once the results are approved by CDET, primary selectees for the BSP will be announced via MARADMIN.  The results MARADMIN will provide administrative guidance for orders processing and issuance.
9.  This MARADMIN is applicable to the RC (SMCR, IMA and IRR) and has been coordinated with Marine Forces Reserve (MFR).  Active Reserve program members must apply via their chain of command to MFR G-3T.
10.  Release authorized by Major General William F. Mullen III, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//