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FY20 PERSONNEL EXCHANGE PROGRAM AND LIAISON OFFICER SOLICITATION

Date Signed: 5/7/2019
MARADMINS Number: 275/19

R 071824Z MAY 19
MARADMIN 275/19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC PPO PL WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/FY20 PERSONNEL EXCHANGE PROGRAM (PEP) AND LIAISON OFFICER (LNO) SOLICITATION//
REF/A/DOC/CMC PPO/20130327//
REF/B/DOC/CMC PPO/20070116//
REF/C/DOC/CMC MRA/20190219//
REF/D/DOC/CMC MPO/20140918//
NARR/REF A IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 1520.11F, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM (IAP), CHAPTER 5 APPLIES TO THE PERSONNEL EXCHANGE PROGRAM. REF B IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 5710.7, USMC FOREIGN AND MARINE LIAISON OFFICER PROGRAMS. REF C IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 1326.6, SELECTING, SCREENING, AND PREPARING ENLISTED MARINES FOR SCREENABLE BILLETS AND INDEPENDENT DUTY ASSIGNMENTS. REF D IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 1300.8, PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY.//
POC/1/CLAYTON J. FISHER/CIV/CMC DC PPO PL WASHINGTON DC/DSN 312-224-0322/703-614-0322/CLAYTON.FISHER@USMC.MIL//
POC/2/KEVIN ZASTROW/CTR/CMC DC PPO PL WASHINGTON DC/DSN 312-224-0322/703-614-0322/KEVIN.ZASTROW.CTR@USMC.MIL//
POC/3/RONAL MORALES/MGYSGT/CMC DC PPO PL WASHINGTON DC/DSN 312-224-4366/703-692-4366/RONAL.MORALES@USMC.MIL//
POC/4/THOMAS A. BROWNE/LTCOL/CMC I IO WASHINGTON DC/DSN 312-223-5421/703-693-5421/THOMAS.BROWNE@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  This MARADMIN seeks qualified Marines to represent the Marine Corps abroad by serving in PEP and LNO billets overseas embedded with foreign partner services.  Selected Marines will be assigned on two-to three-year tours with foreign partner services in order to advise, facilitate interoperability, and exchange professional skills and tactical expertise.
2.  Eligibility
2.A.  Candidates must be on active duty.
2.B.  Candidates must meet minimum time on station requirements.
2.C.  Candidates must have sufficient obligated service remaining upon completion of PEP tour to fulfill a two-year follow-on assignment per page 5-13 of ref A.
2.D.  Candidates must not be in receipt of orders or selected/slated for other programs such as CCLEB, CPIB, Attache, or any other Marine Corps program.  Additionally, applicants must provide statement of eligibility from PMOS Monitor prior to submitting application.  Study track Foreign Area Officers (FAO) who have completed a utilization tour are eligible to apply.  Study track FAOs who have not completed a utilization tour are ineligible to apply.
2.E.  Marines attending resident PME and graduating in the summer of 2020 are encouraged to apply.  However, CPIB/CCLEB program must be completed prior to starting any required training for PEP assignment.
2.F.  Candidates must have at minimum an O-6 command endorsement.
2.G.  Candidates must complete overseas screening for OCONUS tours, be found eligible for overseas tour, and be fully deployable.
2.H.  Enlisted candidates must complete independent duty screening.
3.  The following PEP and LNO billets will be selected for overseas assignment in FY20.
      GRD BMOS  Billet             Partner Unit      Date    MCC  Note
3.A.  O6  8005  HQ Amphib COS      Australian Army   Jul 20  TF2
3.B.  O3  0202  EW/SIGINT Officer  Australian Army   Jun 20  TF2  1,2
3.C.  E7  0369  Infantry Inst.     Australian Army   Jul 20  TF2
3.D.  E8  0313  LAV Instructor     Australian Army   Oct 20  TF2
3.E.  O4  0302  Operations Off.    Brazilian Marines Jul 20  TC0  3
3.F.  E7  0369  Combat Arms Inst.  Colombian Marines Sep 20  TP7
3.G.  E7  0321  Commando Team Ldr. Dutch Marines     Aug 20  MAJ
3.H.  O4  0302  Staff Officer      French Army       Jun 20  T22
3.I.  O4  8006  Operations Officer Peruvian Marines  Jun 20  TEX
3.J.  E6  0916  MCMAP/PT Inst.     UK Royal Marines  Jun 20  K02  4
3.K.  O3  0302  TBS/CTC Inst.      UK Royal Marines  Jul 20  K02
3.L.  O4  0302  Operations Officer UK Amphib Forces  Jul 20  K02 
3.M.  O3  0202  Intel Officer      UK Joint ESC      Jun 20  TL4  1
3.N.  03  0202  Intel Officer      UK Royal Marines  Jul 20  TL4  1
Note 1:  HQMC Intelligence Department is the sponsor for this billet and will screen and select applicants.
Note 2:  Billet preference will go to 0206 Signals Intelligence/Ground Electronic Warfare Officer.
Note 3:  1803 AAV Officers will also be considered. 
Note 4:  Martial Arts Center of Excellence (MACE) is the liaison for this billet and will screen all packages prior to selection panel.
4.  Billets with the following partner nations require language proficiency.  The language requirement is minimum Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) score (2-2) in target languages, with Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score of at least 1 plus.  Candidates requiring foreign language training must have a minimum Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) score of 95 for Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Dutch.  If selected candidate does not meet DLPT requirements, Spanish and French language training will take place at the Defense Language Institute - Monterey, and Portuguese and Dutch language training will take place at the Defense Language Institute - Washington, and is estimated to begin and end on the following dates.  Report dates in country will be modified as required to meet language training  requirements.
      Country      Language       Start       End
4.A.  Brazil       Portuguese     Jan 2020    Jul 2020
4.B.  Colombia     Spanish        Jan 2020    Sep 2020
4.C.  France       French         Nov 2019    Aug 2020
4.D.  Peru         Spanish        Jan 2020    Sep 2020
4.E.  Netherlands  Dutch          Sep 2019    Mar 2020

5.  Submission requirements.  Eligible Marines can apply by submitting an application in Naval letter format to the International Affairs Branch NLT 21 June 2019.  Final packages for officers will be emailed in PDF format to the POCs listed above.  For enlisted applicants, the completed packages must be submitted electronically using the Special Duty Assignment/Miscellaneous Reenlistment Extension Lateral Move (RELM) in the Total Force Retention System (TFRS) via the normal RELM routing chain to CMC (MMEA-25).  Unit Career Planners have access to the TFRS program.  Additionally, enlisted applicants must submit entire package in PDF format to the POCs listed above.  Both officer and enlisted application packages will include the following:
5.A.  Enclosure 1 - Naval letter with endorsement through first O-6 level commander.  For billets requiring an off-cycle departure for language training, commands should acknowledge the likely gap in staffing in the endorsement.  The letter will also include:
5.A.1  Rank, Full Name, EDIPI, PMOS.
5.A.2  Preferences listed in order of priority.
5.A.3  If applying to billets listed in paragraphs 3.E, 3.F, 3.G, 3.H, or 3.I include DLAB, DLPT, OPI scores and dates of most recent tests.
5.A.4  Contact information.
5.A.5  For officers, a statement (e-mail is sufficient) from PMOS monitor that the Marine meets TOS requirements, is not in receipt of orders, career timing supports, and is eligible to apply. This is included in the RELM application for enlisted applicants.
5.B.  Enclosure 2 - Summary of training, education and experience.  Note status of PME for grade.  Note any language proficiency with current DLPT scores or DLAB score, pertinent regional, academic, personal or professional experience or skill capability that may be pertinent for consideration by the panel.
5.C.  Enclosure 3 - Letter(s) of recommendation.  Endorsements and recommendations shall include an assessment of the applicants potential to serve as a representative of the Commandant of the Marine Corps on independent duty overseas.  Applications from enlisted Marines shall include completed independent duty screening and financial worksheets for OCONUS tours (ref C, appendices E and F).
5.D.  Enclosure 4 - Applicants with dependents shall include a certificate of suitability from overseas screening per ref D.
5.E.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring applications arrive at HQMC (PLU) NLT 21 June 2019.
6.  Selection Panel.  The selection panel will be composed of representatives from Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Manpower Management Officer and Enlisted Assignments, Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations, Director, Intelligence, and the geographic MARFORs.  The panel will select the best and most fully qualified Marines for each assignment.  Each applicant's career path will be carefully considered during the selection process.  Panel results will be published via MARADMIN.
7.  Interested Marines must contact their PMOS monitor to identify themselves for consideration and validate their eligibility to participate in the PEP or LNO programs.
8.  One primary and one alternate may be selected for these billets.  Alternates will be contacted in the event the primary candidates are unavailable for assignment.  Notification will be via separate correspondence.  Applicants will be chosen based on requirements of the host unit, career development, potential and suitability as a representative of the USMC.
9.  PEP tours with partner nations may involve austere locations without access to services and U.S. military health care services that are normally available to personnel assigned to USMC bases and stations.  Routine healthcare will be reimbursed via the Tricare Overseas program.  Non-emergency travel to U.S. military treatment facilities may be authorized at government expense on a case-by-case basis.
10.  PEP personnel may qualify for special allowances which will defray many of the costs associated with independent, international duty.  These may include cost of living allowance, temporary lodging allowance, and overseas housing allowance.  These allowances may not cover all costs in all situations.  All prospective PEP personnel must be financially stable and prepared to incur potential unexpected costs.
11.  Primary candidates can expect permanent change of station (PCS) orders to coincide with coordinated language training dates or assumption of PEP and LNO tour as indicated above.  Each tour will be a three-year assignment inclusive of language training, and a maximum of three years in English-speaking countries.
12.  Upon successful completion of PEP and LNO billet, Marines will be assigned the FAO, Regional Affairs Officer (RAO), or Foreign Area SNCO (FAS) additional MOS (AMOS) for their respective region.  The assignment of this MOS will make PEPs eligible for further service utilization of their subject matter expertise with counterpart forces, regional and linguistic capabilities.
13.  Interested Marines may contact the POCs for detailed billet descriptions and information.  For Intelligence billets, contact LtCol Browne listed above.
14.  Release authorized by GS15 Jeffrey L. DeWeese, Acting Director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.//