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MSGID/GENADMIN, USMTF, 2018/CMC WASHINGTON DC OLA (UC)//
SUBJ/CY21 CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOR ACTIVE COMPONENT (AC) FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3404) OFFICERS//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/DOD/YMD: 20040422//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/DOD/YMD: 20071115//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/MMOA3/YMD: 19960820//
REF/D/MSGID: DOC/MPO/YMD: 20140818//
REF/E/MSGID: DOC/AR/YMD: 20120124//
REF/F/MSGID: DOC/DOD/YMD: 20120801//
REF/G/MSGID: MSG/CMC WASHINGTON DC/YMD: 20130926//
NARR/REF A IS DOD DIRECTIVE 1322.6 FELLOWSHIP, SCHOLARSHIPS, TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY (TWI) AND GRANTS FOR DOD PERSONNEL. REF B IS DOD INSTRUCTION 1322.06 FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIP, TRAINING WITH INDUSTRY, AND GRANTS FOR DOD PERSONNEL. REF C IS MCO 1500.41A W/CH1, SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE MARINE CORPS. REF D IS MCO P.1300.8S, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY. REF E IS MCO 5216.19A, ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION (AA) FORM, NAVMC 10274. REF F IS DOD INSTRUCTION 1000.30, REDUCTION OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN) USE WITHIN DOD. REF G IS MARADMIN 003/09, OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE (OMPF) PHOTOGRAPH GUIDANCE.//
POC/C. HALL/GYSGT/TEL: DSN 222-0199/TEL: COMM 703-692-0199//
POC/P. HEINY/MAJ/ TEL: DSN 222-0232/TEL: COMM 703-692-0232//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Situation. This message solicits applications from Active Component (AC) Financial Management (3404) officers for the CY21 Congressional Fellowship Program (CFP). Due date for application is 2359 on 31 October 2019. The selection board and personal interviews will occur during January 2020. Final results will be released via MARADMIN NLT 31 January 2020. Personnel selected in the CY21 CFP will be directed to report no later than 1 July 2020, to MCC K20, Congressional Fellowship Program, Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Pentagon for duty.
1.a. The CFP offers Financial Management officers the opportunity to gain experience while working in the Legislative Branch of the United States government on the staff of the United States senator, United States representatives, or committee. Typical responsibilities include drafting legislation, floor debate preparation, planning and analysis of public policy, and serving as congressional liaison to constituents and industry.
1.a.1. The formal part of the CFP runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. Per Refs A through C, active duty selectees will incur a three year service obligation and assignment by OLA to a 24-month utilization tour within the Department of the Navy's Appropriations Matters Office (FMBE) beginning on or about 2 January 2022.
1.a.2. The CFP also offers the opportunity to earn a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. The MPP allows Officers to gain the theoretical grounding and hands-on tools needed to address a vast range of public concerns and is complimentary to the experiential learning provided through their assignment in Congress and follow-on utilization tour. Officers will attend school full-time prior to beginning the formal part of the CFP in Congress and will then part-time till completion of the requirements for the degree prior to the conclusion of their utilization tour.
2. ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
2.a. Active component Financial Management (3404) officers in the rank of Major (select) through Lieutenant Colonel may apply.
2.a.1. Exceptional military and personal appearance, performance and knowledge of current service and DOD specific issues, National Security Affairs, Government Affairs, and International Relations.
2.a.2. Previous tour at HQMC Programs and Resources is desired but not mandatory.
2.a.3. Time on station (TOS) requirements. Per Ref D, applicants who complete their prescribed tour lengths by July 2020 are eligible to apply. Questions concerning tour lengths should be directed to the 3404 occupational field monitor.
3. APPLICATION PROCESS
3.a. Applicants must submit their CFP application with all signed endorsements and privacy act release form as a pdf attachement via email to: HQMC_OLA_CFP@USMC.MIL. Direct CFP eligibility questions to POCs listed in this MARADMIN.
3.a.1. All applicants must use an administrative action form to apply. See Ref E for instructions. Per Ref F, applicants must substitute their electronic data interchange personal identifier (EDIPI) for the last four numbers of their SSN. A sample CFP application is posted to the Congressional Fellowship Program web page at https:(slash)(slash)www.hqmc.marines.mil/Agencies/Office-of-Legislative-affairs/Congressional-Fellowship-Program/
3.a.2. The following statement must be included in the administrative action form for all active duty applicants: I agree to remain on active duty for at least 36 months after completion of my Fellowship. I agree not to tender resignation or request separation or retirement while participating in the program. I further understand that this obligation is to run concurrently with any obligation previously incurred.
3.a.3. Applications must contain command endorsements through the first general officer in the chain of command of the applicant.
3.a.4. Required enclosures to the application:
(1) A professional civilian resume in a format of your individual choice with service history, civilian education with certified copy of transcripts, military education, and military decorations.
(2) A complete personal statement indicating the reason for applying to the program. The relevance of the fellowship to career goals, and how the fellowship will be utilized. Personal statement should be no more than 550 words.
(3) 750-1000 word personal essay indicating the specific goal interest in attending George Mason University's Schar School of Policy to receive a Master's in Public Policy. This essay will be included with admissions documents.
(4) A one-page reporting senior assessment of applicant qualifications for the fellowship program.
(5) Official photo taken within the last 12 months of the application deadline (see Ref G for submission requirements of digital photos).
(6) Completed and signed privacy act statement using NAVMC 11000.
(7) No more than two letters of recommendation.
(8) Current security clearance verification letter.
3.a.5. CMC (MRA) will screen all applications for TOS requirements, career progression, and promotion.
3.a.6. HQMC OLA and HQMC Programs and Resources (PR) will screen applications and select potential candidates for personal interviews. Interviews will be conducted either by video teleconference, phone or in person.
4. Release authorized by Brigadier General Robert C. Fulford, Legislative Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.//