R 311439Z MAR 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/THE CONVENING OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 COLLEGE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AND EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL BLENDED SEMINAR PROGRAM SELECTION BOARD FOR RESERVE OFFICERS//
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. REF E IS MARADMIN 396/19, EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM CURRICULUM TRANSITION FROM 8660 TO 8670 SERIES.//
POC/E. J. LEDREW/MAJ/CDET RESERVE LIAISON OFFICER/-/TEL: (703) 784-3015/DSN: 278-3015/EMAIL: ERIN.LEDREW@USMCU.EDU//
POC/MRS. MICHELLE KEOGH/CIV/MARINE FORCES RESERVE (G-3/5)/-/TEL: (504) 697-7375/DSN: 647-7375/EMAIL: MICHELLE.MULLEN@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) 2020-2021 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.A. All applicants must submit their application via the Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) and Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) website in which the officers that are board selected for a BSP will be registered in the Marine Corps Training Information Management System by the College Distance Education and Training (CDET) Reserve Liaison Officer (RLO). 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 or DEP.
2.D. Officers with approved retirements, resignations, or pending conditional release.
2.E. Officers applying for Formal Level School who have a mandatory removal date of 1 October 2023 or earlier will not be considered.
2.F Officers who have more than 18 years of creditable service towards a reserve retirement.
3.A. Reserve 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 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
Major and major (select)
Captain (complete with PME for grade and three years time in grade)
Chief Warrant Officer 5 and Chief Warrant Officer 5 (select)
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): The three locations will be Quantico, VA (QUAN), Camp Pendleton, CA (CPCA), and Camp Lejuene, NC (CLNC)
Class Number/Location Report 1st Report 2nd
Res Period Res Period
101-102/QUAN 7 Jun 20 (101) 25 Apr 21 (102)
103-104/CLNC 26 Jul 20 (103) 11 Apr 21 (104)
105-106/CPCA 29 Jul 20 (105) 11 Apr 21 (106)
107-108/CLNC 24 Jan 21 (107) 19 Sep 21 (108)
109-110/CPCA 26 Jan 21 (109) 19 Sep 21 (110)
4.C. Career level courses: EWS BSP
Captain and captain (select)
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 29-day 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
101-102/CLNC 5 Jul 20 (101) 25 Oct 20 (102)
103-104/CPCA 5 Jul 20 (103) 25 Oct 20 (104)
105-106/QUAN 1 Oct 20 (105) 21 Mar 21 (106)
107-108/CLNC 3 Jan 21 (107) 25 Apr 21 (108)
109-110/CPCA 3 Jan 21 (109) 25 Apr 21 (110)
5. Course Prerequisites. Starting on 1 January 2020, all students enrolling in EWSDEP for the first time will begin the 8670 prerequisite course. Prospective EWSBSP students must complete the prerequisite prior to applying for all EWSBSP classes commencing after 1 July 2020. Students will submit enrollment requests for the 8670 prerequisite beginning on 1 January 2020 through MARINENET, Course Code: EWSDEPPREQ. Additional information, course prerequisites, and frequently asked questions can be found by accessing the Reserve Officer PME website under "Top Requests" at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Application Process
6.A. The deadline for submitting the application and updated material for the BSPs is 30 April 2020, 2359 Eastern Standard Time (EST). The online website for submission of all applications and material is https:(slant)(slant)www.manpower.usmc.mil/application_noncac/. Officers with a MRA Portal account will proceed to the login process. Officers who do not have a MRA Portal account will receive a 404 access error. Within the error message are instructions on how to register for a 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 Reserve Officer Professional Military Education ("RPME-C") and complete the (RPME-C) 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 reserve PME 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. September 2016), which is the current version located on the online application and on the Reserve Affairs Management 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 email 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. If you are unable to access the portal, email Major Erin LeDrew at email@example.com.
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 Manpower Management Records Management 20 (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 30 April 2020, 2359 EST. Email is the preferred and fastest way to update your OMPF. Email your updated material to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the text of the email, indicate AY 2020-2021 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 email addresses and telephone numbers are current and 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 email. The email will provide administrative guidance for orders processing and issuance.
9. This MARADMIN is applicable to the Reserve Component (SMCR, IMA and IRR) and has been coordinated with Marine Forces Reserve. Active Reserve program members must apply via the CDET RLO.
10. Release authorized by Major General William F. Mullen III, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//