Date Signed: 4/3/2020 | MARADMINS Number: 210/20
MARADMINS : 210/20

R 031814Z APR 20  
REF/A/DOC/CMC/MCO P1553.4B/YMD: 20080125//
REF/B/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 703/08/YMD: 20081211//
REF/C/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 396/19/YMD: 20190716//
REF/D/DOC/CMC/MCO 1553.2C/YMD: 20161108//
REF/E/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 575/15/YMD: 20151117//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose.  To provide commands the Marine Corps University (MCU), Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), and Command and Staff College (CSC) Blended Seminar Program (BSP) seat quotas.  The BSP is a combination of Resident (res) and Non-Resident online education at or near their home station.  The College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) EWS BSPs and CSC BSPs are located at the following MCU regional campuses:  Camp Pendleton, California (CPCA); Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (CLNC); Quantico, Virginia (QUAN); and EWS BSP only in Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan (OKIN) and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
2.  The program provides the opportunity for officers to complete Career Level School (CLS) or Intermediate Level School (ILS) within one academic year, earning graduates of both programs Professional Military Education (PME) credit and also Joint PME Phase I credit for ILS.  The following are program details for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
2.A.  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.  CSC BSP is also 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.
2.B.  Each resident period will be considered local travel or Training and Education Command (TECOM) funded temporary additional duty (TAD), depending upon home station location, while the online period will be accomplished during the officers off-duty time at home station.
3.  Student eligibility
3.A.  The BSP is a total force program.
3.B.  Commanders must ensure that students selected to attend the BSP are available for both resident periods.  Even though there are no current service obligations upon completion of the BSP, commands are requested to ensure students who are retirement eligible remain in service a minimum of 24 months after graduation.
3.C.  EWS BSP:  Captains, Limited Duty Officer (LDO) captains, captain selects, and chief warrant officer (CWO) 3s (see notes after seat quotas below).  Prospective students must complete the 8670 prerequisite described in reference C prior to applying to the EWS BSP.
3.D.  CSC BSP:  Majors, LDO majors, major selects, and CWO4s (see notes after seat quotas below).  Captains who are CLS complete and have 3 years time-in-grade at the time of reporting will be considered as alternates and placed on a wait list for available seats.
3.E.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply to attend the BSP.  Anyone desiring to apply should contact their command and the closest CDET regional director listed in this MARADMIN.  Applicants will coordinate with the commands listed in paragraph (4) below to fill seat quotas.
3.F.  Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officers may also request seats in the EWS BSP on a space available basis.  Contact the point of contact (POC) at your closest location for waiver application information.  Those in the following grades may participate in the EWS BSP:  E7-E9.
4.  Marine Corps commands listed below are provided the following class seats with recommended Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)  distribution by category; Ground Combat (GC), Combat Support (CS), and Aviation (AV).  Examples: 1302=GC, 0602=CS, and 6002=AV.  Substitution of MOSs in order to fill the aggregate class quota is authorized.
4.A.  EWS BSP class dates are listed below (read in four columns).  International military officers (IMO) report one week early for the first resident period.
Class no./      US Report        IMO Report       All Report
location        1st res period   1st res period   2nd res period
101-102/CLNC    5 Jul 20(101)    29 Jun 20(101)   25 Oct 20(102)
103-104/CPCA    5 Jul 20(103)    29 Jun 20(103)   25 Oct 20(104)
111-112/OKIN    5 Jul 20(111)    29 Jun 20(111)   25 Oct 20(112)
105-106/QUAN    1 Oct 20(105)    25 Sep 20(105)   21 Mar 21(106)
107-108/CLNC    3 Jan 21(107)    28 Dec 20(107)   25 Apr 21(108)
109-110/CPCA    3 Jan 21(109)    28 Dec 20(109)   25 Apr 21(110)
113-114/OKIN    3 Jan 21(113)    28 Dec 20(113)   25 Apr 21(114)
115-116/MCBH    3 Jan 21(115)    28 Dec 20(115)   25 Apr 21(116)
4.B.  Course Identification (CID) (read in three columns):
Location   1st res    2nd res
CLNC       M0329XI    M0329QI
CPCA       M1029XG    M1029QG
QUAN       M0229XG    M0229QG
OKIN       M2229X8    M2229Q8
MCBH       M2129X7    M2129Q7
4.C.  EWS BSP seat quotas are listed below (read in four columns).  TAD allowances are the maximum number of funded TAD seats authorized.  Funded TAD allowances are based on availability of funds and the priorities of the Formal Schools Training Support (FSTS) program.  All other participants are considered local.
Command              Class(MCTIMS)  Seats/MOS Cat   TAD Allowance
MCCDC/MCNCRC         105-106/QUAN   1/GC                     0
MARFORCYBER/MCNCRC   105-106/QUAN   1/any MOS                1
TECOM/TRNGCMD/MCNCRC 105-106/QUAN   1/GC:1/AV                1
TECOM/TRNGCMD        101-102/CLNC   4/GC:4/CS note3          4
                     103-104/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS note1          2
                     107-108/CLNC   4/GC:4/CS note3          4
                     109-110/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS note1          2
MARCORSYSCOM         105-106/QUAN   1/any MOS                0
MARFORCOM            101-102/CLNC   11/GC:11/CS:11/AV note4 10
                     107-108/CLNC   11/GC:11/CS:11/AV note4 10
MCICOM               101-102/CLNC   3/CS note1               2
                     103-104/CPCA   2/CS note1               1
                    107-108/CLNC   3/CS note1               2
                    109-110/CPCA   2/CS note1               2
                    111-112/OKIN   2/CS note1               1
                    113-114/OKIN   3/CS note1               2
MCICOM/MCNCRC       105-106/QUAN   1/GC:2/CS:2/AV note2     2
MARFORPAC           103-104/CPCA   9/GC:9/CS:9/AV note3     9
                    109-110/CPCA   9/GC:9/CS:9/AV note3     9
                    111-112/OKIN   4/GC:3/CS:3/AV note2     3
                    113-114/OKIN   7/GC:7/CS:7/AV note2     4
                    115-116/MCBH   4/GC:4/CS:4/AV note2     1
MARFORSOC           101-102/CLNC   2/GC:1/CS                2
                    103-104/CPCA   1/GC                     0
                    107-108/CLNC   2/GC:1/CS                2
                    109-110/CPCA   1/GC                     0
MARFORRES           101-102/CLNC   1/CS (note5)
                    103-104/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS (note5)
                    105-106/QUAN   2/AV (note5)
                    107-108/CLNC   1/CS (note5)
                    109-110/CPCA   1/CS:1/AV (note5)
Note1:  One-CWO3 authorized.
Note2:  Two-CWO3s authorized.
Note3:  Three-CWO3s authorized.
Note4:  Four-CWO3s authorized.
Note5:  Reserve BSP board selected/US Marine Corps Force Reserve (MARFORRES) funded.
4.D.  CSC BSP class dates are listed below (read in four columns).  There are no CSC BSP classes in OKIN or MCBH.  Majors/CWO4s in OKIN or MCBH are eligible to attend any of the CSC BSP classes at CPCA.  IMOs report one week early for the first resident period.
Class no./      US Report        IMO Report       All Report
location        1st res period   1st res period   2nd res period
101-102/QUAN     7 Jun 20(101)    1 Jun 20(101)   25 Apr 21(102)
103-104/CLNC    26 Jul 20(103)   20 Jul 20(103)   11 Apr 21(104)
105-106/CPCA    29 Jul 20(105)   23 Jul 20(105)   11 Apr 21(106)
107-108/CLNC    24 Jan 21(107)   19 Jan 21(107)   19 Sep 21(108)
109-110/CPCA    26 Jan 21(109)   20 Jan 21(109)   19 Sep 21(110)
4.E.  CIDs (read in three columns):
Location   1st res    2nd res
QUAN       M02SA1G    M02RZZG
CLNC       M03SA1I    M03RZZI
CPCA       M10SA1G    M10RZZG
4.F.  CSC BSP seat quotas are listed below (read in four columns).  TAD allowances are the maximum number of funded TAD seats authorized.  Funded TAD allowances are based on availability of funds and the priorities of the FSTS program.  All other participants are considered local.
Command             Class(MCTIMS)  Seats/MOS Cat   TAD Allowance
MCCDC/MCNCRC        101-102/QUAN   1/CS                     0
TECOM/TCOM/MCNCRC   101-102/QUAN   1/GC:1/AV                1
TECOM/TCOM          103-104/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS                1
                    105-106/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS                1
                    107-108/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS                1
                    109-110/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS                1
MARCORSYSCOM/MCNCRC 101-102/QUAN   1/any MOS                0
MARFORCOM           103-104/CLNC   1/GC:3/CS:2/AV note6     2
                    107-108/CLNC   2/GC:3/CS:2/AV note7     3
MCICOM/MCNCRC       101-102/QUAN   2/GC:2/CS:2/AV note7     2
MCICOM              103-104/CLNC   1/CS                     1
                    105-106/CPCA   1/CS                     1
                    107-108/CLNC   1/CS                     1
                    109-110/CPCA   1/CS                     1
MARFORPAC           105-106/CPCA   2/GC:3/CS:3/AV note7     2
                    109-110/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS:3/AV note7     2
MARFORSOC           103-104/CLNC   1/GC                     1
                    107-108/CLNC   1/GC                     1
MARFORRES           101-102/QUAN   1/GC:1/CS note8
                    103-104/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS note8
                    105-106/CPCA   1/AV note8
                    107-108/CLNC   1/AV note8
                    109-110/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS note8
Note6:  One-CWO4 authorized.
Note7:  Two-CWO4s authorized.
Note8:  Reserve BSP board selected/MARFORRES funded.
4.G.  Although MARFORRES quotas reflect reservists only, regular officers assigned to MARFORRES are encouraged to contact MARFORRES G3/5 training and a CDET regional director for seats.  Similarly, commands with no quotas allocated should contact the CDET regional director nearest to the command to inquire about BSP seats.  All Active Reserve officers interested should contact CDET POC listed in paragraph (6.G.) below.  All officers assigned to commands that do not have Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS)  student registrar requirement sponsors or training quota control managers will be registered by CDET/MCU.  Those officers assigned to the National Capital Region will be registered by MCICOM/MCNCRC.  MCICOM POC is Mr. Ken Conover at phone (571) 256-7089 or email
4.H.  Commands are encouraged to include international officers for participation in the BSP.  Those on the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Personnel Exchange Program, liaison officers, or countries working with the Marine Expeditionary Forces are all welcome to participate.  Countries are required to pay tuition.  POCs in paragraphs (5.A.) and (6) of this message will assist in these efforts by coordinating with Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Fort Story, Virginia.  TECOM will not fund TAD for international officers.
5.  Coordinating Instructions
5.A.  Commands are required to register names in MCTIMS and to inform MCU/CDET POC no later than 30 days before all EWS BSP and CSC BSP classes.  Uniform requirements:  contact the appropriate regional POC for local uniform requirements.  Any student requiring billeting will need to contact the appropriate regional POC for assistance.  Participating students must be ready to begin classes at 0800 on the day following the report date.  Reporting locations are as follows:
5.A.1.  CPCA:  Second deck of Building 23195 aboard Marine Corps Air Station with Mr. Jeff Willis.
5.A.2.  CLNC:  Second deck Bldg 407, L Street with Mr. Marc Riccio.
5.A.3.  OKIN:  Second deck Bldg 5691 Camp Foster with Mr. Chet Jolley.
5.A.4.  MCBH:  Second deck of Bldg 224 aboard MCBH with Mr. Cos Spofford.
5.A.5.  QUAN EWSBSP:  Second deck Bldg 2077 with Mr. Stuart Weinstein.
5.A.6.  QUAN CSCBSP:  Third deck of the Warner Center with Lieutenant Colonel Jared Duff.
5.B.  Registration responsibility and travel.  Command training quota control managers will register participants into MCTIMS using the formal school procedure outlined in reference D and in accordance with paragraph (4.G.) above.  Those same managers filling TAD allowances must each request funding authorization for their active duty participants via MCTIMS in accordance with reference E.  Commanding General, TECOM will fund travel and per diem to include lodging, meals, and incidental expenses for regular component Marine participants registered and with approved funding in MCTIMS.  Students attending BSP programs on funded TAD orders must arrive for both periods with reporting orders that state “Government quarters and meals directed”.  Upon departure the student will receive a detaching endorsement that will indicate whether or not government meals were available.  All others should arrive for both periods with permissive TAD orders approved by the parent command.  Reserve officers will receive funding for travel and per diem from MARFORRES.  Local travel will not be funded.  Students will participate in at least one overnight battlefield staff ride/offsite and MCU will provide an endorsement for dual lodging for those sent TAD.  Local students will be funded for that event by MCU.
5.C.  Local commanders must endorse letters of support for their participating Marines.  Format for these letters can be provided by the closest CDET regional director listed in paragraph (6) below.  Similarly, local commanders must provide a justification letter to Commanding General, Education Command/President MCU via the first O-6 in the chain of command for any of their Marines who drop from the program.
5.D.  The first resident period for the EWS BSP is less than 30 days.  Officers will not require to temporary duty (TD) fitness reports (Fitrep) prior to attendance.  The second resident period of six weeks will require TD FitReps from commands prior to attendance.  MCU will run from temporary duty (FD) reports upon completion of the program.
5.E.  Both resident periods for the CSC BSP run over 30 days and will require TD FitReps from commands prior to attendance.  MCU will run FD reports upon completion of each period.
5.F.  USMC officers enrolled in MCTIMS for the BSP, and BSP graduates, may volunteer to be considered by the Commandants Career Level Education Board (CCLEB) and the Commandants Professional Intermediate-Level Board (CPIB) for the purposes of assignment to graduate-level education and select special programs only.  These officers will not be eligible for resident career level PME or resident intermediate level PME.  USMC officers, BSP students, and graduates who volunteer to be considered by the CCLEB and CPIB must notify their primary monitor of this intention no later than 30 days before the CCLEB/CPIB board convenes.  USMC officer CSCBSP graduates, and students enrolled in the CSC BSP are eligible for selection to second year intermediate level PME schools which include the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting, the Army School of Advanced Military Studies, the Navy Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, and the Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies.
5.G.  Students are required to possess a computer and are highly encouraged to bring laptops, tablet devices, or e-readers to download student materials for ease of use and studying while attending the BSP.  Students will be provided a Moodle account once registered in MCTIMS.  All required student courseware can be downloaded from the MCU Moodle site.  No printed materials will be provided.
6.  Command and Signal
6.A.  CDET POC for QUAN EWS BSP is Mr. Stuart Weinstein phone (703) 784-5448 or email
6.B.  CDET POC for QUAN CSCBSP is Lieutenant Colonel Jared Duff phone (703) 432-5691 or email
6.C.  CDET POC for CPCA is Mr. Jeff Willis phone (760) 763-8422 or email
6.D.  CDET POC for CLNC is Mr. Marc Riccio phone (910) 451-0282 or email
6.E.  CDET POC for OKIN is Mr. Chet Jolley phone DSN 645-2500, comm 81-98-970-2500 or email
6.F.  CDET POC for MCBH is Mr. Cos Spofford phone (808) 257-1956 or email
6.G.  CDET POC for all reserve Marines is Major Erin LeDrew at phone (703) 784-3015 or email
7.  Release authorized by Major General William F. Mullen III, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//