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MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/APPLICATION PROCESS FOR RESERVE OFFICERS APPLYING TO THE COLLEGE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AND EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL FUNDED WEEKEND SEMINAR PROGRAM WITH START DATES WITHIN ACADEMIC YEAR 2021//
REF/A/DOC/CMC/MCO P1900.16G/YMD: 20131126//
REF/B/DOC/CMC/MCO 1553.4B/YMD: 20080125//
REF/C/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 703/08/YMD: 20081211//
REF/D/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 396/19/YMD: 20190716//
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 PME SUMMARY. REF D IS MARADMIN 396/19, EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM CURRICULUM TRANSITION FROM 8660 TO 8670 SERIES.//
POC/E. J. LEDREW/MAJ/CDET/-/TEL: (703) 784-3015/DSN: 278-3015/ E-MAIL: 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) explains the format, eligibility criteria, application process and prerequisite requirements for Reserve Officers applying for funded orders for Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) or Command and Staff College (CSC) Weekend Seminar Program (WSP).
2.A. Intermediate Level Distance Education Program (DEP) Course: CSC WSP consists of one weekend every month for two semesters. The first semester runs from October to May covering 8901 through 8904, followed by the second semester that runs from October to May covering 8905 through 8908 (two years total).
2B. Career Level DEP Courses: EWS WSP consists of one weekend every month for two semesters. The first semester runs from October to May covering 8662 through 8663, followed by the second semester that runs October to January covering 8664 (one and a half years total).
3.A. CSC WSP Eligible Officers Major and major (select) Captain and captain (select) (professional military education (PME) complete 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) Chief warrant officer 3 (PME complete for grade)
3.B. EWS WSP Eligible Officers Captain and captain (select), first lieutenant, chief warrant officer 3 and chief warrant officer 3 (select), chief warrant officer 2.
4. Officers who meet any of the following criteria are ineligible to apply for funded DEP.
4.A. Officers who are in the above zone on the next scheduled promotion board.
4.B. Officers who are above grade for PME (e.g., lieutenant colonels are ineligible for funded CSC WSP).
4.C. Officers that have completed an equivalent formal level school or DEP.
4.D. Officers with approved retirements, resignations, or pending conditional release.
4.E. Officers applying for funded DEP whose mandatory removal date is within four years of the date of application.
4.F. Officers who have more than 18 years of creditable service towards a reserve retirement.
5. Reserve officers participating in any funded PME program of study (excluding 2 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:
5.A. 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.
5.B. Ninety days following graduation, officers must be joined to either a Selected Marine Corps Reserve drilling unit or an Individual Mobilization Augmentee billet identification code that matches his or her grade and military occupational specialty.
5.C. Subsequent failure to affiliate following graduation will be handled by Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs in accordance with the SWAT signed at the time of application.
6. Course Prerequisites.
6.A. CSC WSP: None.
6.B. EWS WSP: Starting on 1 January 2020, all students enrolling in EWS DEP for the first time will begin the 8670 prerequisite course. Students will submit enrollment requests for the 8670 prerequisite beginning on 1 January 2020 through MARINENET, Course Code: EWSDEPPREQ.
7. Application Process
7.A. Application window is continuous and rolling. Deadline for submitting an application for the Academic Year (AY) 21 WSP is 31 June 2020, and is on a first come first serve basis as long as funding is available.
7.B. The application package for the WSP can be found on the College of Distance Education (CDET) website at https: (slant)(slant)www.usmcu.edu/CDET/funded-seat. Package includes:
7.B.1. CDET WSP student application.
7.B.2. SWAT. SWAT must be initialed and signed by the applicant and must be witnessed by a commissioned officer.
7.C. All application packages will be submitted in portable document format via email to MCU_CDET_RLO@usmcu.edu.
8.A. Ensure email addresses and telephone numbers are current and are provided on the application. Update any changes to personal contact information promptly to the CDET Reserve Liaison Officer (RLO) via email to MCU_CDET_RLO@usmcu.edu or via phone at (703) 784-3015.
8.B. Notification of selection. All applications will be screened and selected on a first come first serve policy. The number of funded seats available in an AY will be determined by Marine Forces Reserve (MFR). Applications are screened monthly and selectees will be notified by email. In September of each year, all approved applicants will be provided administrative guidance for orders processing and issuance.
8.C. Seminar Location. Each selectee will be assigned a seminar location based off current CDET business practices.
9. This MARADMIN is applicable to the reserve component (Selected Marine Corps Reserve, Individual Mobilization Augmentee and Individual Ready Reserve members) and has been coordinated with MFR.
10. Release authorized by Major General William F. Mullen III, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//