R 171828Z JUL 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA//
SUBJ/IMPLEMENTATION OF OBSERVED ACADEMIC FITNESS REPORTS AT OFFICER RESIDENT PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION COURSES//
REF/A/COMMANDANTS PLANNING GUIDANCE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN/20191021//
REF/D/SECNAV EDUCATION FOR SEAPOWER STRATEGY/20200302//
REF/E/JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF VISION AND GUIDANCE FOR PME AND TALENT MGT/20200501//
NARR/REF A IS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN SUPPORTING 38TH CMC PLANNING GUIDANCE. REF B IS CMC MEMORANDUM WITH DIRECTED ACTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMANDANT’S PLANNING GUIDANCE IMPLEMENTATION. REF C IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM EDUCATION FOR SEAPOWER DECISIONS AND IMMEDIATE ACTIONS. REF D IS THE EDUCATION FOR SEAPOWER STRATEGY.//
REF E IS THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF VISION AND GUIDANCE FOR PME AND TALENT MANAGEMENT. REF F IS THE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION SYSTEM ORDER.//
POC/DANIEL M. DOWD/LTCOL/MMRP/COMM: (703) 784-3993 EMAIL: DANIEL.DOWD@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. To provide additional guidance on the submission of academic fitness reports for marine officers attending resident officer professional military education (PME) and graduate education programs (GEP) beginning in academic year (AY) 2020-2021. This MARADMIN serves as the detailed guidance regarding completion of these reports in accordance with reference (c) and reference (f).
2.a. Per references (a) and (b), and in accordance with guidance contained in references (c), (d), and (e), Marine Corps University in coordination with Manpower and Reserve Affairs examined options to meet the commandant’s intent to adequately capture academic performance in fitness reports. The guidance contained in this MARADMIN supports the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ (CMC) decision to use the current fitness report to submit these evaluations. The commandant’s goal is to ensure that these fitness reports accuratelyndifferentiate academic performance in an effort to better inform selection, retention, and promotion boards.
2.b. Reference (f) states on page 6-3 “report academic and training duty as a student like regular duty. Reporting officials (RO) must observe and report all aspects of a Marine's performance, potential, and professional character, as appropriate.” Academic fitness reports are centered on a narrative assessment of the Marine’s academic standing, performance, and future potential, while leaving in place the existing stipulation that these reports will not impact the Reporting Senior (RS) or RO profile.
3.a. Effective immediately (AY 2020-2021), resident officer students in the following programs will receive an observed academic fitness report upon completion of their assigned academic program:
PME Level Academic Program
Career Expeditionary Warfare School
Career Captains Career Courses
Intermediate Air Command and Staff College
Intermediate Army Command and General Staff College
Intermediate College of Naval Command and Staff
Intermediate Marine Corps Command and Staff College
Intermediate Foreign PME (majors)
Advanced Intermediate Maritime Advanced Warfighting School
Advanced Intermediate School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
Advanced Intermediate School of Advanced Military Studies
Advanced Intermediate School of Advanced Warfighting
Top Level Air War College
Top Level Army War College
Top Level College of Naval Warfare
Top Level Marine Corps War College
Top Level Joint Advanced Warfighting School
Top Level Foreign PME (lieutenant colonels only)
Top Level National Defense University
Top Level CMC Fellowships (lieutenant colonels only)
3.b. Effective immediately, officer students in the following Resident GEPs will receive an observed academic fitness report annually and upon completion of their assigned course of study:
Special Education Program Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
Special Education Program Air Force Institute of Technology
Special Education Program Public Affairs Graduate Program
Special Education Program Law Program
Advanced Degree Program Law Program
Advanced Degree Program Education Officer
Advanced Degree Program Historian
Advanced Degree Program Leader, Education, and Development
International Affairs Programs Foreign Area Officer
Program at NPS
International Affairs Programs Regional Affairs Officer
Program at NPS
Doctor of Philosophy Programs CMC Strategist Program and PHD Technical program
3.c. Marines assigned to congressional fellowship programs and Olmsted scholar programs will not receive an observed academic Fitness report.
4.a. Section A, item 3.c. (type) will reflect an “A” for academic duty.
4.b. Section A, item 6.a. (commendatory material) will be checked with an explanatory comment in section I if the Marine is designated as a distinguished graduate of the academic program, generally defined as finishing in the top 10 percent of the class, or if the student receives an academic or writing award. This is in addition to other commendatory material as defined in reference (f).
4.c. Section b must reflect the nature and desired outcomes of the academic program.
4.d. Section C must include comments related to academic standing. For each student ROs will annotate graduating grade point (GPA) average and class standing, particularly identify students who finish in the top 30 percent of the class. A comment indicating if a program does not recognize academic standing or calculate GPA, or otherwise provide comments to put the GPA in context. The RS should also use this section to list other significant student activities or achievements, this may include but is not limited to the type of degree conferred upon graduation, key billets held, papers written, participation in activities beyond The core curriculum, and contributions to the institution or academia writ large.
4.e. Sections D through H will be marked not-observed (“h”).
4.f. Section I will include a complete word picture of the student’s academic performance. ROs, instructors, directors, and faculty advisors, are invited and encouraged to use the existing fitness report attributes and any additional topics to highlight those activities and skills that students may demonstrate in an academic environment.
4.g. Section K will include the RO’s assessment addressing career potential. The RO is also expected to address the Marine’s potential for service in the next rank and in critical billets and speak to specific skills to consider in the assignments process. Per reference (c), ROs that select sufficient in section K.1 will be required to provide a mark for comparative assessment. Per reference (f), this mark will not go on the RO’s profile, but will provide a selection board with a sense of the student’s relative standing within the particular academic program.
5. Contact the listed point of contact for questions regarding applicability or implementation of this policy.
6. This MARADMIN was coordinated with the Commanding General, Training and Education Command and is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force.
7. Release authorized by LtGen M. A. Rocco, Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.//