R 101350Z SEP 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC PPO PL WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/CHANGE TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FOREIGN SECURITY FORCE (FSF)/
OPERATIONAL ADVISOR FMOS 0571//
REF/A/NAVMC/1200.1F/APR 24 2020//
REF/B/MSG/MARADMIN 348-19/191951Z JUN 19//
REF/C/MSG/MARADMIN 227-20/081529Z APR 20//
NARR/REF A IS THE FY-21 MARINE CORPS MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY (MOS) MANUAL. REF B UPDATES THE REGIONAL, CULTURE, AND LANGUAGE FAMILIARIZATION (RCLF) PROGRAM. REF C DIVESTS THE CENTER FOR ADVANCED OPERATIONAL CULTURE LEARNING, ESTABLISHES THE MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR REGIONAL AND SECURITY STUDIES, AND REPLACES RCLF WITH THE REGIONAL AND CULTURE STUDIES PROGRAM (RCSP).//
POC/JIM MILLER/CIV/CMC WASHINGTON DC PPO PL/703-692-4340/JAMES.L.MILLER5@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. This is a coordinated message among PP&O, M&RA, TFSD, MCSCG, and TECOM. The purposes of this MARADMIN are to: (1) change the approval authority for awarding the FSF Operational Advisor Free Military Occupational Specialty (FMOS) 0571; (2) outline the process for commands to execute this authority; and (3) explain the administrative actions taken at the local installation personnel administration centers (IPACs) after the awarding authority makes its determination.
2. Background. The Marine Corps uses FSF Advisor FMOSs to align billet requirements with the individual qualifications and skills of Marines and aids commands in identifying qualified personnel within their commands. These FMOSs also support requirements to the Joint Staff for individuals with Irregular Warfare (IW) / Security Force Assistance (SFA) skills (FMOSs 0570 FSF Advisor and 0571 FSF Operational Advisor). FSF Advisor and FSF Operational Advisor FMOSs can be awarded to Marines in grades E5-E9; WO1-CWO5; and O2-O6 who meet the prerequisites identified in paragraph 3 of this MARADMIN.
3. Prerequisites. Ref (a) as modified by Ref (c) requires Marines seeking the 0571 FSF Operational Advisor FMOS to:
3.A. Be complete in current rank with Regional and Culture Studies Program training per Refs (b) and (c).
3.B. Have completed the Marine Advisor Course (NO3KYK); exceptions may be granted for equivalent Service/Joint/NATO/Interagency advisor formalized training (e.g., Air Advisor course, Joint Advisor course, SFA Operators course, and Ministry of Defense Advisors course).
3.C. Security requirement. Secret level clearance eligibility.
4. Awarding Authority.
4.A. Effective with the release of this MARADMIN, HQMC PP&O will no longer conduct screening panels to select FSF Operational Advisors. The screening panel will be replaced with the guidance in subparagraph 4.B. This change will be incorporated into the FY22 MOS Manual.
4.B. Requirements. Effective with the release of this MARADMIN, Commanding Officers at the O-5 level and above may now approve the 0571 FMOS for Marines who have met the prerequisites contained in paragraph 3 and demonstrated extensive knowledge and expertise in advising in an on-the-job operationalenvironment, encompassing a period of no less than six months. Advisor skills are perishable and therefore the experience must be within the last 7 years to qualify.
5.A. IPACs will run the additional MOS 0571 unit diary entry in the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS) for those Marines who have been awarded the FSF Operational Advisor FMOS by their respective command authority. This process and authority for awarding the FSF Operational Advisor 0571 FMOS is effective immediately and will be reflected in the FY22 MOS Manual.
5.B. There is no change to the process for awarding the FSF Advisor FMOS 0570. IPACs may continue to run the additional FMOS 0570 unit diary entry in MCTFS for Marines who meet the prerequisites and qualifications in Ref (a).
6. This MARADMIN applies to the Marine Corps Total Force.
7. Release authorized by MajGen Paul Rock, Director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.//