Date Signed: 3/25/2021 | MARADMINS Number: 165/21
MARADMINS : 165/21

R 251522Z MAR 21
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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose:  To announce 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 and non-resident online education at or near your primary duty station.  The College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) EWSBSPs and CSCBSPs are located at the following MCU regional campuses:  Camp Pendleton, California (CPCA), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (CLNC), Quantico, Virginia (QUAN), and EWSBSP only in Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan (OKIN) and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
2.  This 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 credit and also Joint Professional Military Education Phase I credit for ILS.  The following are program details for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
2.a.  EWSBSP is designed for delivery in three stages:  Stage one is a 29-day resident period, stage two is a 12-week online period, and stage three is a 6-week resident period.  CSCBSP is also designed for delivery in three stages:  Stage one is a 4-week resident period, stage two is a 28-week online period, and stage three 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 primary duty station location, while the online period will be accomplished during the officers off-duty time at primary duty station.
3.  Student eligibility
3.a.  The BSP is a total force program.  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.b.  EWSBSP:  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 EWSBSP.
3.c.  CSCBSP:  Majors, LDO majors, major selects, and CWO4s (see notes after seat quotas below).  Captains who are CLS complete and have three years time-in-grade at the time of reporting will be considered as alternates and placed on a wait list for available seats.
3.d.  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 Marine Administrative message.  Applicants will be coordinated with the commands listed in paragraph (4) below to fill seat quotas.
3.e.  Marine Corps staff noncommissioned officers may also request seats in the EWSBSP 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 EWSBSP:  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 MOS in order to fill the aggregate class quota is authorized.
4.a.  EWSBSP class dates are listed below (read in four columns).  International military officers (IMO) report one week early for the first resident period.
Class number/   US Report        IMO Report       All Report
location        1st res period   1st res period   2nd res period
201-202/CLNC    11 Jul 21(201)    6 Jul 21(201)   31 Oct 21(202)
203-204/CPCA    11 Jul 21(203)    6 Jul 21(203)   31 Oct 21(204)
211-212/OKIN    11 Jul 21(211)    6 Jul 21(211)   31 Oct 21(212)
205-206/QUAN    30 Sep 21(205)   24 Sep 21(205)   20 Mar 22(206)
207-208/CLNC     9 Jan 22(207)    3 Jan 22(207)    1 May 22(208)
209-210/CPCA     9 Jan 22(209)    3 Jan 22(209)    1 May 22(210)
213-214/OKIN     9 Jan 22(213)    3 Jan 22(213)    1 May 22(214)
215-216/MCBH     9 Jan 22(215)    3 Jan 22(215)    1 May 22(216)
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.  EWSBSP 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        205-206/QUAN   1/GC                     0
MARFORCYBER/MCNCRC  205-206/QUAN   1/any MOS                1
TECOM/TCOM/MCNCRC   205-206/QUAN   1/GC:1/AV                1
TECOM/TCOM          201-202/CLNC   4/GC:4/CS note3          4
                    203-204/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS note1          2
                    207-208/CLNC   4/GC:4/CS note3          4
                    209-210/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS note1          2
MARCORSYSCOM        205-206/QUAN   1/any MOS                0
MARFORCOM           201-202/CLNC   11/GC:11/CS:11/AV note4 10
                    207-208/CLNC   11/GC:11/CS:11/AV note4 10
MCICOM              201-202/CLNC   3/CS note1               2
                    203-204/CPCA   2/CS note1               1
                    207-208/CLNC   3/CS note1               2
                    209-210/CPCA   2/CS note1               2
                    211-212/OKIN   3/CS note1               1
                    213-214/OKIN   3/CS note1               2
MCICOM/MCNCRC       205-206/QUAN   1/GC:2/CS:2/AV note2     2
MARFORPAC           203-204/CPCA   9/GC:9/CS:9/AV note3     9
                    209-210/CPCA   9/GC:9/CS:9/AV note3     9
                    211-212/OKIN   7/GC:7/CS:7/AV note2     3
                    213-214/OKIN   7/GC:7/CS:7/AV note2     4
                    215-216/MCBH   4/GC:4/CS:4/AV note2     1
MARFORSOC           201-202/CLNC   2/GC:1/CS                2
                    203-204/CPCA   1/GC                     0
                    207-208/CLNC   2/GC:1/CS                2
                    209-210/CPCA   1/GC                     0
MARFORRES           201-202/CLNC   1/CS note5
                    203-204/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS note5
                    205-206/QUAN   2/AV note5
                    207-208/CLNC   1/CS note5
                    209-210/CPCA   1/CS:1/AV note5
Note 1:  One (1)-CWO3 authorized.
Note 2:  Two (2)-CWO3s authorized.
Note 3:  Three (3)-CWO3s authorized.
Note 4:  Four (4)-CWO3s authorized.
Note 5:  Reserve BSP board selected/US Marine Force Reserve (MARFORRES) funded.
4.d.  CSCBSP class dates are listed below (read in four columns).  There are no CSCBSP classes in OKIN or MCBH.  Majors/CWO4s in OKIN or MCBH are eligible to attend any of the CSCBSP classes at CPCA.  IMOs report one week early for the first resident period.
Class number/   US Report        IMO Report       All Report
location        1st res period   1st res period   2nd res period
201-202/QUAN    20 Jun 21(201)   15 Jun 21(201)   24 Apr 22(202)
203-204/CLNC    25 Jul 21(203)   19 Jul 21(203)   10 Apr 22(204)
205-206/CPCA    28 Jul 21(205)   22 Jul 21(205)   10 Apr 22(206)
207-208/CLNC    23 Jan 22(207)   18 Jan 22(207)   18 Sep 22(208)
209-210/CPCA    25 Jan 22(209)   19 Jan 22(209)   18 Sep 22(210)
4.e.  CIDs (read in three columns):
Location   1st res    2nd res
QUAN       M02SA1G    M02RZZG
CLNC       M03SA1I    M03RZZI
CPCA       M10SA1G    M10RZZG
4.f.  CSCBSP 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        201-202/QUAN   1/CS                     0
TECOM/TCOM/MCNCRC   201-202/QUAN   1/GC:1/AV                1
TECOM/TCOM          203-204/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS                1
                    205-206/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS                1
                    207-208/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS                1
                    209-210/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS                1
MARCORSYSCOM/MCNCRC 201-202/QUAN   1/any MOS                0
MARFORCOM           203-204/CLNC   1/GC:3/CS:2/AV note6     2
                    207-208/CLNC   2/GC:3/CS:2/AV note7     3
MCICOM/MCNCRC       201-202/QUAN   2/GC:2/CS:2/AV note7     2
MCICOM              203-204/CLNC   1/CS                     1
                    205-206/CPCA   1/CS                     1
                    207-208/CLNC   1/CS                     1
                    209-210/CPCA   1/CS                     1
MARFORPAC           205-206/CPCA   2/GC:3/CS:3/AV note7     2
                    209-210/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS:3/AV note7     2
MARFORSOC           203-204/CLNC   1/GC                     1
                    207-208/CLNC   1/GC                     1
MARFORRES           201-202/QUAN   1/GC:1/CS note8
                    203-204/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS note8
                    205-206/CPCA   1/AV note8
                    207-208/CLNC   1/AV note8
                    209-210/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS note8
Note 6:  One (1)-CWO4 authorized.
Note 7:  Two (2)-CWO4s authorized.
Note 8:  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 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 (540) 538-9794 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 Ft Story, VA.  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 EWSBSP and CSCBSP 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 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. Chet Jolley.
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 Lieutenant Colonel Eric Williamson.
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:  Bldg 2044 (Warner Center) suite 3126, Room H 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 (C464) 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 Education Command/President MCU via the first O6 in the chain of command for any of their Marines who drop from the program.
5.d.  The first resident period for the EWSBSP is less than 30 days.  Officers will not require To Temporary Duty (TD) fitness reports (FitReps) 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 CSCBSP 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 officer 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 CSCBSP 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 or tablet devices 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 EWSBSP 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. Chet Jolley phone (760) 725-8400 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 LtCol Eric Williamson 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 Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//