SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR THE FY22 MAGTF OPERATIONS IN THE INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT PRACTITIONER COURSE AND STAFF OPERATIONS IN THE INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT PLANNER COURSE
Date Signed: 2/15/2022 | MARADMINS Number: 055/22
MARADMINS : 055/22

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MARADMIN 055/22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC DC I WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR THE FY22 MAGTF OPERATIONS IN THE INFORMATION ENVIORNMENT PRACTITIONER COURSE (MOPC) AND STAFF OPERATIONS IN THE INFORMATION ENVIORNMENT PLANNER COURSE (SOPC)//
REF/A/DOC/NAVMC 1200.1G/MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES MANUAL//
NARR/REF A IS THE FISCAL YEAR 2022 MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES MANUAL.//
POC/M. T. CLARK/GYSGT/DC I/IMD/TEL: 703-784-5609/EMAIL: MCLARK@MCIA.OSIS.GOV//
POC/G. CORBITT/SSGT/DC I/IMD/TEL: 703-784-5079/EMAIL: GCORBITT@MCIA.OSIS.GOV//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  The purpose of this MARADMIN is to solicit nominees to attend Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Operations in the Information Environment (OIE) Practitioner Course (MOPC) (CID N03F2G1) and Staff OIE Planner Course (SOPC) (CID N03HE51).  Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT) located in Norfolk, VA, offers both courses in-residence aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft Story.  MOPC graduates will be eligible for the 0510 (FMOS) Basic IO Staff officer.  MOPC enables Marine Officers to attain an intermediate understanding of the Information Environment (IE), how to characterize it, and assist its impacts on MAGTF Operations.  MOPC will enable the understanding of information activities, related capabilities, and integration into the MAGTF planning, execution, and assessment.  Students will also gain an understanding of Operations Security (OPSEC) and Military Deception (MILDEC).  This course is the foundation training to understand how toplan and conduct OIE.  SOPC graduates will be eligible for the 0550 (FMOS) Advanced IO Planner.  SOPC enables Marine Officers to attain an advanced understanding of the IE, information related activities and capabilities, and integration into MAGTF staff planning and execution.  SOPC focuses on MAGTF Command Element level planning and the integration within the Joint Task Force.  This course serves as the advanced training to understand how to plan and conduct OIE.
2.  Background:  Since the induction of Information as the seventh warfighting function, there has been an increased need for units to have Marines trained on the subject.  Marine Corps OIE are defined as actions taken to generate, preserve or apply military information power in order to increase and protect competitive advantage or combat power potential within all domains of the operational environment.  Marine Corps OIE are persistently conducted in global campaigns throughout the competition continuum and during armed conflict to support Naval, Service, Combatant Command and Joint Force objectives in the IE across all Domains.  The Marine Corps continues to recognize the need to synchronize what is happening in the multi-domain environment, while effectively degrading the enemy’s ability to shape the narrative to their own favor.  The Marines filling the OIE Planner billets are the subject matter experts (SME) to the commanding officers to ensure that OIE is integrated into larger operations and campaigns.  Due to the increased need to fill these key billets, this MARADMIN lays out the prioritization for Marines seeking training from EWTGLANT.
3.  Course Information.
3.a.  Course Names and Descriptions.
3.a.1.  MOPC:  Four weeks (28 cumulative days).  MOPC facilitates an intermediate level of understanding of information activities, related capabilities, and associated effects and their integration into MAGTF staff planning, execution, and assessment.  Graduates of this course are expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP), the MAGTF targeting cycle (detect, decide, deliver and assess), and baseline assessments (measures of performance/measures of effectiveness).  Students will also gain proficiency in Operational Security (OPSEC)(to include Signature Management) and Military Deception (MILDEC) (including Tactical Deception, Deception in support of OPSEC, and Joint MILDEC) planning and execution.
3.a.2.  SOPC:  Three weeks (21 cumulative days).  SOPC will be conducted via a facilitated learning environment which may include lecture, guided discussion, practical application, case study or a combination of techniques.  Students will be expected to contribute to discussions and activities based on readings, personal operational experiences, or ideas on best practices.  Instructors will offer examples and outlines to steer discussions.  Guest lectures will offer perspectives on current operational TTPs, best practices, trends, and/or projected ways ahead.  Advanced reading assignments are promulgated via the course's welcome aboard letter and are available on the course's Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) site.  Additional readings may be assigned during the execution of the course to further support learning objectives.  Graduates of this course are expected to have a thorough understanding of the various information related activities and capabilities and their application.  Lessons learned in each seminar will carry forward throughout the SOPC to other operations in the information environment discussions, as well as during practical application during the course.  The student will demonstrate knowledge of MCPP, the targeting cycle (service and joint), and coordination with other IO/OIE related organizations at the Service and Joint levels.  Students will understand how MAGTF OIE are tied in to the GCCs and JTFs at the tactical and operational levels of war.  
3.a.3.  Additional course information can be found on the MCTIMS website:  https:(slash)(slash)mctims.usmc.mil/.
3.b.  Location:  EWTGLANT, Building 3504, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459-2470.
3.c.  TECOM requires all students to abide by DoD travel restrictions, found at:  https:(slash)(slash)www.defense.gov.
3.d.  Available course numbers and dates (read in four columns):
MOPC:
Course Number Check In Date Graduation Date Available Seats:
2022020       04 JAN 22      02 FEB 22       22
2022030       27 FEB 22      25 MAR 22       22
2022040       24 APR 22      20 MAY 22       20
2022050       31 MAY 22      29 JUN 22       19
2022060       10 JUL 22      05 AUG 22       30
2022070       07 AUG 22      02 SEP 22       30
SOPC:  
Course Number Check In Date Graduation Date Available Seats:
2022020       27 MAR 22      15 APR 22       15
2022030       11 SEP 22      30 SEP 22       16
Travel dates are one day before check in and one day after graduation.  Applicants should remain flexible as course dates and quotas are subject to change due to COVID-19 impacts. 
3.e.  Funding.
3.e.1.  MOPC:  For eligible Marines who are filling a 0510 or 0551 billet, Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) funding is provided by Training and Education Command (TECOM) for travel, meal and incidental expenses (MIE), and lodging for MOPC only; rental car, if authorized, will be funded at unit’s expense.  For Marines not in a designated MOS 0510/ 0551 billet or Reserve Marines, all TAD costs must be funded by the student’s command, and applications must also include a statement of acknowledgment indicating that the student’s command is aware of the TAD funding requirement.  Headquarters Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Information (DC I) will not guarantee funding.  
3.e.2.  SOPC:  If an eligible Marine is filling a 0550 billet, funding will be same as above.
4.  Course Eligibility.
4.a.1  MOPC:  The Target Population Description is Marine WO-1 through O-4 as well as designated civilian and contracted employees involved in planning, advising, executing, and assessing OIE.  Senior Enlisted Marines E-7 through E-9 may attend this course on a space available basis contingent upon their service in an OIE billet or service in an Information related activity or capability.  Personnel should currently be serving in or have orders to serve in an OIE billet or serve in an information related activity or capability.  Enlisted Marines who are currently in the process of a lateral move to the 0521 PMOS will be enrolled in MOPC and attend the first two-weeks of the course for the remainder of this FY.  This will be in effect until the approval of the MAGTF OIE Specialist Course (MOSC).
4.a.2  SOPC:  The Target Population Description is Marine Officers O-3 through O-5 as well as designated civilian and contracted employees involved in planning, advising, executing, and assessing OIE.  Senior Enlisted Marines E-7 through E-9, Warrant Officers, and O-1 and O-2 may attend this course on a space available basis contingent upon their service in an OIE billet or service in an Information related activity or capability.  Personnel should currently be serving in, or have orders to serve in an OIE billet or serve in an information related activity or capability.
4.b.  MOS:  These courses are open to any MOS.  For MOPC and SOPC, seat prioritization will be given to personnel in billets identified with the FMOS 0510, 0550, or 0551.  Specifically, within the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), MEF Information Groups (MIG), and MOSs dealing with operations in the information environment.
4.c.  Education:  While not a prerequisite, it is recommended that Marines attend MOPC prior to SOPC.
4.d.  Recommended training for MOPC:  Marine Corps Planning Process (MarineNet Course Code: MCPP010000); Planning course equivalents include completion of:  EWS, Command & Staff, Naval War College, SAW, MAWS, JAWS, SAMS, etc.)
4.e.  Security Clearance:  An active Secret clearance is required for MOPC/SOPC.  The students must be a U.S. citizen.
5.  Application Procedures.
5.a.  All applications will be submitted via Administrative Action Form (NAVMC 10274) to Information Maneuver Division (IMD), DC I.  All applications will be routed through the Marines training section.  If the applicant serves within a MEF, applications will be routed through their respective MEF Training Officer.  For all other Marines, applications will be emailed to the POCs listed at the beginning of this message.  Upon successful enrollment into one of the courses, Marines are required to send the chief instructor a SIPR SAAR form in order to gain access to the network for the course.
5.a.1.  Training Points of Contact:  MARFORPAC: Mr. Prebor, wayne.prebor@usmc.mil, 808-477-8850.  MARFORCOM: Cpl Brown, William.a.brown@usmc.mil, 757-836-0736.  Mr. Jackson, john.m.jackson@usmc.mil, 757-836-1686.  IMD Quota Sponsor: GySgt Clark, mclark@mcia.osis.gov, 703-784-5609.
5.b.  Specific Instructions for application.
5.b.1.  Block 6.  Appropriate MEF or MARFOR POC, or “None”.
5.b.2.  Block 7.
HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS
DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR INFORMATION
ATTN: IMD (GySgt M. T. Clark)
BUILDING 27404 MCB 1
QUANTICO, VA 22134
5.b.3.  Block 8.  Request to attend EWTGLANT [Course Name].
5.b.4.  Block 11.
5.b.4.a.  Enclose an endorsement from the first O-5 in the applicant’s chain of command describing how the student’s attendance will benefit their command. 
5.b.4.b.  Enclose a letter from the applicant’s Special Security Office (SSO) certifying the security clearance held and date adjudicated.
5.b.5.  Block 12.
5.b.5.a.  Course date and number.  If there is no preference, please state.  If multiple dates/courses are acceptable, provide course numbers and dates in order of preference. 
5.b.5.b.  Security clearance and date adjudicated.
5.b.5.c.  Work phone number (commercial or DSN) and NIPR email.
5.b.5.d.  Statement of acknowledgment indicating that the applicant’s command is aware of the TAD funding requirement as applicable.
5.b.5.e.  Current billet title.  State if the position has a Billet MOS (BMOS) of 0510, 0550, or 0551 Additional Skill Designator (ASD) of the same, or if current billet structure does not reflect a 0510, 0550, or 0551 requirement. 
5.b.5.f.  Time left on current contract.
5.b.5.g.  Designate whether Active Duty or Reserve.
5.c.  All applications are due to IMD 30 days prior to the convening date of the requested course.  This allows time to have the student enrolled and funding to be approved.  IMD will assign course dates based on priority in accordance with the Course Registration Prioritization Memorandum of Record (MOR) signed by DC I.  Marines will be emailed the funding letter (if applicable) and the welcome aboard letter upon enrollment to the course.   
6.  This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force.
7.  Release authorized by LtGen M. G. Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information.//