Date Signed: 6/28/2022 | MARADMINS Number: 323/22
MARADMINS : 323/22

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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose.  This message announces the Fiscal Year 2023 Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) convening on 7 September 2022.  The purpose of this message is to announce the available programs, eligibility criteria, and timelines for the CPIB execution.
1.a.  Major milestone timeline (read in two columns):
NLT Date                        Milestone
Release of this message         Eligibility Roster published
Release of this message         CEB Questionnaire opens
15 July  2022                   Exception To Policy AA forms due
7 August 2022                   Board questionnaire closes
7 August 2022                   Applications/board letters due
7 August 2022                   RBR due
8 August 2022                   NPS Non-Compliance List Published
7 September 2022                CPIB convenes
2.  Background.
2.a.  CPIB is the premier Professional Military Education (PME) opportunity provided to majors, major selects, and those in zone for major.  The board will convene for approximately four weeks to select the best and fully qualified officers for resident PME programs, graduate education programs, and special duty assignments available within the Marine Corps.
2.b.  Marine Corps Graduate Education Program Order, reference (a), establishes the policies and procedures governing the CPIB, to include the eligibility process, board selection and slating, and requirements for participation and completion of these programs. Marines are encouraged to review the graduate education order found at:  https:(slash)(slash)www.marines.mil/portals/1/Publications/MCO%201524.1.pdf?ver=2019-06-03-083458-743
3.  Eligibility.
3.a.  Eligibility criteria.
3.a.1.  All majors, major selects, and captains in zone for the CY22 (FY24) Majors Promotion Selection Board with a date of departure from their current command no later than 30 September 2023 will screen on the FY23 CPIB.
3.a.2.  All officers due for permanent change of station/assignment (PCS/PCA) orders in FY23 are required to complete the specific instructions outlined in paragraph 5.
3.b.  Ineligibility criteria.
3.b.1.  Captains in the above-zone for promotion to major.
3.b.2.  Majors who are in zone for the CY22 (FY24) Lieutenant Colonels Promotion Selection Board.
3.b.3.  Majors who are above zone or previously passed for promotion to lieutenant colonel.
3.b.4.  Officers currently enrolled in or have completed a program slated by a previous CPIB.
3.b.5.  Officers who have not completed an obligated utilization tour for a previously attended CCLEB program.
3.b.6.  Officers enrolled in or who have completed the Command and Staff Blended Seminar Program (CSCBSP) for PME in-grade or have completed Advanced-ILS (i.e. SAW, SAMS, MAWS, SAASS).  Officers in this category, who are interested in CPIB programs other than resident PME schools (e.g. NPS, CFP, RAO, Olmsted, etc.) can submit a request to be considered.  Refer to paragraph 6.a. for instructions.
3.b.7.  Officers with an approved separation or retirement date.
3.b.8.  Restricted officers.
4.  Programs.
4.a.  Resident PME (Intermediate Level School-ILS):
4.a.1.  Marine Corps Command and Staff College (MCCSC)
4.a.2.  Army Command and General Staff College (ACGSC)
4.a.3.  College of Naval Command and Staff (CNCS)
4.a.4.  Air Command and Staff College (ACSC)
4.a.5.  Foreign PME
4.b.  Special Duty Assignments
4.b.1.  CMC Fellowships
4.c.  Graduate education programs:
4.c.1.  Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
4.c.2.  Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
4.c.3.  Civilian Institutions for Education (8802) and History (8878) curriculums
4.c.4. The Judge Advocate Generals Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS)
4.c.5.  San Diego State University (SDSU) (4505)
4.c.6.  Advanced Civilian Schools Program (ACSP)
4.c.7.  Congressional Fellowship Program (CFP)
4.c.8.  International Affairs Program’s (IAP) Regional Area Officer Program (RAO)
4.c.9.  Olmsted Scholar Program (OSP)
4.c.10.  The following AMOSs are associated with the corresponding graduate education disciplines and schools:
AMOS         DISCIPLINE                                      SCHOOL
3006         Contingency Contracting                         NPS
4405         Masters of International Law                    TJAGLCS
4409         Masters of Criminal Law                         TJAGLCS
4417         Masters of Cyber Law                            TJAGLCS
4505         Communication Strategy and Operations Planner   SDSU
8802         Education                                       CIV
8820         Aeronautical Engineering                        AFIT
8824         Electrical Engineering                          NPS
8825         Modeling and Simulation                         NPS
8826         Combat Systems Science and Technology           NPS
8831         Environmental Engineering                       AFIT
8834         Information Warfare Systems                     NPS
8840         Manpower Management                             NPS
8844         Financial Management                            NPS
8846         Computer Science                                NPS
8848         Info Systems Management                         NPS
8850         Operations Analysis                             NPS
8852         Defense Systems Analysis                        NPS
8862         Material Logistics Support Management           NPS
8866         Space Systems Operations                        NPS
8870         Special Operations (Irregular Warfare)          NPS
8878         History                                         CIV
822X         Regional Area Officer (RAO)                     NPS
5.  General instructions for the eligible population.
5.a.  The list of eligible officers screening for CPIB is posted on the “CPIB/CCLEB Updates” page on USMC Manpower website at:  https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/OA3CEB/pages_cpibcclebupdates
5.b.  All eligible officers are required to complete the FY23
Commandant’s Education Board Questionnaire no later than 2359 EST on 7 August 2022.  The questionnaire is located at:  https:(slash)(slash)go.max.gov/dod/fy23ceb
5.c.  Within the eligibility list, officers with sufficient career timing to participate in programs ranging up to five years (ie. NPS) have a Note 1 next to their name.  Officers with sufficient career timing to participate in programs ranging up to three years have a Note 2 beside their name (ie. Olmsted, CFP).  Officers without a Note beside their name only possess the career timing to attend a one-year program.  Officers without a Note beside their name who believe they have the career timing to screen for longer programs should contact their PMOS monitor.
5.d.  The below subparagraphs apply to officers with a Note by their name:
5.d.1.  Officers with a Note 1 or 2 beside their name must verify a copy of their undergraduate transcripts is located in their OMPF.  Officers needing to upload their transcripts to their OMPF must email a copy to MMRP at smb.manpower.mmrp-20@usmc.mil
5.d.2.  Officers with a Note 1 beside their name are required to apply to NPS no later than 2359 EST on 7 August 2022.
5.d.3.  NPS Admissions website is located at:  https:(slash)(slash)nps.edu/web/admissions/apply
5.d.4.  After submitting the NPS application, applicants must order official transcripts from all attended undergraduate and graduate institutions for delivery from the institution(s) directly to NPS Admissions.  Transcripts must come directly from the institution or their designated transcript exchange service.  NPS does not accept transcripts submitted by the applicant.  Officers that have previously applied to NPS must submit an additional application, but are not required to resubmit transcripts.  Officers can submit up to three applications for different programs at NPS listed in paragraph 4.c.10 above.  NPS will notify MMOA-3 of an officer’s acceptance.  NPS does not provide an acceptance letter or status of acceptance to individual officers.
5.e.  The below subparagraphs apply to board questionnaire submissions:
5.e.1.  Your EDIPI is required to access the board questionnaire.  Directed questionnaire functionality and accessibility questions and issues to MMOA-3 at SMBMMOAGRADEDU@usmc.mil
5.e.2.  Eligible officers must submit program preferences, applications, letters to the board, etc. via the questionnaire.  The questionnaire is the only method for MMOA-3 to receive board correspondence.
5.e.3.  All program applications must be submitted via the board questionnaire (except NPS).
5.e.4.  Do not submit more than 7 documents.
5.e.5.  Each document must not exceed 8 MB.
5.e.6.  File naming convention is very important for board correspondence collection/consolidation.  Name the file appropriately according to the program you are applying for ie:  “EDIPI_Olmsted_Last name” or “EDIPI_FPME_Last name”.  Condense all documents for a specific program application into one scanned PDF.  If due to size constraints the application must be split up, label as such:  “EDIPI_CFP_Last name (1), EDIPI_CFP_Last name (2)”.  If submitting a supplemental board correspondence label as such:  “EDIPI_CPIB_Last name_LOR/RBR”.
5.f.  Specific program application samples can be found on the “CPIB/CCLEB Board Updates” webpage under “Applications”:  https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/OA3CEB/pages_cpibcclebupdates
6.  Program specific instructions.
6.a.  Officers enrolled in or having completed CSCBSP who are interested in CPIB programs other than resident PME schools (e.g. NPS, CFP, RAO, Olmsted, etc.), must submit an Exception To Policy (ETP) to be considered.
6.a.1.  Officer must submit an ETP request via an Administrative Action Form (NAVMC 10274) to their respective PMOS monitor.
6.a.2.  All ETP request must be received by MMOA NLT 2359 EST on
15 July 2022 to be considered by the board.
6.b.  Resident PME.
6.b.1.  Officers interested in a specific Service PME other than Marine Corps CSC will find the available schools listed on the questionnaire and should rank it according to their preference.
6.b.2.  Foreign PME.  Reference the board questionnaire for which countries are available, as it varies from year to year.  To be considered, officers must obtain a DLAB score and rank it accordingly as a preference in the questionnaires.  The DLAB requirement pertains to English speaking programs as well.  A letter to the board stating your DLAB score and explaining the desire to attend FPME along with any other qualifications is also recommended.
6.c.  CMC Fellowships.  Reference the board questionnaire for which fellowships are available as some have MOS restrictions.  Interested officers should rank it accordingly as a preference in the questionnaires.
6.d.  NPS.
6.d.1.  Marines holding a PMOS of 4402 are not eligible to apply.
6.d.2.  Contingency Contracting curriculum (3006) is limited to 3002 PMOS.
6.d.3.  Financial Management curriculum (8844) is limited to 3404 PMOS.
6.d.4.  Special Operations (Irregular Warfare) curriculum (8870) is limited to  0370 PMOS.
6.e.  AFIT.
6.e.1.  Aeronautical Engineering program (8820) is restricted to 75XX PMOS. Application to school is submitted after board selection.
6.e.2.  Environmental Engineering program (8831) was previously only offered at AFIT. In addition to AFIT, it is now available to pursue at a civilian school of the officer’s choosing, not to exceed two years and $20,000 per year.  See instructions below in paragraph 6.f.1 for civilian institution program requirements.
6.f.  Civilian Institutions: 8802 (Education), 8831 (Environment Engineering), 8878 (History).
6.f.1.  Officers who prefer a graduate education program not offered at NPS are required to take the GRE and submit applications to their desired schools.  Current GRE scores are preferred prior to the board, but not required.  Likewise acceptance letters prior to the board are preferred but not required.  Upload GRE scores, conditional acceptance letters, and transcripts to the questionnaire in order to be considered.  If selected, officers must gain admission to a civilian university of their choice and be accepted into a resident degree program NLT 1 April 2023.  Curriculums must be verified by the program officer listed in paragraph 8 below prior to submission of application.
6.f.2.  Masters of Education (8802).  Interested officers are required to rank this program within their top three choices for graduate education preferences on the questionnaire.  Interested officers shall also compose a letter to the board which states your education/training experience, and desired focus of education study (ex: curriculum design/development, methodology, policy, learning analytics, emerging technology, etc).
6.f.3.  Master in Environmental Engineering (8831).  Interested officers are required to rank this program within their top three choices for graduate education preferences on the questionnaire.  Interested officers shall also compose a letter to the board which states your desire to attend via civilian institution rather than AFIT.  Include your preferred area of environmental engineering study.
6.f.4.  Military Historian (8878).  Selected officers will earn a master’s of history from a civilian university in 24 months, followed by a utilization tour as a History Instructor at the US Naval Academy.  Interested officers are required to rank this program within their top three choices for graduate education preferences on the questionnaire.  Interested officers shall also compose a letter to the board which states your preferred area of historical study and at least three prospective universities.
6.f.5.  A sample letter to the board can be found on the Board Updates webpage under “Applications”.
6.g.  TJAGLCS.  TJAGLCS program is restricted to 4402 PMOS.  It is a graduate-level program located on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia where a Masters of Law in multiple disciplines can be obtained.
6.h.  Mass Communication and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU).  This program is restricted to 4502 PMOS.  Interested officers are required to rank this program within their top three choices for graduate education preferences on the questionnaire.
6.i.  Advanced Civilian Schools Program (ACSP).
6.i.1.  The purpose of the ACSP is to provide an opportunity for Marine Corps officers to devote a year as a resident student to  complete a master’s degree of their choice.  The ACSP allows officers the opportunity to earn an advance degree while maintaining career progression.  Participants are highly encouraged to pursue areas of study and research topics of interest to the Marine Corps.
6.i.2. If selected, officers must attend as an in-resident student and not as remote learning.
6.i.3. Interested officers are required to have current GRE scores, submit an application, and rank this program within their top three choices for graduate education preferences.
6.i.4.  The board can select up to five officers to participate in this education program lasting no longer than 12 months.  This program qualifies as partially-funded education per reference (a).  Participating officers will receive their regular pay and allowances, but application fees, tuition and matriculation fees, cost of textbooks and materials, and all similar fees and expenses will be borne by the officer.  The area of study and research is at the discretion of the officer and no utilization tour is required.  Participant’s follow-on assignment will be based on the needs of the Marine Corps and the participants career progression.
6.i.5.  Marines who complete ACSP are required to have their diplomas and transcripts included in their OMPF.
6.i.6.  Marines may be awarded a secondary AMOS (i.e. 88XX) for their master’s degree if approved by the Occupational Field Manager for that discipline.
6.i.7.  Selectees must send an official acceptance letters to MMOA-3 via smbmmoagradedu@usmc.mil no later than 1 April 2023.  Failure to produce an acceptance letter or failure to communicate a potential delay in receiving an acceptance letter by this deadline will result in removal from the program.
6.i.8.  The ACSP application detailing all requirements is found at the CCLEB/CPIB website provided in paragraph 5.f.  Questions may be directed to MMOA-3 via e-mail at smbmmoagradedu@usmc.mil, subject titled, “Advanced Civilian Schools Program.”
6.j.  Congressional Fellowship Program (CFP).  Officers applying for CFP must submit their applications via the questionnaire no later than 2359 EST on 7 August 2022.  For more information, guidance and FAQ reference: https:(slash)(slash)www.hqmc.marines.mil/Agencies/Office-of-Legislative-Affairs/Congressional-Fellowship-Program/
6.k.  Regional Area Officer Program (RAO).
6.k.1.  Officers interested in the RAO program must be a major or major select having between nine and 15 years of commissioned service by June 2023.
6.k.2.  Interested officers should annotate the program as one of their top three preferences and submit a memorandum to the board in naval letter format highlighting interest in the RAO program, to include international experience, foreign language exposure, and desire to serve in RAO billets across the Marine Corps.  Letter should be submitted through the questionnaire as, “EDIPI_RAO_last name.”
6.l.  Olmsted Scholar Program (OSP)
6.l.1.  Limited to officers with no more than 13 years and 6 months of total federal service as of 1 April 2023.
6.l.2.  The selection process involves two steps: (1) CPIB “nominates” selectees for further consideration; (2) evaluation/selection board conducted by the Olmsted Foundation at a future date in spring 2023.
6.l.3.  Only certain PMOSs are eligible for the OSP as determined by the Foundation in coordination with HQMC. See https:(slash)(slash)olmstedfoundation.org/what-we-do/career-fields-eligible-to-apply/
6.l.4.  However, due to recent HQMC revisions, the Olmsted website is pending updates.  Therefore, the correct list of Marine PMOSs eligible to apply: 02xx, 03xx, 0402, 0602, 0802, 1302, 1702, 1803, 3002, 60xx, 66xx, 72xx, 73xx, 75xx.
6.l.5.  Officers interested should list OSP within their top three preferences and submit an “Initial” application to the board questionnaire, using the naming protocol:  “EDIPI_Olmsted Initial_Last name”
6.l.6.  If nominated on the CPIB, selectees then will submit a completed “Final” application. Both “Initial” and “Final” application templates are provided at the CPIB/CCLEB updates website provided in paragraph 5.f.
6.l.7.  Certain requirements such as the GRE score, college transcripts, command photo etc. are listed as part of the final OSP application.  Applicants should begin scheduling, as needed, for the GRE and obtaining other admin requirements in order to meet the final application submission deadline in late October.
6.l.8.  The Olmsted Scholar Foundation requires the submission of a high-quality digital file command photo taken in Service "A" with National Ensign and Service flag in the background for the final application.  If applicants desire to submit the photo early, it must be less than 8 MB in file size and should be submitted separately from the application.  Name the file “EDIPI_Olmsted_Lastname_Photo
6.l.9.  Additional program information may be found at:  http:(slash)(slash)www.olmstedfoundation.org/what-we-do/eligibility requirements
7.  Coordinating instructions.
7.a.  Officers desiring a certain graduate education program should mark it within their top three preferences for available programs listed on the questionnaire.
7.b.  Graduate Education programs are not a service equivalent for PME.  Marines participating in graduate education program are required to pursue completion of a PME program commensurate with their grade on their own initiative.
7.c.  All service PME schools are one academic year in length.  Graduate programs vary from one to two years of education followed by a three year utilization billet.  For additional information on program lengths and descriptions, see reference (a) or contact the program officer in paragraph 8 below.  Program information can also be found under “Grad Ed Programs Info” section on the “CPIB/CCLEB Updates” webpage:  https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/webcenter/portal/OA3CEB/pages_cpibcclebupdates
7.d.  Board correspondence.  All correspondence to the board must originate from or be endorsed by the officer being screened.  All submissions (letters of recommendation, clarifying statements of service, etc.) must be uploaded into the Letters to the Board file on the FY23 Commandant's Education Board questionnaire as such “EDIPI _CPIB_Last name_Ltr to Brd” no later than 2359 EST on 7 August 2022.
7.e.  Remove by Request (RBR).
7.e.1.  Officers who are eligible but do not desire to screen must complete the online questionnaire and attach an AA form requesting RBR.  The AA form must state the reason the officer desires to RBR and be favorably endorsed by the first O6 in the Marine's chain of command.  Properly label the filed “EDIPI_CPIB_Last name_RBR”.
7.e.2.  MMOA-3 must receive RBRs via the online questionnaire no later than 2359 EST on 7 August 2022.
7.f.  Non-Compliance.  Officers are considered non-compliant with the above instructions:
7.f.1.  If they have a Note 1 or 2 next to their name on the eligibility roster and do not complete the questionnaire and upload ma legible copy of their transcripts to OMPF.
7.f.2.  If they are listed in the eligibility roster with a Note 1 next to their name and they fail to apply to NPS and submit transcripts.
7.f.3.  Officers who fail to complete the questionnaire, fail to apply to NPS or submit transcripts will still screen and may be slated to a program at the board's discretion.
7.f.4.  A reminder notification will be sent on 1 August 2022 to those officers who have not yet applied to NPS.
7.f.5.  A list of non-compliant officers will be provided to commands on 8 August 2022 for those officers who have not yet applied to NPS.
7.g.  A subsequent MARADMIN will announce FY23 CPIB results.  The results MARADMIN will serve as notification of orders for all primary selectees.
8.  Program Point of Contacts
8.a.  Intermediate Level School (LS)
         Contact your PMOS monitor.
8.b.  Foreign PME, CMC Fellowships, Olmsted Scholar Program
         Mr. Michael Cooper (Marine Corps University)
         DSN:  378-0696, Comm:  (703) 432-0696
         Email:  michael.cooper@usmcu.edu
8.c.  Naval Post Graduate School
         Admissions Office
         Comm:  (831) 521-2190
         Email:  admissions@nps.edu
8.d.  Masters of Education
         Maj Nathan M. Clark
         Comm:  (703) 784-4726
         Email:  nathan.clark@usmc.mil
8.e.  Masters of History
         Maj Benjamin Brewster (USNA)
         Comm:  (410) 293-6295
         Email:  bbrewste@usna.edu
8.f.  Environmental Engineering - 8831 (AFIT)
         LtCol Anne Braden
         Comm:  (571) 256-2789
         Email:  anne.braden@usmc.mil 
8.g.  Law Programs
         Maj John B Wooddruff II
         DSN:  223-9059, Comm:  (703) 693-9059
         Email:  john.woodruff@usmc.mil
8.h. San Diego State University (SDSU) 
        Maj Joshua Larson
        Comm:  (703) 692-1879
        Email:  joshua.larson@usmc.mil
8.i.  Congressional Fellowship Program
         Maj Charles T.  Byers Jr. (OLA)
         Comm:  (703) 692-0197
         Email:  HQMC_OLA_CFP@usmc.mil
         Email:  charles.t.byers@usmc.mil
8.j.  International Affairs Program (IAP)
         Mr. Clayton Fisher (PLU-8)
         DSN:  222-0322, Comm:  (703) 614-0322
         Email:  clayton.fisher@usmc.mil
9.  This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
10.  Release authorized by MajGen Michael J. Borgschulte, Director, Manpower Management Division.//