Date Signed: 4/11/2023 | MARADMINS Number: 184/23
MARADMINS : 184/23

R 110900Z APR 23
REF/A/DOC/CMC/MCO P1553.4B/YMD: 20080125//
REF/B/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 703/08/YMD: 20081211//
REF/C/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 396/19/YMD: 20190716//
REF/D/DOC/CMC/MCO 1553.2D/YMD: 20210623//
REF/E/MSG/CMC/MARADMIN 575/15/20151117//
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 allocations.  The BSP is a combination of resident and nonresident online education at or near home 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 at Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan (OKIN) and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
2.  The 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 (PME) credit and also Joint PME (JPME) Phase I credit for ILS.  The following are program details for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.
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 home station location, while the online period will be accomplished during the officer’s off duty time at home station.
3.  Student eligibility
3.a.  The BSP is a total force program.  A Marine Administrative Message (MARADMIN) for reserve participation will be released separately.
3.b.  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 eligible for retirement remain in service a minimum of 24 months after graduation.
3.c.  EWSBSP:  Captains, Limited Duty Officer (LDO) captains, captain selects, and chief warrant officer (CWO)3s (see notes after seat allocations below) are eligible.  CWO2s are eligible with an approved waiver and based on space available.  Intrested students should contact their closest CDET Regional Point of Contact (POC) listed in paragraph 6 to obtain more information on the waiver process.  Prospective students must complete the 8670 prerequisite course described in reference (c) prior to applying to the EWSBSP.
3.d.  CSCBSP:  Majors, LDO majors, major selects, and CWO4s (see notes after seat allocations below) are eligible.  Captains and CWO3s 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.e.  Eligible students desiring to apply should contact their Major Subordinate Command (MSC) listed in this MARADMIN and the closest CDET regional director listed in paragraph 6.  MSCs listed in paragraph 4 will coordinate with applicants to fill their seat allocations.
3.f.  Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officers (SNCOs) may also request seats in the EWSBSP or CSCBSP on a space-available basis with an approved waiver.  Those interested should contact the closest regional director to their location for waiver request assistance.  No funded TAD is authorized for SNCOs for the CSCBSP due to Congressional limitations.  Contact the CDET regional director at your closest location for waiver application information.  Those in the following grades may participate in the EWSBSP:  E7-E9 and CSCBSP:  E8-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 MOSs in order to fill the aggregate class allocation is authorized.
4.a.  EWSBSP class dates are listed below (read in four columns).  International Military Students (IMS) report one week early for the first resident period.
Class Number/ US Report 1st       IMS Report 1st     All Report 2nd
Location      resident period     resident period    resident period
401-402/CLNC  9 Jul 23(401)       5 Jul 23(401)      29 Oct 23(402)
403-404/CPCA  9 Jul 23(403)       5 Jul 23(403)      29 Oct 23(404)
411-412/OKIN  9 Jul 23(411)       5 Jul 23(411)      29 Oct 23(412)
405-406/QUAN  7 Jan 24(405)       2 Jan 24(405)      28 Apr 24(406)
407-408/CLNC  7 Jan 24(407)       2 Jan 24(407)      28 Apr 24(408)
409-410/CPCA  7 Jan 24(409)       2 Jan 24(409)      28 Apr 24(410)
413-414/OKIN  7 Jan 24(413)       2 Jan 24(413)      28 Apr 24(414)
415-416/MCBH  7 Jan 24(415)       2 Jan 24(415)      28 Apr 24(416)
4.b.  Course Identification (CID) (read in three columns):
Location      1st resident    2nd resident
CLNC          M0329XI         M0329QI
CPCA          M1029XG         M1029QG
QUAN          M0229XG         M0229QG
OKIN          M2229X8         M2229Q8
MCBH          M2129X7         M2129Q7
4.c.  EWSBSP seat allocations are listed below (read in three columns).
Command             Class(MCTIMS)  Seats/MOS Cat
MCCDC/MCNCRC        405-406/QUAN   1/GC
TECOM/TCOM          401-402/CLNC   4/GC:4/CS note3
                    403-404/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS note1
                    407-408/CLNC   4/GC:4/CS note3
                    409-410/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS note1
MARCORSYSCOM        405-406/QUAN   1/any MOS
MARFORCOM           401-402/CLNC   11/GC:11/CS:11/AV note4
                    407-408/CLNC   11/GC:11/CS:11/AV note4
MCICOM              401-402/CLNC   3/CS note1
                    403-404/CPCA   2/CS note1
                    407-408/CLNC   3/CS note1
                    409-410/CPCA   2/CS note1
                    411-412/OKIN   3/CS note1
                    413-414/OKIN   3/CS note1
MCICOM/MCNCRC       405-406/QUAN   1/GC:2/CS:2/AV note2
MARFORPAC           403-404/CPCA   9/GC:9/CS:9/AV note3
                    409-410/CPCA   9/GC:9/CS:9/AV note3
                    411-412/OKIN   3/GC:2/CS:3/AV note2
                    413-414/OKIN   3/GC:2/CS:3/AV note2
                    415-416/MCBH   4/GC:4/CS:4/AV note2
MARSOC              401-402/CLNC   2/GC:1/CS
                    403-404/CPCA   1/GC 
                    407-408/CLNC   2/GC:1/CS 
                    409-410/CPCA   1/GC 
MARFORRES           401-402/CLNC   1/CS note5
                    403-404/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS note5
                    405-406/QUAN   2/AV note5
                    407-408/CLNC   1/CS note5
                    409-410/CPCA   1/CS:1/AV note5
Note1:  One CWO3 authorized.
Note2:  Two CWO3s authorized.
Note3:  Three CWO3s authorized.
Note4:  Four CWO3s authorized.
Note5:  Reserve BSP board selected/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.  IMSs report one week early for the first resident period.
Class no./      US Report        IMS Report       All Report
location 1st resident period 1st resident period 2nd resident period
401-402/QUAN   19 Jun 23(401)   15 Jun 23(401)   28 Apr 24(402)
403-404/CLNC   23 Jul 23(403)   17 Jul 23(403)   7 Apr 24(404)
405-406/CPCA   26 Jul 23(405)   20 Jul 23(405)   7 Apr 24(406)
407-408/CLNC   21 Jan 24(407)   16 Jan 24(407)   15 Sep 24(408)
409-410/CPCA   23 Jan 24(409)   17 Jan 24(409)   15 Sep 24(410)
4.e.  CIDs (read in three columns):
Location   1st resident    2nd resident
QUAN       M02SA1G         M02RZZG
CLNC       M03SA1I         M03RZZI
CPCA       M10SA1G         M10RZZG
4.f.  CSCBSP seat allocations are listed below (read in three columns).
Command             Class(MCTIMS)  Seats/MOS Cat
MCCDC/MCNCRC        401-402/QUAN   1/CS
TECOM/TCOM          403-404/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS
                    405-406/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS
                    407-408/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS
                    409-410/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS
MARFORCOM           403-404/CLNC   1/GC:3/CS:2/AV note6
                    407-408/CLNC   2/GC:3/CS:2/AV note7
MCICOM/MCNCRC       401-402/QUAN   2/GC:2/CS:2/AV note7
MCICOM              403-404/CLNC   1/CS
                    405-406/CPCA   1/CS
                    407-408/CLNC   1/CS
                    409-410/CPCA   1/CS
MARFORPAC           405-406/CPCA   2/GC:3/CS:3/AV note7
                    409-410/CPCA   2/GC:2/CS:3/AV note7
MARSOC              403-404/CLNC   1/GC
                    407-408/CLNC   1/GC
MARFORRES           401-402/QUAN   1/GC:1/CS note8
                    403-404/CLNC   1/GC:1/CS note8
                    405-406/CPCA   1/AV note8
                    407-408/CLNC   1/AV note8
                    409-410/CPCA   1/GC:1/CS note8
Note6:  One CWO4 authorized.
Note7:  Two CWO4s authorized.
Note8:  Reserve BSP board selected/MARFORRES funded.
4.g.  Although U.S. MARFORRES allocations reflect reservists only, regular and active reserve officers assigned to MARFORRES may contact CDET’s Reserve Liaison Officer (RLO) listed in paragraph 6.g. below and a local CDET regional director for seats.  Similarly, commands with no allocations should contact the CDET regional director nearest the command to inquire about BSP seats.  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 (C40).  Those officers assigned to the National Capital Region will be registered by MCICOM/MCNCRC.  MCICOM POC is Mr. Ken Conover at office phone (571) 256-7089 or cellular phone (540) 538-9794 or email  Those officers stationed (not deployed) OCONUS should contact the CDET Student Support Coordinator, Mr. Steve O’Dell at phone (703) 784-2410 or email for further participation information.
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 foreign officers working with the Marine Expeditionary Forces are all welcome to participate.  The country of origin is required to pay tuition.  POCs in paragraphs 5.a and 6 of this message will assist in these efforts by coordinating with Training and Education Command (TECOM) Security Assistance Branch.  TECOM will not fund TAD for international officers.
5.  Coordinating Instructions
5.a.  MSCs listed in this MARADMIN 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 with travel requirements will need to make them through the Defense Travel System.  Participating students should 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 (Bldg) 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 Christopher Gowgiel.
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, with Mr. Dennis Haskin.
5.b.  Registration responsibility and funded TAD.  MSCs 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 must request funding authorization for their active duty participants requiring TAD via MCTIMS in accordance with reference (e).  Commanding General (CG), 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 (PTAD) orders approved by the parent command.  Reserve officers will receive funding for travel and per diem from MARFORES.  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 via TAD.  Local students will be funded for that event by MCU.
5.c.  Local commanders must endorse letters of support for their participating Marines.  The 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 CG, EDCOM/President, MCU via the first O-6 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 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 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 from temporary duty 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 Commandant's Career Level Education Board (CCLEB) and the Commandant's 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 their 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 Air and Space 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 Mr. Dennis Haskin phone (703) 432-5257 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 Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Gowgiel 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 MARFORRES Marines is the CDET RLO at phone (703) 784-3015 or email
6.h.  CDET POC for all Marines not deployed and stationed in an area outside the continental U.S other than regions identified in paragraphs 6.e. and 6.f. is the CDET Student Support Coordinator, Mr. Steve O’Dell at phone (703) 784-2410 or email
7.  Release authorized by Brigadier General Maura M. Hennigan, President, Marine Corps University.//