Date Signed: 5/24/2024 | MARADMINS Number: 243/24
MARADMINS : 243/24

R 231915Z MAY 24
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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Purpose.  This message announces the Academic Year 2025 (AY25) Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) convening on 06 August 2024.  The purpose of this message is to announce the available programs, eligibility criteria, and timelines for the CPIB execution in conjunction with the Commandant’s Education Board (CEB).
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
07 July                   Waiver submissions due
07 July                   CEB questionnaire closes
07 July                   Applications/board correspondence due
07 July                   Remove by Requests (RBR) due
19 July                   Non-compliance list published
26 July                   Final eligibility list published
06 August                 CEB convenes
2.  Background.  The CPIB, as part of the CEB, is the premier Professional Military Education (PME) opportunity provided to majors, majors (select), and those in-zone for major.  The board will convene for approximately four weeks to select the best and most fully qualified officers for resident PME programs, graduate education programs, and special duty assignments.
3.  Eligibility.  All eligible officers are required to complete the specific instructions outlined in paragraph 5.
3.a.  Eligibility criteria
3.a.1.  All majors and majors (select) who will complete their current tour control factor (TCF) by 30 September 2025.  Officers whose TCF is complete by 31 December 2025 may screen with PMOS monitor approval.
3.a.2.  Direct questions regarding tour lengths and dates of departure to the appropriate PMOS monitor.
3.a.3.  Captains in-zone on the CY24/FY26 Major Promotion Selection Board who have completed their minimum time-on-station requirement.
3.a.4.  Captains who are in-zone for major who have not completed the minimum time-on-station requirement and wish to screen should submit a waiver request in accordance with paragraph 5.e.
3.b.  Ineligibility criteria
3.b.1.  Officers with a training PMOS or departing PMOS training.
3.b.2.  Captains in the above-zone for promotion to major.
3.b.3.  Officers currently enrolled in or who have completed an education program slated by a previous CPIB.
3.b.4.  Officers who have not yet fulfilled an obligated utilization tour for a previously attended program by 30 September 2025.
3.b.5.  Officers enrolled in or who have completed the Command and Staff Blended Seminar Program (CSCBSP) 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, RAO, Olmsted, etc.), can submit a waiver request to be considered.  Refer to paragraph 5.e. for instructions.
3.b.6.  Officers with an approved lateral move in CY24 are ineligible for AY25 CPIB selection and attendance due to PMOS training and assignment.
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.  Space Force Command and Staff College (USSFCSC).
4.a.6.  Foreign PME.  Foreign PME no longer grants JMPE I credit.
4.b.  Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellowships (subject to change)
4.b.1.  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
4.b.2.  The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
4.b.3.  Logistics Fellows, Penn State.
4.b.4.  US Chamber of Commerce.
4.b.5.  Federal Express.
4.b.6.  US Agency for International Development.
4.b.7.  Morgan Stanley.
4.b.8.  Dominion Energy.
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).
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.  Regional Affairs Officer Program (RAO).
4.c.8.  Olmsted Scholar Program (OSP).
4.d.  Graduate Education Program
4.d.1.  The following AMOSs are associated with the corresponding disciplines and curricula at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  Curricula billet descriptions and a utilization tour brochure are available on the Grad Ed website found in paragraph 5.a. under the program info section (read in three columns):
     AMOS   DISCIPLINE                                    CURRICULUM
    *3006   Defense Contract Management                   815
     8824   Electronic Systems Engineering                590
     8825   Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation   399
     8826   Applied Physics of Combat Systems             533
     8834   Information Warfare                           595
     8840   Manpower Systems Analysis                     847
    *8844   Defense Financial Management                  837
     8846   Computer Science                              368
     8848   Information Systems and Technology            370
     8850   Operations Analysis                           360
     8852   Defense Systems Analysis                      817
    *8862   Logistics Management                          827
     8866   Space Systems Operations & Engineering        566
    *8870   Special Operations                            699
     822X   Regional Affairs Officer (RAO)                681-684
    *These programs may require Marines to report to Monterey, CA 
     NLT 30 Dec 2024 due to NPS curriculum requirements. Marines and
     commands are encouraged to prepare for an off-cycle move to 
     reduce impacts to operations and families. The Marine Corps 
     will be increasing its participation in the winter curricula 
     to ensure Marines have sufficient time to return to their PMOS
     communities without disrupting the staffing and manning of 
     graduate education requirements across the service.
4.d.2.  The following AMOSs are associated with the corresponding Graduate education disciplines at other academic institutions (read in three columns):
     AMOS   DISCIPLINE                                    SCHOOL
     4405   Masters of International Law                  TJAGLCS
     4409   Master's of Criminal Law                      TJAGLCS
     4417   Master's of Cyber Law                         TJAGLCS
     4505   Communication Strategy and Operations Planner SDSU
     8802   Education                                     CIV
     8820   Aeronautical Engineering                      AFIT
     8831   Engineering Management                        AFIT
     8878   History                                       CIV
5.  General instructions for the eligible population
5.a.  The list of eligible officers screening for CPIB is posted on the USMC Manpower, MMOA-3 Plans and Programs, CPIB/CCLEB and FLEP/ELP updates tab at:  https:(slash)(slash)
5.a.1.  Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the appropriate PMOS monitor.
5.b.  All eligible officers are required to complete the AY25 Commandant’s Education Board Questionnaire no later than 2359 EST on 07 July 2024.  The questionnaire is located at:  https:(slash)(slash)
5.c.  Within the eligibility list, officers with sufficient career timing to participate in programs ranging up to five years in total (two years in school and three years in utilization in programs such as NPS and AFIT) have a note 1 next to their name.  Officers with sufficient career timing to participate in programs ranging up to three years total have a note 2 beside their name (i.e., Olmsted).  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 a note 1 or 2 program should contact their PMOS monitor.  All program lengths can be found in the CEB Program Timing Matrix located on the Grad Ed website found in paragraph 5.a. under the Program Info Section.
5.d.  All officers must verify that a copy of their undergraduate transcripts is in their OMPF.  Officers must upload all higher learning institutional transcripts to their OMPF.  Officers should submit OMPF update requests via OMPF-Records Management Application (O-RMA).  If assistance is required, contact your unit S-1 or local IPAC.  Officers are responsible for ensuring their OMPF is accurate at all times.
5.e.  Officers requiring a waiver to screen must submit a waiver request via an Administrative Action Form (NAVMC 10274) to their respective PMOS monitor.
5.e.1.  All requests must be endorsed by member's O-5 Commander.
5.e.2.  All waiver submissions to participate in CPIB must be received by MMOA NLT 2359 EST on 07 July 2024 to be considered by the board.
5.e.3.  All members requesting a waiver should also fill out the questionnaire NLT 07 July 2024 regardless of waiver status.
5.f.  The below subparagraphs apply to officers with a note 1 by their name:
5.f.1.  Officers with a note 1 beside their name are required to apply and submit undergraduate transcripts to NPS no later than 2359 EST on 07 July 2024.
5.f.2.  NPS Admissions website is located at:  https:(slash)(slash)
5.f.3.  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 those curricula listed in paragraph 4.d. above.  NPS will notify MMOA-3 of an officer’s acceptance to NPS with the curricula for which the individual may or may not qualify.  NPS does not provide an acceptance letter or status of acceptance to individual officers.
5.f.4.  Officers with a note 1 beside their name who are interested in AFIT 8831 and 8820 programs should apply and submit undergraduate transcripts to AFIT no later than 2359 EST on 07 July 2024.5.f.5.  The AFIT admissions website is located at:  https:(slash)(slash)
6.  Program specific instructions
6.a.  Resident PME.  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.a.1.  Foreign PME.  Reference the Grad Ed website in paragraph 5.a. for available countries.  To be considered, officers should rank it according to their preference.  Marines should understand that while MMOA does their best to align preference, a member may be assigned to any country listed regardless of their preference.  Marines must obtain and submit a DLAB score (regardless of which country they are interested in).  Interested officers must submit a letter to the board with source documentation of DLAB test score results and an explanation of the desire to attend FPME along with any other qualifications.  Locations are subject to change.  FPME completion grants service PME; however, JPME Phase I is no longer credited for completion of FPME.  Both service PME and JPME Phase I are required to be considered PME complete for grade.  Marines considering FPME who have not completed ILS already should plan accordingly in order to be PME complete in time for their respective promotion board.
6.b.  CMC Fellowships.  Reference the Grad Ed website in paragraph 5.a. for which fellowships are available as some have MOS restrictions.  Fellowships are subject to change. 
6.c.  NPS
6.c.1.  Marines holding a PMOS of 4402 are not eligible to apply to NPS curricula.
6.c.2.  Defense Contract Management curriculum at NPS (3006) is limited to 3002 PMOS (Exceptions made by request to MMOA-3 for other MOSs).
6.c.3.  Defense Financial Management curriculum at NPS (8844) is limited to 3404 PMOS (Exceptions made by request to MMOA-3 for other MOSs).
6.c.4.  Special Operations curriculum at NPS (8870) is limited to 0370 PMOS.
6.d.  AFIT
6.d.1.  Aeronautical Engineering program (8820) is restricted to 75XX PMOS.
6.d.2.  Engineering Management program (8831).
6.e.  Civilian Institutions:  Education (8802) and History (8878).
6.e.1.  Education (8802).  Interested officers shall compose a letter to the board which states education/training experience, and desired focus of education study (ex: curriculum design/development, methodology, policy, learning analytics, emerging technology, etc.).
6.e.2.  History (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 shall compose a letter to the board which states a preferred area of historical study and at least three prospective universities.
6.e.3.  A sample letter to the board can be found on the MMOA-3 Plans and Programs webpage under the Grad Ed Applications and Information tab, see paragraph 5.a. for the website.
6.e.4.  Tuition.  MCU will provide funding for officers participating in the 8802 and 8878 programs up to $19,500 per year at public institutions and $27,120 for private institutions, for up to two years.  Any tuition cost exceeding these amounts will be paid by the officer.
6.f.  TJAGLCS.  TJAGLCS program is restricted to 4402 PMOS.  It is a graduate-level program located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia where a Master's of Law in multiple disciplines can be obtained.
6.g.  Mass Communication and Media Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU).  Limited to 4502.  Applications to SDSU are submitted after board selection.
6.h.  Advanced Civilian Schools Program (ACSP)
6.h.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 masters degree of their choice.  The ACSP allows officers the opportunity to earn an advanced degree while maintaining career progression.  Participants are highly encouraged to pursue areas of study and research topics of interest to the Marine Corps.
6.h.2.  This education program is to last no longer than 12 months and qualifies as partially funded education per reference (a).  The 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.  The participant’s follow-on assignment will be based on the needs of the Marine Corps and the participant's career progression.
6.h.3.  Interested officers are required to have current GRE scores and submit an application.  The ACSP application detailing all requirements is found at the MMOA-3 Plans and Programs webpage under “CCLEB/CPIB and FLEP/ELP” see paragraph 5.a. for the website.  Questions may be directed to MMOA-3 via e-mail at, subject titled, “Advanced Civilian Schools Program”.
6.i.  Regional Affairs Officer Program (RAO)
6.i.1.  Officers interested in the RAO program must be a major or major select having between 9 and 15 years of commissioned service by June 2025.
6.i.2.  Interested officers must submit proof of current Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) score, and must submit a memorandum to the board in naval letter format with:
6.i.2.a.  Current DLAB score (and Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) score if applicable).
6.i.2.b.  Statement highlighting interest in the RAO program, to include international experience, foreign language exposure, desire to serve as a RAO, and clarification on region preference.  Additional information about the RAO Program can be found in reference (c).
6.i.3.  Upload a letter via the questionnaire as a file titled “edipi_RAO_lastname”.
6.j.  Olmsted Scholar Program (OSP)
6.j.1.  Limited to officers with no more than 13 years and 6 months of total Federal service as of 1 April 2025 (time at service academies does not count).
6.j.2.  The selection process involves two steps:  (1) The CEB nominates up to 8 applicants for further consideration by the Olmsted Foundation:  (2) the Olmsted Foundation evaluates those nominated, conducts interviews in January 2025, and makes selections in March 2025.  Nominees not selected will be slated for other PME opportunities by their monitor.
6.j.3.  Only certain PMOSs are eligible for the OSP as determined by the Foundation:  02xx, 03xx, 0402, 0602, 0802, 1302, 1702, 1803, 3002, 4502, 5803, 60xx, 66xx, 72xx, 73xx, 75xx.  See https:(slash)(slash)
6.j.4.  Officers interested should list OSP within their top three preferences and submit an initial application to the board questionnaire, using the naming protocol: “edipi_OSP_lastname”.
6.j.5.  If nominated on the CPIB, selectees will submit a completed final application within 30 days of CPIB results MARADMIN publishing.  Both initial and final application templates can be found on the MMOA-3 Plans and Programs webpage, under Grad Ed Applications and Information tab, see paragraph 5.a.for the website.
6.j.6.  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 administrative requirements to meet the final application submission deadline.  With prior coordination, some requirements can be listed as pending in the final application.
6.j.7.  The Olmsted Scholar Foundation is the only program that 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 (only required if nominated).  Applicants should not submit the photo early and should submit only with the final application if nominated by this board.
6.j.8.  Additional program information may be found at:  http:(slash)(slash) requirements.
6.k.  Junior Officer Strategic Intelligence Program (JOSIP), Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP), and Junior Officer Geographic Geospatial Intelligence Program (JOGP).
6.k.1.  JOSIP and JOGP are limited to 02XX PMOS.
6.k.2.  JOCCP is available to 02XX PMOS and 1702 PMOS.
6.k.3.  Interested officers should submit completed applications to the questionnaire, naming the file such as “edipi_JOSIP_lastname” by the questionnaire deadline.
6.k.4.  Officers can apply to one or all the programs as eligible.
7.  Coordinating Instructions
7.a.  Graduate education programs are not a service equivalent for PME.  Marines participating in a graduate education program are required to pursue completion of a PME program commensurate with their grade on their own initiative.
7.b.  All service PME schools are one academic year in length.  Graduate education programs vary from one to two years of education followed by a three-year utilization tour.  Graduate education programs incur three times the number of months of education completed during the first year of graduate school, or 48 months of service obligation for any graduate programs over one-year.  For additional information on program lengths and descriptions, see reference (a) or contact the program officer in paragraph 8 below.  Program information can be found on the MMOA-3 Plans and Programs webpage, see paragraph 5.a. for the website.
7.c.  Questionnaire
7.c.1.  Direct questionnaire functionality and accessibility questions and issues to MMOA-3 at
7.c.2.  The questionnaire can be found at:  https:(slash)(slash)
7.c.3.  Eligible officers must submit program preferences, applications, letters to the board, etc., via the questionnaire.  The questionnaire is the official method for MMOA-3 to receive board correspondence.  Once responses are submitted via the questionnaire MMOA-3 will receive an automatic notification of completion.
7.c.4.  All program applications must be submitted via the CEB questionnaire (except NPS).
7.c.5.  Do not submit more than 5 documents.
7.c.6.  Each document must not exceed 8 MB and must be in .pdf format.
7.c.7.  File naming convention is very important for board correspondence collection/consolidation.  Name the file appropriately according to the program you are applying for e.g.: “edipi_OSP_lastname” or “edipi_RAO_lastname”.  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_OSP_lastname (1)", "edipi_OSP_lastname (2)”.
7.c.8.  Specific program application samples can be found on the MMOA-3 Plans and Programs webpage under the Grad Ed Applications and Information tab, see paragraph 5.a. for the website.
7.d.  Board Correspondence.  All correspondence to the board must originate from 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 AY25 Commandant's Education Board questionnaire such as “edipi_LTB_lastname” no later than 2359 EST on 07 July 2024.
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 endorsed AA form requesting RBR.  The AA form must state the reason the officer desires to RBR and be endorsed by the first O-6 in the Marine's chain of command.  All requests must be forwarded regardless of positive or negative endorsement and be labeled "edipi_RBR_lastname”.
7.e.2.  MMOA-3 must receive endorsed RBRs via the online questionnaire no later than 2359 EST on 07 July 2024.
7.f.  Non-Compliance.  Officers are considered non-compliant with the above instructions:
7.f.1.  If they have a note 1 next to their name on the eligibility roster and fail to apply and submit transcripts to NPS.
7.f.2.  If they have a note 1 or 2 next to their name and do not complete the questionnaire and upload a legible copy of their transcripts to OMPF.
7.f.3.  Officers who fail to complete the questionnaire, fail to apply to NPS, or fail submit transcripts will still screen and may be slated to a program at the board's discretion.
7.f.4.  A list of non-compliant officers will be provided to commands on 19 July 2024 for those officers who have not yet applied to NPS.
7.g.  Subsequent MARADMINS will announce AY25 CPIB results and AY25 Graduate Education Program Results.  The results MARADMINS will serve as notification of orders for all primary selectees.
8.  Program Points of Contact
8.a.  Intermediate Level School (ILS)
         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
8.c.  Naval Postgraduate School
         Admissions Office
         Comm:  (831) 521-2190
8.d.  Master's of Education
         Maj Alex P. McGraw (TECOM)
         Comm:  (703) 432-2068
8.e.  Master's of History
         Maj Marc St. Pierre (USNA)
         Comm:  (410) 293-6260
8.f.  Engineering Management - 8831 (AFIT)
         Maj Tyson Metlen
         Comm:  (703) 432-0536
8.g.  Law Programs
         Maj Giovanna M. Parham
         Comm:  (703) 955-1424
8.h.  San Diego State University (SDSU)
        Capt Bryan McDonnell
        Comm:  (703) 693-4906
8.i.  International Affairs Program (IAP)
         Mr. Clayton Fisher (PLU-8)
         DSN:  222-0322, Comm:  (703) 614-0322
9.  This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
10.  Release authorized by BGen Ryan S. Rideout, Director, Manpower Management Division.//