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APPROVAL OF THE FOREIGN SECURITY FORCE (FSF) ADVISOR FREE MOS AND PROCESS FOR EXPERIENCE TRACK DESIGNATION

Date Signed: 9/23/2014
MARADMINS Number: 472/14

R 231941Z SEP 14
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 472/14
SUBJ/APPROVAL OF THE FOREIGN SECURITY FORCE (FSF) ADVISOR FREE MOS AND PROCESS FOR EXPERIENCE TRACK DESIGNATION//
REF A/MCO/1200.17E/20130808//
REF B/CJCSI/3210.06/20100610//
REF C/MARADMIN/619-12/232332Z OCT 12//
REF D/NAVMC/3500.59A/20111003//
REF E/NAVMC/3500.65A/20120130//
REF F/DOC/MROC DM17-2010/20100218//
NARR/REF A IS THE MARINE CORPS MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY (MOS) MANUAL.  REF B IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF INSTRUCTION ON IRREGULAR WARFARE.  REF C IS THE MARADMIN ANNOUNCING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGIONAL, CULTURE, AND LANGUAGE FAMILIARIZATION PROGRAM.  REF D IS THE SECURITY COOPERATION TRAINING AND READINESS MANUAL (NAVMC 3500.59A).  REF E IS THE OPERATIONAL CULTURE TRAINING AND READINESS MANUAL (NAVMC 3500.65).  REF F IS MARINE REQUIREMENTS OVERSIGHT COUNCIL (MROC) DECISION 17-2010//
POC/J.S. MCCORMACK/LTCOL/HQMC PPO PLU-7/EMAIL: JEFFREY.S.MCCORMACK(AT)USMC.MIL/TEL:(703)692-4341//
POC/P.E. SMITH/CIV/SWCIWID JCA8 CPM/EMAIL: PHILIP.E.SMITH1(AT)USMC.MIL/TEL:(703)432-1747//
POC/R.I. BASKINS/MAJ/CAOCL /EMAIL:ROBERT.BASKINS(AT)USMC.MIL/TEL:(703) 432-1449//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  PURPOSE.
1.A.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS MESSAGE (MSG) IS TO ANNOUNCE THE APPROVAL OF A MARINE CORPS FREE MOS (FMOS) FOR FOREIGN SECURITY FORCE (FSF) ADVISORS FOR INCLUSION IN THE NEXT REVISION OF REF A AND TO ANNOUNCE THE PROCESS FOR AWARDING THE MOS TO MARINES WHO CURRENTLY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS. THE FSF ADVISOR FMOS WILL BE POSTED IN THE MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE SYSTEM ON 1 OCTOBER 2014.
1.B.  WITHIN THE 58 OCCUPATIONAL FIELD, THERE IS A LAW ENFORCEMENT (LE) ADVISOR MOS (5819).  THIS MARADMIN ONLY ADDRESSES THE AWARDING PROCESS FOR THE FSF ADVISOR MOS.  GUIDANCE FOR THE LE ADVISOR MOS WILL BE PUBLISHED VIA SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE.
2. BACKGROUND.  REF B DIRECTS THE MILITARY SERVICES TO TRACK INVENTORY AND PROFICIENCY OF IRREGULAR WARFARE (IW) SKILLS IOT SOURCE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO MEET COMBATANT COMMANDER IW REQUIREMENTS.  REF B FURTHER STATES THAT THE IW RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES CAN BE ACQUIRED THROUGH A MOS, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (OJT),OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH.  IN SEPTEMBER 2012, THE SMALL WARS CENTER AND IRREGULAR WARFARE INTEGRATION DIVISION (SWCIWID) COMPLETED AN IW-CAPABILITIES BASED ASSESSMENT (CBA) WHICH DETERMINED THE MARINE CORPS CANNOT READILY AND ACCURATELY ACCOUNT FOR ALL MARINES WHO HAVE ADVISOR EXPERIENCE OR TRAINING ACCRUED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.  IN RESPONSE TO THIS IW-CBA, THE CREATION OF AN ADVISOR FMOS WAS INITIATED.  A SEPARATE, BUT CONCURRENT EFFORT BASED ON REQUIREMENTS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND ADVISORS LED TO MROC DM 17-2010(REF F).  THIS DM REQUIRED DC PPO AND DC CDI TO DEVELOP A GOVERNMENT SOLUTION TO CONTRACTED LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND ADVISORS (LEP/LEA) USING ORGANIC ASSETS.  IN RESPONSE TO THIS TASK, SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT BRANCH (PSL) WITHIN PPO PS DIVISION (AS THE MOS MANAGER) MODIFIED THE EXISTING 5819 MOS TO TRACK MARINES WHO QUALIFY AS LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVISORS (LEA).  THIS CHANGE WAS INCORPORATED IN THE NEW VERSION OF REF A.
3. COMMANDING GENERAL, TRAINING AND EDUCATION COMMAND (TECOM) APPROVED THE ADDITION OF A FMOS FOR FSF ADVISOR (0570 FOR 1STLT TO COL, 0571 FOR SGT TO SGTMAJ/MGYSGT) IN REF A.
3.A.  DESCRIPTION.  FSF ADVISORS HAVE  KNOWLEDGE AND/OR EXPERIENCE IN DEVELOPING AND INFLUENCING FSF THROUGHOUT THE PHASES OF MILITARY OPERATIONS AND ACROSS THE RANGE OF MILITARY OPERATIONS TO ACHIEVE US GOVERNMENT (USG), SERVICE, AND FSF OBJECTIVES.  WHILE FSF ADVISORS ARE PROFICIENT IN THEIR PRIMARY MOS, THEY ARE ALSO FAMILIAR WITH LANGUAGE, REGIONAL EXPERTISE, AND CULTURE (LREC).  THEY CAN ANALYZE AND APPLY OPERATIONAL CULTURE, BUILD AND MAINTAIN RELATIONSHIPS WITH FSF COUNTERPARTS TO FURTHER MISSION OBJECTIVES, RECOGNIZE AND MITIGATE CULTURAL STRESS, DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT TRAINING PLANS AND EVENTS TO BUILD THE FSF'S CAPACITY, PARTICIPATE IN SECURITY COOPERATION PLANNING, AND UNDERSTAND USG AND SERVICE OBJECTIVES AND PLANS FOR AN ASSIGNED REGION OR COUNTRY.
3.B.  REGIONAL, CULTURAL, LANGUAGE FAMILIARIZATION (RCLF) REQUIREMENTS.  RCLF PROGRAM CONVEYS KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, OR ABILITIES NECESSARY TO EFFECTIVELY PERFORM ADVISOR DUTIES.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF C, DURING APRIL 2009, MARINE OFFICERS BEGAN RECEIVING ASSIGNMENTSOF RCLF REGIONS WHILE ATTENDING THE BASIC SCHOOL.  SIMILARLY, SERGEANTS PROMOTED ON 1 OCTOBER 2012 OR LATER WERE ALSO ASSIGNED RCLF REGIONS.  SENIOR MARINES NOT ASSIGNED A RCLF REGION WILL BE 'GRANDFATHERED' OUT OF THE RCLF REQUIREMENT TO RECEIVE THE FSF ADVISOR FMOS.  ALL MARINES ASSIGNED A RCLF REGION MUST COMPLETE THE RCLF TRAINING DESIGNED FOR THEIR CURRENT GRADE, REGARDLESS OF PROMOTION DATE, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FSF ADVISOR FMOS.
3.C.  DUTIES.  ADVISORS PROVIDE EXPERT OPINION, ADVICE, OR COUNSEL BY FOCUSING ON BOTH PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS) AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL KNOWLEDGE) TO DEVELOP MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT. EVERY ADVISOR HAS TO BE A TRAINER, BUT NOT ALL TRAINERS CAN PERFORM THE MORE DEMANDING TASK OF ADVISING.  ADVISORS ARE ASSIGNED TO TEACH, COACH, MENTOR, AND ADVISE FSF PERSONNEL IOT DEVELOP FSF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND BUILD CAPABILITY AND CAPACITY WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH USG, SERVICE, AND FSF OBJECTIVES.  FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF DUTIES AND TASKS, REFER TO REFS D AND E.
3.D.  AWARDING OF THE ADVISOR FMOS DOES NOT OBLIGATE THE MARINE TO ADDITIONAL SERVICE.
4.  REQUIREMENTS.  TO BE AWARDED THE FMOS, MARINES MUST COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPHS (4.A), (4.B), AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH (4.C).
4.A.  MUST BE COMPLETE IN CURRENT RANK WITH RCLF PROGRAM TRAINING (APPLICABLE TO ALL MARINES ASSIGNED A REGION IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF C.)
4.B.  MUST HAVE AN ENDORSEMENT FROM BATTALION/SQUADRON CO LEVEL OR HIGHER STATING THE INDIVIDUAL IS MATURE AND CAPABLE OF INDEPENDENT OPERATIONS, AS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH 3.C.
4.C.  MUST HAVE ACHIEVED AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
4.C.1.  COMPLETE AN ADVISOR TRAINING COURSE AT MCSCG OR HAVE OR COMPLETED BLOCKS II THROUGH III AT THE MEF ADVISOR TRAINING CENTER (ATC) AND BLOCK IV CERTIFICATION AT THE FORMER ADVISOR TRAINING GROUP (ATG) 29 PALMS, CA.
4.C.2.   DEMONSTRATE SUFFICIENT EXPERTISE IN ADVISING FSF(S) IN AN OJT TRAINING ENVIRONMENT (AS DESCRIBED ABOVE IN PARA 3.C.), ENCOMPASSING A CUMULATIVE PERIOD OF NO LESS THAN SIX MONTHS.
4.C.3.   HAVE BEEN AWARDED PMOS 0372 CRITICAL SKILLS OPERATOR, PMOS 0370 SPECIAL OPERATIONS OFFICER OR NMOS 8071 SPECIAL OPERATIONS CAPABILITY SPECIALIST; AND COMPLETE A DEPLOYMENT WITH A SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT FOR A CUMULATIVE PERIOD OF NO LESS THAN SIX MONTHS; OR AS AN INDIVIDUAL AUGMENT TO A JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT.
5.  PHASED FMOS AWARD PROCESS.
5.A.  PHASE I - EXPERIENCED ADVISOR DATA PULL: DC PPO WILL CONDUCT AN INITIAL SCREENING OF MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE SYSTEM DATA IOT AWARD THE FMOS TO MARINES WHO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS IN PARA 4.C. THIS PHASE ENDS WHEN DC PPO PUBLISHES A SEPARATE MARADMIN DIRECTING QUALIFIED MARINES TO CHECK MCTFS-MARINE ONLINE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY WERE AWARDED THE FMOS.
5.B.  PHASE II - INITIAL SOLICITATION OF APPLICANTS: QUALIFED MARINES WHO DID NOT RECEIVE THE FMOS IN PHASE I WILL PROVIDE PROOF OF GRADUATION FROM AN APPROVED ADVISOR TRAINING COURSE, COMPLETION OF RCLF IN GRADE IF REQUIRED AS PER PARA 3.B, AND AN ENDORSEMENT PER PARA 4.B TO THEIR S-1 FOR FORWARDING TO THE INSTALLATION PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION CENTER.  UPON VERIFICATION OF A MARINE'S ELIGIBILITY PER REF B, IPAC OFFICES WILL ENTER THE APPROPRIATE FMOS INTO THE MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE SYSTEM.
5.C. PHASE III - STEADY STATE EXPERIENCE TRACK ACCESSION:  MARINES WHO HAVE NOT GRADUATED FROM AN ADVISOR TRAINING COURSE BUT HAVE DEMONSTRATED SUFFICIENT EXPERTISE IN ADVISING FSF DURING AN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING ENVIRONMENT SPANNING A CUMULATIVE PERIOD OF NO LESS THAN SIX MONTHS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE ADVISOR FMOS VIA THE EXPERIENCE TRACK PROCESS. DC PPO, AS THE ADVOCATE FOR THE ADVISOR FMOS, WILL CONVENE SCREENING PANELS SEMI-ANNUALLY TO CONSIDER POTENTIAL EXPERIENCE TRACK APPLICANTS FOR THE FMOS. A SEPARATE MARADMIN WILL BE PUBLISHED ANNOUNCING THE EXPERIENCE TRACK APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMISSION DEADLINES.
6.  DIRECT QUESTIONS REGARDING FSF ADVISOR FMOS TO THE HEADQUARTERS, MARINE CORPS, PPO PLU-7 POC.
7.  DIRECT QUESTIONS REGARDING RCLF TO THE CAOCL POC.
8.  THIS MARADMIN IS APPLICABLE TO THE TOTAL FORCE.
9.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LTGEN R. L. BAILEY, DEPUTY COMMANDANT, PLANS, POLICIES AND OPERATIONS.//