MARADMINS : 088/16
R 221426Z FEB 16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC AVN//
SUBJ/FY17 UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM (UAS) OFFICER PRIMARY MOS 7315 FIELD ACCESSION BOARD 17 JUNE 2016//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/MCO 1200.17E - MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES MANUAL (SHORT TITLE: MOS MANUAL)//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/MCO 1331.2K - TRANSITION/CONVERSION TRAINING FOR MARINE NAVAL AVIATORS AND NAVAL FLIGHT OFFICERS//
REF/C/MSGID: DOC/US CODE TITLE 10 ARMED FORCES SEC 653, MINIMUM SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN FLIGHT CREW POSITIONS//
REF/D/MSGID: DOC/US CODE TITLE 37 PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES SEC 301, INCENTIVE PAY: HAZARDOUS DUTY//
POC/SALAS, M.E./MAJ ASM-30/UNIT: HQMC AVN ASM/-/TEL: 703-693-9884/ EMAIL: MATEO.SALAS@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/ 1. The purpose of this MARADMIN is to announce the FY17 Field Accession Board for the 7315 UAS officer MOS.
2. The Deputy Commandant for (DCA) is committed to the UAS field accession program and has directed the convening of a competitive selection board in order to meet current and emerging manpower requirements in the UAS community. This MARADMIN complements the larger UAS manpower strategy, focused on establishing a professional cadre of UAS officers. This will be accomplished through initial entry accessions, targeted conversion of qualified officers, and implementation of transformational technologies to advance this burgeoning community. DCA seeks applications from motivated Marines who desire to broaden and challenge themselves by competing for the UAS officer 7315 MOS. These select Marines assist HQMC in filling 7315 inventories, facilitate the interchange of professional and military expertise within the Marine Corps, and will become permanent stakeholders in a growing warfighting area.
3. The FY17 7315 field accession board will convene on or about 17 June 2016. The board is open to all officer MOS's.
a. This program is offered to unrestricted active duty officers with requirements set forth in ref A. Officers should have less than 12 years commissioned service (YCS). Additionally, applicants should have a minimum of one and one half year time on station by 1 Oct 16 and, if selected, will not be eligible to PCS for 7315 training until they have completed a minimum of two years at their current duty station. M&RA will screen each applicant to ensure the population of the applicant’s current PMOS can sustain a transition into the 7315 PMOS.
b. Some primary selects may be required to execute a PCS to their new duty station or training location as early as September 2016. Inability to meet the required timeline to attend training will result in forfeiture of selection and fleeting up an alternate. PCS and training dates will be coordinated by MMOA once the final results are posted. If an applicant will not be available by September 2016, the earliest move date needs to be defined in the applicant’s AA form for board consideration.
c. All unrestricted active duty officers who apply will be considered for this board. Officers with Forward Air Control, fires coordination, electronic attack, pilot/NFO and or previous VMU experience are highly encouraged to apply for transition.
5. 7315 training
a. All selectees, except those with a 75XX MOS, will attend the USAF remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) course at Randolph AFB, TX. The course is approximately 22 weeks and involves 40 hours of aerial flight to include solo flight operations.
b. All selectees must attend the RQ-7B UAC course at Fort Huachuca, AZ. This course is approximately three weeks long.
c. Selectees will be formally designated a 7315 UAS officer at the completion of the prescribed syllabus.
6. General submission requirements
a. The application will include the applicant's DOD ID number, e-mail address, and phone number.
b. Applicants shall ensure that their OMPF is current to include PME, FITREPS, and digital photo.
c. Applicants must have an aviation selection test battery (ASTB) score on file at NAMI by 30 May 2016. Applicants unable to take the ASTB test must provide explanation via e-mail to the POC on this message (i.e. deployed, OCONUS, other). A score on the ASTB of 4 or higher on the Academic Qualification Rating (AQR) and a 6 or higher on either the Pilot Flight Aptitude Rating (PFAR) or the Flight Officer Flight Aptitude Rating (FOFAR) is required for selection for 7315 transition. The ASTB is a standardized test which predicts performance and attrition for officer aviation programs. The ASTB test is available at most USMC and USN officer recruiting stations and NROTC units. Test results are automatically forwarded and maintained at NAMI in Pensacola, FL. Further information on the ASTB can be found at www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmotc/nami/pages/ASTBoverview.aspx. For questions about the ASTB to include testing locations and scores, email nmotc-ASTB@med.navy.mil or call (850) 452-2379.
d. Applicants must be able to pass a UAV class III flight physical if selected for the 7315 MOS. The UAV class III flight physical is not a requirement to apply.
e. IAW ref B, selectees will incur a three year additional service obligation to commence on the date they are formally designated a 7315 UAS officer. For selectees with a 75XX MOS, this obligation will run concurrently with any aviation training obligation specified in ref C.
f. Selectees will not normally be considered for PCS orders outside of their new MOS for a three year period following the date 7315 training is completed.
7. Submission instructions:
a. Marine officers interested in applying for the 7315 PMOS shall submit an electronic AA form via email to the message POC with the text "FY17 PMOS 7315 board, (LastName)" in the subject line (NAVMC10274). In the supplemental information section of the AA form, include all qualifications, designations and certifications achieved, past UAS experience, total flight time, flight time in current model aircraft, latest ASTB scores, date of rank, years/ months time on station as of Oct 2016, years/month time in service as of Jun 2016 and any other information which may make the applicant uniquely qualified to become a 7315 UAS officer.
b. All packages must be endorsed by the first O-6 commander in the applicant’s chain of command and submitted via e-mail along with the AA form NLT 30 May 2016.
8. When approved by DCA, the board results will be forwarded to the Aviation Officer Assignment section (MMOA-2) for future assignment. Selection board results will be announced by MARADMIN at the earliest possible date after the conclusion of the board proceedings. Officers selected for reclassification will be required to contact MMOA-2 aviation assignments for follow on orders and assignment timeline. Selectees with a 75XX MOS will have a letter placed in their OMPF stating that acceptance of the new PMOS signify a permanent voluntary termination of flight status.
9. This bulletin is not applicable to the Marine Corps reserve.
10. This bulletin is cancelled 1 Oct16. An updated selection board announcement will be published if warranted for FY18.
11. Release authorized by LtGen J. M. Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation.//