Feb. 2012 - Special Notices


Org:    Marine A–4 Skyhawkers
Dates:    17–20 May 2012
Place:    Oxon Hill, MD
POC:    Mark Williams
        400 Howell Way, #102
        Edmonds, WA 98020–4190

MCMWTC History Available

The Marine Corps History Division announced the publication of U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center 1951–2001 (MCMWTC) in December 2011. Written by MajGen Orlo K. Steele, USMC(Ret), and LtCol Michael I. Moffett, USMCR(Ret), the monograph covers the history of the area where the MCMWTC was established and ranges from a short history of the mountains and the men who travelled through the area to early Marine Corps cold weather experiences and doctrine to the strategic backdrop and shifting roles of the MCMWTC as the tides of war change.

Copies of the monograph may be obtained through the History Division. PCN 10600007600 should be used when ordering copies the publication.

Getting Started On Your Master’s Degree

The Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) has partnered with multiple universities to provide graduates of our 8900 series Command and Staff College Distance Education Program (CSCDEP) and 8650 series Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program (EWSDEP) the opportunity to earn credits toward a master’s degree. CDET has partnered with the University of Oklahoma (OU), University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Indiana University, Webster University, and Marshall University. Each university will grant graduate-level credits for coursework completed for a variety of different degree and certificate programs.

OU grants CSCDEP graduates 15 graduate-level credits toward a master of arts in administrative leadership. UMUC grants 15 graduate-level credits toward a master of science in management with a specialization in Marine Corps operations. Indiana University grants 18 graduate-level credits toward a master’s of public administration or 6 credits toward a graduate-level certificate in public management or homeland security and emergency management. Marshall University grants graduates of EWSDEP or CSCDEP 12 graduate-level credits toward a master’s degree in leadership. Webster University grants graduates of the EWSDEP and CSCDEP 12 to 15 graduate-level credits toward any of the following graduate degree programs: master of business administration, master of arts in human resources management, master of arts in management and leadership, and master of arts in international relations.

Representatives and staff at each university have demonstrated they understand the critical workload we have as Marines. Each degree program offered by our partner universities requires a different number of credits, so check them all out.

The Marine Corps tuition assistance (TA) program has helped our Marines achieve their degrees with very little cost to them. MarAdmin 639/11, TA Funding Provision and Restriction, states $4,500 per fiscal year, $250 in assistance per semester hour for graduate-level courses. (This MarAdmin was an addendum to Marine Corps Order 1560.25, Lifelong Learning Program, HQMC, 22 December 1999, Chapter 6.)

CDET and our partner universities understand the academic rigor distance education programs require, as well as the significant leadership experience held by our graduates. For more information on obtaining graduate-level credits visit http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/cdet/masters_credit.asp.

IED Detector Dogs Survey

The Program Manager, Marine Corps Systems Command Improvised Explosive Device Detector Dog (IDD) office requests that all Marines who have supported the IDD program—active duty, retired, or no longer serving—participate in an official survey being conducted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

The survey, which was developed by ONR with support from Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is intended to capture information from not only IDD handlers and kennel supervisors, but also from battalion commanders, operations officers, company and platoon commanders, and squad leaders.

Those Marines who are identified above are encouraged to the complete the IDD survey online. The survey may be found at http://mcpd.us/survey283. Enter survey identification “IDD2011” into the designated space and click continue. Then create a personal identification number, or PIN, and click continue. The survey will then begin.