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SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR 2024 EXPEDITIONARY WARFARE SCHOOL MARINE AIR GROUND TASK
FORCE OPERATIONS AFLOAT COURSE//
RMKS/1. The United States Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School
is seeking Navy officers to attend its Marine Air Ground Task Force
Operations Afloat course at Quantico, Virginia in January 2024.
This funded 11-week course will give students a deeper understanding
of modern amphibious warfare and sea-based expeditionary operations
and their associated planning processes with a focus on
understanding naval warfare across all domains. The course offers
all designators opportunities to better understand naval integration
particularly in regards to the Marine Corps Planning Process,
embarkation, and employment of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. The
Marine Air Ground Task Force Operations Afloat course is scheduled
for 08 January-22 March 2024. Entry deadline is Friday, 17 November
2. The goal of Expeditionary Warfare School is to provide junior
officers with the academic foundation, warfighting ethos, and
professional growth that will enable them to excel in billets of
greater leadership responsibility across the Navy, Fleet Marine
Force, and the Joint Force. The course places emphasis on the
warfighting capabilities of a Marine Air Ground Task Force operating
within a complex and distributed Naval expeditionary environment.
Expeditionary Warfare School hosts more than 35 Joint Officers from
the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Space Force. Additionally,
Expeditionary Warfare School hosts 20 officers from partner and
allied nations. The Marine Corps selects its most competitive junior
officers to attend this course in residence, making Expeditionary
Warfare School a tremendous networking opportunity to build
relationships with the Marine Corps' future leaders.
a. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Operations Afloat course is
an 11-week block of instruction designed to educate students on
sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force operations through the lenses
of naval military theory, maneuver warfare, and Navy and Marine
Corps integration. The course educates and trains students in a
range of naval expeditionary operations while applying the Marine
Corps Planning Process.
b. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Operations Afloat course
comprises four sub-courses: Maritime Expeditionary Environment,
Amphibious Doctrine and Fundamentals, the Amphibious Ready
Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Amphibious Planning Exercises.
c. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Operations Afloat Course
(1) Understand the expeditionary naval environment, naval
operations, and naval campaigns with an emphasis on the littorals.
(2) Understand the Marine Corps role in supporting naval
operations and complexities associated with enabling joint
(3) Understand the capabilities of the Amphibious Ready
Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit.
(4) Apply Navy and Marine Corps doctrine, maneuver warfare
philosophy, and the Marine Corps Planning Process to solve complex
problems in contested maritime terrain.
(5) Apply naval and joint doctrine to develop a combined arms,
multi-domain tactical plan for a sea-based Marine Air Ground Task
d. The Marine Air Ground Task Force Operations Afloat block is
taught in residence at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, by
Marine, Navy, and Army instructors. The school utilizes lectures,
seminar discussions, and deliberate planning practical exercises.
U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Space Force students from the
Joint Force and international military officers from partnered and
allied nations contribute to the broader understanding of the
multi-service requirements to fight and win in the maritime
3. Eligibility. The course is open to active duty officers in the
paygrades of WO-1 to CWO-3 and O-2 to O-3 in all designators.
Preference will be given to Unrestricted Line designators and to
members of the Medical Service Corps.
4. Administration and Logistics.
a. Application. Officers desiring to attend the course must
apply by submitting the following documents:
(1) Special request chit endorsed by Commanding Officer
requesting to attend.
(2) Service Member Biography to include education and military
(3) Submit your application with the documents listed above to
the point of contact email address in paragraph 6.a.2 below.
(4) Upon graduation, students will receive the BX1 Additional
Qualification Designator and a graduation certificate.
(1) TAD Travel. Marine Corps University will fund travel,
lodging, car rental, and per diem via the Defense Travel Service.
Creating a travel authorization in DTS is the traveler's
responsibility, however the Expeditionary Warfare School S-1 is
available to assist as needed. Coordination will be made with
Expeditionary Warfare School S-1 via POCs listed in section 5a.
(2) Berthing. Expeditionary Warfare School S-1 will coordinate
with attendees for lodging. If on-base government lodging is not
available, Expeditionary Warfare School S-1 will coordinate with
attendees to obtain a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) prior to
making other lodging arrangements. If a CNA is issued, attendees
will need to book commercial lodging through the Defense Travel
(3) Transportation. When arranging air transportation,
attendees must choose the most cost effective General Services
Administration City Pair Fare. Travel shall be completed to check-in
no later than 0800 on 08 January 2024 with Expeditionary Warfare
School S-1 at Geiger Hall. Return travel will be no earlier than 22
March 2024. Documented approval by the TAD authorizing official is
5. Officers interested in the Expeditionary Warfare School course
may visit the Marine Corps University web pages at
a. Points of Contact:
(1) Travel and funding: CAPT Troy McCool (Primary, Expeditionary
Warfare School S-1), 703-784-2592, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Course related questions: LCDR James Lambert (Expeditionary
Warfare School Senior Navy Instructor), 703-432-1321,
(3) Deputy Director Expeditionary Warfare School: LtCol Jason
Graul, 703-784-1843, email@example.com.
(4) Marine Corps University Navy Chair: CAPT Benjamin Miller,
6. Released by VADM J. W. Hughes, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Warfighting Development (N7).//