Training & Education Command

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The mission of the Training and Education Command, located in Building 1019, is to develop, coordinate, resource, execute, and evaluate training and education concepts, policies, plans and programs to ensure Marines are prepared to meet the challenges of present and future operational environments. TECOM has five major subordinate commands: Training Command, Education Command/Marine Corps University, MAGTF Training Command, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif. Of these five, Training Command and Education Command are also located on MCB Quantico. TECOM Headquarters has eight divisions all located aboard MCB Quantico. The following are brief descriptions of the headquarters divisions that are not typical for a Marine Command general staff. After that are brief descriptions of Training Command and Education Command and their respective subordinate elements that are located on MCB Quantico.

MAGTF Training & Education
Standards Division

The MAGTF Training & Education Standards Division develops standards for individual, unit and collective training across all MAGTF elements and common skills. MAGTF T&E Standards Division also partners with Operating Forces, formal schools and advocates in the development, validation and maintenance of service-level individual and collective training standards, and validates standards-based formal schools training POIs for ground combat and combat service support assigned Occupational Fields.

Aviation Standards Branch is a sub-element of MAGTF T&E Standards Division and aligns aviation training efforts, provides unified service requirements for all aviation training matters, establishes and ensures compliance with aviation training policies throughout the training continuum, and develops and sustains a fully integrated aviation training system capable of preparing and evaluating Marine forces in the execution of the six functions of Marine Aviation.

Formal Schools Training Branch is another sub-element of MAGTF T&E Standards Division that coordinates the planning, scheduling, executing, tracking and reporting of training seats across the entire Marine Corps formal training and education continuum.

Training & Education
Capabilities Division

The Training & Education Capabilities Division identifies, develops, and coordinates training and education delivery capabilities across the live, virtual, constructive, distance learning domains in support of validated requirements.

Range and Training Area Management Branch is a sub-element of T&E Capabilities Division and serves as the executive agent for ranges and training areas and was established to draw on the expertise necessary throughout the Marine Corps to establish policy and plans for range matters common to all locations. Recent developments with respect to encroachment, safety, legal matters, weapons development and environmental issues investment demonstrate the need for the Marine Corps to speak with a single voice to protect and modernize our valuable training sites.

MAGTF Training Simulations Branch is a sub-element of T&E Capabilities Division. MTSB identifies, develops and coordinates the integration of MAGTF training modeling and simulation requirements, and sponsors nonstandard ground virtual and constructive training simulations in order to provide accredited training systems to the Total Force.

Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Staff Training Program

MSTP provides training for individual Marines through senior commanders and their staffs in MAGTF warfighting skills, within the context of a Joint and Combined environment. Through analysis of lessons learned information from the operating forces, recommendations to assist all Marines are developed and disseminated.

Marines Corps Center for Lessons Learned is a sub-element of MSTP and is the process owner for the Marine Corps lessons learned program. MCCLL collects and analyzes lessons learned information to produce and disseminate reports and recommendations to assist Marines at all levels. MCCLL focuses on tactics, techniques and procedures of immediate importance to the operating forces, and on identifying gaps and recommending solutions across DOTMLPF for the Marine Corps.

Command and Control Training, and Education Center of Excellence is another sub-element of MSTP and serves as the central Marine Corps agency for C2 training and education issues within the DOTMLPF process in order to synchronize the art and science of MAGTF C2 training and education requirements for individual Marines and all levels of MAGTF commanders and their staffs.

Training Command

One of the major subordinate commands of TECOM located aboard MCB Quantico, Training Command, as the lead proponent for MOS individual skills training, analyzes, designs, develops, resources, implements and evaluates standards-based individual training in order to provide combat-capable Marines and sailors to the operating forces. Training Command is comprised of 18 major subordinate elements and 78 subordinate training units distributed over 61 locations throughout the continental United States. Training Command is also the single point of contact linkage to other services on all issues pertaining to interservice formal school house training. Training Command has four subordinate units located aboard Quantico. They are listed here along with a brief description.

Officer Candidates School

Officer Candidates School has been located aboard Brown Field, Quantico, since 1935. The school annually trains, evaluates and screens more than 2,500 officer candidates to ensure that they possess the moral, intellectual and physical qualities for commissioning and the leadership potential to serve successfully as company grade officers in the operating forces.

There are five training programs through which candidates may be accepted for commissioning. Officer Candidates Course is a 10-week program designed for candidates who have obtained their college degree and are expected to report directly to the Basic School. Platoon Leaders Class has three possible categories that are designed for candidates who are enrolled in college. Students can choose PLC Combined if they desire to complete their training in a single, 10-week program or PLC Juniors followed by PLC Seniors, which are two six-week courses. Candidates who attend the PLC program must complete their degree prior to accepting their commission. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps is a six-week training program designed for candidates who are attending college on a NROTC Marine Option Scholarship. Also known as the “Bulldog” program, these candidates complete the six-week training program and return to their college after graduation.

The Basic School

TBS is located at Camp Barrett. The Basic School trains and educates newly commissioned or appointed officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, esprit de corps and leadership in order to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the Operating Forces, with particular emphasis on the duties, responsibilities and warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander. TBS also conducts the Infantry Officer Course to train and educate newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in the knowledge, skills and leadership required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the rifle company and to provide advanced employment and training considerations of the weapons company platoons. The course also provides the core infantry knowledge, skills and leadership required for those officers selected to serve with reconnaissance, sniper and light armored reconnaissance units.

Weapons Training Battalion

WTBN serves as the Marine Corps proponent for all facets of small arms combat marksmanship and is the focal point for marksmanship doctrine, training, competition, equipment and weapons. The battalion, headquartered in Building 27211, provides training and range support for National Capitol Region units as well as Marine Corps Reserve units from throughout the nation. Support is also provided to federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as numerous state and local law enforcement agencies. Within the battalion, the Marksmanship Training Company schedules, coordinates, and executes rifle and pistol qualifications for newly commissioned Marine officers going through TBS, as well as requalification for all National Capitol Region Marines. Weapons Training Battalion is the home of the Marine Corps Shooting Teams, encompassing the rifle, pistol and combat shooting teams. Each year, these teams compete in numerous Marine Corps, civilian, interservice and international competitions. WTBN is also the home to the renowned Marine Corps Scout Sniper Instructors School, the Methods of Entry School and the Foreign Weapons Instructor Course. Marine Corps precisions weapons, to include all Scout Sniper weapon systems, match-grade competition rifles and pistols, MARSOC weapons, and Designated Marksman weapons are produced and repaired at the battalion’s Precision Weapons Section (PWS). PWS is also the home of the Precision Weapons Repairman Course, which trains armorers to build and repair the Marine Corps’ precision weapons.

Communications School

Communications, or Comm, School is a Formal Learning Center located in Edson Hall. Established at Quantico June 1, 1944, Comm School graduates students who are well-prepared to confront complex tactical and operational-level communications challenges across all elements of the MAGTF.