Training and Education Command
The mission of the Training and Education Command (TECOM), 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, California. Of these five, Training Command and Education Command are also on MCB Quantico. TECOM Headquarters has eight divisions 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 on MCB Quantico.
MAGTF TRAINING & EDUCATION STANDARDS DIVISION
The MAGTF Training & Education (T&E) 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 programs of instruction 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. MAGTF Training and Simulation Branch 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.
MAGTF STAFF TRAINING PROGRAM DIVISION
The MAGTF Staff Training Program (MSTP) provides training in MAGTF operations across the range of military operations, within the context of a Joint and Combined Task Force environment, in order to improve the warfighting skills of senior commanders and their staffs. MSTP is the commandant’s only deployable MEF and Marine Expeditionary Brigade-level program that provides realistic, challenging training in support of USMC Operating Forces.
Marines Corps Center for Lessons Learned Branch (MCCLL) is the process owner for the MCCLL 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 Branch 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.
One of the major subordinate commands of TECOM found 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 U.S. Training Command is also the single point-of-contact linkage to other services on all issues pertaining to interservice formal school training. Training Command has three subordinate units aboard Quantico:
Officer Candidates School
Officer Candidates School has been 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. Marines participating in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program also attend this program prior to completing their degree at a civilian university. The Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) 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 (NROTC) 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, NROTC candidates complete the six-week training program and return to their college after graduation.
The Basic School
The Basic School (TBS) is at Camp Barrett. TBS 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
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 Capital Region units as well as Marine Corps Reserve units from throughout the nation. Support is also provided to federal agencies such as the FBI, 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 Capital Region Marines. WTBN 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 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, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (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.
The other major subordinate command of TECOM aboard MCB Quantico, Education Command (EDCOM) and the Marine Corps University are synonymous. EDCOM develops, delivers and evaluates professional military education and training to officers and enlisted Marines through resident and distance learning programs to prepare leaders to meet the cultural, ethical and operational challenges of a complex security environment. EDCOM also preserves, promotes, and presents the history and heritage of the Marine Corps through the History Division, the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Gen. Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center. Additionally, EDCOM, through the Lejeune Leadership Institute, hosts the Cornerstone Course for incoming Commanders and Sergeants Major as well as the Senior Leader Development Program. EDCOM has five subordinate schools aboard Quantico.
Marine Corps War College
The Marine Corps War College provides top level professional military education with a mission to educate selected military and civilian professionals in order to develop critical thinkers, military strategists, joint warfighters, and strategic leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of a complex and dynamic security environment.
School of Advanced Warfighting
The School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW) provides a follow-on, graduate-level professional military education (Master of Operational Studies) for select field grade officers who have completed the Command and Staff College. SAW broadens and deepens the education of these officers in preparation for high-impact, MEF/Corps-level or higher planning billets. Through a rigorous development of decision-making complex problem-solving skills, an in-depth study of history complimented by field studies and planning exercises conducted at the operational level of war, SAW graduates are intended to have a long-term positive impact in their respective services.
Command and Staff College
The Marine Corps Command and Staff College provides graduate level education and training in order to develop critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers, and ethical leaders who will serve as commanders and staff officers in service, joint, interagency, and multinational organizations confronting complex and uncertain security environments.
Expeditionary Warfare School
The Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) provides career-level professional military education and training with emphasis on leadership development, amphibious operations, doctrine, planning and combined arms operations for Marine Air-Ground Task Forces across the full range of military operations. EWS also provides career-level professional military education to selected officers from the other US Armed Services, allied countries, and the Marine Corps Reserve.
Enlisted Professional Military Education
The Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) branch provides progressive educational opportunities to improve leadership, critical thinking capability and sound tactical skills for enlisted Marines throughout their careers. EPME provides enlisted leaders current operational information while emphasizing the Marine Corps’ time-honored traditions to maximize the enlisted leader’s ability to contribute to the warfighting capabilities of their units and provide the best leadership to younger Marines. EPME’s approach utilizes formal resident courses as well as distance education programs.
College of Distance Education & Training
The College of Distance Education & Training (CDET) is responsible for designing, developing, delivering, evaluating, managing and resourcing distance learning programs and products across the Marine Corps training and education continuum in order to increase operational readiness. Additionally, CDET is responsible for the development, delivery and management of the Expeditionary Warfare School, Command and Staff College, and the Enlisted Professional Military Education Distance Education programs.
Center For Advanced Operational Culture Learning
The Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) develops and delivers operationally relevant foundational language, regional expertise and culture programs to the General Purpose Force through training, education, direct support to operating forces, research and institutionalization in order to plan and operate effectively in complex expeditionary environments.