Brigadier General Select Orientation Course
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Quantico, Virginia


Hosted by the Commandant, the Brigadier General Select Orientation Course is a one week course that assists in the transition to flag rank by offering discussion and insight on the strategic, operational, and individual issues associated with becoming a general officer. Attendees are Brigadier Selects and Senior Executive Service civilians and are provided an understanding of the strategic vision required by general officers; general officer personal and professional responsibilities; general officer professional development; and the goals, status, and major issues concerning the Marine Corps.  Spouses are encouraged to attend the Spouse Program that runs concurrently during the week.

The General Officer Warfighting Officer Program (GOWP) runs consecutively and is a one week course hosted by MSTP at Quantico.  The GOWP prepares senior leaders to think strategically, plan operationally, and act tactically within the context of a five domain, naval-integrated, joint expeditionary campaign.

Contact Us

Director Special Projects Directorate
Ms. Iris V. Pollock, MA
Main Line: (703)-614-1515
Desk: (703)-614-2514

Deputy Director Special Projects Directorate
Ms. NaRochelle D. Hammond
Main Line: (703)-614-1515
Desk: (703)-614-3067

Program Manager and Registration
Dr. David Walker 
Office: (703) 432-4684     
Cell: (410) 533-1769            

Marine Leader Development and Support
Major Jay White
(703) 784-9753

General Information

Special Projects Directorate will contact newly selected Brigadiers and SES with up-to-date registration information and POCs.  General information in regard to the course is included below.

1.  Uniform Requirements:

a.  Daily Briefs (Week 1 in hotel): USMC Service C (military); Business Casual open collar coat optional (civilian).

b.  Daily Briefs (Week 2 on MCB Quantico):  USMC Utility Green MARPAT Monday-Thursday, USMC Service C on Friday (military); Business Casual open collar coat optional (civilian).  

2.  DISS Requirements:

a.  DISS requests will need to be submitted to MCIA and MSTP for the GOWP portion of the course.

3.  Biographies.

The official photo should be taken in the service "A" uniform (uncovered) with authorized ribbons, badges, and rank. The U.S. and Marine Corps flags should be included in the photograph.  Example below.

General Officers and Senior Executives are responsible for submitting their biographies as well as individual and spouse photos to MMSL directly to

4.  Spouses

a.  Spouses should send their biographies and photos for inclusion.  Please see example on the Resources tab.


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