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  1. History. Describe the impact of key events in history on the institutional development of the Marine Corps.
  2. Organization and Capabilities. Describe the organization, roles, responsibilities, and capabilities of the Marine Corps.
  3. Expeditionary Environment. Describe the cultural, geographic, and military aspects of the expeditionary environment.


  4. Doctrine. Describe the nature and theory of war and their relationship to Marine Corps doctrine and maneuver warfare philosophy.
  5. Doctrine. Apply Marine Corps doctrine and maneuver warfare philosophy to the planning and execution of tactical operations.


  6. Marine Corps Planning Process. Apply the Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP) to tactical planning.

    MAGTF Operations

  7. MAGTF Fundamentals. Apply the supporting actions that are required to conduct MAGTF Operations.
  8. MAGTF Ops Major Subordinate Element (MSE) Planning Exercises (Rotations). Develop a tactical plan for the employment of each MAGTF element using MCPP.
  9. MAGTF Ops Major Subordinate Element (MSE) Planning Exercises (Rotations). Apply fire support coordination principles to the planning and coordination of tactical level combined arms operations.

    Amphibious Operations

  10. Amphibious Fundamentals. Describe Navy and Marine Corps amphibious doctrine and capabilities.
  11. MEU Ops. Develop a tactical plan to accomplish a MEU mission using the Rapid Response Planning Process (R2P2).
  12. Landing Plan. Develop selected components of a landing plan in support of ship-to-shore movement and ship-to-objective maneuver.
  13. Prepositioned Operations. Explain the capabilities, principles, and planning considerations associated with prepositioning operations.
  14. Amphibious Ops PE. Develop an integrated tactical plan for the employment of a MAGTF synchronizing warfighting functions using MCPP.
  15. Amphibious Ops PE. Develop an integrated tactical plan for the employment of a MAGTF in an amphibious operation.

    Small Wars

  16. Small Wars Fundamentals. Describe the characteristics, principles, and challenges of expeditionary small wars.
  17. Small Wars PE. Develop a tactical plan for a small wars or limited contingency operation in a joint, interagency, and multinational context.

    Leader Development

  18. Professional Communications. Develop both written and oral products that demonstrate the officer’s ability to effectively communicate complex topics clearly and succinctly.
  19. Leadership and Ethics. Describe leadership skills necessary to cultivate effective command climates and ethical subordinates.
  20. Leadership and Ethics. Apply recognitional and analytical decision-making to develop solutions for complex problems and issues.

    Occupational Field Expansion Course

  21. OFEC. Apply Occupational Field knowledge to MAGTF plans and operations.
  22. OFEC. Demonstrate Occupational Field proficiency and readiness to re-enter the operating forces and supporting establishment.