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Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program

The Expeditionary Warfare School distance education program (EWSDEP) provides officers with career level professional military education and training in command and control, combined arms operations, warfighting skills, tactical decision-making, naval operations, and Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) expeditionary operations. This enables the Marine to command or to serve as a primary staff officer in their MOS, integrate the capabilities resident within their element of the MAGTF, integrate their element within the MAGTF, and understand the functioning of the other elements of the MAGTF.



The following personnel are eligible to participlate (in order of priority):

  1. Marine Corps captains (unrestricted, limited duty, and select)
  2. Marine Corps chief warrant officer (CWO) 3s and CWO3-selects
  3. International officers
  4. Government civilians (GS-12 equivalent and above)

If space is available:

  1. Marine Corps first lieutenants and CWO2s (This excludes the blended seminar program.)
  2. Sister service captains/lieutenants (O-3s) (This excludes the blended seminar program.)
  3. Marine Corps staff non-commissioned officers (SNCOs) of grade E-7 through E-9 with an approved waiver request


CDET's regional offices work with each student to determine a schedule that best fits their educational goals and the constraints of their personal time. At the end of a program's enrollment period, the regional office for each region creates a set of seminar schedules to accomodate the students as much as possible while meeting the requirements of the seminar. This ensures that each seminar has an appropriate class size and a variety of MOSs to encourage discussion and interaction.

Four types of seminar schedules are offered: weekday, weekend, online, and the blended seminar program. Online portions of seminars are done via Moodle (more info).

Weekday, Weekend, and Online

Weekday, weekend, and online schedules are designed to deliver the entire curriculum in two academic years. (Students are enrolled and allowed 3 years to complete the program.)

Schedules for individual seminars are provided by region.


To enroll in a weekday, weekend, or online seminar, submit a request using MarineNet (more info). Once logged in, use the search field at the top of the page to find the curriculum: search for 8661. Click the magnifying glass icon next to the curriculum to view its details, then make sure your information is correct and click "Start" at the bottom to submit your enrollment request. The status of your request will be displayed under the notifications tab on the MarineNet portal page.

Important: please read MARADMIN 396/19, Expeditionary Warfare School DEP Curriculum Transition from 8660 to 8670 Series

Contact your local regional office for more information.

Blended Seminar Program

The blended seminar program provides students with an opportunity to receive their professional military education (PME) through a combination of resident and non-resident (online) education at or near their home station. These BSPs enable students to gain a greater depth of educational experience, while minimizing family turbulence by allowing them to remain on station and with their commands.

In addition to the standard curriculums, students participate in extracurricular field studies program events to include staff rides and visits to surrounding national historic sites which are representative of our culture, national heritage, and government institutions.

The blended seminar program allows applicable military personnel to complete career level school (CLS) requirements within a single academic year—as opposed to two academic years for the traditional on-site or online seminars. The initial resident period lasts for 4 weeks. The non-resident, online period lasts for 12 weeks. Students then return for their final resident period of 6 weeks and participate in an official graduation ceremony. The resident periods are held at Quantico, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Camp Pendleton, CA; Kaneohe Bay, HI; and Okinawa, Japan.

  1. AY20 Blended Seminar Program Schedules (47 KB)

Schedules for individual seminars are provided by region.


Seats for the fiscal year 18–19 blended seminar programs are now posted (27 KB). A MARADMIN announcing this will follow.

To enroll in the blended seminar program, contact the regional office for the region you would like to attend (Quantico, Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton, Hawaii, or Okinawa).

Important: please read MARADMIN 396/19, Expeditionary Warfare School DEP Curriculum Transition from 8660 to 8670 Series

Funded Seats

International and reserve officers might be able to apply for a funded seat.


  • MARADMIN 054/19, The Convening of AY19–20 CDET CSC and EWS Blended Seminar Program Selection Board for Reserve Officers
  • MARADMIN 575/15, TECOM Formal Schools Travel Support (FSTS) Program Guidance

Curricula Completion Reporting

Active and reserve Marines that complete EWSDEP courses on MarineNet will have their course completions (course and school code) sent automatically to their official military record in the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS). MMRP-20 will then pull the completions of the entire curricula from MCTFS, automatically generate a completion certificate, and post the certificate to each student's official military personnel file (OMPF). CDET will post copies of diplomas for distinguished graduates and blended seminar program graduates into their OMPF. Only a certificate is required; students are not required to input their diplomas into their OMPF records if a certificate already exists.

If the completion of the curriculum shows in MCTFS, but does not appear in OMPF, please contact CDET Student Support via the MarineNet help desk, option 2.

Reserve Retirement Credits

Effective , reserve officers completing distance learning military courses will earn one reserve retirement credit for every four hours of study. Credits are granted upon completion of a course.

EWSDEP reserve retirement credits
Course Credits
8661 17
8662 11
8663 24
8664 25

Graduate Benefits

Master's Degrees and Certificates

CDET has partnered with several universities and colleges to provide credits to help graduates achieve a variety of master's degrees and certificates.


Marine Forces Reserve DMO ticketing procedures policy (18 KB)

Contact your local regional office for any information or guidance about CDET's distance education programs for officers.

Read about the CDET Moodle learning management system or log into the CDET Moodle portal.

Several external resources are available to assist in your research or school work.

Information about the Expeditionary Warfare School resident program is available on the Marine Corps University website.

Transcripts can be obtained via MarineNet on the My Certificates page. You can print an unofficial copy, or you can request that an official transcript be sent to an educational institution, employer, or command.

Remember that Regional Culture and Language Familiarization (RCLF) is a requirement for PME completion.