Senior Enlisted Blended Seminar Program (SEBSP)

College of Distance Education and Training

The SEBSP combines nonresident and resident education at designated MCU campuses in order to foster the intellectual edge required of our senior enlisted leaders for success in increasingly complex, distributed, and fluid operating environments.

The SEBSP delivers a rigorous curriculum in a blended format focused on the following core areas: Leadership and Ethics, Communication Studies, and Warfighting. SEBSP will be accessible by all first sergeants and master sergeants and is a PME requirement. Once SEBSP is at full operational capability (FOC), the current First Sergeant and Master Sergeant Regional Seminar will be phased out as an option to meet the PME requirement.

SEBSP is designed for delivery in two stages: Stage one is an eight-week nonresident period, and stage two is a two-week resident period.

  • Stage one, the nonresident seminar (NRS) period, will be accomplished as onsite or synchronous online (via Adobe Connect) seminars that meet one night per week during off-duty hours at home station.
  • Stage two, the final resident seminar (FRS) period, will occur over two weeks during duty hours at the following MCU regional campuses: Quantico, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Camp Pendleton, CA; Okinawa, Japan; and MCB Hawaii..

NRS Lessons

FRS Lessons

Communications Lessons

Warfighting Lessons

Leadership Lessons

Eligibility and Enrollment

The SEBSP is a total force program.  Commanders must ensure that students selected to attend the SEBSP are available for the FRS and the associated NRS.

Marine Corps Commands may nominate First Sergeants and Master Sergeants (including those selected for promotion to either) who have not previously completed the SEPME course to attend the SEBSP per assigned allocations in the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS).

Units must submit their nominations through their respective MARFOR representative for registration in MCTIMS. All nominations, regardless of location, must be enrolled in MCTIMS no later than 30 days prior to the class NRS orientation date. Student information required by the MARFOR representatives for processing is last name, first, MI, EDIPI and Military Occupational Specialty. SMCR units must submit their nominations through their respective MSC representative for registration in MCTIMS.

The FRS will be considered local travel or Training and Education Command (TECOM) funded Temporary Additional Duty (TAD), depending upon the primary duty station location. Marines who complete the SEBSP will meet the PME requirement for master sergeants; first sergeants must also complete the First Sergeants Course to meet their PME requirements

Completion Benefits

Higher Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) has not yet reviewed the SEBSP curriculum for recommended college degree credits.

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