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A letter from the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School

New Student Brief

1. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. Prior to reporting to EWS, students must complete the following requirements:

  a. Advanced Reading. In order to prepare for the first block of instruction at EWS, before school begins you must thoroughly read the following:

(1) Required Reading

(a) First to Fight: An Inside View of the US. Marine Corps by Victor H. Krulak, available for free download via Navy General Library Program. Click on the title above then click on the link next to "FREE ONLINE," which will direct you to the Navy Digital Library Program's Overdrive website. Create an account and you can read the eBook.

(b) Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting

(c) 38th Commandant's Planning Guidance (July 2019)

(d) MCWP 6-10 Leading Marines (formerly MCWP 6-11) - Chapter 1 Our Ethos

(e) A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority v2.0 (December 2018)

(f) Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy 

(g) On War by Carl von Clausewitz, edited and translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret (1976), book 1, chapters 1 and 2.


  b. Initial Assessment. All Students will complete an inventory assessment during the first week. There are four elements to this assessment:

  (1) Grammar Diagnostic Assessment. The assessment will be a timed, closed book, multiple choice exam to assess your knowledge of grammar and punctuation. To prepare, students should review rules of grammar and punctuation. The basic grammar reference used by EWS is A Writer's Reference, 7th Ed. by Diana Hacker, et al., Boston: Bedford/St. Martins 2010.

  (2) Writing Assessment. This assessment will consist of a 400-500 word essay based on a writing prompt (essay question) related to First to Fight: An Inside View of the US. Marine Corps by Victor Krulak. The essay will have a two hour time limit. The only reference allowed will be a copy of First to Fight. The essay will be assessed for writing composition and content.

  (3) Knowledge Assessment. In order to establish a baseline of tactical and technical knowledge across the student body, all EWS students will complete a knowledge assessment. The purpose of this assessment is twofold. First, this will give the faculty a clearer understanding of students' knowledge of Marine Corps doctrine and warfighting functions. Secondly, this assessment will provide students with an understanding of gaps in their current knowledge, better enabling them to focus their efforts throughout the year. The assessment will be timed and closed book; questions will be in the form of short answer, fill-in the blank, true/false, matching, and multiple choice.

  (4) Physical Fitness Test and Official Weigh-In. EWS will administer a physical fitness test and a weigh-in for all students during the first week. All USMC students will take an inventory PFT and must have current Preventative Health Assessment (PHA) upon arrival. Sister service students will take their service physical fitness test during the Joint Service Orientation, but will also conduct the Marine Corps PFT (and later CFT) as a team building event. For more information on the PFT/CFT, please review Marine Corps Order 6100.3A and MARADMIN 539/18.

   c. Defense Travel System (DTS). All students must ensure they are detached/dropped from their current unit's DTS prior to checking in at EWS.

  d. Government Travel Credit Card (GTCC). Students must update their address and contact information on their on-line Citibank profile upon arrival. You must bring the card with you to check-in. Students possessing a GTCC expiring before 1 August 2019 should initiate procurement of a new card.

  e. Security Clearance/Joint Personnel Adjudication System. All students should have an active security clearance while attending EWS. Students should verify their security clearance with their Unit Security Manager and must request to be ‘detached’ in JPAS prior to executing orders.  If your clearance is due to expire before graduating from EWS in May 2020, you should request that your Unit Security Manager initiate a reinvestigation.

  f. Sponsorship of International Military Students. Marine students interested in sponsoring an International Military Student (IMS) while attending EWS can find specific information on MCU's New Student Check-in page. Sponsoring an IMS is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your EWS experience and assist and international officer as they acclimate in their new surroundings and culture. If you're interested in volunteering contact Marine Corps University International Military Student Office at MCU_IMSO@usmcu.edu or 703-784-3157/6.

  g. Student Vehicle Registration. Students are required to register their vehicle(s) onboard MCB Quantico. Students may register vehicles at PMO prior to checking in, or may complete the registration process during EWS check-in on 29 July.  Students choosing to register vehicles on 29 July must complete the Vehicle Registration Form and bring it with them to EWS check-in. 



  a. Early Reporting (USMC only)

(1) Students choosing to report prior to 29 July must first report to the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC), located on the second deck of building 2006 Hawkins Avenue (also known as the Headquarters and Service Battalion building). The IPAC phone number is (703) 784-4479, and hours of operation are 0730-1630. IPAC will provide initial administrative check-in assistance including a records audit, original orders endorsements, travel claims, unit diary and assignment to the Education Command/ Marine Corps University as an EWS student.

(2) The reporting uniform will be the Service "A" uniform or equivalent.

(3) After completing the IPAC check-in process, proceed and check-in to EWS at Geiger Hall (2077 Geiger Road, Quantico, VA 22134).

  b. Check-in Day

(1) All students must (regardless of early check-in) report to Geiger Hall for check-in on 29 July. Students will be divided into two groups:

(a) Group 1 - Students with last names beginning with A through M report at 0800.

(b) Group 2 - Students with last names beginning with N through Z report at 1300.

  (2) Uniform of the day will be Service "C" uniform or equivalent.

  c. Sister Service Students. Follow the instructions on the Marine Corps University New Student website that contains specific enrollment instructions and other check-in requirements.  For questions or concerns specific to the online enrollment process please contact mcu_registrar@usmcu.edu or call (703) 432-5503.

  d. International Military Student (IMS). Follow the instructions on the International Military student section of MCU's International Student Check-in website page.



Administration Office:  (703) 784-1864   DSN 278-1864  or  (703) 784-2592   DSN 278-2592

Operations:   (703) 784-2602   DSN: 278-2602  or  (703) 432-0161   DSN: 432-0161