A letter from the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School
New Student Brief
1. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. Prior to reporting to EWS, students must complete the following
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) Marine Corps Operating Concept (September 2016)
(d) Commandant's Planning Guidance (2019)
(e) “The 38th Commandant’s Intent” by General David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps
(2) Suggested Reading
(a) 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 2020 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 2021, 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, fill out the IMS Sponsor Form (Coming Soon) and 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
2. REPORTING PROCEDURES. Procedures and timelines for student check-in will be contained
on the Marine Corps University Webpage under the “Students” tab.
For questions regarding student check-in contact Marine Corps University Student Services section:
Director, Administrative Services (703) 432-4632
Dep Director, Administrative Services (703) 784-5665
Student Service Chief (703) 432-5465
Student Service Clerks (703) 432-4867 / 3713
For questions regarding student registration contact the Marine Corps University Registrar at (703) 432-
3. EWS POINTS OF CONTACT:
Administration Office: Operations:
(703) 784-1864 DSN 278-1864 (703) 432-0161 DSN: 432-0161
(703) 784-2592 DSN 278-2592