The following section provides a brief description of educational support services and other programs, divisions, and institutions associated with Marine Corps University.
Further information about each program or affiliate can be found in applicable standard operating procedures, other Marine Corps University publications, or on the
University’s website: https://www.usmcu.edu.
M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center (GRC). The Research Support Division of the GRC serves Marine Corps University by operating the Library of the Marine Corps
and the Marine Corps Archives, providing a relevant collection of information resources, assisting patrons with research needs, and providing Interlibrary Loan and
copyright approval services for Marine Corps University.
Mission. The GRC supports study and teaching at all levels throughout the Marine Corps by providing comprehensive storage, organization, retrieval, and access to
tactical, operational, and strategic warfighting and international relations information.
Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). CAOCL serves as the central Marine Corps agency for education and training programs that help Marines
build knowledge and skills they need to operate effectively in cross-cultural environments, and it institutionalizes language, region, and culture issues through the
doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership, education, personnel, facilities, and costs (DOTMLPF-C) combat development process. CAOCL training initiatives
and elements of the Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization (RCLF) education program are incorporated throughout enlisted and officer PME programs,
and CAOCL’s experts provide electives and guest lectures across the MCU schoolhouses. CAOCL’s faculty and staff include the Professor of Military Cross-Cultural
Competence, as well as subject matter experts on a wide range of regions and cultural and transnational issues. CAOCL also houses the Translational Research Group,
which provides personnel with applied social science and qualitative assessment capabilities.
Mission. CAOCL ensures the Marine Corps is a force that is globally prepared, regionally focused, and effective at navigating and influencing the culturally complex
21st century operating environments in support of USMC missions and requirements.
History Division (HD). HD collects, records, preserves, and disseminates the cumulative operational and institutional experience of the Marine Corps. Historians collect
documents and accounts of permanent value to the Corps’ history, preserve them for future use, and distribute the history of the Corps through publications, papers,
and other programs, in order to preserve history, aid combat, and non-combat decision making, support PME, motivate Marines, and inform the American public.
Additionally, HD produces the Marine Corps University Journal and publishes through the Marine Corps University Press. Faculty may coordinate with HD for
curricular materials and are encouraged to publish in the Journal.
Mission. The mission of the Marine Corps History Division is to preserve, present, promote and document the history of the Marine Corps and how it relates to
United States History.
Information Technology (IT). The IT directorate is responsible for providing technical guidance and support to University students, staff, and faculty in the areas of
computers and networks (classified and unclassified), automated systems (software), audiovisual and classroom technology, and communications. The Director,
IT also participates in the development and delivery of command and control systems curriculum. The IT directorate currently has four branches: Customer Support
Branch, Systems Support Branch, Network Operations Branch, and Cyber Security Branch.
Mission. IT’s mission is to provide an information environment that advances the core missions of Marine Corps University and facilitates the operational processes
that support these missions.
Leadership Communication Skills Center (LCSC). The LCSC is a writing, speaking, and research resource that provides one-on-one sessions, lectures, and short
seminars to help students improve oral and written products, enhance communication skills, develop research skills, and find appropriate venues for publication.
The LCSC accomplishes its mission by offering studio courses, workshops, written guidance, and one-on-one assistance to students in MCU degree-granting
programs and to other members of the MCU community. Faculty from the three degree-granting schools may work with LCSC faculty to improve draft publications.
Faculty are also encouraged to refer students to the LCSC for instruction and paper review.
Mission. The LCSC is an academic communication support center for MCU students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to strengthen leadership by enhancing written
and oral communication skills.
Lejeune Leadership Institute (LLI). The LLI is Marine Corps University’s lead organization to shape and coordinate leader development initiatives for Marines and
Civilian Marines alike. The LLI is highly involved in the integration of leadership development efforts in all PME programs, and serves to enable coherent,
progressive leader development efforts that span the length of the individual Marine’s service. The LLI manages the Executive Education Program, the
Commandant’s Commanders Program and Spouses Workshop, the Marine Corps Civilian Leader Development Program, and the Marine Corps Professional Reading
Program. The LLI is structured to meet its mission by forming a team of experienced scholars, practitioners, and subject matter experts in the fields of leadership,
ethics, education, and curriculum management.
Mission. LLI provides training, education, and resources that inspire and advance leadership excellence in the Marine Corps.
MAGTF Instructional Group (MIG). The MAGTF Instructional Group (MIG) was created to establish a resident capability within Marine Corps University to teach the
Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP) and other warfighting skills to schools throughout Marine Corps University. It is currently operating in direct support of the
Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education Course (SEPME) and in general support of the University. Through a process grounded in education, the MIG
focuses on the development of higher order critical thinking, enhancing Marines’ ability to act independently, assisting the Commander in all administrative,
technical, and tactical requirements of the organization.
Mission. The MIG assists all Marine Corps University Directorates and Schools in the preparation of senior-level officer and enlisted Marines with the critical
thinking and adaptability skills necessary to function at the operational level of war and within the MAGTF.
Middle East Studies (MES). MES is responsible for the following:
Analyzing and assessing current events, regional trends, US policy decisions and strategies, and the culture and history of the region.
Conducting and publishing academic research related to Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and to other Middle
East areas of interest to the Marine Corps.
Leading classes; supporting student papers; and offering lectures and discussions on Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the broader Middle East to Marine Corps
University schools and other Armed Forces PME institutions.
Providing lectures and discussions on Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the broader Middle East to other services and US Government agencies, foreign governments
and militaries, and academia/non-governmental agencies.
Representing the Marine Corps and Marine Corps University at conferences and seminars related to Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the broader Middle East.
National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC). The NMMC is a lasting tribute to US Marines—past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine
Mission. NMMC preserves the history of the US Marine Corps by collecting and preserving in perpetuity artifacts that reflect the history of the Corps; by interpreting these
Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and
beckons visitors to this 120,000 square foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and
immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Faculty may coordinate visits to the Museum to access exhibits appropriate to the curriculum, host off-sites
(with prior coordination), or provide acculturation experiences for interagency, international, or sister service students.
artifacts in exhibitions for the public; by contributing to educational programs; by conducting collections-based research; and by supporting the recruitment, education,
and retention of Marine Corps personnel.