Located in Quantico, VA, TECOM is a key component of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC). TECOM’s mission is to develop, coordinate, resource, execute, and evaluate training and education concepts, policies, plans, and programs to ensure Marines are prepared to meet the challenges of present and future operational environments. TECOM accomplishes its mission through five core competencies:
- Transform civilians into Marines, imbued with our warrior ethos and reflecting Marine Corps’ ethics and core values
- Provide every Marine the core skills of their assigned military occupational specialties (MOS) to enable them to function in the Operating Forces
- Provide Marines education that improves their decision making and allows them to assume increased responsibility
- Develop, coordinate, execute, and maintain a Service-level Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) training and assessment program
- Provide home-station training enablers to ensure the operating forces can function as MAGTFs in joint environments TECOM accomplishes its mission through the five major subordinate commands described below.
Marine Corps Recruit Depots
Recruit training occurs at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Recruit training transforms civilians into basic Marines through a comprehensive indoctrination into Marine Corps history, customs, and traditions and by imbuing them with the mental, moral, and physical foundation necessary for successful service. Recruit training is where the Marine Corps’ ethos is instilled in recruits; arguably, it is the most significant element of the civilian-to-Marine transformation process, something difficult to appreciate unless one has gone through it.
The recruit training program of instruction (POI) is a 12 week training program, representing the second phase of the Marine Corps’ transformation process. The POI is identical at both recruit depots. Each command includes a Recruit Training Regiment, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Headquarters and Service Battalion and Drill Instructors’ School.
Training Command is located at Quantico, VA and is the Marine Corps proponent for MOS individual skills training. Training Command analyzes, designs, develops, resources, implements, and evaluates standards-based individual training in order to provide combat-capable Marines and Sailors to the operating forces. Training is conducted in three areas: entry level (primary MOS) training; career progression (MOS) training; and specialized skills training. Training Command accomplishes its mission by exercising command over 76 formal schools, Marine Corps detachments at other services’ bases and aviation training support groups located across the United States. The command has approximately 6,200 Marines and sailors under command.
Education Command (EDCOM)
EDCOM is the professional military education (PME) advocate for the Marine Corps and is charged with developing, implementing, and monitoring PME policies, programs, and educating the force. PME programs consist of resident and nonresident instruction, professional self-study and the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Professional Reading Program. The Marine Corps PME Program is a grade-based, career long progression designed to prepare leaders for assignments of increasing responsibility. Resident programs present a unique learning opportunity in that they allow sister service, interagency, and foreign service students to participate in the education and exchange of ideas with Marine students. Nonresident programs are also critical to the education of the force, since the majority of officer and enlisted Marines pursue education via distance education rather than resident instruction.
MCU’s main campus is located at Quantico, VA, and consists of the following PME colleges, schools, and programs:
- Enlisted PME Branch, which develops curricula and oversees its delivery in the Senior Enlisted Academy and at six Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academies located at major Marine Corps installations
- Expeditionary Warfare School for captains
- Command and Staff College for majors
- School of Advanced Warfighting for advanced intermediate level majors
- Marine Corps War College for lieutenant colonels
- College of Distance Education and Training for officer and enlisted distance education programs which are administered via twelve regional coordinators
- MAGTF Instruction Group which supports senior enlisted PME and provides a strategy and policy course for colonels and a senior staff course for reserve lieutenant colonels and colonels
- Lejeune Leadership Institute which maintains the Commandant’s Professional Reading List; administers the Cornerstone Program for newly selected lieutenant colonel and colonel commanding officers and sergeants major; and manages the Executive Leadership Program for general officers
- Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning which develops the Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization curricula for individual Marines and provides training to units preparing to deploy outside the United States
- History Division of the Marine Corps and the National Museum of the Marine Corps
MAGTF Training Command (MAGTFTC)
MAGTFTC is located at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, CA, the Marine Corps’ premier integrated combined arms training facility. MAGTFTC’s mission is to manage the MAGTF Training Program (MAGTFTP) and to conduct service level MAGTF combined arms training to enhance the combat readiness of the operating forces and support the Marine Corps’ responsibilities to national security.
MAGTFTC accomplishes its mission through six major subordinate training organizations:
- Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group
- Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group
- Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One in Yuma, AZ
- Tactical Training Exercise Control Group
- Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, CA.