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Office of Legislative Affairs

Headquarters Marine Corps

Congressional Fellowship Program

The Marine Corps Congressional Fellowship Program offers participants the opportunity to work in the legislative branch of the federal government for one session of Congress.  Eligible candidates include Marine Officers (Active and Reserve components), SNCOs, and Civilian Marines.  The program consists of three components: (1) training and education through the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, (2) work on Capitol Hill in the personal office of a Senator or Member of Congress, and (3) a two-year utilization tour immediately upon completion of the fellowship.  Per federal law (10 USC § 2603), each applicant who is accepted for the Congressional Fellowship Program must agree in writing to serve an additional period of active duty.

Clink on the this link to see a visual presentation: OLA CFP Video

Frequently Asked Questions (Click Here)

Points of Contact
Officers
Major Brian A. Shottenkirk, E-mail: Brian.Shottenkirk@usmc.mil, Tele: (703) 692-0232

SNCOs
:
 
MGySgt Julius D. Spain Sr., E-mail: Julius.Spain@usmc.mil, Tele: (703) 692-0236

MMEA-85:
Capt James J. Lilley, E-mail:James.J.Lilley@usmc.mil, Tele: (703) 432-9472
GySgt Ben Dawson, E-mail: Ben.Dawson@usmc.mil, Tele: (703) 432-9473

Civilian Marines: 
Ms. Patricia Williams at Marine Corps University (patricia.williams1@usmc.mil) at (703) 784-2788.

Message Traffic
MarAdmin 519-10, CY12 AC and RC Officer CFP Selection Board
MarAdmin 488-11, FY12 Commandant's Career-Level Education Board (CCLEB)
MarAdmin 572-11, CY13 CFP AR Officer and AC SNCO Selection Board
MarAdmin 316-12, CY13 Wounded Warrior CFP Selection Board.pdf
MarAdmin 352-12, FY13 Commandant's Career-Level Education Board
MarAdmin 421-12, FY13 Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB)
MarAdmin 496-12, CY13 Wounded Warrior CFP Selection Board Results
MarAdmin 554-12, CY2014 CFP for SNCOs and AR Officers
MarAdmin 566-12, FY13 CCLEB Selection Board Results
MarAdmin 126-13, CY 2014 Congressional Fellowship Selection Board Results
MarAdmin 099-13, CY14 Wounded Warrior Congressional Fellowship
MarAdmin 365/13 CY14 Wounded Warrior Congressional Fellowship Program Results
MarAdmin 358/14 FY15 Commandan't Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB)

Applying for the Congressional Fellowship Program
SNCO Application (Example)
Officer Application (Example)
Blank Administrative Action Form

CY14 USMC Congressional Fellows - Official Portriat

CY14 USMC Congressional Fellows - Face Chart

Briefs

SNCO Fellowship Brief 2014

Articles, Publications, and Reports

"The Congressional Marines are Formed" (Marine Corps Gazette, Nov 1999)
"Enlisted Marines Take the Hill" (Leatherneck Magazine, February 2010)
"Legislative Affairs--What OLA does for the Marine Corps" (Marine Corps Gazette, Feb 2007)
"The Marine Corps Congressional Fellowship Program" (Marine Corps Gazette, June 2009)
"Marines, Meet Your Congress" (Marine Corps Gazette, July 2012)
"GAO Report on Oversight of Fellowships" (GAO-12-367, April 2012)
"CY11 SNCO Fellow - Honorable Mention as 2012 Marine of the Year" (Marine Corps Times, July 23, 2012)
"Capitol Hill Marines bridge gap between Congress, Corps" (Marine Corps Times, August 12, 2013)

Regulations
MCO 1500.41A W CH 1, Marine Corps Scholarship Program
DoD Directive 1322.6, Fellowships for DoD Personnel
DoD Instruction 1322.06, Fellowships for DoD Personnel

Links
Pentagon Newcomers Guide
Washington DC Mass Transit 
Government Affairs Institute (GAI) at Georgetown
GAI-Catalogue.pdf 
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Important Dates:
CFP - Includes Officers & SNCO's
WWCFP: Wounded Warrior SNCO's

  • 2013 1 October: CY14 CFP/WWCFP Selectees report to USMC OLA for training (12 Weeks)
  • 2013 2 September thru - 6 January 2014: MARADMIN released  and CY15 CFP/WWCFP Application Period
  • 2013 1 October : CY14 Congressional Fellowship Program training begins
  • 2014 1 January: CY14 Fellowship begins in Congress/CY15 CFP & WWCFP  Selection Boards meets
  • 2014 February: CY15 CFP & WWCFP Selection Board adjournes
  • 2014 March:  CY15 CFP/ WWCFP Selectees MARADMIN released  
  • 2014 1 October:  CY15 Congressional Fellowship Program training begins (12 Weeks)
  • 2015 January:  CY15 Fellowship begins in Congress