Office of Legislative Affairs


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


Major Brian A. Shottenkirk, E-mail:, Tele: (703) 692-0232


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


Capt James J. Lilley,, Tele: (703) 432-9472

MSgt William F. Hornsby"  E-mail:, Tele: (703) 432-9473

Civilian Marines: 

Ms. Patricia Williams at Marine Corps University ( at (703) 784-2788.

Message Traffic

MarAdmin 574/15 CY17 SNCO Congressional Fellowship Program

MarAdmin 137/15 CY16 Congressional Fellowship Program Selection Board Results

Applying for the Congressional Fellowship Program

SNCO Application (Example)

Officer Application (Example)

Blank Administrative Action Form

CY16 Congressional Fellows (1 January 2016 -31 December 2016)

Face Chart

CY15 Congressional Fellows (1 January 2015 - 31 December 2015)

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CFP Brief (SNCOs)

Articles, Publications, and Reports

"Marines on Capitol Hill" (Leatherneck Magazine, December 2015)

"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)


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


Pentagon Newcomers Guide

Washington DC Mass Transit 

Government Affairs Institute (GAI) at Georgetown


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

  • 2015 October: CY16 Congressional Fellows report to USMC OLA for training (8 Weeks)
  • 2015 October MARADMIN released  for CY17 Congressional Fellowship Program
  • 2016 January: CY16 Fellowship begins in Congress/CY17 CFP  Selection Boards meets
  • 2016 February: CY16 CFP & WWCFP Selection Board adjournes
  • 2016 March:  CY17 CFP Selectees MARADMIN released  
  • 2016 October:  CY17 Congressional Fellowship Program training begins 
  • 2017 January:  CY17 Fellowship begins in Congress