|| Classification of Courses
Courses at the DCSC can be divided into two categories: Individual Courses and Unit Supported Courses. The majority of courses offered by the DCSC will be individual courses; unit supported course require the collaborative planning between the unit being trained and the DCSC staff.
Overview: Individual Courses have set schedules which are listed on the FY TEEP. These POIs/courses generally require significantly less logistical support by units being trained and are attended by Marines/Sailors from a variety of different units. The DCSC coordinates with Headquarters Battalion (HQBN) to support the majority of the course’s logistical requirements.
The DCSC will provide: transportation from the skills center to the training area, Range Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Range Safety Officer (RSO), Position Safety Officers (PSOs), safety vehicle and driver, and training facility/ranges. Parent commands will still be responsible for ensuring their Marines and Sailors arrive at the DCSC at the assigned time, with required weapons, optics, and gear.
Participating in an individual skills course requires scheduling, reservations, planning conference (as needed), and execution. Some courses require that the service member bring their own T/O weapon system.
Unit Supported Courses
Overview: The planning process encompasses everything from course reservation to the first training day (TD1). Key events include: course reservation, an initial planning conference (IPC) held 90 days prior to TD1; a mid-planning conference (MPC) held about 45 days prior to TD1; and a Final Planning Conference (FPC)/Confirmation Brief, held approximately ten days prior to TD1. Additional coordination is continuous throughout the process.
The DCSC exists to support unit training requirements, and the training unit’s involvement is critical to success.
Specific Course Requirements
a. Weapons/ Optics:
(1) The DCSC does not currently maintain the ability to store weapons or optics while in garrison. It is the training units’ responsibility to transport weapons TO AND FROM the DCSC, DAILY, when required.
(2) Individuals taking part in a DCSC sponsored training events will maintain their own gear accountability. Parent commands will identify a senior service member who will ensure proper accountability of all serialized gear.
(3) Weapons must have passed a Limited Technical Inspection (LTI) and Pre-Fire Inspection (PFI) no less than seven days prior to TD1. Documentation must be provided to the DCSC operation section no less than two working days from the beginning of the course.
(4) The DCSC staff will require all service members who temp loan gear (weapons, optics, communications gear, etc.) to sign an Equipment Custody Receipt (ECR) card. This gear will be accounted for twice a day and reported by the chief instructor or service member.
(5) It is the parent command’s responsibility to replace broken gear within 24hrs; new gear must be accompanied by proper LTI and PFI documentation.
(1) Chow will not be provided by the DCSC. Marines or Sailors attending DCSC classes in garrison will be secured for chow. Units sending individuals to the DCSC to take part in field training are responsible for providing their own chow/Meals Ready to Eats (MREs) for the duration of the training. (See Course LOI).
(2) Transportation will only be provided by the DCSC from the DCSC building to the training venue. Additional transportation requirements need to be supported by the parent command or communicated to the DCSC operations section prior to the event beginning.
Points of Contact
The primary point of contact for scheduling courses and planning conferences is the DCSC Training Chief, (910)449-9886.