USMC Training

The following is a partial list of William Vetter’s military education and training including courses provided through the Marine Corps Institute.

Leadership, Management, and Administrative Related Education

Personal Financial Management

Certificate

DEC 2001

Provides instruction in basic financial planning.  Topics include: developing personal spending plans, military pay system, use of credit and debt recovery, choosing a financial institution, various legal issues, checkbook management, consumer awareness, insurance buying, housing issues, basic investing and retirement planning.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in personal finance

Fundamentals of Marine Corps Leadership

Certificate

DEC 1999

Teaches principles and techniques of leadership and their application to problems in areas such as race relations and substance abuse. Covers leadership traits and principles, measurements and techniques of leadership, race relations, women’s issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and leader/subordinate relations.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in supervisory management

Basic Pay and Allowances

Certificate

OCT 1999

Topics include basic and special pay, allowances, audit incentive pay, and audit deductions.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in business administration

Legal Administration Clerk

Certificate

AUG 1999

Provides an introduction to investigations and administrative procedures for processing the unit punishment book, absentees, and deserters.  Specific instruction covers such areas as drafting charges, processing appeals, preparing forms and maintaining records.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in record keeping

First Sergeants Course

Diploma

MAY 1998

Instruction in the following to the extent required knowledge adequate for intelligent supervision of the administration of units to which first sergeants and sergeants major are assigned: Marine Corps personnel system, office management, personnel procedures, personnel accounting and record keeping. Marine Corps classification, Uniform Code if Military Justice, familiarization with the utilizations of Addressograph equipment.

Individual Personnel Records

Certificate

MAY 1997

Provides instruction on the use of available legal references and basic duties of a legal clerk. Covers the use of LEGADMINMAN documentation of police, procedure guidelines of legal administration, use of manual for Judge Advocate General, use of manual for court-martial, uniform code of military justice, and absentee and deserters.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in legal record keeping

Corrections

Certificate

APR 1996

Provides instruction in brig policy and staff composition, security, contraband, and on the general responsibilities of the corrections specialist.

Corrections Supervisor

Certificate

MAR 1996

Provides instruction in job fundamentals of the corrections supervisor. Covers physical security, custody, control, and staffing. Also includes report writing, execution of forms dealing with confinement and prison release; supervise and implement emergency plans and training associated fire, escape, bomb threats and riots; administrative procedures connected with transfer of prisoners, day-to-day operations including staffing, and training; and supervision of all functions of custody and control of prisoners.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in corrections

Marine Corps Leadership

Certificate

NOV 1994

Covers the challenge of leadership, the qualities needed for successful leadership, and the techniques that the leader can use.

Administration

Certificate

MAY 1992

Covers consolidated administration; the Marine Corps directives system; Naval correspondence including formats of standard and business letters, AA forms, and various memoranda; performance evaluation procedures; information of separations; and individual records.

Leadership

Certificate

JUL 1986

Covers the principles, traits, and indicators of leadership; chain of command; considerations and steps in setting unit tasks and standards; factors influencing motivation for better performance, balancing rewards and punishments, and correlating performance with motivation and ability; recognizing problem areas and identifying personal problems and their causes; identifying, evaluating, and selecting solutions; and assisting subordinates in finding solutions and referral agencies.

Personnel Administration

Certificate

JUL 1986

Covers the Marine Corps directives system, individual and unit records, military pay, travel orders, evaluation procedures, types of discharge, naval correspondence, awards, educational opportunities, promotion, and personal financial management.

General Education

Electronics Mathematics for Marines

Certificate

OCT 2001

Provides foundation in advanced algebraic mathematics to prepare Marines for studies at the senior progression schools in the electronics maintenance and engineer occupational field. Topics include nomenclature, algebraic processes, and solutions.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in introductory algebra

Punctuation

Certificate

OCT 2001

Provides instruction on the correct use of punctuation marks and capitalization.  Designed to enhance writing skills. 

Correspondence Procedures

Certificate

MAY 1997

Provides basic information on methods of preparing, typing, and filing correspondence.

Basic Nutrition

Certificate

JAN 1994

Instruction covers food and health; nutrients which provide fuel and build and repair tissue; vitamins, minerals, water and fiber; food fuel, body weight, weight control, and menu planning; and physical fitness.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in nutrition

Professional Communications

Certificate

JAN 1994

Covers oral communications including briefing organization and techniques, written communications including the organization and format of written material, a review of grammar, punctuation, and the principles of writing, The style section covers the systematic organization of material, the development of ideas, and the evaluation of writing.

Spelling

Certificate

OCT 1990

Provides instruction on using a dictionary and thesaurus, basic spelling rules, and words most frequently misspelled.

Math for Marines

Certificate

OCT 1990

Provides a math review.  Includes negative and positive numbers, solving simple algebraic equations and word problems, and finding square roots. Covers formulas for finding areas and volumes of basic geometric shapes and explains the Pythagorean right triangle theorem.  Also presents the history and principles behind each subject.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in fundamentals of mathematics (technical mathematics)

Specialized Training & Education

Armory Procedures

Certificate

JAN 2002

Provides the purpose and procedures for completing required ordnance forms, and skills required for the day-to-day operation and maintenance management responsibilities required to operate an armory.

MIMMS (AIS)

Certificate

JAN 2002

Provides instruction on the principles and procedures of the Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management Automated Information System.  Covers management concepts, input procedures, reports, files and validations.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
2 semester hours in maintenance management

The M198 155MM Towed Howitzer

Certificate

NOV 2001

Provides instruction in the operation and functioning of all major components, including fire control equipment.  Covers safety procedures, ammunition, and cannoneer duties.

Martial Arts

Diploma

FEB 2004

Basic Forward Observation Procedures

Certificate

MAY 2000

Provides instruction on the principles and techniques for adjusting supporting arms fire.

Howitzer Section Chief

Certificate

MAY 2000

Provides instruction about the duties of the howitzer section chief.  The course covers the skills and knowledge required to lay, fire, and move a howitzer.  This course also includes instruction on the setup and operation of the M90 Chronograph and the Muzzle Velocity System (MVS).

Fundamentals of TQL

Certificate

MAY 1998

Introduction to the concepts, principles and approaches to TQL.

PLRS Capabilities and Employment

Certificate

JUL 1997

Landmine Warfare, Demolitions and Breaching Operations

Certificate

JUN 1997

Inspection and Repair of the M9 Pistol

Certificate

APR 1997

Provides instruction in performing any type of inspection and repair on the M9 pistol.  Covers technical inspection to identify defects in the weapon. Emphasizes repair procedures to return the pistol to serviceable condition.

Infantry Patrolling

Certificate

APR 1997

Introductory course on planning, preparing, and conducting infantry patrols.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hours in physical education

Operations Against Guerrilla Units

Certificate

MAR 1997

Covers the fundamentals of tactics and techniques employed by small units and individuals in counter guerrilla operations.

The Marine Rifleman: Combat Skills

Certificate

JAN 1997

Provides the individual rifleman with basic instruction on fire and movement, defense, cover and concealment, communications, security, and intelligence.

Infantry Squad Leader: Cold Weather Operations

Certificate

JAN 1997

Introduces basic knowledge of offensive and defensive techniques employed in cold weather operations and cold weather conditions.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hours of physical education

Desert Operations

Certificate

JAN 1997

Introduces desert operations, desert areas of the world, special tactics, and combat service support procedures.  Also covers fundamentals of individual survival in desert environments and health and hygiene.

Communications Security

Certificate

DEC 1996

Provides instruction on the purposes, responsibilities, and components of communications security.  Discusses the principles of transmission and physical and cryptographic security.

Intelligence Brief: Southwest Asia

Certificate

OCT 1996

Covers the geography, physical and climatic features, military forces, security threats, culture, history, religion, and politics of the Middle East.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
2 semester hours in international studies

Infantry Squad Leader: Combat Leadership

Certificate

SEP 1996

Addresses the rigorous combat conditions a Marine faces in battle.  Examines key factors for successful leadership in a combat environment. 

Infantry Squad Leader: Weapons and Fire Support

Certificate

SEP 1996

Provides instruction on the weapons organic to the infantry battalion and covers the capabilities and limitations of artillery, naval gunfire, and close air support.  Also discusses call for fire adjustment procedures for indirect fire support.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in small arms/gunsmithing

Infantry Squad Leader Squad Tactics

Certificate

SEP 1996

Provides instruction in combat planning, fire support, offensive and defensive operations at the squad level.  Provides situational problems to increase the student’s knowledge of problem solving and decision making.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in small arms/gunsmithing

Ground Maintenance Management Procedures for Supervisors

Certificate

JUL 1996

Provides instruction on policies and procedures for the management of Marine Corps grounds and ground equipment. Topics include maintenance management terminology, policies and elements, maintenance resources, maintenance production, preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, and equipment and resource records.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in maintenance management

The Marine Rifleman: First Aid, Field Sanitation and NBC

Certificate

MAY 1996

Provides basic instruction of first aid, field sanitation and NBC warfare.

Amphibious Warfare  School Nonresident Program

Diploma

FEB 1996

Program provides career level professional military education for Marine captains and CWO3’s. Emphasizes combined arms operations, warfighting skills, tactical decision-making, and air-ground task forces in order to prepare Marine captains to function as commanders and staff officer at appropriate levels within the Fleet Marine Force. 

Command & Staff Planning

Certificate

FEB 1996

Advanced Tactics and Operations

Certificate

FEB 1996

Amphibious Warfare Planning

 

1996

Defensive Operations

Certificate

JUL 1995

Amphibious Operations

Certificate

JUL 1995

Combined Arms

Certificate

FEB 1995

Covers the role of fire in tactics, the principles behind combined arms techniques, and the fundamental concepts for using indirect fire.

Communications Plans and Orders

Certificate

FEB 1995

Provides information about the organization and employment of the MAGTF and its relation to communications planning. Provides instruction on the organization and employment of USMC command and control systems, planning routine communications support, combat plans and orders including paragraph 5 of the operation order, communications estimates, and Annex K.

Warfighting Skills Distance Education Program

Diploma

FEB 1995

Covers the theory, nature, and levels of war; development of modern warefare tactics and maneuver warfare concepts and applications; planning and writing of orders; techniques or combat leadership; methods of training and qualities needed for successful leadership; and concepts of combined arms operations and fire support.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
2 semester hours of military studies

Combat Techniques

Certificate

JAN 1995

Cover the concept behind developing techniques; leadership and movement techniques; techniques for attacking; and techniques for defending.

Small Unit Tactical Problems

Certificate

DEC 1994

Covers application of the fundamental tactical concepts of enemy critical weaknesses, mission tactics, focus of effort, the reserve, combined arms, and the relationship of attacking and defending.

Tactical Fundamentals

Certificate

NOV 1994

Covers the nature, styles, levels of war, the development of tactics in modern warfare, and the fundamentals of small unit tactics.

Principles of Instruction for the Marine NCO

Certificate

NOV 1994

Provides NCOs with a basic background of learning theory, techniques, and procedures to prepare them to become effective instructors.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in instructional methodology

Land Navigation

Certificate

JUL 1994

Provides land navigation instruction including navigating with a map and a compass, route planning and preparation, and navigating by natural means. 

The Infantry Staff NCO Military Symbols and Overlay

Certificate

JUN 1994

Instructions on using one-color/multicolor map symbols; understanding geometric forms used in maps, and prepare and use overlays.

SNCO Advanced Nonresident Program

Diploma

JAN 1994

Student will be able to develop and maintain a physical fitness program for company size units; be familiar with drill, ceremonies, inspections, and awards up to battalion level; will have an introductory knowledge of marine military justices; and will have a basic background in administration and military forms.

NBC Individual Survival Measures

Certificate

JAN 1994

Addresses the fundamentals of survival in an NBC environment. Maintaining survival gear, donning and removing equipment, and sustaining your combat potential are discussed in detail. Reacting properly to NBC attacks, locating and identifying contaminated areas, and how to treat NBC battle casualties are also emphasized.

Resident Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Advanced Regular

Diploma

JAN 1994

Students will be able to apply leadership concepts and theories to contemporary leadership issues in order to stimulate thought and encourage the exchange of ideas; communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner; and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of physical fitness and know how to establish, maintain, and evaluate a physical fitness training program. The students will understand the principles of military defensive and offensive tactics and the role of the effective military manager in peace and war.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in leadership, 1 semester hour in public speaking, 2 semester hours in physical education, and 7 semester hours in military science.

Terrorism Counteraction for Marines

Certificate

NOV 1993

Teaches the basics of individual protective measures and a basic understanding of terrorism. Topics include history of terrorism, protective measures against terrorism, and hostage survival.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in introduction to terrorism

Military Justice

Certificate

MAY 1992

Introduction to military law; overview of military court system; use of the manual for court-martials, locating maximum punishments, conducting a preliminary inquiry, search and seizures, and determining probable cause.

Physical Training Management

Certificate

APR 1992

Covers the basics of developing and maintaining a physical fitness program for a company-sized unit and for individuals, including the phases and principles of physical conditioning, nutrition, conditioning, and maintenance programs, types of exercises, organizing a physical training period, physical fitness testing, and remedial programs.

Marine Corps Drills, Customs, Courtesies, Ceremonies, Uniform Regulations, Inspections

Certificate

APR 1992

Drills, Ceremonies, Inspections and Awards

Certificate

APR 1992

Covers company and battalion drill including commands, formations, ceremonies, parades, awards, sward manual, and individual positions in various formations: types of clothing maintenance allowances, uniform fit and maintenance, and grooming standards; inspection procedures; mess night procedures.

M60E3 Machinegunner

Certificate

NOV 1989

Provides instruction on both fundamental and advanced principles of employing the M60E3 in tactical situations including basic marksmanship, offensive and defensive employment, night/low visibility marksmanship, and engaging moving targets.

The Marine Rifleman: Land Navigation

Certificate

NOV 1989

Provides land navigation instruction including navigation with a map and a compass, route planning and preparation, and navigating by natural means.

Counseling for Marines

Certificate

JUN 1989

This course provides instruction on the fundamentals of counseling as well as methods used to plan and conduct a counseling session.

Reconnaissance Marine

Certificate

JUN 1989

Provides instruction on the fundamentals of reconnaissance operations including doctrine, equipment, tactical concepts, and techniques used by the reconnaissance unit in training and combat operations.

Resident Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Regular

 

1989

Students will be able to apply leadership concepts and theories to contemporary leadership issues in order to stimulate thought and encourage the exchange of ideas; communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner; and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of physical fitness and know how to establish, maintain, and evaluate a physical fitness training program. The students will understand the principles of military defensive and offensive tactics and the role of the effective military manager in peace and war.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
2 semester hours in leadership, 1 semester hours in physical education, and 4 semester hours in military science.

Ground Maintenance MGT Procedures for Superv

Certificate

FEB 1988

Covers procedures and policies for managing ground equipment maintenance in field units of the regular establishment, and ground and aviation units of the selected Marine Corps reserve.  Emphasizes maintenance management terminology, resources, productions, and information.

Communication for the FMF Marine

 

NOV 1987

Comprehensive coverage of communications procedures, capabilities, limitations, and the importance of equipment maintenance.

The Marine Marksman

Certificate

AUG 1987

Develops the knowledge, skills, and techniques of marksmanship.

NBC Defense for the Marine

 

DEC 1986

Introduction to basic individual protective measures in a nuclear, biological and/or chemical combat environment.

SNCO Career Distance Education Program

Diploma

JUL 1986

Operations

Certificate

JUL 1986

SNCOCNP

Certificate

JUL 1986

The SNCOCNP builds on the NCOBC curriculum with the specific purpose of developing effective Marine SNCO’s. Emphasis is on leadership and the basics of training management. Included is instruction in several areas – drill, uniform, and inspections; physical fitness; training management; administrative procedures; customs, courtesies, and discipline; uniform and clothing regulations; financial management; military law; and instruction.

Military Justice

Certificate

JUL 1986

Covers elements of offenses, searches and seizures, and investigations and reports.

Military Training

Certificate

JUL 1986

Covers the basic mechanics of training management including guidance, programming, and the principles of scheduling; the fundamental aspects of physical training, to include strength and endurance training and the considerations involved in developing a physical training program; the essential techniques and principles of military instruction, voice and mannerisms, learning objectives, learning activates, and lesson plans.

Drills, Ceremonies, Uniform Regulations, and Inspections

Certificate

JUL 1986

Covers the SNCO’s functions in parades and ceremonies; uniform regulations; and background and objectivies in the Marine Corps.

Military Justice

Certificate

JUL 1986

Tactical Communications

Certificate

MAY 1986

Provides basic information on message drafting plans and orders, radio and radio telephone procedures, communications security, and equipment and communications for command post.

Marine Corps History and Traditions

Certificate

MAY 1986

Covers general knowledge of the U.S. Marine Corps history, traditions, terms and phrases, whith emphasis on the combat achievements of the Corps.

Radiotelephone, Telegraph, and Visual Communications Procedures

 

MAR 1983

Provides information and instruction in areas of telegraph and visual communications and radiotelephone procedures. Covers message types formats, Morse code, security, RFI, and jamming.

Communications Plans and Orders

 

MAR 1982

Provides training in recognizing and interpreting combat orders.

The Marine Infantry Small Unit in Defensive Operations

 

JAN 1982

Covers the concept and fundamentals of defensive operations. Stressed is the planning of the defencse, organization of the ground, and conduct of the defense.

Formations, Signals, and Techniques of Fire

 

JAN 1982

This course is designed to provide riflemen with instruction in combat formations, visual signals based on METT, and the proper techniques of applying fire to the ground and available targets.

The Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System

 

JAN 1982

This course is designed to provide personnel with instruction in the functions and operations of the system. It covers the importance of accurate and timely reporting of maintenance actions in order to provide maintenance information to maintenance managers at all levels.

Marine Corps Stock Lists

 

JAN 1982

Provides instruction in the proper use of Marine Cops stock lists to obtain information related to the description, price, units of issue, and the maintenance of equipment.

The Marine Squad Leader: Combat Planning and Orders

 

JAN 1982

Introduction to combat planning, and orders. Emphasis on the estimate of the situation, troop leading, and procedures.

Recruit Training

 

1980

Recruit training encompasses training in subjects required to produce a basic Marine who function effectively in garrison; is trained in the services rifle, essential subjects, and in rudimentary field and combat skills; and practices thosue personal and professional traits tht distinguish him as a Marine.

Vocational Training

Solid State Devices

Certificate

DEC 2001

Provides instruction on semiconductor diodes, transistors, special devices, and solid-state power supplies that relate to the electrical field.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in introduction to solid state devices or 2 semester hours in survey of electronic devices

Automotive Brake Systems

Certificate

AUG 2001

Introduces the components used in hydraulic and air brake systems and function of the components.

Automotive Engine Maintenance and Repair

Certificate

JUL 2001

Introduces the skills and knowledge required to repair and maintain the automotive engine.  Covers the diagnostics/troubleshooting techniques and the duties associated with inspecting, testing, and servicing the automotive engine.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
2 semester hours in maintenance and repair of automotive engines

Automotive Fuel and Exhaust Systems

Certificate

SEP 2001

Introduces the characteristics of gasoline and diesel fuels, including volatility, detonation, and additives; principles of carburetion and its related components; basic diesel fuel and exhaust systems. Covers information about the fundamentals of gasoline engine fuel systems including the tank lines, fuel pump, carburetor, filters, intake manifolds, and governors. Material is presented on the purpose, type, and maintenance of exhaust systems.

Automotive Power Trains

Certificate

SEP 2000

Metal Working and Welding Operations

Certificate

JUL 2000

Provides instruction on operating and maintaining welding equipment and sheet metal machines.  Covers the welding process, identifying metals, heat treatment of metals and alloys, and repairing and restoring damaged sheet metal and equipment.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hour in arc welding, 1 semester 1 in gas welding, and 1 semester hours in sheet metal forming processes.

Engineer Operations Chief

 

1999

Teaches the ability to perform management functions in the areas of equipment organization and maintenance, basic wood and concrete construction, demolitions with explosives, bridging techniques, basic road and drainage planning, base camp layout, and construction management.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in basic methods and materials of construction and 3 semester hours in construction management.

Basic Electronics

 

1999

Includes exercises in basic mathematics, electricity, electronics, fundamentals of digital logic, computer systems, soldering, and maintenance management.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
3 semester hours in basic electronics, 3 semester hours in basic electronics laboratory, 1 semester hour in computer systems, 2 semester hours in AC circuits, and 2 semester hours in DC circuits.

Field Switchboards – Installations and Operation

Certificate

JAN 1997

Provides instruction on installing, operating, and maintaining tactical switchboards, remote multiplexer combiner and patching panels.

Introduction to Test Equipment

Certificate

JAN 1996

Provides the ground data/communications maintenance Marine with the knowledge and information necessary to choose and properly use the appropriate electronic test, measure, diagnostic equipment (TMDE) device for use in troubleshooting and repairing electronics equipment at all echelons of maintenance.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
2 semester hours in electronic test equiptment

Automatic Telephone Equipment

Certificate

JUN 1994

Supplies the field wireman with the information necessary for the identification, installation, and operation of automatic telephone equipment.

Interior Wiring

Certificate

AUG 1992

Materials include planning, installing, and maintaining interior wiring for buildings.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
6 semester hours in basic electrical installation or 2 semester hours in architectural or construction management

Field Wire NCO

 

MAR 1983

Provides instruction in field wire techniques that apply to division-sized units.

Antenna Construction and Propagation of Radio Waves

 

MAR 1983

Provides training in the theory of radio wave propagation and in characteristics and construction of antennas.

American Council on Education credit recommendation:
1 semester hours in introduction to electronic communications

Field Wire Equipment

 

NOV 1982

Presents specialty qualifications requirements of the field wireman concerning installing, operating, performing preventinve maintenance on and waterproofing field wire equipment

Field Radio Systems

Certificate

JAN 1982

Provides familiarization with the concepts of communications, systems, and technical controls.

 

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