School of Professional Development

This school instructs its students in the fine art of becoming a Professional Soldier. Being a Marine is more than a career choice, it is a life choice. This is where beings go to become Marines. Courses are currently available through the PD-30 level and all are available online for immediate credit.

The manuals necessary  for these courses can be downloaded from the SFMCA Library.
To request any of these courses please use the course request form.

Courses Available

PD-100 Marine Basic Training: This is step one of the Professional Development Program. Among the topics covered in this course are Chain of Command, Basic Marine Heraldry, Basic Uniform Regulations. Starting a M.S.G., and more. Prerequisite for this course: Current membership in STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. Please note that this course must be taken and passed by all students in order to be eligible to take any other courses in the SFMCA.  
PD-105 Individual Drill:
This Exam covers basic drill, the history of drill and the proper procedure for conducting drill in the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100.
PD-120 History of the SFMC: A basic study of the history of the SFMC – from the early beginnings of old Earth’s first Marines, through to study of the current Corps. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100.
PD-130 Marine Strike Group Overview: This course is designed to help give the Marine an understanding of what is involved in the structure of a Marine Strike Group in the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100.
PD-135 Marine Strike Group OIC Course: This course will help the Marine understand what is involved in starting and maintaining a Marine Strike in the SFMC and give some insight as to how to make sure your MSG remains a viable and active Strike Group that can make positive contributions to the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: PD-130.
PD-138 MSG/MTU OIC Cadet Familiarization Course: The PD-138 course has been specifically designed to give MSG/MTU OIC’s a basic overview of the needs, care and maintenance of the SFMC Cadets in their care. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100.
PD-150 Introduction to Field and Dress Mess: This course examines the history, details and the necessary planning for the successful implementation of either a Field or Dress Mess. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100.

PD-201 Primary Leadership Development Course:
Step two in the Professional Development Program. This course delves into Leadership and leadership issues relevant to a SFMC unit. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100 and PD-135.
PD-205 Marine Essential Tasks List:
This course and test reinforces the Marine's ability with, and knowledge of, the essential components of Marine life in the field. Those components; See, Communicate, Navigate, Shoot, Survive, and Know, are each tested in a variety of means. Applicants for this course should be prepared to do fairly extensive research utilizing reasearch materials published by the STARFLEET Marine Corps and should also be prepared for an examination that is more thorough and comprehensive than any other course offered by SFMCA. While by far the majority of the resource material used for this course is taken directly from the METL manual, some other areas of study will be required by referencing other SFMC related material (listed within the exam). Successful students will receive the right to wear the Marine Proficiency Ribbon upon completion with a passing grade. Prerequisite for this course: PD-100.
PD-210 SFMC Traditions, Protocols & Policies: An important step in the development of any Marine, is to have a complete understanding of the various policies, protocols and core traditions of the SFMC. This course has been created to assist with the education and understanding of these valuable elements of our culture. Prerequisite for this course: PD-201.
PD-220 Battalion OIC Duties : This course is designed for Marines who wish to become appointed to the billet of, or simply become more familiar with, the duties and responsibilities of the Battalion Officer in Charge. Prerequisite for this course: PD-135.

PD-225 Brigade OIC Duties : This is an in-depth course for Marines who wish to be appointed to the billet of, or know more about, the duties and responsibilities of a Brigade Officer in Charge. Pre-requisite for this course is PD-220.

PD-301 Professional Development Independent Study: For the final step in Professional Development studies the student must complete an independent studies project. The independent studies project must either consist of a paper or another approved project. The student MUST submit a topic or project description to the Branch Director for approval. Once approved the student will then have 10 weeks to submit their independent studies project for grading. After submittal and if the student receives a passing grade, then the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Military Science Degree with a Concentration in Professional Development. Prerequisite for this course: PD-201.

Before sending a request for a level -301 project please read the following:
  1. The Branch Director has the authority to approve or deny any and all requests for this course and their decisions are final.
  2. Projects MUST in some way shape or form relate to the SFMC and the branch for which you are applying to.
  3. You must submit a topic or project description when requesting this course. Any requests without a topic or project description will not be honored.
Below are some SUGGESTED projects. A student can either use the suggested projects or any other project that they can think of. Please note however that these are suggestions only and that directors may or may not approve them.
  1. College-style papers.
  2. Specifications / descriptions and/or technical drawings of new technology relating to the branch.
  3. A short story that utilizes the material in the branch.
  4. An addition to the branch's manual relating to a topic not covered by the existing manual.
  5. A new exam and answers for the branch (Please note that this is at the Branch Directors discretion).
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This course examines the history, details and the necessary planning for the successful implementation of either a Field or Dress Mess.