Send Only Gator SWOs to Expeditionary Warfare School
By Whit Abraham
U.S. Navy students at Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) tend to ask themselves the same question: “What am I doing here?” Yet in the Marine Corps, EWS is held in high esteem as a unique opportunity for high-performing company-grade officers. Unlike Command and Staff College or the Marine Corps War College, EWS is not graduate school; it is focused instead on using the Marine Corps Planning Process to maximize the combat power of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). Currently, Navy students from a broad selection of warfare disciplines attend EWS; however, the Navy should not treat EWS as a generic educational opportunity that is suitable for any fleet officer. Rather, the Navy should regard EWS as a distinctive training opportunity for those who will serve tactically alongside MAGTF officers in the future, and strive to maximize EWS’s impact on fleet operations by sending exclusively surface warfare officers (SWOs) who will serve on amphibious warfare ships.