Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller speaks to Marines, sailors, and international service members attending the Expeditionary Warfare School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps / Gabriella Garcia)
On Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, an old brick building sits tucked away on Geiger Ridge. Not many Navy surface warfare officers (SWOs) know about it, but to the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), it is home.1 EWS, through its ten-month professional military education program, instructs roughly 200 Marine captains each year and has shaped countless young officers and produced more than a few generals. Unlike most Marine Corps training schools, EWS is not exclusionary but is open to other services. Wandering the halls, a visitor is likely to see Army officers, officers from allied and partner nations, and even a handful of commissioned airmen. But it is much rarer to encounter a Navy SWO. In fact, not a single SWO was in the 2018 academic class.