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Marine Corps Security Guard Duty

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Marine Corps Security Guards

The Marine Corps is responsible for the internal security of more than 120 United States Embassies and Consulates around the world.

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In addition to wanting to meet and overcome the challenges, physical and mental, of earning the title "Marine," one reason Marines give for joining the Corps is a chance for travel and adventure. Perhaps no other billet in the Marines, or any service, can live up to this desire more than Marine Security Guard duty.

Marine Security Guards are responsible for providing security at about 125 U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. Those on MSG duty are primarily responsible for embassies' interior security, normally the lobby or main entrance. Guards are trained to react to terrorist acts as well as a variety of emergencies such as fires, riots, demonstrations and evacuations.

Eligibility Requirements

Marines in the rank of E-5 and below must be single, with no dependents. However, those Marines who have children but are not the primary care takers are not immediately disqualified (i.e. paying child support or alimony is not an immediate disqualifier). E-6s and above may have up to four dependants to include spouses.

Upon selection, Marines attend the Security Guard School at Quantico, VA. The MSG school conducts five class sessions per year training more than 450 Marines.

Upon graduation from MSG school, Marines in the rank of E-5 or below are assigned as standard security guards or "‘watch standers." These Marines then serve three separate year-long tours, one of which will likely be a hardship post in a third world country.

Marines in the rank of E-6 and above are assigned as detachment commanders and are operationally responsible to the ambassador or appointed delegates. They serve two, 16-month tours and can bring dependants along. Each tour is served in one of nine regions.

For more information, or to apply, see your Career Retention Specialist (CRS) and inform him/her that you are interested in becoming a Marine Security Guard.

Note: Your command cannot deny your request to MSG duty. They simply make a recommendation. They still have to submit your package through your Career Retention Specialist. HQMC has the only say as to whether you will receive orders. If someone in your command refuses to let you submit a package, make sure you get it in writing, then contact the MSG Security Screening Team at: (703) 784 4861.

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