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Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions

MOS 0471 -- Personnel Retrieval and Processing Specialist


Type of MOS : PMOS

Rank Range: SSgt to Pvt

Job Description: Personnel retrieval and processing specialist perform duties in both combat and non-combat environments pertaining to the search and recovery, processing, tentative identification, interment, disinterment, and transportation human remains and personal effects. Furthermore, they perform the various duties pertaining to the establishment of Collection Points and Interments sites. These duties are performed in both joint and single service theaters of operations and an NBCR environment.

Job Requirements:

(1) Complete the formal course of instruction at the U.S. Army Mortuary Affairs Center, Ft. Lee, VA, or other service school, equivalent civilian/government formal course of instruction (USAF, FEMA).

(2) Must be a volunteer.

(3) Must be eligible for a secret security clearance.


(1) SSgt-Sgt: Organizes teams for conducting tactical search and recovery operations of deceased military personnel.

(2) SSgt-Pvt: Conduct Search and recovery operations of deceased military personnel in both hostile and benign environments.

(3) SSgt to Sgt: Requisition and maintain appropriate search and recovery team T/E items.

(4) Conduct heavy recovery operations.

(5) Establish and operates casualty collection points.

(6) Prepare a personal effects depot case file.

(7) Conduct interment/disinterment operations.

(8) Conduct MADCP Operations.

(9) Conduct Theater Evacuation Point Operations.

(10) SSgt-Sgt: Complete PRP reports as necessary.

(11) Conduct Go-No-Go criteria in an EOD environment.

(12) SSgt-Sgt: Conduct Site Assessment/Heavy Recovery Operations.

(13) Conduct OJT for unit personnel (not MOS 0471 or 0472 qualified) tasked with search and recovery operations.

(14) Requisitions and maintains appropriate search and recovery team T/E items.

(15) Coordinates the transfer of remains and personal effects of remains in the area of operations.

Related Department of Labor Occupation Codes :

Graves Registration Specialist 355.687-014.

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Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3

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