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United States Marine Corps Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

FIELD 44, LEGAL SERVICES

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The legal service OccFld consists of MaS 4421, Legal Services Specialist/Scopist and MOS 4429, Legal Services Reporter. Personnel in these MOSs provide services required in the operational, managerial, legal administrative, typing, clerical, and courts-martial reporting/transcribing areas necessary for the proper functioning of a legal services support section (LSSS), law center, office of the staff judge advocate, or other agencies/commands in support of a Marine Judge Advocate. Marines entering the OccFld receive MOS 4400, Basic Legal Services Marine. Formal schooling is provided to all Marines entering the OccFld.

    a. MOS 4421. Marines assigned to OccFld 44 through recruit accession or lateral move are required to attend the formal Legal Services Specialist Course at Naval Justice School, Naval Station, Newport, RI. Upon completion of this course, MOS 4421 is assigned. Marines may be selected to attend the Legal Services Scopist Course, for follow-on training.

    b. MOS 4429. Marines assigned MOS 4429 must first attend and complete the Court Reporting Program from the Virginia School of Technology. Marines completing this course of instruction, but not certified as a legal services reporter by CMC (JA), may be transferred to a major command to receive additional training. The Marines may then be certified upon request from their command to the CMC (JA). Should a Marine not complete the Court Reporting Program, or not be certified as a legal services reporter by CMC (JA), they will be re-designated to their previous PMOS.

    c. A Marine requesting a lateral move into MOS 4421 must first receive an interview from a MOS 4421 Legal Services Specialist (Legal Chief), or in the absence of a legal chief, a MOS 4430 Legal Administration Officer, prior to HQMC approving a lateral move request. The interview is mandatory. Once a Marine's request for a lateral move to MOS 4421 has been approved by CMC (JA), basic MOS 4400 is assigned and the Marine is normally ordered TAD to the first available Legal Services Specialist Course at Naval Justice School, Naval Station, Newport, RI. Upon completion of this course, MOS 4421 will be assigned. Selected Marines will receive follow-on training at the Legal Services Scopist Course, also at Naval Justice School. Reservists may be ordered to the Legal Services Specialist Course.

    d. A Marine requesting lateral move into MOS 4429 must first receive an interview from a MOS 4429 Legal Services Reporter (Reporter Chief). or in the absence of a reporter chief. a MOS 4421 Legal Chief, or a MOS 4430 Legal Administration Officer, prior to HQMC approving a lateral move request. The interview is mandatory. Once a Marine's request for lateral move to MOS 4429 has been approved by CMC, basic MOS 4400 with an IMOS of 4429 is assigned and the Marine is ordered PCS to attend the 2-year Court Reporting program at the Virginia School of Technology, Virginia Beach, VA. Upon completion of this course, MOS 4429 will be assigned. Reservists may not be ordered to the Court Reporting Program.

    e. Marines laterally moving to MOS 4429 are not eligible for any bonus payment in MOS 4429 until completion of training and assignment of MOS 4429. Commanders will screen their Marines to ensure they are financially responsible and mentally able to complete a demanding 2-year curriculum in a civilian environment (Virginia School of Technology, Virginia Beach, VA).

    f. The appropriate command shall initiate action to void the MOS of any Marine in OccFld 44 who receives nonjudicial punishment (NJP) or is convicted by a courts martial or civilian court for any offense involving drugs. Also, action shall be initiated to void the OccFld 44 MOS if convicted by courts-martial or civilian court for any offense involving controlled substances or for any offense involving moral turpitude as defined in the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, 1984.

Below are the Marine Corps Enlisted Military Occupation Specialties which are organized under this occupational field:

4421 --Legal Services Specialist

4429 --Legal Services Reporter

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