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Enlisted Job Descriptions
Detailed job descriptions and qualification standards for enlisted MOSs (jobs) in the United States Marine Corps.

Officer Job Descriptions
Job descriptions and qualification criteria for Marine Corps commissioned officer and warrant officer jobs.

Surviving Marine Corps Boot Camp
Part V of a multi-part article about military basic training. In this part, all about Marine Corps Boot Camp.

Listing of Naval and Marine Corps Naval Aces (Aircrew with over five "kills.")

Air Traffic Controllers
For Marine air traffic controllers, observing radar for hours on end doesn’t sound so bad compared to looking at radar while rounds are whizzing through the air. USMC Air traffic controllers are commonly put in dangerous situations like these, more recently in Iraq.

Artillery Units
Many people's impressions of artillery are just guys pulling the triggers of big guns, firing rounds over long distances, but that is only a small part of their job. It takes a lot of hard work, training and planning to do what artillery Marines do. The main purpose of artillery is to shoot, move and communicate, but there is a lot to be done to get to that point.

Band Members in Combat Zones
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq -- The Marines were waiting for their pre-patrol brief in their operations center – flak jackets and helmets bunched against the wall and rifles leaning against them. It was an average scene, save for the sergeant leaning in his chair practicing marching tunes on his clarinet.

Becoming a Special Operations Marine
The Marine Corps is continuing to expand its special operations command, and now male Marines in any MOS can apply.

Boat Patrols
In Iraq, a country where temperatures often soar above 110 degrees and terrain is mostly fine grains of sand, Cpl. Derek Metallo never thought he’d find himself patrolling Al Anbar province in a boat when he arrived three months ago. Metallois part of a team of Marines who patrol the Euphrates River by boat, providing security to the Haditha Dam.

Body Fat Standards
The Marine Corps has changed their body-fat standards, effective Aug. 11, in order to comply with Department of Defense (DOD) standards.

C-130 Pilots
Like a quarterback who leads a team of many different positions, C-130 pilots lead a diverse aircrew, absorbing input and making reasoned decisions.

Cell Phones in Uniform
Now, even work-issued cell phones and similar digital equipment cannot be worn exposed on Marine Corps uniforms. Updating orders at least 12 years old, Marine Corps Administrative Message 065/08 spells out a small but significant change in an age where many Marines carry cell phones, PDAs and hands-free earpieces for their official duties.

Chain of Command (Organization)
I'm often asked what the elements of command are for the U.S. Marine Corps. While this can change somewhat based upon the type of unit, the basic elements for the Marines can be found here.

Civilian Police on Marine Corps Bases
The Marine Corps began plans to hire approximately 1,200 Civilian Police Officers over the next four years in June to help ease the operational stress on the Corps’ military police and to enhance the Provost Marshals Office capabilities on its U.S. installations.

Combat 'Must Have' List
There are some things Marines with combat experience know to be “ must-haves” when serving in a combat zone. Here is a list of the top 20 items combat-experienced Marines of 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment feel are the most important that a Marine should carry in combat, besides the standard issue of equipment and weapons.

Combat Fitness Test
The Commadant of the Marine Corps has announced the addition of a Combat Fitness Test (CFT) to the current Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. The CFT will consist of three individual tasks: Movement to Contact (MTC), Ammunition Lift (AL), and Manuever Under Fire (MANUF).

Combat Training Instructor Duty
Since established as a Special Duty Assignment in Oct. 2002, the MCT instructor billet, MOS 8513, offers Marines an alternative to drill instructor duty and recruiting duty. While it may be a substitute, it still fulfills the B-billet or SDA requirement, which most feel is necessary to advance in the staff NCO ranks.

It seems that everyone makes fun of military cooks. Jokes about chow-hall food, and threats to recruits to "make them into a cook" abound in the military. Okay, so it's not the most glamorous-sounding job in the world. But, did you ever stop to think how it would be without them? Here's a look at a very special group of Marines, feeding thousands of hungry mouths in Iraq.

The Core Values of the United States Marine Corps.

Crew Chiefs
Before a flight, during a flight and well after a flight, there is one Marine who takes on the responsibilities of maintaining the aircraft, observing its safety and providing in-flight maintenance - the crew chief.

Customs and Traditions
Marine customs are simply desirable courses of action sanctioned by tradition and usage. In the Marine Corps, practically every custom has grown out of the manner in which Marines of the past conducted themselves. Many Marine customs have been incorporated into regulations in order to standardize conduct throughout the Corps, but some of them cannot be found in written directives.

Dedicated Marksmen Duty
In the early days of the Corps, leathernecks were recruited to sit atop high masts on U.S. Naval vessels to pick-off enemies during ship-to-ship battles with their muzzle-loaded muskets. Designated marksmen currently sit on the rooftop of U.S. Embassies, guarding the lives of Marines, U.S. State Department workers and others who work on the embassy grounds.

Marine stereotypes are abundant, and while Marines are often frustrated by misconceptions, there is one perception they readily welcome: The perception that Marines are good at drill. While most Marines would say that is a gross understatement, Marine Corps Sgt Ethan E. Rocke decided to look into the health of drill in today's Corps.

Drill Instructor Duty
Drill Instructor Duty is considered one of the most honored and valuable positions a Marine can hold, and is absolutely vital to the process of making Marines.

Driving Rules
According to Marine Corps Order 5100.19E, changes to certain traffic issues will be instituted Corps wide affective immediately. The order prohibits the use of cell phones while driving, requires headlights to be on when there is precipitation in the air and mandates the utilization of seatbelts. The order also states that violators will have to face the consequences.

Fact Sheets
How far can a Dragon shoot? Facts about the Marine's aircraft, equipment, and vehicles.

Flying UAVs in the Marine Corps
The Marines of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, are riding the wave of technology as they fly the Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle, the Marine Corps' only dedicated aerial reconnaissance aircraft.

The Marine Corps fraternization policy is contained in Marine Corps Manual 1100.4. Fraternization is the term used to describe improper personal and business relationships among Marines of different ranks or positions.

Gearing Up
Ever wonder what an Infantry Marine packs up to go on patrol? The answer may surprise you. The standard fighting load for Marines in Iraq is anything but "standard." with today's gear, combat loads are tailor fitted. Even packs come with detachable pouches, adding and taking away space for gear. It's a balancing act.

In the U.S. Marine Corps, general is the highest rank of commissioned officer. Those who hold it have the broadest responsibility and authority and, concordantly, the highest pay grade level (O-10) on the 10-tier military officer pay scale.

General Orders
11 General Orders of a Sentry.

Grooming Standards
Each of the military services impose grooming standards on their military personnel, as part of their Dress & Appearance, or Uniform Regulations. Here are the grooming standards for the United States Marine Corps.

In the past, it may not have been uncommon to see a group of Marines engage in a ritual or right of passage that could have been perceived as cruel, abusive or humiliating. But as today's Marines are learning, an uncorrected pattern of misconduct does not qualify as a tradition.

Horsing Around
With plans for a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in the near future, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, are honing their mountaineering skills in order to be ready for combat in any clime or place. Reverting to a less technological means of maneuver warfare, these Marines are preparing for service with horses and mules to ensure success on the battlefield.

Inspector General
The Marine Corps Manual calls the Corps’ inspector general the eyes and ears of the commandant, referring to the office’s mission to help uphold the Corps’ quality and effectiveness through rigorous and objective assessments and investigations.

Jane Wayne Day
A long-time tradition in the United States Marine Corps, Jane Wayne Day shows Marine Corps spouses what it's like to be a United States Marine for a Day.

K-9 Dogs
Some dogs help people in wheelchairs, some dogs help people that use walking sticks, and some dogs help find people who are missing, but the dogs in the Marine Corps protect the lives of Marines who work and serve.

Laser Eye Surgery Policies
The current laser eye surgery policies for the Navy and Marine Corps, both for new recruits (those joining) and for those already in the military.

A legend may be defined as a shining truth that cannot always pass the test of strict factual accuracy. The legend is poetry; the fact is prose, and very dull prose it sometimes is. Here are presented some legends about the Marine Corps that have been often told.

Lieutenant General
In the U.S. Marine Corps, lieutenant general is the second-highest attainable commissioned officer rank, and the individuals who hold it occupy the ninth position (O-9) on the 10-tier military pay scale.

Logistic Marines
These Marines will not see the inside of their tents until their mission is complete - a task which has no definitive timeline. These “Road Warriors” are the Marine Corps’ source of life-sustaining supplies in Iraq. They run the convoys of Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward).

Major General
In the United States Marine Corps, major general is the second-lowest of the general ranks, sitting between lieutenant general and brigadier general, although the individuals who hold it still have broad responsibilities and the third-highest pay (O-8) on the 10-tier officer pay scale.

Marine Corps to Increase in Size
The Marine Corps is expanding its end strength by 3,000 Marines. The increase from 175,000 Marines to 178,000 Marines is directed in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2005, which also increases the size of the active duty Army by 30,000.. The 3,000 Marines will be phased in over the next three years -- roughly one third each year, and the majority of the increase will come from new recruits.

Marine One Crew Chiefs
Informative article about the crew chiefs who work on the President's helicopter.

Maritime Special Purpose Force
It doesn’t matter where you hide – they can get you wherever you run. They’ll appear like ghosts and fade behind the smoke of their bursts. They’ll come from the depths of the sea. They’ll fall from the sky. They’ll offer the enemy no shelter and extend no mercy. They’re the Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Maritime Special Purpose Force.

Mechanized Companies
There are many ways of reaching a battlefield to unleash fire and brimstone against a dug-in enemy, but the distinctive rumble of a tracked Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV) lets the enemy know the Marines are coming.

Mess Night
The purpose of today's mess night is to recognize and pay homage to the Marines who came before us. It also gives us a chance as a band of brothers to socialize with one another in our best dress uniform. The mess night is fashioned to fit a formal gathering with a military flavor present.

Description of Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs).

Mortuary Affairs
After we lose servicemembers in a war, many do not think about who gets them back home. For those Marines who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom, there is a small, virtually-unknown company of reservists who answered the call.

MOS (Jobs) Listing -- Enlisted
Listing of Enlisted Job Opportunities in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mounted Color Guard
The year 1967 was a year for history in the making. In Vietnam, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engaged Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta, while Vietnam War protestors stormed Washington, D.C. and Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black United States Supreme Court justice. Not to be left out, MCLB Barstow made history of its own by founding a Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, which remains the only mounted color guard in the Marine Corps today.

New Evening Dress Uniform in the Making?
Representatives from the Marine Corps Systems Command Clothing team fitted three Depot Marines with new uniform prototypes Oct. 21 (2003), as part of the Marine Corps Uniform Board's attempt to improve male and female Evening Dress uniforms.

Paternity and Adoption Leave
The FY 2009 Defense Authorization Act established a new program which allows up to ten days of non-chargeable leave for new fathers. The act leaves it up to the individual services to develop plans to implement the new benefit. Here's the new USMC policy, as well as the new marine Corps policy for adoption leave.

Rarest MOS
There is an enlisted MOS (job) in the U.S. Military, which only has 39 enlisted assigned, and the training takes two nearly two years. Can you guess what it is?

Recon Selection Screening
Ever wonder what it takes to be selected for Marine Recon Training? Well, a screening was recently conducted at Mirimar Air Station. This article gives an overview of exactly what wanna-be recon Marines had to accomplish just to be considered for Marine Recon Training.

Recruiting Duty
An average week for a Marine Corps Recruiter is Monday through Saturday and sometimes Sunday. The workday can easily begin at 5 a.m. and end as late as 9 p.m. and beyond. He will drive over 1,800 miles, work in excess of 60 hours, make 500 phone calls, conduct 15 interviews and process two new working applicants at the Military Entrance Processing Station.

Rifle Creed
The famous U.S. Marine "This is my Rifle," Creed.

Rifle Qualification Course Changes
Officials with the Marine Corps Marksmanship Center of Excellence are implementing many changes to rifle qualifications throughout 2007 including major changes to the scoring system.

They're the Marines who clear the path into combat. Marines called "sappers" use cunning determination and skill to defeat enemy defenses and they learn how to do it right in Camp Pendleton. Sapper course offers combat- arms Marines an opportunity to learn new techniques, from field maneuvering to dealing with high explosives during combat.

Satellite Communications Operators
Marines taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom sent emails home to friends and family in the United States. However, the fact that they had internet access in the middle of the desert is often overlooked. Even more so is the fact that one job in the Marine Corps allows that sort of communication. And, Marines make it happen.

Scout Snipers
Due to the nature of the sniper's mission, they must be trained mentally and physically to operate independently forward of friendly positions on the battlefield. The Marine Scout Sniper School trains, not only Marines, but members of the other military services, as well.

Background, Description, and Symbolism of the U.S Marine Corps Seal. The Marine Corps Seal, designed by the Marine Corps Uniform Board in accordance with instructions of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, then General Lemuel G. Shepherd, Jr., was adopted by Presidential Executive Order 10538 of 22 June 1954.

Security Guard Duty
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.

SERE Training
In the northern jungles of Okinawa there's a group of individuals stranded, without the aid of food, water, shelter, and the basic necessities required to survive. They are tired, hungry and looking forward to going home at the end of their ordeal. Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training (SERE) is held monthly at the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves.

Single Marine Program
The Single Marines Program (SMP) encourages and assists single Marines in identifying and planning recreational and leisure activities while assisting commands in identifying and recommending solutions for quality of life issues.

The Marine Corps sniper has covered his face with paint that resembles the natural surroundings about him, and he is covered with grass from the field in which he is hiding. Less than 300 yards away is an enemy considered to be armed and dangerous. The sniper must get even closer to him to get the perfect shot and eliminate the threat the enemy poses.

Special Operations
Marines have always been known as the few and the proud. But on June 20, 2003, the Marine Corps took its first steps toward assembling a group of warriors even fewer and prouder as part of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Special Operations Command
The Marine Corps will soon officially join the special operations community with a new Marine Special Operations Command to become a component of U.S. Special Operations Command, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has announced. The 2,600-member command will have three subordinate elements: a special operations regiment, foreign military training unit and special operations support group.

Special Operations Command
The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, the newest addition to the special operations community, will be a complementary force that will ease the strain on other services' elite units and will contribute to the nation's readiness in the global war on terror. The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, will formally stand up its headquarters Feb. 24 (2006) at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Special Operations Command Activates
The Marine Corps officially joined the ranks of U.S. Special Operations Command at Camp Lejune, NC on 24 February, 2006.

Special Reaction Teams
Ten Marines from the Provost Marshals Office make-up a Special Reaction Team (SRT). The Special Reaction Team is specially trained to handle missions beyond the call of duty for basically trained military policemen. Such teams are the S.W.A.T. of the Marine Corps.

Squad Leaders
In the civilian world, you’re average 19-22 year-old is not normally laden with great responsibilities; but in the Marine Corps, young Marines are relied upon everyday to fill key leadership roles. Mostly corporals, Marine Corps Squad Leaders are responsible for the accomplishment of their mission as well as the lives and well being of 12 or more Marines while conducting combat operations.

Squad Leaders
A maxim exists in Marine Corps infantry platoons and loosely paraphrased, says if a squad leader falters, freezes or fails, all paper-smart strategic plans conceived are worthless. Not often do you find 20-year-olds tasked with critical life-or-death decisions on a daily basis in the civilian world; but in the Marine Corps, they become squad leaders.

Tattoo (Body Art) Policy
The Marine Corps takes a conservative approach to personal appearance. Uniform regulations stress that personal appearance is to be conservative and commensurate with the high standards traditionally associated with the Marine Corps. No eccentricities in dress or appearance are permitted because they detract from uniformity and team identity. Here is the Marine Corps policy concerning tattoos.

The Few, the Proud
For a very few, the Marines offer perhaps the best benefit of all -- a new life.

Uniform Wear by Retirees and Veterans
Retired military members and certain honorably discharged veterans may wear the US Military uniform on certain occasions.

Water Survival Instructor Duty
The instructors' days are spent teaching Marines young and old the proper techniques to use in the water. From basic survival strokes, to rescues, to simulated situations one might face in combat, the instructors are a wealth of knowledge in all areas related to water survival.

Weight and Fitness Standards
Marines are required to maintain their weight/body fat according to Marine Corps standards, and pass a semi-annual physical fitness test.

Women in Special Operations
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command is making women an integral part of spec ops teams in Afghanistan.

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