USMC CBRN School Pep Talk and Schedule

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So there you are, sitting with your family members, amazing them all with stories about how you just graduated boot camp and are about to attend MCT. Just as you finish telling them how you’ll be wearing cammie paint all day and running thru the jungle with your M-16 Crazy Uncle Larry, a former Marine, jumps up spilling his PBR all over the family Cockapoo and screams, “OUTSTANDING! WHAT’S AFTER THAT?!”

Flash scene to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. It’s an incredibly hard place to find, so hopefully you have transportation via government travel office. If not, get on Google Maps and search for St. Robert, Missouri. This will dump you about 3 miles away from the main gate. But don’t worry; it’s not a small installation, so it’ll be easy to manage from there.

After billeting figures out your room and barracks information you’ll more than likely be put in a holding platoon, referred to as “MAT” platoon. This simply stands for Marines Awaiting Training. Since this is your first experience away from the structure and discipline of Boot Camp/MCT I feel obligated to let you in on some advice for MAT platoon right away.

1)      If anyone offers to tell you how the Marine Corps “really works” or offers ANY legal advice, stay as far away from them as possible and heed none of their smoke and mirrors. Unless they have a blood stripe, or are a Legal Officer I promise you they don’t know the first goddamn thing about the Marine Corps and are only seeking to demotivate you and/or talk themselves up so as to seem cooler than they actually are.

2)      You will do a PROFOUND amount of Police Call and cleaning duties. Don’t let it get you down. Remember, you have nothing better to do until your class picks up, so you might as well help out where needed and the hard truth of it is a lot of times what’s needed is cleaning.

3)      MAT platoon is a great opportunity to do the right thing and rise up as a leader right from day one. It is always easier to start ahead than try to play catch up. That said the best way to earn a meritorious promotion is to start by proving your worth at MAT and keep up the good work in class!

4)      Keep your chin up! Haters gonna hate. It turns out Haters mostly hate successful, leadership oriented, hard charging, motivated Devil Dogs such as you undoubtedly are.  Jokes on them, cause you’re a squad leader or class leader, and they’re still getting NJP’d for underage drinking and fraternization. Not you tho! Class will start soon and the degenerates of MAT platoon will be a long distant memory and easily forgotten at that.

Let’s move on! MAT will be dead, may she rest in unholy hell, and you’ll be enjoying class… and by enjoying I mean trying to stay awake. STAY AWAKE! This is incredibly important information you need for the entire 3 months your class is at school. Remember what I said about staying in the lead and not having to play catch up? Well it still applies. Stand up, drink ice water, drink a cup of coffee, energy drinks are the nutritional equivalent to Napalm so don’t drink them. Feel free to slap yourself in the face. Feel even more free to slap the Marine next to you, who has not heeded my word and fallen asleep, in the FACE! Whatever you do, stay awake.

The first five weeks of class are going to be what you call “A” block. This is actually the information that you will have to teach upon arrival at your first unit. If you don’t pay attention and learn the information you will most assuredly show your ass as soon as you get to your unit. Don’t be that guy. Classes that you will cover are basics over Chemical Weapons of all types, Biological Warfare Agents, and Nuclear weapons history. If you want to be a motivator you should check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. You’ll be tested on your ability to stand up and give a class to a group of people. PRACTICE! Do this either by yourself or within a group. Just know that it’s easier to find your teaching style and voice before you give the class than be a stuttering, blithering, nervous idiot when the times comes cause you didn’t prepare. The CDC Website will have a list of everything you’ll cover in the school on a basic level. Learn it now to save yourself the trouble. Start ahead, right?

Within “A” Block you will have an introductory 2 mile and 4 mile hike thru Ft Leonard Wood. These will be performed in MOPP (chemical protective suit) and during a small portion of the hike you will be wearing your Field Protective Mask. Get used to it. As time goes on there will be two more 6 miles hikes and a final 8 mile hike. They too take place within the MOPP suit including the Field Protective Mask. A great way to get used to the mask and suit is to play video games on the weekend wearing the gear you’ll hike in. Sounds stupid, I know, but I’m dead serious when I tell you it helps. At the end of this and all blocks of instruction you will have a COC operation. This is a little radio based drill that checks to make sure you can actually employ the skills you’ve been taught. You’ll communicate with the instructors and the other squads of students all via radio transmission. As a little hint, when speaking to someone thru a mask over a radio, take the receiver of the radio and hold it firmly against the side of your throat and speak in a NORMAL volume and tone. It’s amazing how much that improves over screaming thru a mask.

Now that you’re sufficiently broken in “B” block starts. This is your hazard prediction block of instruction. Still awake? If not, slap yourself in the face. This is by far the most difficult block of the entire course. It should last about 4 weeks. You will learn all the factors needed to identify possibly contaminated areas following a Chem/Bio/Rad/Nuke attack. It’s very complicated and requires a lot of homework. If you don’t do your homework prepare for the hardest week of PT, classroom, and barracks life imaginable. Just ask my class, they didn’t do their homework (I was a Sgt at the time and knew better than to slack) and they suffered greatly because of it. Good study habits on your part will ensure you stay in the lead. That being said, this block focuses mainly on how to predict the movement of contamination without use of anything other than a Compass, protractor, and a ruler. After you’ve learned this skill, you will be taught a computer program that can do it all for you in the blink of an eye. Of course, this program was written by hacks so it rarely if ever works. But given that nuclear weapons and EMP generating devices can knock out computers in the blink of an eye it is definitely in your best interest to learn it front, back, and side to side in the event a computer isn’t there to do your job for you…and chances are there won’t be one to do it for you anyway.

“C” Block begins with contamination avoidance. Let’s imagine that a weapon discharged in your unit’s area. You know how to plot the hazard from “B” Block. All that’s left now is to actually go out into the great unknown and confirm the actual area of contamination. All this goes to keeping your unit safe and providing the CO with a detailed description of how he may safely move about the battle space. You’ll learn all kinds of detection equipment for everything from Chemical to Radiological contamination. Still awake? If not, slap yourself in the face HARD! This part requires a lot of attention to detail as it will be your job to ensure the gear works before sending it out with your monitor teams. Just like you look over your car before a long trip you will look over gear like your Radiation detector before each use.

Last we have your “D” Block. Even in a seemingly perfect world where everything goes to plan there is bound to be a change somewhere that blows the contamination right back into your face. What happens then? Do we run around waving our arms in the air screaming for Baby Jesus to come save us … I sure hope not. Beside, Baby Jesus has long since gotten the hell out of dodge and is being decontaminated as we speak. You are about to learn how to set up decontamination corridors, how to safely clean all of your gear, and clean your people should the worst happen. It’s not just as simple as taking a shower. There’s a lot to consider like time of day, weather, terrain, runoff, number of people, decon solution to use, and how much time you have to accomplish your CO’s goals and on and on and on. Is your buddy next to you awwake? If not… introduce him to RICK JAMES!

Once you have mastered all these skills you will put it all together in your final exercise. This is a 48 hour drill that employs the most important skills from each block of instruction. It takes place in the field training area after an 8 mile hike. Don’t expect it to be a camping trip. One screw up during the exercise relates to tens, maybe hundreds, of deaths in the real world. Get it down now and you’ll be alright. This is the part where all your COC operations get put into use also. If you developed good communication habits thru your radio and within your teams a lot of headache will be saved. You’ll have radio messages informing you of attacks, have to plot the hazard related, make small hikes thru the areas, use the detection gear, and lastly, set up decontamination for the units affected. By the way, this won’t just happen once. It’ll be a few times and with increasing intensity each time. Be ready, be cool, and be calculated. Don’t let stress make decisions for you.

And now you’re all done! This is it for your CBRN School. You’ll have taken twelve written tests, and least twice as many practical evaluations, and a whole lot of PT while at Fort Leonard Wood. It’s a good time if you keep your ass out of the meat grinder and do what you are supposed to. You’ll make a bunch of friends and hopefully some that’ll be around a while.

I can’t stress the following enough: Our job, soon to be your job also, is one that people don’t think about until the proverbial shit hits the fan. At which point your actions relate directly to how many people die. It’s a job that largely goes unappreciated and is greatly misunderstood by the commanders of almost every unit in the Corps. Keep your nose to the grindstone and tirelessly seek knowledge. Become the world’s reigning authority regarding all things CBRN. Be the one that doesn’t have to be told to do his job. Remember that you’re a part of a very small community within the Marine Corps, so one bad apple really does ruin the bunch. Don’t be the bad apple. Good luck!

Cheers,
Sergeant Kirby, 5711

USMC Active Reserve MOS Feeder List

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 Current Avaliable Billets for Active Reserve Click Here

 

 

Here is a quick reference list of all of the USMC Active Reserve Military Ocupational Specialties(MOS) feeders for Promotions.  These feeders begin with Sergeant to Staff Sergeant Promotion.

0100011157005711
01115711
0200029160466046
02316049
03006000
03116048
03216072
033103696073
03416092
03516112
03526113
6114
0400041161326019
04116152
6153
043104916154
04516172
6173
06006174
06216212
062206996216
06516217
06566256
06596257
0629
73826276
1100
11416300
114211696316
11616317
117163226391
6324
211121816336
21126337
304330436500
65316591
305130516541
3451345166006672
6672
35213529
70417041
35313537
84128412
48214821

MARADMIN 416/10 ACTIVE RESERVE (AR) PROGRAM LIMITED TOUR BILLETS

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Date Signed: 7/28/2010

 

R 281508Z JUL 10

UNCLASSIFIED//

MARADMIN 416/10

MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA RA//

SUBJ/ACTIVE RESERVE (AR) PROGRAM LIMITED TOUR BILLETS//

REF/A/MSGID:DOC/MCO 1001.52/-//

REF/B/MSGID:DOC/MCO P1300.8R/-//

REF/C/MSGID:DOC/JFTR/-// REF/D/MSGID:DOC/MCO P1600.12/-//

REF/E/MSGID:DOC/MCBUL 1200/-//

NARR/REF A IS MCO 1001.52 ACTIVE RESERVE (AR) PROGRAM SUPPORT TO THE RESERVE COMPONENT (RC), REF B IS MCO P1300.8R MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY, REF C IS THE JOINT FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS (VOL 1), REF D IS MCO P1600.12 MARINE CORPS PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST AND BODY COMPOSITION PROGRAM MANUAL, REF E IS MCBUL 1200, MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SKILL (MOS) MANUAL.//

POC/J. HIKMAT/MGYSGT/UNIT:HQMC RAM-5/-/TEL:COMM 703-784-9106 /TEL:DSN 278/TEL:TOLL 877-415-9275/ EMAIL:[email protected]//

GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PURPOSE. IAW REF A, HQMC(RAM) IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM QUALIFIED ENLISTED MARINES FOR ACCESSION INTO LIMITED TOUR BILLETS IN THE MARINE CORPS AR PROGRAM. SSGTS AND BELOW IN THE ACTIVE COMPONENT (AC), SELRES, AND IRR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THIS MARADMIN CLARIFIES THE GUIDELINES FOR QUALIFICATION AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

2. GENERAL. PER REF A, THE PURPOSE OF THE AR PROGRAM IS TO FACILITATE THE INTEGRATION OF THE TOTAL FORCE. AR PERSONNEL ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE MARINE CORPS ACTIVE DUTY SUPPORT SYSTEM AND FILL A CRITICAL ROLE IN THE OVERALL READINESS OF THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE AND FILL A VARIETY OF BILLETS.

3. LIMITED TOUR BILLETS. AR MOS BILLET REQUIREMENTS THAT DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO ESTABLISH A CAREER PATH ARE DESIGNATED AS LIMITED TOUR BILLETS. THE FOLLOWING MOS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR LIMITED TOUR BILLET ASSIGNMENT DURING FY2011: 0481, 1349, 1371, 1391, 1833, 3052, 6042, 7011, 7236, 7291, 7372, 7382, AND 8999.

4. QUALIFICATION. ENLISTED MARINES ELIGIBLE FOR THE AR PROGRAM MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE IRR, SELRES, OR AC (WITHIN 120 DAYS OF EAS). ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED IN REF A.

5. APPLICATIONS. ALL APPLICATIONS FOR LIMITED TOUR BILLETS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA A UNIT CAREER PLANNER UTILIZING THE TOTAL FORCE RETENTION SYSTEM (TFRS). INFORMATION AND SAMPLE APPLICATION PACKAGES MAY BE ACCESSED VIA THE RAM-3 NEW ACCESSION WEBPAGE AT HTTP: FORWARD SLASH FORWARD SLASH WWW.MANPOWER.USMC.MIL FORWARD SLASH JOINAR.

6. COMMANDING OFFICERS OR OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF MARINES WHOSE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED VIA THE UNIT CAREER PLANNER MUST VERIFY IN THEIR ENDORSEMENT THAT ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE APPLICANT IS TRUE AND CORRECT. COMMANDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ADDRESS ANY ADVERSE MATERIAL. COMMANDS WILL NOTIFY CMC(RAM-3) IMMEDIATELY OF ANY CHANGES AFFECTING CURRENT DUTY STATION, ENLISTMENT STATUS, OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION THAT OCCURS AFTER SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION.

7. AN OFFICIAL PHOTO, TAKEN WITHIN 12 MONTHS IS REQUIRED.

8. THE LENGTH OF A LIMITED TOUR BILLET IS THREE YEARS. AT THE END OF THE TOUR, LIMITED TOUR MARINES MAY APPLY FOR A (ONE TIME) ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. CONSIDERATION OF EXTENSION REQUESTS WILL BE BASED ON WHETHER THE BILLET REMAINS A VALID REQUIREMENT AT THE TIME OF REQUEST. LIMITED TOUR BILLETS DO NOT HAVE A CAREER PATH ON THE AR PROGRAM AND APPLICANTS MAY NOT BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL TIME AT THE END OF THEIR TOUR. APPLICANTS APPLYING FOR A LIMITED TOUR BILLET MUST BE MOS QUALIFIED AND TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT IN THE MOS FOR WHICH APPLYING. SMCR UNITS WITH MARINES WHO POSSESS AN MOS LISTED BELOW ARE REQUESTED TO ENCOURAGE THEIR MARINES TO APPLY. MARINES WITH MORE THAN 14 YEARS OF TOTAL ACTIVE DUTY TIME WILL NOT NORMALLY BE CONSIDERED FOR LIMITED TOUR BILLETS.

9. THE FOLLOWING LIMITED TOUR BILLETS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ASSIGNMENT:

BMOS GRD MCC UNIT CITY/STATE

1349 E6 S4C MWSS-473 MWSG-47 4THMAW FORT WORTH, TX

1371 E6 S4C MWSS-473 MWSG-47 4THMAW FORT WORTH, TX

1391 E5 S4H MWSS-471 MWSG-47 4THMAW MINNEAPOLIS, MN

3052 E4 SEW MALS-41 MAG-41 4TH MAW FORT WORTH, TX

7011 E5 S4H MWSS-471 MWSG-47 4THMAW MINNEAPOLIS, MN

7011 E6 S4H MWSS-471 MWSG-47 4THMAW MINNEAPOLIS, MN

7236 E6 S2N DET TAOC MACS 24 MACG48 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

7291 E4 S2E HQTRS MACS-24 MACG 48 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

7291 E4 S2N DET TAOC MACS-24 MACG-48 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

7372 E4 S5J VMGR-452 MAG-49 4THMAW NEWBURGH, NY

7372 E5 S5J VMGR-452 MAG-49 4THMAW NEWBURGH, NY

7372 E6 S3F VMGR-234 MAG-41 4THMAW FORT WORTH, TX

7372 E6 S5J VMGR-452 MAG-41 4THMAW NEWBURGH, NY

10. THE FOLLOWING LIMITED TOUR BILLETS ARE CURRENTLY FILLED. PAR.

11 PERTAINS:

BMOS GRD MCC CITY/STATE RANK LNAME DCTB EDD

0481 E5 S4A MOUNT CLEMENS MI E6 CEASER 200801 201006

0481 E5 S4A MOUNT CLEMENS MI E6 DUQUE 200912 201212

0481 E6 S4E SAN DIEGO CA E6 FRANKLIN 200907 201107

1349 E4 S4C FORT WORTH TX E3 HINTON JR 200710 201010

1349 E5 S4C FORT WORTH TX E6 HUNT 200911 201211

1349 E6 G42 MCGUIRE AFB NJ E6 MCKNIGHT 200908 201208

1349 E6 S4C FORT WORTH TX E6 GREEN JR 200907 201207

1833 E5 SDN TAMPA FL E6 NOLAN 200704 201104

4421 E5 1GH NEW ORLEANS LA E5 MCAFEE 200907 201207

6042 E3 S3B FORT WORTH TX E5 ORTIZ 200904 201205

7372 E4 S3F FORT WORTH TX E5 GOODSELL 200706 201106

7372 E5 S3F FORT WORTH TX E6 TRAHAN 200802 201007

7372 E6 S5J NEWBURGH NY E6 MACKEY 200807 201107

7372 E7 S3F FORT WORTH TX E7 BEEDLE 200802 201101

7372 E7 SSU FORT WORTH TX E6 GOMEZ 200407 201007

7382 E5 S3F FORT WORTH TX E5 JACOB 200709 201009

7382 E5 S3F FORT WORTH TX E5 GOLDBLATT 200709 201009

7382 E5 S5J NEWBURGH NY E5 AUSTIN 200908 201208

7382 E6 S3F FORT WORTH TX E5 DAVIS 200503 201008

7382 E6 S3F FORT WORTH TX E7 JOHNSON 200808 201108

7382 E6 S5J NEWBURGH NY E5 CASHMAN JR 200901 201201

7382 E6 S5J NEWBURGH NY E6 DRAGON 200803 201007

8999 E9 QBC QUANTICO VA E9S HAYES 200907 201207

11. ELIGIBLE MARINES MAY BEGIN APPLYING FOR LIMITED TOUR BILLETS THAT ARE CURRENTLY FILLED NO EARLIER THAN SIX MONTHS FROM THE INCUMBENT MARINES ESTIMATED DEPARTURE DATE (EDD). TO MAINTAIN A LINE OF COMMUNICATION, EACH APPLICATION MUST PROVIDE A CURRENT PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS IN THEIR APPLICATION.

12. NOTIFICATION PROCESS. THIS HQ (RAM) WILL NOTIFY ALL APPLICANTS OF THEIR SELECTION STATUS VIA TFRS.

13. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY MAJGEN D. L. MOORE, DIRECTOR, RESERVE AFFAIRS DIVISION.//

 

USMC Active Reserve Billets

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The current Active Reserve billets are always changing, due to Marines coming on to the program and leaving the program.

Their are two times a year that the billets are most avaliable, they are October due to promotion failure seperations and January due to calender year movement avaliability.

There is no internet available list of Active Reserve billets.

 

There is a list of MOS’s that are accepting applications which can be found HERE

 

In order to get this list you must contact a Prior Service recruiter that can request the current list.

 

Prior Service Recruiter Phone List

The Rerserve Affairs Manpower – 2 office does randomly publish a MARADMIN with Active Reserve shortages throughout the year but these list are only valid for a mater of weeks due to changing manpower needs.

The published MARADMIN is only for limited tour billets.  This is important because Marines that join to one of these billets will not be guarenteed reenlistment.