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Manpower and Reserve Affairs

The Manpower and Reserve Affairs is the largest department in Headquarters Marine Corps. Located in the James Wesley Marsh Center, Building 3280, M&RA is responsible for taking care of Marines and their families. Within the M&RA are the Manpower Management Information Systems Division, the Manpower Management Division, the Manpower Plans and Policy Division, the Personal and Family Readiness Division, and the Reserve Affairs Division. Certain elements of M&RA are located in Building 17 (Promotions Branch, MM Division), Building 2008 (Personnel Management Support Branch, MM Division), and Building 3044 (Business Operations Branch, MR Division). Website:

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

The Marine Corps Recruiting Command headquarters is located in the Marsh Center, Building 3280. MCRC conducts operations to recruit qualified individuals for enlistment or commissioning into the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve in order to attain its assigned Total Force personnel requirements by component and category, in accordance with the applicable fiscal year Marine Corps Accession Strategy, the Military Personnel Procurement Manual, and as directed by the commandant of the Marine Corps.

Marine Corps Systems Command

The mission of Marine Corps Systems Command is to serve as the commandant’s principal agent for equipping the operating forces to accomplish their warfighting mission. Systems Command is the recognized leader in equipping the Marine warfighter to win, by providing quality systems and equipment to the operating forces. The command manages systems and equipment during their entire life cycle and employs highly effective, streamlined and innovative business processes.

As MCCDC provides a validated mission need and operational requirement, MARCORSYSCOM acquires the required weapon systems. Program managers, reporting ultimately to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, serve as the focal point for acquiring weapons systems. In order to ensure weapons systems provide maximum capability at minimum cost and are fielded in the minimum amount of time, PMs place significant emphasis on acquiring nondevelopmental items and entering joint development efforts with other services. Website:

Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activ

Title 10 of the U.S. Code specifies that the military services must conduct initial operational testing for major defense acquisition programs. Accordingly, the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity is tasked with supporting the Marine Corps Acquisition Process by conducting Operational Test and Evaluation of all new equipment for the Corps.

Simply put, MCOTEA is responsible for ensuring that all new equipment introduced into the Marine Corps team works properly, helping the Corps continue to be the elite fighting force it has always been. It is our goal to guarantee that the equipment in the hands of each Marine is the best it can be through “fair and objective operational test and evaluation.”

Every piece of gear, from the boots on our feet and the weapons in our hands, to complicated radar equipment, is evaluated to ensure that it is both operationally effective and operationally suitable. The end result is a piece of gear that works like it is supposed to, when it is supposed to in combat.

MCOTEA conducts an OT&E only when a system is certified safe and ready for test. This assures the safety of the Marines on the test team and makes sure that the equipment is truly ready to be subjected to the rigors of an operational test. There are two instances in which we test: prior to production, called an Initial OT&E, and after fielding, called a
Follow-On OT&E.

Equipment is tested by Marine Forces Marines in specially designed operational scenarios as close to actual combat situations as possible. Many times, gear is tested in several different environments to ensure its suitability, including temperate, desert, jungle and arctic terrain. Tests are based on the requirements and mission profile of the gear.

Marines for the test are selected based upon their MOS, their experience in that field or with similar equipment and the assets their unit has to support our test. Their experience and feedback during the test process provides the basis for the equipment’s success or failure. It is usually individual Marines who identify a need to be met, which leads to a piece of gear being researched for acquisition. In turn, it is individual Marines providing qualitative opinions on the Marine Corps’ answer to a need who will judge the combat effectiveness of that same piece of gear before it goes to the Marine Forces. In all of our tests we strive to keep in mind who the gear is for: the individual warriors of the Marine Forces.

MCOTEA, with our highly trained, professional workforce, will be a voice for the Operating Force Marine, enabling informed decision-making, and ensuring always that our test reports accurately and objectively describe what we know and don’t know about the operational effectiveness and suitability of the materiel solution we evaluate. MCOTEA will be a source for objectivity in the Marine Corps and, where appropriate, DOD’s acquisition process. Our expertise, professionalism and integrity make us a sought-after partner within the DOD acquisition community.

Marine Corps Network Operations & Security Center

The mission of the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center is to direct global network operations and defense of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network and to provide technical leadership to facilitate seamless information exchange in support of Marine and Joint Forces operating worldwide.

The MCNOSC is the Corps’ enterprise network operations center and serves as the Marine component to U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations. The MCNOSC is responsible for operations involving all aspects of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network.

The MCEN provides the Corps with connectivity to defend network and mainframe services essential for accomplishing everyday tasks. From the MCNOSC Operations Center, personnel monitor network operations 24/7 through an array of strategically positioned sensors to ensure the availability and security of the network. The Operations Center monitors three major areas of the MCEN: threats and vulnerabilities, Information Technology systems’ status and performance, and joint and Marine Corps deployed operations. The MCNOSC is also the Marine Corps’ point guard in the implementation of the DOD/JTFGNO NetOps Concept of Operations, the “way ahead” for future DOD Network Operations.

Marine Corps Intelligence Activity

The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity is the Intelligence Support and Coordination Center for the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise. MCIA produces all-source intelligence, provides intelligence services, and conducts intelligence and counterintelligence operations in support of current and future operations and force development for the Marine Corps and national customers. MCIA is comprised of the service intelligence production center, CI/HUMINT Support Company and the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion. MCIA has an intelligence operations center which is a 24/7 single point of access for all-source reach-back and is located at Quantico, while MCSB headquarters is at Ft. Meade, Md.

Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate

The Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program stimulates and coordinates non-lethal weapons requirements of the U.S. armed services and is the resource sponsor for the development of technologies to satisfy these requirements. The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps serves as the DOD Non-Lethal Weapons executive agent.

Located aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate serves as the executive agent’s day-to-day management office. The U.S. armed services work with the combatant commanders and the executive agent through a joint process to identify requirements and coordinate the planning, programming and funding of non-lethal weapons research, development, and test and evaluation. These efforts directly support the services and United States Special Operations Command in their efforts to procure and field a wide range of non-lethal capabilities. All legal and arms compliance reviews must be completed before fielding of non-lethal weapons.

In the 15 years since the program’s inception, the need for non-lethal weapons, devices and munitions — both counterpersonnel and countermateriel — continues to grow in support of the multitude of DOD missions conducted around the world. Whether engaged in counterterrorism, stability and reconstruction, or anti-piracy operations, U.S. forces will need to be adept at employing less than lethal techniques to complement lethal capabilities and to have the means to satisfy a critical tenet common to counterinsurgency operations — protection of the population.

In recent years, the program has achieved success in fielding both programs of record and responding to urgent operational needs. An array of non-lethal weapons, devices and munitions are available now for conducting checkpoint operations, convoys, area security, patrols, detainee operations, crowd control, maritime operations and other missions. Today’s non-lethal inventory includes acoustic hailing devices, vehicle arresting devices, electric stun guns, vehicle-launched grenades, multisensory munitions, optical distracters and voice translation devices — all proven technologies that provide reversible effects and applicability across the spectrum of irregular operations.

Non-lethal weapons are explicitly designed and primarily employed to incapacitate personnel or materiel while minimizing fatalities, significant injury to personnel, and undesired damage to property in the target area or environment. Although non-lethal capabilities have matured from the days of riot batons and rubber bullets, much more needs to be done to increase versatility and further expand the range of non-lethal options available to U.S. forces. Several new or improved capabilities are currently advancing through the development process including: the vehicle arresting device, improved acoustic hailing device, 12-gauge extended-range marking munition, mission payload module, airburst non-lethal munition, improved flash-bang grenade, green laser interdiction system and the ocular interruption device.

Additionally, extensive research has been conducted on next-generation, non-lethal, directed energy capabilities that show great promise in providing vehicle stopping, vessel stopping and area denial applications at extended ranges. The DOD Non-Lethal Weapons Program is committed to supporting the U.S. armed services with a wide range of proven non-lethal weapons, munitions and devices to support full-spectrum operations in complex environments.

Marine Corps Embassy Security Group

The Marine Corps Embassy Security Group is headquartered in Marshall Hall, Building 2007. Selected Marines are trained at the Marine Security Guard School and processed for duty overseas under the operational control of the Department of State as Marine security guards. These Marines serve at 152 embassies and consulates around the world.

The Marine Corps Embassy Security Group also coordinates the personnel, logistics and training of these Marines worldwide. Website:

Marine Corps Air Facility

The Marine Corps Air Facility traces a long history of aviation service to Quantico and the Marine Corps as the first Marine Corps air station, dating back to 1918. In October 2005, MCAF Quantico was reorganized under the commanding general, Marine Corps Installations East, headquartered at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Today MCAF provides support to its tenant, Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, service to the fleet, and hospitality for important events such as Congressional Marine Day.

Marine Helicopter Squadron 1

Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 was established in 1947 at Quantico to pioneer an entirely new concept in air operations: to evaluate and test in coordination with the Landing Force Development Center the theory of transporting Marines to a battle zone by helicopter. From this early mission, the Operational Test and Evaluation Department of HMX-1 has evolved into the operational test activity for new helicopter systems and products destined for the Fleet Marine Force. HMX-1 flies the CH-46E, CH-53E, the VH-60 and the VH-3 helicopters in support of its mission. HQMC also tasks HMX-1 with providing helicopter lift support to MCCDC schools and various VIPs in the Washington area. The most visible mission HMX-1 performs is presidential support. Website:

Delta Company

Delta Co., 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is located at Camp Upshur, Quantico. The mission of the company is to conduct security and route reconnaissance missions in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The unit consists of approximately 136 enlisted reserve Marines and five reserve Marine officers with medical support provided by 10 reserve Navy corpsmen. The unit maintains six variants of the Light Armored Vehicle, the primary vehicle being the LAV-25.

The company is supported by the active-duty inspector-instructor staff consisting of Marines and sailors and supports the local community by being actively involved with the Drug Awareness Rehabilitation Education program, annual Toys for Tots campaign, and recruiting effort for the Marine Corps.

Marine Corps Information Operations Center

Information operations are the integration, coordination and synchronization of actions taken to affect a relevant decision-maker in order to create an operational advantage for the commander.

The MCIOC establishes IO capabilities throughout the Marine Corps, integrate IO into Marine Corps Operating Concepts, and directly support Marine Forces during all phases of operations. MCIOC IO planning teams and Expeditionary PSYOP detachments/teams will augment deployed MAGTFs during contingency operations.

Established July 15, 2009, the MCIOC will ensure the establishment of IO capabilities throughout the Marine Corps, integrate IO into Marine Corps Operating Concepts, and directly support Marine Forces during all phases of operations. MCIOC IO planning teams and Expeditionary PSYOP detachments/teams will augment deployed MAGTFs during contingency operations. The MCIOC Regional Reachback Element will support IO cells and MAGTFs through IO Intelligence Integration, leverage external resources to satisfy requests for information, and disseminate timely, accurate and relevant information to MAGTF IO cells. MCIOC mobile training teams will develop and provide unit and MAGTF IO training across the Marine Corps.

Program Executive Officer Land Systems

Located in Building 2210 at Hospital Point, PEO Land Systems is the Marine Corps’ only Program Executive Office for acquisition and was established in 2007 to enhance acquisition oversight and direct focus on an expanding Marine Corps portfolio of ACAT I & II weapons systems programs.

PEO LS is a separate command, managing a diverse program management portfolio, and reports directly to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition ASN. PEO LS’ integral relationship with Marine Corps Systems Command leverages infrastructure, competencies and technical authority.

PEO LS is meeting the warfighter’s needs by devoting full-time attention to Marine Corps Weapon Systems acquisition, while partnering with Marine Corps Systems Command, in order to develop, deliver and provide life-cycle planning for assigned programs.

For information on PEO Land Systems, visit or call 703-432-5132.

Wounded Warrior Regiment

Established in 2007, the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and facilitates nonmedical care to combat and noncombat wounded, ill and injured Marines, and sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life. The Regimental Headquarters element, located aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, commands
the operations of two Wounded Warrior
Battalions located at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and
Camp Lejeune, N.C., and multiple detachments in locations around the globe.

Marine Corps Non-Appropriated Fund Audit Service

The Marine Corps Non-Appropriated Fund Audit Service, Northeast Region, is located in Building 3099.

The mission of MCNAFAS is to provide
the commandant of the Marine Corps, commanding general/officer, staff agencies and non-appropriated fund managers with independent, objective and constructive appraisals of the management, accounting, operations and related functions of their non-appropriated fund activities.

MCNAFAS auditors are selected by interview from other military occupational specialties throughout the Marine Corps.

The Northeast regional office is responsible for providing audit services to all NAF activities located at Quantico, Henderson Hall, HQMC, and Marine Barracks clubs and recreation funds located in Kansas, Missouri, New York, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and Europe. Website:

Naval Criminal Investigative Service

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is the primary criminal investigative and counterintelligence agency worldwide for the Department of the Navy. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducts all investigations of felonies that occur on base or are base-related.

In an age of rapidly advancing technology, the protection of classified naval information from unauthorized disclosure is vital to national security, as is the
safeguarding of naval material from damage or destruction.

The role of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in this regard is a dual one: to assist the Navy and Marine Corps in protecting their assets and to apprehend those who would allow them to be compromised.

FBI Academy

Located on Russell Road west of Interstate 95, the FBI Academy consists of the main facility, Hogan’s Alley Complex and weapons ranges. The main complex has more than 900 resident students, a conference center, classroom building, library, auditorium, Forensic Science Research and Training Center, gymnasium, dining room facility, Marine Corps Exchange store and United States post office.

The No. 1 priority at the FBI Academy is the training of FBI special agents and support personnel. The newly appointed Special Agent Training Program is 16 weeks long.

Executive-level courses, the National Executive Institute and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar are also part of the state and local training program. The National Academy Program and the executive programs are accredited through the
University of Virginia. Website:

Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Training has been located at Quantico since 1985. Both the domestic training and the international training sections are located at the DEA Training Academy in the FBI Academy complex. The DEA Clandestine Laboratory Unit is located at Camp Upshur.

The office of training formulates and administers DEA policy pertaining to domestic and international training needs in drug law enforcement. The office of training’s international training section consists of three teams of instructors whose mission is to travel around the world providing drug law enforcement training to DEA’s foreign law enforcement counterparts.

Marine Corps Association

The Marine Corps Association is located in Building 715, near the Town of Quantico. It publishes the Marine Corps Gazette and Leather-neck, and sponsors an extensive awards program, which recognizes high professional achievement throughout the Corps’ schools and professional courses of instruction.

The MCA operates a walk-in and mail-order book service. It also markets professional items of interest such as posters, uniform prints, Marine Corps and national flags, and calling cards. Birthday ball supplies and Marine Corps memorabilia are also available. Website:

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Established in 1979, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history and traditions. It directly supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways that might not otherwise be available through government funds. The foundation supported the creation of the Marine Corps Heritage Center at Quantico.