Like Fort Leonard Wood, the Marine Corps Detachment (MARCORDET) has evolved considerably over the past 33 years, beginning with an exclusive focus on engineer training in 1974 and rapidly expanding since 1995 to include Marine Corps training for engineer equipment operators (1995), motor transport operators (1996), military police (1999) and CBRND specialists (1999).
The MARCORDET now operates as one of the largest military occupational specialty schools in the Marine Corps, with one of every seven new Marines joining the Corps passing through this command. With a permanent core of 300 Marines and an annual student load of nearly 7,000, MARCORDET, FLW, serves proudly as the Corps’ largest standing detachment.
The detachment has also grown in its involvement with the local communities, supporting an array of organizations and participating in countless projects, including: Special Olympics Missouri, the ASYMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Boy and Girls Town of Missouri, Adopt-a-School, the local chapter of the Marine Corps League, Young Marines Program, funeral detail support and color guard details throughout the region, and participation in various local parades and other community events throughout the year.
The impact of MARCORDET, FLW, can be seen throughout the Corps in that Marines who have trained here now serve at every Marine Corps base and station worldwide and are making substantial contributions in all current Marine Corps operations “in every clime and place.”