HomeNewsMessagesMessages Display
MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND COMBAT SUPPORT ORIENTATION COURSE

Date Signed: 1/19/2018
MARADMINS Number: 043/18

R 191259Z JAN 18
MARADMIN 043/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC PPO//
SUBJ/MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND COMBAT SUPPORT ORIENTATION COURSE//
1.  THIS MESSAGE ANNOUNCES THE U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (MARSOC) COMBAT SUPPORT ORIENTATION COURSE (MCSOC) FOR MARINES INTERESTED IN SERVING A TOUR OF DUTY AT MARSOC AS SPECIAL OPERATIONS CAPABILITIES SPECIALISTS (SOCS).
2.  TASK.  TO INFORM COMMANDERS AND THEIR COMBAT SUPPORT MARINES ABOUT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT MARSOC AND THE NECESSARY ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED FOR SUCCESS WITHIN THE SOCS NECESSARY MOS (NMOS) OF 8071.
3.  PURPOSE.  MCSOC AFFORDS ELIGIBLE MARINES INTERESTED IN A TOUR WITHIN MARSOC THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERFACE WITH SENIOR ENLISTED LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY AND PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING RANGING FROM MOS-SPECIFIC, PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND RESILIENCY, TO MENTAL PERFORMANCE AND MENTAL FITNESS.  UPON COMPLETION, MARINES WILL RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON GENERAL AND MOS-SPECIFIC SKILLS REQUIRED FOR SUCCESSFUL TOUR WITHIN MARSOC, BENEFICIAL TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION AND THEIR PARENT COMMANDS.
4.  OVERVIEW.
4.A.  THE MCSOC IS A 5-DAY COURSE THAT WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING:
4.A.1.  INTRODUCING MARINES TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT MARSOC.
4.A.2.  INFORMING MARINES OF THE PROFESSIONAL, MENTAL, AND PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES DESIRED FOR A SUCCESSFUL TOUR AT MARSOC.
4.A.3.  IDENTIFYING INTERESTED MARINES TO MANPOWER MANAGEMENT ENLISTED ASSIGNMENTS (MMEA) FOR ASSIGNMENT TO MARSOC.
4.A.4.  PROVIDING TO MMEA, BASED ON MCSOC EVALUATIONS, A RECOMMENDATION FOR MARINES INTERESTED IN A MARSOC ASSIGNMENT.  ALL FINAL DECISIONS REGARDING MARSOC ASSIGNMENT REST WITH MMEA.
4.B.  MCSOC IS CONDUCTED TWICE A YEAR ABOARD MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA. MCSOC 18-1 IS SCHEDULED 19-23 MARCH 2018 AND MCSOC 18-2, 27-31 AUGUST 2018.  EACH MCSOC ITERATION WILL BE LIMITED TO 60 STUDENTS.
4.B.1.  DURING EACH TRAINING DAY, ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION ON SKILLS REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE RESPECTIVE SOCS TRAINING PIPELINES.  INSTRUCTIONAL EVENTS WILL INCLUDE GENERAL SUBJECTS SUCH AS PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND RESILIENCY TRAINING, INJURY PREVENTION SCREENING, MOVEMENT UNDER LOAD, AND MENTAL PERFORMANCE TRAINING.  OTHER EVENTS WILL INCLUDE MOS-SPECIFIC SKILLS TAUGHT BY SENIOR ENLISTED OCCUPATIONAL FIELD FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITY MANAGERS (FCM).  ATTENDEES WILL ALSO RECEIVE INFORMATIONAL BRIEFINGS ON COMBAT SUPPORT AND COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT TO MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (MARSOF) AND EXPECTED TRAINING AND DEPLOYMENT TIMELINES.  UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE DETAILED FEEDBACK ON BOTH THE GENERAL AND MOS-SPECIFIC SKILLS LISTED ABOVE TO ENABLE FURTHER INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARSOC TOUR.  THIS FEEDBACK WILL ALSO SERVE AS A GUIDE TO FUTURE ASSIGNMENT DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE MARINE, MMEA, AND THE MARSOC FCM.
4.B.2.  THE TRAINING SCHEDULE ALSO INCLUDES STANDARD MARINE CORPS PHYSICAL FITNESS EVENTS.  THE PFT, CFT, AND WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING WILL BE CONDUCTED ON SUCCESSIVE TRAINING DAYS.  ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE PFT, CFT, AND WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING COMPLETION RECORDS FOR ENTRY IN THEIR MCTIMS TRAINING FOLDER.
4.B.3.  MARINES DESIRING TO ATTEND MCSOC ARE ENCOURAGED TO DOWNLOAD AND USE THE MARSOC FITNESS PREPARATION GUIDE AT HTTPS://MARSOC.COM/PUBLICATIONS OR THE FITNESS PREPARATION APP HTTPS://MARSOC.COM/BLOG/2015/12/31/DOWNLOAD-THE-MARSOC-FITNESS-PREPARATION-APP PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE COURSE.
5.  PARTICIPANTS.
5.A.  MARINES OF THE FOLLOWING MOSS ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE:
SOF FIRES SPECIALISTS (SOCS-B): 0317 AND 0341 (E-4 THROUGH E-5), 0369 (E-6), 0861 (E-5 THROUGH E-7).  ALL 03XX MOSS MUST HAVE JOINT FIRES OBSERVER (JFO) QUALIFICATION AT A MINIMUM.  ALL MOS'S MUST BE CURRENT, QUALIFIED AND DESIGNATED BY THEIR UNIT COMMANDER AS A JOINT FIRES OBSERVER (JFO) OR JOINT TERMINAL ATTACK CONTROLLER (JTAC) IN ACCORDANCE WITH NAVMC 3500.42C.  ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE THEIR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE RECORD (IPR) TO THE SOCS-B FCM PRIOR TO ENROLMENT INTO THE COURSE.  SOF COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALISTS (SOCS-C): 0627, 0621, 0631, 0629, 0639, 0671, 0681, 0679, 0689, 2841, 2847, 2862 (E-4 THROUGH E-7) SOF MULTI-PURPOSE CANINE HANDLER (SOCS-D): 1371, 5811 (E-4 THROUGH E-5) SOF EOD SPECIALISTS (SOCS-E): 2336 (E-5 THROUGH E-9) ONLY PARTICIPATING IN MCSOC 18-2.  SOF SIGINT SPECIALISTS (SOCS-F): 26XX (E-4 THROUGH E-7) SOF GEOSPATIAL SPECIALISTS (SOCS-G): 0241 AND 0261 (E-4 THROUGH E-6) SOF CI/HUMINT SPECIALISTS (SOCS-H):  0211 (E-5 OR E-6) SOF ALL-SOURCE INTEL SPECIALISTS (SOCS-I):  0231 (E-4 THROUGH E-6)
5.B.  PREREQUISITES:
5.B.1.  MUST BE IN A FULL DUTY STATUS.
5.B.2.  MUST NOT HAVE ANY PENDING LEGAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS.
5.B.3.  MUST NOT HAVE BEEN AWARDED NJP IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.
5.B.4.  MUST POSSESS A SECURITY CLEARANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR PMOS.
5.B.5.  MUST MEET CURRENT ENLISTED CAREER FORCE CONTROLS (ECFC).
5.C.  ELIGIBILITY.
5.C.1.  MUST HAVE THE REQUISITE TIME ON STATION TO EXECUTE ORDERS AND CHECK-IN TO MARSOC NLT 31 DECEMBER 2018 TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND MCSOC 18-1 AND NLT 30 JUNE 2019 TO ATTEND MCSOC 18-2.  HOWEVER, MARINES THAT ARE SCHEDULED TO DEPLOY WITHIN 9 MONTHS OF ATTENDING EITHER COURSE WILL PCS/PCA UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR DEPLOYMENT.
6.  REGISTRATION.
6.A.  INTERESTED MARINES SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR REQUEST VIA THE MCSOC OMB VIA EMAIL [MCSOC_REGISTRATION@SOCOM.MIL] NLT 28 FEBRUARY 2018 FOR MCSOC 18-1 AND 10 AUGUST 2018 FOR MCSOC 18-2 WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
RANK
LAST NAME
FIRST NAME
MIDDLE INITIAL
EDIPI
MOS
DATE OF RANK
DATE CURRENT TOUR BEGAN
SECURITY CLEARANCE AND ADJUDICATION DATE
LAST PFT/CFT SCORE AND DATE
MEAL CARD NUMBER OR COMRATS
COMMAND POINT OF CONTACT
6.A.1.  SUBJECT LINE SHOULD BE IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:  LNAME/RANK/MOS (I.E. SMITH/CPL/0621)
6.A.2.  ALL CORRESPONDENCE MUST BE THROUGH A .MIL OR .GOV EMAIL ACCOUNT.
6.B.  FOLLOWING THE INITIAL REQUEST, THE MARINE WILL BE SENT A COMMAND SCREENING CHECKLIST THAT MUST BE COMPLETED FOR COURSE REGISTRATION.
6.C.  MCSOC INFORMATION BRIEFS FOR MCSOC 18-1 WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE EAST COAST 6 FEBRUARY 2018 FROM 0900-1100 AT MARSTON PAVILION ON CAMP LEJEUNE NC.  THIS BRIEF IS FOR UNIT COMMANDERS, OICS, SNCOICS, AND ANY MARINES INTERESTED IN A TOUR WITH MARSOC.  THE BRIEF COVERS WHAT A TOUR AT MARSOC MAY LOOK LIKE, AVAILABLE PROGRAMS FOR MARINES AND THEIR FAMILIES AT MARSOC, DEPLOYMENT TEMPO, OVERVIEW OF THE SOCS TRAINING PIPELINES, AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION.
7.  TRAINING CONTINUUM AND OBLIGATED SERVICE REQUIREMENTS.
7.A.  SOCS:  MARINES ASSIGNED TO MARSOC WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING COURSES BEFORE THE 8071 MOS IS OBTAINED: SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES LEVEL I (SOF LVL 1), SPECIAL OPERATIONS TRAINING COURSE (STC), AND THE SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESISTANCE, AND ESCAPE (SERE) COURSE LEVEL C.
8.  COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS.  GOVERNMENT MESSING AND LODGING IS DIRECTED.  NO COST GOVERNMENT QUARTERS PROVIDED.  MARINES RECEIVING BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR SUBSISTENCE (BAS) FROM THE CAMP LEJEUNE AREA (50 MILES) SHOULD BE PREPARED TO PAY FOR MEALS CONSUMED DURING THIS PERIOD.  TRAVEL COSTS WILL BE FUNDED BY MARSOC.  IF SELECTED FOR PARTICIPATION IN MCSOC, MARINES WILL RECEIVE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE LINE OF ACCOUNTING (LOA) TO BE USED IN THE DEFENSE TRAVEL SYSTEM (DTS).  MARINES OUTSIDE THE CAMP LEJEUNE AREA ATTENDING MCSOC 18-1 SHOULD PLAN TO TRAVEL ON 18 AND 24 MARCH 2018 AND 26 AUGUST AND 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 FOR MCSOC 18-2.  MARINES TRAVELING FROM OCONUS SHOULD PLAN TO ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAN 17 MARCH 2018 FOR MCSOC 18-1 AND NO EARLIER THAN 25 AUGUST 2018 FOR MCSOC 18-2.
8.A.  MARINES WHO FAIL TO PROVIDE ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION BY THE COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
9.  POINT OF CONTACT:
MGYSGT ANTHONY GUISAO, EMAIL:  ANTHONY.GUISAO@SOCOM.MIL
1STLT TIMOTHY OLSON, EMAIL:  TIMOTHY.OLSON@SOCOM.MIL
9.A.  MCSOC INFORMATION BRIEF POINT OF CONTACT:
WEST COAST, MAJ MIKE WALSH, EMAIL:  MICHAEL.WALSH1@SOCOM.MIL
EAST COAST, 1STLT TIMOTHY OLSON, EMAIL:  TIMOTHY.OLSON@SOCOM.MIL
THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO THE ACTIVE COMPONENT.
THIS MESSAGE DOES NOT APPLY TO SMCR.//