R 181527Z OCT 19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/COMBAT INSTRUCTOR DUTY//
REF/B/DOC/MCO 1400.32D CH2/14JUN12
REF/C/DOC/SECNAV ASN MRA/20190801
REF/D/GENADMIN/CMC MRA MP/121942ZAUG19
REF/E/GENADMIN/CMC MRA MM/080755ZSEP14
REF/F/GENADMIN/CMC MRA MM/191012ZAPR18
NARR/REF A IS MCO 1326.6, SELECTING, SCREENING, AND PREPARING ENLISTED MARINES FOR SCREENABLE BILLETS AND INDEPENDENT DUTY ASSIGNMENTS (SCREENMAN). REF B IS MCO 1400.32D CH2 MARINE CORPS PROMOTIONS MANUAL, VOLUME 2, ENLISTED PROMOTIONS. REF C IS THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS) MEMORANDUM, ASSIGNMENT INCENTIVE PAY AND SPECIAL DUTY ASSIGNMENT PAY IN SUPPORT OF MARINES FILLING CERTAIN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS. REF D IS MARADMIN 438/19 SPECIAL DUTY ASSIGNMENTS AND SCREENABLE BILLETS INCENTIVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021. REF E IS MARADMIN 445/15 ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT INSTRUCTOR RIBBON. REF F IS MARADMIN 223/18, ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES IN THE SCREENING AND ASSIGNEMENT PROCESS OF COMBAT INSTRUCTORS.//
POC/P. A. TURNER/MAJ/MMEA-25/TEL: 703-432-9472/EMAIL: PHILIP.TURNER@USMC.MIL//
POC/B. A. KIRALY/CAPT/MMEA-25/TEL: 703-784-9335/EMAIL: BRIAN.KIRALY@USMC.MIL//
POC/R. T. SOTELO/GYSGT/MMEA-25/TEL: 703-432-9473/EMAIL: RYAN.T.SOTELO@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Combat Instructor duty remains a Type-1 Screenable billet that is absolutely vital to the combat readiness of the Marine Corps. Just as Recruiters and Drill Instructors recruit and make Marines, Combat Instructors prepare entry-level Marines for duty in the Fleet Marine Forces (FMF). The Combat Instructor instills the core ethos that every Marine as a rifleman, sustains the Marine transformation, and prepares the Marine for success through their entry-level training continuum for a career in the Marine Corps. Combat Instructors must possess a high degree of maturity, leadership, judgment, professionalism, and thoroughly embrace our Marine Corps core values.
2. Incentives. As a recognition of the vital role that combat instructors fill, the Marine Corps ensured the continuation of incentives to reward Marines who take on this essential responsibility. These incentives have not changed as a result of Combat Instructor duty changing classification from Special Duty Assignment (SDA) to a Type-1 Screenable billet.
2.a. Marines serving as Combat Instructors will receive additional pay equal to $150 per month.
2.b. Marines are awarded the Combat Instructor Ribbon upon successful completion of a tour on Combat Instructor Duty.
2.c. Precepts written for promotion to staff noncommissioned officer ranks include special considerations for Marines that served on Combat Instructor duty. The special promotion consideration is similar to that offered to Marines who successfully completed a SDA and other select screenable billets. This headquarters will publish the Type-1 Screenable Billet guidance for the Enlisted Precept in FY20.
2.d. Corporals serving as Combat Instructors may have 100 points added to their composite score upon the commander's approval.
2.e. Combat Instructors receive opportunities for meritorious promotion to the ranks of Gunnery Sergeant and Staff Sergeant on a semi-annual basis. Combat Instructors are offered the same quota of meritorious promotion allocations relative to their eligible population as Marines serving on Drill Instructor duty.
3. Assignment Consideration. Marines who successfully complete a Combat Instructor tour will not be screened by the Headquarters Marine Corps Special Duty Assignment Selection Team (HSST) for at least 24 months following completion of the duty. If selected, these Marines will not be assigned to a SDA class that begins less than 36 months after completion of Combat Instructor duty.
4. Basic Duties Description. The Marine Combat Instructor instructs basic combat skills to entry level Marines, that includes the following subjects: weapons handling, employment of automatic weapons, characteristics of munitions, combat conditioning, land navigation, communications, CBRN protection, offensive/defensive tactics, and scouting/patrolling. The Marine Combat Instructor reinforces core values instilled during recruit training by setting the superior example of professional conduct, knowledge, bearing, and attitude.
5. Tour Length. The normal tour length for a Combat Instructor at the School of Infantry (SOI) is 36 months. The tour length for Marines returning as second tour Combat Instructors may be shortened to 24 months at the discretion of CMC (MMEA). The tour begins upon completion of the Marine Combat Instructor School (MCIS). Requests for voluntary tour extensions are considered on an individual basis.
6. Locations. Combat Instructors are primarily ordered to School of Infantry West in Camp Pendleton, CA, or School of Infantry East in Camp Lejeune, NC. Assignments to Advanced Infantry Battalion Detachment Hawaii are made at the discretion of School of Infantry West.
7. Grade Requirement. All Corporals through Gunnery Sergeants are eligible for Combat Instructor duty. Corporals must have at least one year time in grade by the report date, completed resident Corporal’s Course, and have a minimum 4.3/4.3 in service proficiency/conduct markings. Commanding Officers should request an exception to policy for mature and otherwise qualified Corporals who do not meet this requirement, but are expected to succeed on Combat Instructor duty.
8. Release authorized by MajGen David A. Ottignon, Director, Manpower Management Division.//