R 062335Z JAN 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CDI//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF WAY AHEAD FOR RE-ESTABLISHING/REINVIGORATING FLEET MARINE FORCE AND NAVY-MARINE CORPS COMPONENT COMMAND RELATIONSHIP//
NARR/REF (A) IS THE 38TH COMMANDANT’S PLANNING GUIDANCE, REF (B) IS THE MARINE CORPS MANUAL W/CH 3, AND REF (C) IS MCO 5320.12H W/CH 2: PRECEDENCE LEVELS FOR MANNING AND STAFFING//
POC/A. H. MCCLENDON/C183/DC CDI TFS QUANTICO/TEL: DSN 278-4710/TEL: COML (703) 784-4710/TEL: FAX DSN 278-6275//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Purpose. To announce the re-establishment and reinvigoration of the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as articulated in reference (a) to foster maritime operations and integration.
2. Background. As stated in ref (a), “The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act removed the preponderance of the FMF from fleet operational control and disrupted the long-standing Navy-Marine Corps relationship by creating separate Navy and Marine Corps Components.”
A. The rising global threat necessitates the need to re-establish our long standing Navy-Marine Corps tradition of an integrated approach to operations across maritime and other domains as depicted in ref (b), within the constraints of Goldwater-Nichols.
B. Throughout our history, subordinate commands and units have traditionally reflected the names of higher level commands and headquarters as part of their colloquial names in commanders’ signature blocks, stationery, awards citations, and other certain ceremonial items (e.g., guidons, unit colors, etc.). While these inclusions are not always part of subordinate commands and units’ official names, the practice is well established and steeped in Marine Corps customs and courtesies.
3. Conclusion. All previous references to operating forces as they relate to commands and units at or below the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) level will be replaced with the term “FMF”.
4. Action. DC CD&I, within the spirit of ref (a), will publish guidance via sepcor that will direct and standardize the inclusion of “FMF” as part of the colloquial names of commands and units associated with the MEF at the conclusion of the CMC directed componency review. Furthermore, ref (c) will be updated immediately to reflect guidance provided by this MARADMIN. Lastly, FMF LANT and FMF INDOPACOM will be addressed via separate correspondence.
5. This action is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force.
6. Release authorized by Lieutenant General Eric M. Smith, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.//