R 152025Z JAN 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/SOLICITATION FOR MARINE CORPS BODY BEARERS//
AMPN/REF A IS MCO 1300.8, SUBJECT: MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY//
POC/C. J. JOHNSON/1STSGT/UNIT: COMPANY B, MARBKS WASHINGTON, D.C./-/TEL:202-433-3301//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. This message solicits applications for the United States Marine Corps Body Bearer Section.
2. The primary mission of the United States Marine Corps Body Bearers, stationed aboard Marine Barracks Washington (MBW), D.C., is to bear the caskets for Marines, former Marines, and Marine family members being interred at Arlington National Cemetery and surrounding cemeteries in the National Capital Region. On occasion, the section is called upon to travel to locations around the country to provide honors for senior statesmen, heads of state, and former Presidents of the United States. The Body Bearer section also serves as the saluting battery which renders cannon honors for special events, general officers, and visiting dignitaries.
3. In addition to the criteria contained in the reference, Body Bearers must possess a high degree of maturity, leadership, judgment, and professionalism, as well as physical stamina and strength. Potential nominees must meet the following minimum requirements, prior to arrival at MBW, in order to demonstrate the potential to carry out this unique and demanding mission:
3.a. Active Duty, 70 to 76 inches tall.
3.b. Be within height/weight standards and possess outstanding physical stamina.
3.c. Grade of sergeant or below, any MOS.
3.d. Meet minimum obligated service of 30 months upon check-in to ceremonial drill school.
3.e. Possess unquestionable moral character, leadership, and organizational skills.
3.f. Meet minimum score of 10 repetitions for the following exercises:
3.f.1. Bench Press 225 lbs
3.f.2. Military Press 135 lbs
3.f.3. Straight Bar Curl 115 lbs
3.f.4. Squat 315 lbs
4. Applicants who meet all requirements should contact Company B, Marine Barracks Washington D.C., directly at the POC information provided above. Once contact has been made with Company B leadership, additional screening forms and instructions will be provided. For additional information about the Body Bearer Section, visit the unit’s page at http:(slash)(slash)www.barracks.marines.mil/Units/Body-Bearers/.
5. Those candidates considered most qualified will be notified and subsequently undergo a personal interview and evaluation at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. Interview dates and funding data will be provided via separate correspondence. Questions and additional requests for information are encouraged.
6. Release authorized by Major General Gregg P. Olson, Staff Director of the Marine Corps.//