The engineers will carry the SMAW, but they may not be the only ones. The Marine responded that he could not. That move will likely take place in the next four years. Yes, I do.

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John M. The Marine Corps plans to do away with the military occupational specialty — infantry assaultman — and phase out assault sections within rifle companies, Military. The change is part of an effort to free up manpower for Marines to join other job fields. Assaultmen are tasked with tankbusting and breaching, which often means schlepping demolition charges, a plus-pound Mk Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon SMAW , and its pound rocket across the battlezone.

That dwindling niche role has made assaultmen something of a mystery to their fellow Marines. Though Marine infantrymen have traditionally been sorted into five core specialties — rifleman, machine gunner, mortarman, assaultman, and anti-tank guided missileman — the first few weeks of SOI training are the same across the board for all enlisted Marines in the field.

Given the fast tempo at the nine-week Infantry Training Battalion course — and the overlap in training — assaultmen can learn the job of a machine gunner or rifleman with relative ease once they get to the fleet and begin prepping for a deployment.

By closing the MOS, the Marines can free up some assaultmen for other infantry billets — and that means the service can focus on recruiting more Marines for MOS fields that take years of training, like cyber, intelligence, aviation, and ground vehicle maintenance.

The change is expected go into effect between and The Marine Commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, confirmed the plan to Military.


The Marine Corps Is Ending The ‘Assaultman’ Infantry MOS. Here’s Why

Author Jeff E. Marines that were assigned MOS in the past handled advanced weaponry after receiving incredibly intense training. The announcement came in among many other significant changes the Marine Corps confirmed. Education, Qualifications, and Training Training to join Marine Corps infantry is considered among the most intense of any military branch. Image: Wikimedia Commons While the announcement that the U. Marines would no longer produce Infantry Assaultmen MOS , it is still a good idea to make yourself aware of training.


MOS 0351 Infantry Assault Marine

To help you focus on the credentials most appropriate for early in your career, the National Certifications list below has been filtered to only show COOL-funded certifications that are related to Most or Some of the skills and training gained in your MOS. You can customize your search by clicking Select Filters at the top left of the credentials table or by using the keyword search at the top right of the table. Obtaining credentials related to your MOS helps improve your professionalism and help prepare you for civilian employment when you do transition out. Once you have found a credential you want to pursue and are eligible for, you can apply for a voucher for COOL funding to pay for the exam.


Marine Corps Infantry Assault (MOS 0351)

The image of unsophisticated "grunts" is an outdated one, however; these Marines use highly advanced weaponry and go through intensive training before leading the way into battle. Categorized as a military occupational specialty MOS , Infantry Assault Marines formerly Infantry Assaultmen are, as the name implies, found in the assault section of Marine weapons platoons of infantry rifle companies. Like other combat infantry jobs, MOS has been open to women since Their duties include providing rocket fire in support of rifle squads, platoons, and other companies within the infantry battalion. These Marines will use breaching and infiltration techniques when the infantry is on the offensive and employ demolition and other countermeasures when in a defensive position. Noncommissioned officers in this job are usually assigned as gunners or a team, squad and section leaders.

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