Marine Corps Security Force Guard (MOS 8152)

Marine Security Force

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If you choose to become a Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF) guard, you will be assigned to duty with MCSF units, according to the Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) Marine Corps Manual. As a member of a reaction force, you will conduct offensive infantry tactics in confined spaces, ashore and afloat, to restore breached security and provide the final barrier/element of an integrated security plan for the asset being protected. This group is the primary security and anti-terrorism unit within the Marine Corps.

In the grades of corporal through gunnery sergeant, as a security supervisor, the Marine will plan, evaluate, and supervise the implementation of site-specific security plans to protect assets designated as vital to the national security.

Qualities You Must Possess Include:

  • Physically fit and mentally capable of enduring the rigors of combat.
  • Requisite knowledge to safely and properly employ the service rifle, pistol, and shotgun.
  • Skills in land navigation and patrolling.

Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment

MCSF guard is part of the MCSF Regiment -- headquartered in Norfolk, Va. -- which includes Marine Security Force Companies, Fleet Anti-Terrorist Security Teams, and Recapture Tactics Teams.

The MCSF Regiment provides security to guard high-value U.S. Navy installations, particularly nuclear weapons and vessels.

Marines who desire to join the Marine Corps Security Forces must first enlist as infantrymen. Following completion of Infantry Training Battalion, the Marine is required to attend Naval Security Group Activity in Chesapeake Va for Security Forces Training before being assigned to either an MCSF Co., Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) or a Recapture Tactics Team (RTT).

Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST)

FAST Marines are a dedicated security and anti-terrorism team that provides security forces to guard high profile naval installations, especially those that contain nuclear weapons. FAST platoons usually deploy to areas in need of naval security operations.

FAST Marines must be highly skilled in:

  • close quarter combat
  • counter surveillance
  • physical security
  • urban combat techniques
  • martial arts

Recapture Tactics Team (RTT - MOS 8154)

RTT units are attached to Nuclear Weapon Stations aboard US naval installations (sub bases) and do not deploy as their sole purpose is to protect the Navy Nuclear Weapon arsenals. Responding in a moment's notice to security threats of any kind on the base, the RTT Marines are specialists in SWAT processes. RTT are pre-positioned in strategic locations where they are most needed, and they do not deploy. To become part of the RTT (or CQB Platoon) you must have completed the following courses:

United States Marine Corps Boot Camp - 13 weeks

Marine Corps School of Infantry (SOI) - 9 weeks

Basic Security Guard (Marine Corps Security Guard Anti-Terrorism Training) - 7 weeks

Close Quarter Battle School - 7 weeks (plsu CQB platoon tryouts and spin-ups)
The Mission of the Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF)

These Marine warriors sole purpose is to organize, train, equip, and provide anti-terrorism security forces in support of combatant commanders and Naval commanders in order to conduct expeditionary security operations and provide security for strategic weapons and vital national assets. Conduct other limited duration missions as directed. The Mission Essential Tasks are the following:
1. Provide security forces for strategic weapons.
2. Provide rapid response and forward-deployed expeditionary anti-terrorism security forces.

Where will you be stationed and deployed out of when attached to a MCSF Unit?

In the Norfolk / Yorktown Virginia / East Coast Base Areas:

Headquarters Company, Naval Station Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia

Training Company, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Virginia

Company A, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Yorktown, Virginia

Company B, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Yorktown, Virginia

Company C, Camp Allen, Norfolk, Virginia

Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Kings Bay, Georgia

Company at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Mediterranean and Persian Gulf Bases:

FAST Company Europe, Naval Station Rota, Rota, Spain

FAST Company Central, Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain

West Coast / Pacific Bases Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion Bangor at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Trident Base, Washington

FAST Company Pacific, United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan

These are not your typical military police. They are specially trained Marines and Navy personnel who are nuclear base SWAT Teams (RTT) and forward deployed Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Teams (FAST) who take overwhelming fire power and tactics to individuals or groups who threaten the safety of American assets, property, and personnel throughout the globe.