The Fleet Marine Force Warfare Insignia is a military badge of the United States Navy which is issued to those Naval personnel who are trained and qualified to perform duties in support of the United States Marine Corps. There are currently three classes of the Fleet Marine Force Pin, being that of Enlisted, Officer, and Chaplain. The various badge types are as follows:
Enlisted[edit | edit source]
The Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist Device (FMFEWS) is a qualification insignia of the United States Navy earned by enlisted U.S. Navy sailors assigned to the Fleet Marine Force of the U.S. Marine Corps who have successfully completed the necessary requirements of the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist (EFMFWS) Program per OPNAV Instruction 1414.4B. This involves serving one year with a Marine Corps unit (two years for reserves), passing the Marine Physical Fitness Test (PFT), a written test, demonstrating skills used in service with the Marines such as weapon breakdown and familiarization, land navigation, combat communications and an oral examination by senior enlisted sailors who are FMF qualified. The Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist designation is most commonly awarded to the Hospital Corpsman (HM) and Religious Programs Specialist (RP) ratings, although it is also awarded to other sailors who support Marine Corps commands (e.g. Logistics Specialists assigned to medical logistics companies).
An enlisted U.S. Navy sailor who has qualified, may place the designator (FMF) after his or her rate and/or rating; for example, HM3 John Doe, USN, having qualified for his FMF pin, is identified as HM3 (FMF) John Doe, USN.
The FMF insignia is the only true way to determine if a sailor is an FMF corpsman. HMs may attend Field Medical Training and earn the NEC 8404, but have not earned the title of an FMF Corpsman or the title "Doc". FMF Corpsman hold the FMF pin with the greatest distinction and have truly earned it while serving alongside their Marines.
Enlisted requirements[edit | edit source]
When qualifying for the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare specialist pin, a Hospital Corpsman, Religious Programs Specialist, Personnel Specialist, along with some SeaBee units (when directly assigned to a U.S. Marine Corps combatant command) are required to have detailed knowledge on the following subjects:
- Safety Fundamentals (Operational Risk Management)
- Marine Corps History, Rank Structure, and Courtesies (notable dates, personnel, battles, and Naval courtesies as they pertain to the USMC)
- Marine Corps Mission and Organization
- Administrative Fundamentals (Naval correspondence, courts martial, and service record information)
- General Combat Leadership Fundamentals (Combat elements, POW rights and responsibilities, Military Code of Conduct)
- First Aid and Field Sanitation Fundamentals (Triage, MEDEVAC & CASEVAC classifications, "Self" and "Buddy" aid skill sets for non-medical personnel)
- Security Fundamentals (Security classifications, terrorism, lethal force, and guard skills training)
- Field Communication Fundamentals (hands on detailed knowledge of the PRC-119 SINGARS radio, loading frequencies and communication of the 9-Line CASEVAC message)
- Weapons Fundamentals (Detailed knowledge of small arms such as the M9, M16A4, M4, M1014, M67 grenade, M203, and M249SAW) and machine gun platforms (M240G, M2 .50 cal, Mk19)
- Tactical Fundamental Procedures (platoon hand and arm signals, SALUTE and SMEAC reports, fighting positions, MOPP gear, formation movements in day/night conditions)
- Marine Corps Operations Fundamentals (In-depth knowledge of all USMC aircraft, US Navy amphibious transports, hospital ships, as well as Urban warfare examples, and Military Operations Other Than War examples)
- Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense Fundamentals (minefield signage and detailed signs, symptoms, & treatment of chemical agent exposures)
- Drill and Ceremonies Fundamentals (breakdowns of formations, drill & cadence, color guards, and formal ceremonies)
- Land Navigation Fundamentals (Map reading and compass handling)
Additionally a second section of the course is detailed toward the element of the United States Marine Corps with which the candidate is assigned. For example: a line corpsman with an infantry battalion will learn the Ground Combat Element (GCE).
- Infantry Fundamentals (Mission & structure of the Marine Division, Regiment, Battalion, Infantry & Weapons Companies, Platoon, Squad, and Fire teams)
- Marine Artillery Regiment (Mission, structure, equipment of the Arty battalion; such as the m198 or m777 Howitzer)
- Tank Battalion Fundamentals (Mission, structure, and equipment of the Tank Battalion; such as the M1A1, TOW Missile, M88A1E1 Hercules, and M60A1 Bridge Vehicle)
- Assault Amphibious Battalion Fundamentals (Mission, structure, and vehicles of the AAB; such as the AAVP7A1, AAVC7A1 and AAVR7A1)
- Combat Engineer Battalion Fundamentals (Mission, structure, mobility/counter mobility/survivability tasks of the CEB, Engineer Support Company, and Combat Engineer Company)
- Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (Mission, structure, and vehicles of the LAV Battalion; such as the LAV-25, LAV-M, LAV-C2, LAV-R, and LAV-L)
- Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion Fundamentals (Mission, tasks, and training of Force Recon and Division Recon)
Furthermore, to finally qualify, a candidate is expected to perform a disassembly and reassembly of many of the taught weapon systems, operate a SINGARS radio, and plot various points on a map, perform various carries and life saving medical techniques, and in many cases perform (and pass) a Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test(PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT) Although this is a qualification is for enlisted personnel serving in the United States Navy, it is unique in that only Commanding Generals or Commanding Officers of qualifying U.S. Marine Corps commands, Division, Group, or Wing; can approve awarding of the designation. As such, to some HMs it is the most coveted warfare insignia within the Hospital Corpsman community.
The EGA makes a clear statement that the wearer is a member of the Navy/Marine Corps team. The crossed rifles symbolize the rifleman ethic of the Marine Corps; every Marine is a rifleman, just as every Sailor is a firefighter and damage controlman aboard ship and submarine. The surf and sand represent the "littoral zone," the coastal regions where Sailors have served alongside Marines as they earned their reputation and world's respect -- "the shores of Tripoli" and the "sands of Iwo Jima." And has a scroll at the bottom stating "Fleet marine Force" showing the exclusive community they belong to. Unlike the officer EGA and FMFOQ, the enlisted FMF device includes Cuba, because there were no officers involved in the "Bay of Pigs", the attack on Cuba, and therefore they are not recognized as being part of that campaign and do not rate it on their uniform.
Officer[edit | edit source]
The Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Qualified Officer Insignia is earned by Navy officers assigned to the Fleet Marine Force of the U.S. Marine Corps who have successfully completed the necessary requirements including serving for one year in a Marine Corps command, completing a written test, passing the Marine PFT, and an oral board conducted by FMF qualified officers. The FMF Qualified Officer Insignia is most commonly earned by staff officers in the medical fields, and chaplains, although it is also awarded to other officer communities, such as Civil Engineer Corps and naval gunfire officers.
The FMFQO insignia is a gold, highly polished, metal device depicting the eagle, globe and anchor (EGA) atop two crossed rifles on a background of ocean swells breaking on a sandy beach atop a scroll with the words "Fleet Marine Force." But does not include Cuba on the globe as the enlisted device does, because there were no officers involved in the attack on Cuba known as the "Bay of Pigs" therefore they are not recognized as being part of that campaign and do not rate it on their uniform just like the Marine Corps Eagle Globe and Anchor. The EGA makes a clear statement that the wearer is a member of the Navy/Marine Corps team. The crossed rifles symbolize the rifleman ethic of the Marine Corps; every Marine is a rifleman, just as every Sailor is a firefighter and damagecontrolman aboard ship and submarine. The surf and sand represent the "littoral zone," the coastal regions where Sailors have served alongside Marines as they earned their reputation and world's respect -- "the shores of Tripoli" and the "sands of Iwo Jima." The eagle, continents, and rifles are highlighted with a highly polished silver finish. The qualification was created in July 2005; OPNAV 1414.6 CH-1 outlines the requirements for qualification.
Chaplain[edit | edit source]
The Chaplain version of this badge does not include the crossed rifles, as they are non-combatants, and has a gold anodized finish.
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As a result of the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer and Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist programs, the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon was replaced effective October 1, 2006. Those individuals who previously qualified for the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon will retain the FMF designator; however, they are not entitled to wear the EFMFWS insignia until completing another FMF assignment and meeting all requirements outlined in OPNAVINST 1414.4B.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Fleet Marine Force (United States)
- Military badges of the United States
- Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia
- Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
- List of United States Navy enlisted warfare designations
- Badges of the United States Navy
- Obsolete badges of the United States military
- Uniforms of the United States Navy
References[edit | edit source]
- NAVEDTRA 43908-B Aug2010
- NAVEDTRA 43908-B Aug2010
- http://doni.daps.dla.mil/Directives/01000%20Military%20Personnel%20Support/01-400%20Promotion%20and%20Advancement%20Programs/1414.6.pdf OPNAV 1414.6 CH-1
- http://buperscd.technology.navy.mil/bup_updt/new_unireg/chapter5.pdf Navy Uniform Regulations, Chapter 5 Section 2
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- OPNAV Instruction 1414.4B: Navy Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist Program
- OPNAV 1414.6 CH-1
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