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01-04-11, 11:22 PM #1
Help with MOS selection
Hello there Marines. I'm sure that most of you good folks have been in my position before. You have no clue what job you want to do in the Marine Corps, but you don't want to get doing something that you don't like. In the end if I don't find a solution I understand that no matter what my MOS I will always be a Marine first and foremost, but I would like to find an MOS that I might enjoy. I have been looking at Infantry, EOD, Rescue tech (I have a background in the Fire Service), as well Communications. I am open to hearing about all MOS's. If you good people could be so kind as to inform me on what your MOS is/was and what the good parts and bad parts of that MOS are. I would appreciate any help very greatly.
01-05-11, 12:28 AM #2josephdGuest Free Member
Just as I have said numerous times before to other wannabes and poolees...
We, as Marines, can tell you our opinions and stories all day on different MOSs. Ultimately its up to you to decide what is best for you and what you would be most happy doing for 4 years. Every MOS has its good and bad parts. Reading others opinions on the good and bad is only going to cloud your judgement.
01-05-11, 06:07 PM #3
Just go in as an 0311. Or see if you can go 0800 and get 0861 and be attached to an ANGLICO unit.
01-07-11, 09:26 PM #4
Can you further explain what an ANGLICO unit is please?
01-08-11, 11:10 PM #5
Or You Can Go 0621-field Radio Operator
01-08-11, 11:49 PM #6
01-08-11, 11:51 PM #7
Im just a grunt but my understanding of the ANGLICO (Air Naval Gunfire Liason Company) is that they coordinate gunfire and aircraft to targets on the ground, they work in small teams as they are the forward observers. One of my recruiters was and now is again with ANGLICO.
01-09-11, 12:56 AM #8
Search feature....a wonderful thing.
01-15-11, 08:58 PM #9
01-15-11, 09:45 PM #10josephdGuest Free Member
01-16-11, 07:28 PM #11
01-16-11, 08:02 PM #12
01-17-11, 04:28 AM #13
ANGLICO is reserves only correct? I know for a fact it's a small community though, so good luck with getting in. Wouldn't bank on it, just like Recon or Scout Sniper.
EOD isn't an entry level job either, those guys are badass though.
01-17-11, 06:37 PM #14
03-13-11, 04:00 AM #15
ANGLICO questions answered
ANGLICO is unlike any other unit in the US military. When a unit from the Army or another country’s military is attached to a MAGTF, however, the difficulties pile up rather rapidly. The US military is the world’s greatest purveyor of firepower, and the Marine Corps in particular has a highly-evolved doctrine for employing supporting arms such as artillery and close air support. When a joint or coalition unit (read, anyone not wearing an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor) is part of a MAGTF and needs to tap in to the Marine Corps’ supply of available fire support, they need someone with them who has an intimate knowledge of our fire support systems and procedures. Enter the ANGLICO teams. Our job is to provide fire support expertise and access to Marine fire support capabilities to non-Marine units, particularly those operating within a MAGTF. ANGLICO brings together a unique blend of communicators and fire support specialists. On the enlisted side, ANGLICO teams are made up entirely of radio operators and artillery scout/observers. The radio operators provide a level of knowledge in tactical communications that is unmatched across most of the Marine Corps. The scout/observers are experts in determining and communicating target location to a variety of supporting agencies, whether it be an artillery battery or a section of strike aircraft. On the officer side, ANGLICO is mostly composed of artillery officers and aviators, with a smattering of infantry officers (to supply some of the class that the cannon-cockers and flyboys are woefully lacking). The team leaders bring it all together, and advise the supported commander on the best employment of the available fire support. In addition, at the present time every team leader is a qualified Forward Air Controller (FAC) or Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), which gives the teams the ability to employ air-delivered ordnance such as laser-guided bombs and missiles in support of the joint or coalition unit.
ANGLICO teams operate these days with one of the most sophisticated suites of targeting and communications equipment in the military We employ laser range finders and GPSs to locate the targets, the most advanced radios available to Fleet Marine Force units to communicate those locations, and laser designators to spot for laser-guided bombs and missiles. We also have laptops that enable us to send e-mails through a satellite communications channel, and to derive coordinates accurate enough for the employment of GPS-guided weaponry. We of course carry all of the same body armor and weaponry as any Marine riflemen, although the Marines on the teams carry the smaller M4 carbine vice the M16A4 rifle.
There are five ANGLICOs in the Marine Corps – one each at Camps Lejeune (2d) and Pendleton (1st), one on Okinawa (5th), and two in the Marine Corps Reserve (3d and 4th). The active duty ANGLICOs work for the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Commander and are administratively supported by the MEF Headquarters Group (MHG). The active ANGLICOs were briefly deactivated in the late 1990s and reactivated in May 2003. Since May 2003 the Companies have established a regular rotation in Iraq, and now Afghanistan with each active component Company (1st, 2d, and 5th) spending about seven months in al Anbar Province before being relieved by one of the two other active ANGLICOs. The majority of our work has been in support of the British Army, Royal Marimes, Afghan National Army and various other ISAF units but we also supported US Army, Navy Riverine, and Special Operations Units at various times.
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