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    The New FMF Badge for Corpsman?

    I've seen the badge and all the discussions about it. It's good to go! I got to wondering which sailors etc rate to wear it? Maybe it is a question for the ages. Do DT's, RP's, Seabees, Army Medics etc. who have served with the divisions or wings also rate this badge? I can see where the answer would be no for Army medics as they have their own tab. Your thoughts?


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    They have to go through a course learn our customs weapons tactics and all that. at the end they face a board made up of senior marines and they are bombarded with questions and put under stress if they pass they rate the badge.


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    Thats How I Earned My Fmf Ribbon. I Did The Essential Subjects Testing, In Stages Given By The Company Gunny Plt Commander Plt Sgt And Squad Leader .and The Marinecorp Pt And Qualified Expert On The Rifle But Failed Miserable On The 45.


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    I think it's any Sailor that serves in a FMF unit and completes all their quals and what not earns it like ZSKI said, just like the Surface Warfare, Aviation Warfare, SeaBee Warfare devices. I've met MAs, RPs, HMs, etc. with FMF warfare devices. One of our Career Counselors (an NC) at NASP had at least 4 different warfare devices including, I think her FMF device. Do you have any pics of the new FMF device Sgt Quinn? I wasn't aware they were making a new one.


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    A few years ago I read and saw the photo of a Army 1 LT who had for one reason or another served with the 1st. Marine Division in Iraq in 2003. The CG of the ST Division awarded this Army guy with a plack and a ST Marine Division patch from WW2. He is untiled to wear this patch on his right shoulder and he did. Also when I was at ITR we had a squad of Coast Guardsmen with us. Now these guys really hated the USN.


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    Interesting thread.

    Here are the qualifications:

    http://www.lejeune.usmc.mil/2dfssg/med/FAQ.html


    I note they are dated 2001, things may have changed a bit since that time:

    FMF Enlisted Warfare Specialist
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Many questions have come up regarding the FMF Enlisted Warfare Specialist program. Listed below are a sample of the questions asked and answers. If you have any additional questions, please send them to webmaster.

    References Study Guides Class Schedule Frequently Asked Question Other Information




    How do I get started?
    To get started in the FMF Device program, you must submit a special request chit (SRC). The SRC needs only be approvied by your immediate command, ie., Company Commander, Division Officer, etc. To qualify, you must have passed the most recent Physical Fitness Assessment and your eval/FITREP must be promotable or above. Once this is completed, a page 13 will be signed stating you have started the FMF Device program. This acts as a time stamp, stating that you have 18 months to complete it. After the page 13 is signed, you will be given your PQS booklet.
    Do I have to attend classes provided by qualifiers to get the fundamentals section of the PQS booklet?
    No, the fundamentals section can be completed many different ways. The easiest is attending classes provided by qualifiers. In addition, you can download the studyguides, references, hold classes in your company/clinic, organize study groups, etc.
    What if I transfer before the 18 month period is up?
    If you transfer within the 18 months of starting the FMF Device program, it is possible to complete the program in under than 18 months. This primarily relies on the individual, however it is recommended that you have atleast 5-6 months onboard.
    I am an E-5 or senior, what if I don't finish the FMF Device program within 18 months?
    As per OPNAVINST 1414.4, completing the FMF Device PQS is required of all E-5 and senior personnel. This is the same requirement of all other devices on other platforms, i.e., SW, AW, SCW, etc. If you do not complete the PQS within 18 months, your recommendation for advancement will be pulled and your Eval/FITREP will reflect a 2.0 or lower in advancement.

    If I return to the FMF, do I need to requalify?
    Yes, you will need to requalify to the relative platform you are attached. If you return to FSSG, then you will need to do a quick review for requalification, if you are attached to Division or Airwing, you will need to qualify to that specific platform.

    When I signed up, I was told I didn't have to do sections 118-128. Why?
    These sections apply to Division and Airwaing. Since they don't apply to personnel attached to Group, you are not required to complete these secions.


    HMC J Turner
    Last updated: 5 Jan 01


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    In researching this a bit, it seems the qualifications remain basically the same for it. One thing I saw was that it's NOT grandfathered. In other words, if a Corpsman got the FMF ribbon prior to establishment of this device, they do NOT rate the device/award until the re-qualify.



    It's a neat looking piece for sure!

    FYI, it's not 'new' per se, been around since 2000.


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    That is a ***** to study too. The Master Chief in charge of all 1st MARDIV set down the law that its required within an 18 month window or you wont get promoted, not get good orders outta there, yada yada.

    When you do the oral board you have to know everything word for word but other than the practical applications are easy. Medical prowess, and disenassembling the M-16, M9, M249 and M240B.

    Been studying for a few months and am still not ready for that test


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    WELL......some of us "OLD FARTS", received the FMF badge/pin, and the CAR...the hard way!
    I wonder if Doc's, who go through FMSS and are deployed to a Marine line company, receive the FMF badge/pin, and the CAR?
    YUP!!....things HAVE changed!! NOW, here in Florida, to renew, or AQUIRE a drivers liscense, you must "produce" 5 forms of ID!!!...WTF??
    WELCOME TO THE MILLENIUM!!!!
    SEMPER FI.....Doc Greek


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    Thanks, Aune, for that 'on the spot' update from someone who is there. Sounds like a beeyotch for sure.

    As always, Doc G, thanks! FYI, (and just for clarification), I'm sure there are those who have the CAR who DON'T have the FMF pin, and probably, 'vice versa'. Since it's a 'qual' badge it probably wouldn't matter if you had a PH and SS, if you didn't complete the 'checkblocks' they wouldn't give you the badge.

    5 forms of ID???? Geeez.


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    Boy that sucks .oh well the FMF Ribbon looks better each time. But that sucks that us forefathers with the FMF RIbbon dont qualify because I DID THE COMPANY BOARD


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    I knew a few Docs that had the FMF Badge when I was in. Now that I think of it I believe all of 2nd AA Bn Corpsmen had it. Semper Fi Docs everywhere!!!


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    So I guess we old timers that are out cant get it?


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    I think this question went a little sideways. I was asking if DT's, RP's or Seabeas could also get and wear it.


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