First-Term Data Marines: Operating Forces or Supporting Establishment
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Since the arrival of the Navy and Marine Corps Intranet NMCI on 6 October 2000, data communication Marines have experienced a loss of responsibility with regard to daily computer network operations activities. The civilianization of the Marine Corps garrison computer networks has relieved data communication Marines of the day-to-day responsibilities of computer network operations and administration to the extent that their skills are atrophying. Skills such as router configuration, domain controller configuration, and Internet Protocol IP addressing are perishable skills that are suffering in the supporting establishment. Consequently, assignment to a supporting establishment command, post-NMCI, will degrade their technical proficiency and tactical development. Marines assigned to the associated military occupational specialties MOS should begin their careers with a unit in the operating forces.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Computer Systems
- Military Forces and Organizations