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The Basic Guidelines
We have five General Orders that Marines must know by heart at all times during their enlistment. This material is taught to each Marine during their Boot Phase in School of Infantry. Breaking or not following through on the General Orders during their future career in the unit results in loss of Eligibility Points (See Section VI Eligibility Points) leading up to a discharge from the unit.
General Order #1
I will treat all guests on my units server and site with respect.
General Order #2
I will run my area of responsibility to the best of my ability.
General Order #3
I will lead by example.
General Order #4
I will never portray my unit in a negative manner.
General Order #5
I will conduct myself accordingly while wearing the 3rd Marine tag's.
Breaking down the mission statement
"To Conduct a sustained cohesive unit and other missions, as directed, in order to fulfill national and primary objectives. Of which include the upkeep of unit members information regarding their enlistment with the 3rd Marine Regiment and to properly self instruct and inspire them to a higher level of self respect, unit pride and awareness of the United States Marine Corps."
To break this down into lamen terms, this is what the 3rd Marines are pledging to do for YOU. This is what we promise to give you in this unit.
"To Conduct a sustained cohesive unit and other missions, as directed, in order to fulfill national and primary objectives."
- This means we are a leaderless unit. Every Marine molds into the fabric of our daily operations and the running of our unit. Small unit leadership is key to our unit and we keep our operating administration down at the lowest levels. In most units the companies CO would be doing these things, but in the 3rd Marines the Corporals do this for us and for their men in their fireteams. So in a sense, Corporals are the corps of our unit's strength. The goal is to always maintain this goal and to always aim to keep being realistic as possible as our main objectives.
"Of which include the upkeep of unit members information regarding their enlistment with the 3rd Marine Regiment"
- The only "commanderly" thing we will do in regards of running the unit is work behind the scenes to ensure all Marines BIR's and complaints are taken care of.
"and to properly self instruct and inspire them to a higher level of self respect, unit pride and awareness of the United States Marine Corps."
- There is a simple reason why we are the hardest unit to make it into. We are damn proud of our accomplishment of making it this far when so many others have failed. We are proud to have made it into this unit and we can sleep safe knowing only the best like themselves and most motivated will ever join their ranks as Marines.
How it pertains to the unit
Recruit’s who enlist in our unit will be placed into a separate group of their own and will operate independently from the rest of the unit except in times they are requested to be at unit only events.
What happens in recruit phase?
Recruits are subjected to a trial phase before they can be made an official member of the 3rd Marines and the rank of Private. Upon Enlisting, the recruit will have three months to demonstrate his or her capabilities to us simply through playing with us in game or interacting on the forums. On the 1st and 15th of every month the 3rd Marine's IPAC Administrator will fill out individual "Report Cards" on every active recruit currently in Recruit Phase. The maximum amount of points a Recruit can make on one report card is 28 points.
Once a Recruit acquires 30 or more points, they are automatically promoted to Private and made official members of the 3rd Marines.
If a recruit fails to acquire 30 or more points within their three month trial period, they are failed and must try again. However, they must wait a month before they may reenlist.
Responsibilities as a Recruit
Although a recruit does not have many responsibilities, the task of acquiring 30 or more ppoints that they are challenged to earn are outlined below. The material below is used to see how well they perform so that IPAC Administrators can ascertain if they would be able to become productive Marines if they are to graduate Recruit Phase.
IPAC Administrators will be grading each Marine on:
- Putting on the 3rd Marine Recruit Avatar and keeping it on at all times
- Putting on their 3rd Marine tags and name and wear them correctly at all times
- Judging their amount of playing time in comparison to the unit average
- Behavior and mental capacity for being able to be a productive Marine
- How well they follow orders
- Appropriate use of the microphone
- Interaction level with fellow Marines and Recruits
All Marines who witness any of these rules above being broken are to immediately report it up their Chain of Command
What is Boot Phase
Boot Phase is the period between when a new Marine graduates from Recruit Phase up to when that Marine successfullyacquires enough points to be eligibal for promotion. While they are in this transitioning period they are known to Active Unit members as “Boots”.
Requirement’s as a “Boot”
As a “Boot”, you fall under a different set of rules than everyone else. The training during this period is set up part-training, part -preparing, and a little bit of part-hazing . Another purpose it supports is ensuring a new Marine does in fact have what it takes to be a functioning Marine in this unit and did not skate under the radar during Boot Camp.
All “Boots” are subject to obeying the rules below while they are in Boot Phase:
- May only use the Rifle Class in game
- Must call every other Marine by their Rank & Name
- Must call every realism player they see by their Rank & Name
- Must play over 2.0 hours each week (4.0 when school is out)
What is enlisted phase
Enlisted Phase is the period from when you graduate Boot Phase and enter the Active Duty Roster to the day you become a SNCO or higher. In addition it ends when a Marine decides to become an officer. It is at this time that you are a full fledged Marine in the 3rd Marines and get to reap the benefits as you work your way up the promotion ladder if you so choose. Marines in this phase make up the bulk of the unit and is the central group that most of the unit's statistic taking organization is calculated for.
What perks are given to active duty marines
Once you are past Boot Phase, you will be placed onto the active duty rosters based on your score you received during your SOI training (See Section III). It is at this time your benefits get applied to your account.
- Full Forum membership. Able to see hidden forums for the active duty sections only
- Level 2 Admin on the Server
- Can participate in any matches we have if your CoC is involved in it
- Can participate in any match the 3rd Marines are engaged in if they have open slots
- Can begin accruing Eligibility Points to work your way up the Promotion ladder
Requirements to remain on active duty
To remain on the active duty roster, you must not lose all of your eligibility points due to inactivity and/or bad behavior. Other more serious behavioral issues such as being caught hacking, cheating, etc. will result in a swift discharge.
Tip: To ensure your Eligibility Points do not fluctuate much negatively if you have to miss unit related events such as training, matches, drills, etc.; it is always a good reminder to fill out a liberty chit 24-hour in advance to not take the full brunt of points penalized against you.
PATH to leadership AS A NCO
Although an NCO (Cpl-Sgt) is considered a leadership position, it still falls under the "Enlistment Phase". This is the starting blocks for all future leaders of the 3rd Marines. Upon reaching Corporal, you are now tasked with the monitering and development of Marines who are assigned under your Chain of Command as well as Level 3 Admin. This is your primary focus of these positions and are vital areas to the overall unit structure. Only Marines who have a desire for leadership will be considered when the need to promote a Eligibile Private First Class appears.
There are three ways to ensure you are flagged as desiring leadership. If you are not flagged as desiring leadership you will never be promoted past Private First Class:
- Selected that you are interested in leading while filling out the Enlistment Form
- Made a reply on the "Change your Leadership Desire" on the Forums
- Relayed to your Fireteam Leader to be sure to change your status on his Fireteam Leader Report for this month
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP PHASE
Any Marine that reaches the SNCO Ranks (starting at Platoon or Staff Sergeant), or who cross over to become a Officer enter the last phase of your careers in the 3rd Marines. During this phase no one is monitoring your activity, attendance and you are no longer required to adhere to re-qualification dates. Although you are not completely exempt from re-qualifications, you still have to do them, but they are not as important to get done as soon as possible.
Role in leadership phase
Each Marine who is currently in ranks that place him in Leadership Phase have a wide range of responsibilities. Across the 3rd Marines some leaders are in charge of combat elements and engaging their efforts on their Chain of Command and individual Marine immanence, whereas others may be responsible for web administration or training cycles.
All Marines in Leadership Phase have a direct responsibility that they are completely responsible for. And perks associated are deemed by necessity such as FTP Access for web developers or unit email rights to sync new leaders to the unit's email account. However, every Marine in Leadership Phase will be granted Level 4 Admin on the server as well as access to their specialty forums and uploading rights to the 3MAR Excel Spreadsheet.
demotion from leadership phase ranks
Because Marines in Leadership Phase contribute to the complete organization of the unit, only Marines within this phase who are capable of performing their roles can remain in these positions. If a Marine in Leadership Phase is not turning in their reports on time, making regular work related updates in the areas they are responsible for, performing their assigned duty or requesting a change to reserves; the unit leaders may be forced to remove this Marine's responsibilities and demote them to a starting leadership phase rank to cover a small area before working their way up again to performing multiple tasks.
If the Marine still shows signs of not being able to perform even this now limited duty then leadership will be forced to remove the Marine from the 3rd Marine organization.
The Marine may also request to rejoin the enlisted ranks as a Private if he chooses to willingly before his first demotion. If he needs to be placed in the reserves, he may do so within 10 days of becoming a Private again before that option is no longer available to him.
Note: Since being in leadership phase, it is not appropriate to demote the Marine back to Enlisted Phase because their inactivity and ineffectiveness that caused them to be removed from Leadership Phase will have undoubtedly already caused harm to the unit's overall cohesiveness and structure. A Marine in Leadership Phase is expected to put the unit above normal applications and remove himself if he knows he needs to step down.
Reserve Duty Parameters
A handful of Marines may be forced in a situation during their career to go into Reserve Duty for lengthy absences from being able to perform their duties in the unit. "Long Term Liberty" can only be granted from a Companies Commanding Officer on a case by case basis. Normally this is only reserved for Active Duty Marines who’s Training Records show no negative marks and the need to go on liberty is genuine.
Requesting Long Term Liberty
Marines may only request long term liberty if they fall within the conditions below. Although it is still the Commanding Officers decision whether to grant it or not.
All request must be made at least a week in Advance
You must be a Corporal or higher in order to request for reasons with a (*) in it.
- Will be away from a computer or internet for over a month
- Who lost internet capabilities suddenly and unsure when they will have it again; but still sent in an email describing the situation to the 3rd Marine’s Unit Email Address
- Being somewhere that they cannot participate with the unit, but still have internet/computer capabilities(college, camp, trip, etc) *
- Need a long break from everything (a concrete time frame is needed) *
What happens while a Marine is on Liberty
All Marines who take Long Term Liberty will have to forfeit one rank when they return. This is because we would have already filled in your position/rank in order for the unit to operate. You will, however, keep all of your current Eligibility Points meaning you will be eligible for promotion when a slot opens again.
+ If you are unsure if you will be away for over a month or not it is best to go ahead and apply for long term liberty by contacting your companies Commanding Officer. If you end up not being away for a month, you may only suffer eligibility point loss instead of a rank demotion.
What decides what fireteam you go
Initially, every Marine begins their career in the Holding Platoon after graduating Recruit Training. Upon graduating SOI, the new Marine is then added to the Active Duty Roster based off what places are available at that time.
Every quarter, Marines who in the active duty rosters after must re-qualify School of Infantry to retake SOI Program Bravo. The new scores they acquire during that re-qualification will determine their new placement within the Active Duty Roster. The order in the roster which they are placed is reflected by their scores from the program. Marines who re-qual with the highest scores will go into 1st Platoon. From there, the Marines who have the highest scores go into first Squad. And finally, the cream of the crop go into the First Fireteam.
This only applies to all Privates and Private First Classes. Corporals and above will not shift around but stay in their one place unless they choose to trade their positions and fireteams with one another. When they are promoted and their old rank becomes an open slot, it is generally filled by a Marine within or close to their CoC making that new leader someone who is at their same skill level.
Other factors that decide where you belong
Active Duty rosters will see a constant change as new Marines are added to it’s rosters as well when Program Bravo Re-Qual Events occur. Because we place Marines based off their scores from highest to lowest, Marines will come across instances in which they are bumped off their Fireteam and placed in the next if a Marine takes it upon himself to re-qualify early and receives a high enough score. And when unit Re-Qual occurs, you can expect almost the entire unit to change.
This allows for Marines to get to know a larger variety of fellow Marines and gives Fireteam Leaders a chance to keep things interesting and evolving. As well as creating some good clean competition and bragging rights from those closer to the elite sections. And finally, it also allows for more chances for each Marine to have in terms of being granted special weapon privileges in matches if they are their current Fireteam’s or Squad’s Machine Gunner, Sniper, Etc.
How a marine may end up not with his peers
Fireteam leaders also have the ability to specifically request brand new Marines gearing up for their SOI Training to be placed into their fireteams if they pass SOI if that fireteam leader specifically requests it in their section reports. As well as requesting transfers with other Fireteam Leaders for specific Marines they are in charge of. Squads and Platoon leaders may also do the same so that not all of the fighting potential is in 1st Platoon or 1st Squad.
However, the only small unit not allowed to do this at all is the 1st Fireteam in 1st Plt, 1st Squad as they are considered our elite. As the unit grows 1st squad of 1st platoon will transform to our elite squad and will also not be allowed to specifically request Marines.
As a result, if a new Marine happens to score amongst the top 1%, any requests for him will be denied and he will be placed in the elite small unit section.
When are they
The 3rd Marines use the USMC 500 Meter Rifle Range in all of it’s scored annual Rifle Qualifications which will be held at the start of every quater. You can see when the next Rifle Qual date is by clocking on your Service History page from the Recall Roster.
A Marine who decides to not perform re-quals when they are held will not be able to be assigned special roles (see below).
What do they do
Rifle Qualifications dictate your position within your Squad or Fireteam on receiving preference to using a special weapon class in matches the unit is involved in as well as in the public server. If you have the highest Rifle Qual in your Fireteam or Squad, you are given preference on changing your standard Rifleman Billet (0311) to another class supported by the game you are in such as turning into your Squad or Fireteam’s Machine Gunner, Artillery Man, Sniper, etc.
The typical setup a squad will use is to make the rarest class offered in the game such as a Sniper or Machine Gunner to a member of their elite 1st Fireteam with the highest rifle qualification score. From there, the second and third fireteam will include one supporting class Marine each.
Each special class is issued by each Squad Leader, however, the preference and order in which he must offer his billets to reflect the same order as each Marine’s scores in his Squad, except for the case of Marskman and Machine Gunner as they are typically our Vanguard positions and our 1st Fireteams are generally our initial assault troop. If no one volunteers after being asked to take a weapon billet, then the weapon billet will not be used by a permanent individual.
Rifleman Qualification Badges signify how well a Marine shot in his last Qualification. Badges are issued on each Active Duty Marine's Profile Pages. Below is the scoring chart a Marine must shoot over to obtain each badge level. If the Marine shoots under Marskman (1-50) his score will be displayed as "Unk".
What does it do
The School of Infantry training program is an in-depth evaluation of each Marines playing skill level. It is held every six months of the calandar year. To see if you are required to requalify refer to your Service Record off of the Recall Roster. SOI factors in on your placement within the squad as explained in Section III of the unit’s Standard Operating Procedure.
When is it held
Like Rifle Quals, SOI also host Re-Qualification events (Only Program Bravo). These events are annual events held every six months due to the fact that once after hosting one, most of the Active Duty Rosters will change as a result of so many new scores to organize from highest to lowest.
Guidelines to recruiting
The 3rd Marines prefers to let our actions speak for itself in terms of recruiting. However, to compete with larger clans in smaller games, the need to recruit is sometimes needed. Although it will be in very rare cases 3rd Marine leadership will ask for more efforts from our Marines to help recruit, keeping a watchful eye on potential players you come across is always recommended.
However, there comes to a point where a line needs to be drawn between what is best for the 3rd Marines, what is best for the community we are a part of, and what type of individuals are we steering towards our direction. Always keep these in mind when setting out to look for like minded players. If you know someone simply wont make a good fit for the unit try to avoid speaking about enlisting. If we are five times larger than the rest of the other clans and units in the game we are in, perhaps it is better to let them get a new member instead and help balance the community. The 3rd Marines strive to be leaders in everything we do, even at the expense of hurting ourselves to help another.
Incentives to recruiting
How does the unit grow
The 3rd Marine grow in accordance with the current number of Marines in each section. The unit will never skip ranks or steps to ensure that the chain of command is always built off the pyramid approach. Only when enough Marines are present would the next level be added at the top and the base widened. This is also the only way new ranks can become available for Marines to be promoted to.
What conditions need to be met before expanding
The USMC operates with what is called the “Rule of Three”. Which simply means; three Marines belong to a Fireteam, three Fireteams belong to a Squad, three Squads belong to a Platoon, and so on. Because this is a gaming realism unit (and hosted in small games at that), the 3rd Marines takes a modified approach to that in that we still do the rule of three, however, once we reach Platoon size we scale it back some and change to a rule of two.
Meaning, 3 Marines will still belong to a Fireteam and three Fireteams will still belong to a Squad, however, only two Squads will make up a Platoon and two Platoons will make up a Company.
In addition, before a company starts adding it’s Second Platoon, it will temporarily create a third Squad in order to not upset the balance and size of the unit once the second platoon is officially created.
In order to receive a Promotion, there are a few factors that must be present before even being considered for one. However, even if you meet all of the standards for one and it is eligible, it is still not a guarantee you will still receive the promotion. This is mainly because the 3rd Marines is a very slow growing organization and promotions are rare once you start climbing the ranks. Many others will be competing for the same promotions and unfortunately, only one Marine can be chosen for it.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE
- Go to the 3rd MAR Roster and then "Promotion Points" to see if you have enough points to be promoted to the next highest rank
- If you have enough points, you are now eligible for when the rank becomes available again
HOW ARE THE PROMOTIONS HANDLED
- All promotions can only be awarded first if the Marine is Eligible unless they are being promoted meritouriously. To see what your score is, go to the 3rd MAR Roster and then "Promotion Points" to see if you have enough points to be promoted to the next highest rank.
- Promotions from Private to Lance Corporal(Junior Enlisted) are completed automatically at the time the Marine accumulates enough points for the Lance Corporal Promotion.
- For promotions to Corporal rank or Fireteam Leader (NCO), not only does the promotee need to be Eligible, but they also must have a microphone and that they have made it aware in the official standings of the unit that they wish to become a leader by ensuring they are on this list and are desiring leadership. They also must be within the same Regional Section the vacancy is occurring. This position is decided by the current Squad Leader of where the vacant Fireteam Leader position is being offered. His Platoon Officer will then validate or veto his choice(es).
- For promotions to Sergeant or Squad Leader (NCO), the Platoon Leaders who has the vacancy will decide from their existing Squad Leaders in their own Platoon. The Marines responsible for deciding are the Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Leader. The Company Commander will then validate or veto their choice.
- For promotions into the SNCO ranks, these are selected upon availability, eligibility and only from voting from the Company Commander and Company Sergeant and are done amongst themselves and not on the website.
Note: Promotion plaques are issued once it is determined who will receive the promotion. However, the new rank will not officially go into effect until it is displayed on the roster.
INITIAL TRAINING OF NEW PROMOTEE
If the new promotee is being promoted to fill a vacancy being left open from a Marine who is also being promoted, then that senior Marine is responsible for training his replacement. If the promotee is filling a vacant spot that no Marine held before because of unit expansion, his squad leader will be in charge of training him if he is becoming a corporal or his Platoon Leaders will train him if he is becoming a Sergeant.
In order to receive a demotion, you must fall below the needed minimum eligibility score of the rank you currently hold. The demotion is automatic and will occur at the same time leadership first notices your score is below minimum while updating the rosters and score charts on the Second Sunday of every month. Your old rank will then become available to all who are eligible.
When you are demoted, you do not lose any points than what you had when you fell under your minimum. This means that you will more than likely be eligible again for your old rank back, however, you will also be competing for it with all other Marines who are also eligible.
The Eligibility Point Rosters for all companies are updated on the Second Sunday of every month after all Section Reports are turned in. Meaning, being late in turning in your section report is unacceptable!
You can view how many points you have in your companies Eligibility Roster by viewing the newest released 3rd MAR Spreadsheet.
Eligibility Points act like a cutting score in a real Marines Life. Which translates to simply mean, is your cutting score high enough to be awarded a promotion to the next level.
- These points can only be accrued by Marines on the Active Duty rosters. Marines who are in the Reserves and/or Recruits cannot accrue points.
- You are not automatically promoted when you reach points to the next rank, it just means your eligible when that rank open up.
- If you are promoted, you lose any extra points you built up and begin at your new ranks minimum and start accruing again from there. (Only if the unit is growing slowly as determined by leadership)
- Points also tie into demotion. Fall in points below the minimum and you are demoted (but unlike promotions, you keep the points you have left instead of being reset to that ranks minimum).
- Each new Marine straight out of Recruit Phase begins with 0 points.
Minimum Scores Needed For Promotion/Demotion
Private First Class
How You Get or Lose Points
- Marks above with a * beside them are doubled if you are currently in an acting leadership role. Meaning you do not yet hold the rank for that position, but you are still performing it. For example, if you are a Corporal, but are one of your platoons acting Squad Leaders in one of it's Squads.
Junior Enlisted Rank Responsibilities
All Privates and Private First Class Marines in the 3rd Marines are expected to do what they can to be a part of the unit even if they do not yet hold any true responsibilities over others or assist the unit’s inner organization by any means.
They are also allowed to become a School of Infantry Instructor to not only earn their SOI Badge and receive some points, but also to get a feel for what leadership is like.
A Junior Enlisted is not responsible for much, other than simply being a DEPENDABLE Marine for their Fireteam Leader, a Role Model in the community and to try and work with their fellow fireteam at every given chance in the game server to strengthen their bond with each other.
Leadership ranks in the 3rd Marines
THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY THREE TIERS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE 3rd MARINES
- The easiest tier is that of a Non-Commissioned Officer (CPL-SGT) who is mainly in charge of keeping the Marines directly under their Chain of Command organized.
- The next tier is that of Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SSGT-FSGT) who are namely in charge of maintaining Marines in other parts of the Roster such as keeping Recruits and Marines of the Holding Platoons organized and informed. The SNCO doubles in that they are also responsible for the training of the Marines in the Holding Platoons and assisting Fleet Exercise’s and matches.
- The last tier is that of Officers, who are in charge of most of the website updating, recruit training, and overall leadership and direction for the unit. Clerks are special ranks for Officer's in Training. You must be a Corporal or higher before asking to be a clerk. Once you graduate from being a clerk you will become an Officer in the 3rd Marines. There is no other way to become an Officer, except by being a Clerk first.
Officers in the 3rd Marines have a very different and distinct set of responsibilities than Marines who are in the enlisted ranks. An officers responsibilities are more aimed at administration and technical roles that are in line with keeping the 3rd Marines organized and up to date. They ensure our SOP is being maintained and that all Marines of lesser grade in their CoC are working together through their appropriate channels and hierchy. Because an officers role is more tedious and requires a little extra work than if they remained in the Enlisted ranks, they also reap the rewards of being the units leader's and lead drills and matches. They also have all administration rights and access.
An officer in the 3rd Marines do not have the same work criteria as a fellow officer. Each are in control of their own section and responsibilities. Only at command level do you see a more global agenda. In addition, each officer will have either a fellow officer or a high ranking SNCO to assist them in the training and readiness levels for their entire CoC. This allows the officer freedom to get a lot of free time to be seen and active with their section in between times they need to perform their clerical roles.
Platoon Leaders are in control of one Platoon and is the starting officer rank of all new officers. A Platoon Leader vacancy only opens if their is a new Platoon being formed or an existing one no longer has a Platoon Leader. They can reach the maximum rank of First Lieutenant.
- Will use their Platoon Sergeant to ensure that all NCO's within their CoC are completing their tasks on schedule
- Is required to operate Platoon Drills once every two months
- Updates the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet pages "Annual Medals and Eligibility" and "Medals and Rewards" for Marines within their Platoon and submits their changes to their Company Commander by no later than the 2nd Saturday of every month
- Is allowed to set up matches with other units or other platoons
Company Commanders are in control of a Company which comprises of two Platoons and two Platoon Leaders along with his Company Sergeant (Gunnery or First Sergeant). For annual training requirements, his Company Sergeant is in charge of ensuring all annual training is being performed. For unit organization, roster changes and upholding leadership in the Enlisted ranks, his Platoon Leaders are in charge of ensuring they are well maintained. The Company Commander is responsible for ensuring all aspects of his Company are being performed to it's strict timeline and then collects all of that data for the unit's web admin's to change the website. They can reach the maximum rank of Captain.
- Will use their Company Sergeant to ensure that all SNCO's are having their NCO's communicate their annual training needs and agendas and that his Company Sergeant is keeping up to date with his training cycles and material on the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet
- Will use their Platoon Leaders to ensure discipline, maturity and integrity are being upheld in the ranks. In addition to ensuring his Platoon Leaders are submitting their reports on time
- Uses the information on the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet from his Platoon Leaders and Company Sergeant to collect all changes for that month to make a master copy to hand off to the units web administrators
- Upholds the unit's SOP and structure through the use of his Platoon Leaders
- Operates Company Drills once a month
- Ensures that all new enlisting recruits are added to the Recruit Training Platoon Roster and their following the rules of the unit.
Clerk Training To Become an Officer
There are three tiers to the training requirements to become and Officer. The training cycle is set up to gradually teach you how to perform every unit organization and maintenance role in the unit so that you are over prepared even on the day that you finally become an officer and take charge of your first Platoon. Although officers in the 3rd Marines do not take a very hands on approach in it's use in the leadership of the unit, it nonetheless is the most crucial aspect in terms of ensuring the organization is fully up to date on all of its material and it's uses are thus translated into the day to day decision making, direction and growth of the 3rd Marines.
TIER 1 - STAFF SERGEANT
The starting phase of Officer Training begins with a promotion to Staff Sergeant. This phase is taught to you by the Company Sergeant which will cover training and a month long application in the following areas:
- Holding Platoon Roster Upkeep on Forums
- Holding Platoon Roster Upkeep on the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet
- Rifle Qualifications on the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet and updating it's information
- Rifle Qualifications Instructor at Boot Camp
- SOI Instructor Training at School of Infantry
TIER 2 - TECH SERGEANT
The second phase of training deals with more of what your primary role will be once you become an officer and is thus taught to you from the Company Commander. It is in this phase that you learn how to fully complete the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet using all the data received from the Enlisted ranks.
- Getting synced with and using the Unit's Email Account
- Understanding how to use completed section reports and how to update the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet
- Creating and issuing Promotion and Medal plaques
- Operating the Recruit Training Cycle
- Orchestrating Recruit Training
TIER 3 - MASTER TECH SERGEANT
The last phase in your Officer Training teaches you how to be comfortable working on the main website. Although it is not a requirement to work on the website a lot, it is still good practice to know how to get something changed without needing to wait on the unit's web administrators. It is also needed to fill out any "Letters from the CO" for when you take over a Company. In this last cycle of training you will be trained by our lead web administrator.
- How to set up Dreamweaver and FTP
- How to create new BIR pages, work on the Rosters and create new pages
- How to create a "Letters from the CO" input
- Uploading material to the website
Staff Non-commissioned officer roles
Staff NCO's focus primarily on annual training and ensuring that all orders from their officers are carried out to its fullest degree by constantly inspiring their enlisted leaders of lesser rank to keep striving in their sections they are responsible for. An active and inspirational Platoon Sergeant can encourage his Sergeants to excel in ensuring that their Fireteam Leaders are running their fireteam's correctly. Essentially, there are two types of SNCO's. Their is Platoon Level SNCO's and then there are Company Level SNCO's. Both have distinct differences for their primary roles.
SNCO's and Officers are also the only Marines who the unit no longer keeps monthly information for in its monthly Spreadsheet. All SNCO's are expected to have already demonstrated their dependability, work ethic, dedication and teamwork simply from earning their promotions to the SNCO ranks. In fact, now it is these individuals who are now responsible for ensuring all of the unit's training and clerical needs are met.
PLATOON LEVEL SNCO
The Platoon Level Staff NCO is a Platoon Sergeant. He assists his Platoon Leader who is busy updating the clerical portions of the Platoon by aggressively ensuring that all of his Platoon Officer's needs are being met on a regular basis. In essence, it is the Platoon Sergeant who is taking the most active role in upholding unit standards, inspiring Marines to perform better, and ensuring leadership across all sections of their platoon. The Platoon Sergeant is also responsible for ensuring every Marine in his Platoons Annual Training cycles are up to date, that the Company Sergeant was not able to do himself in his annual re-qual cycles. If they are not up to date, the Platoon Sergeant conducts annual training to ensure all scores are current. And finally, the Platoon Sergeant assist their Company Sergeant perform Recruit Training and School of Infantry.
Furthermore, the Platoon Sergeant will also need to perform an area that the Company Sergeant details to assume control of as seen below.
COMPANY LEVEL SNCO
There can only ever be one Company Level SNCO in each company. Typically a Gunnery Sergeant or a First Sergeant, the Company Sergeant, although being in the Enlisted ranks, is generally placed as second in charge of a company under the companies Commanding Officer even though other Officers are present within the company. Typically the most active and dedicated Marine in the company, the Company Sergeant is responsible for providing the vital annual training cycles are performed such as Recruit Training, School of Infantry, Rifle Range Re-Quals, and SOI:Bravo Re-Quals. However, the Company Sergeant also has the responsibility to provide anything that his Company Commanding Officer requires such as ensuring his Platoon Leaders are finishing their reports on time, Platoon Sergeant are staying on top of their subordinate elements and that they are completing the portions of the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet which are the pages: "Annual Training Scores", Rifle Range and SOI Scores", "Holding Platoon". And finally, that his Platoon Sergeants are also maintaining the unit's Holding Platoon Roster and Recruit Training Roster.
Because of the amount of responsibilities the Company Sergeant must perform, he is forced to train and allow his Platoon Sergeants to take over one of the following areas each. This allows the Platoon Sergeant to have more responsibilities and allows them to be able to work on the Companies agenda more in areas that promote familiarity with Marines who will soon be serving with him. It also allows the Company Sergeant
- Maintaining the Recruit Roster, Enlistments, creation and performance of the Recruit Platoon Steam Group, and upholding the unit's rules in place for Recruits of the 3rd Marines.
- Maintaining and updating the Holding Platoon Roster, the Holding Platoon Sections in the 3rd MAR Spreadsheet by assisting the Company Sergeant perform annual Rifle and SOI-Quals.
Non-commissioned officer roles
Non-Commissioned Officers are at the very forefront of our unit's leadership procedures. The bulk of ensuring we get the most potential out of our Junior Enlisted ranks falls squarely on these individuals. Unlike many other realism units, non-commissioned officers in the 3rd Marines contribute tangible contributions to the overall progression and leadership of their sections that they are in charge of maintaining. Expectations start with the NCO relaying their importance to their junior enlisted Marines as well as ensuring that they are providing them the next small unit leadership they can afford in the works of direct face to face leadership and completing monthly reports that focus on each Marine within their CoC.
Corporals are the only leadership rank in the 3rd Marines who lead others not currently in charge of other Marines. Their mind set is not like senior leadership ranks in which they focus a lot of their energy on ensuring the leaders under them follow all of their procedures and lead their sections correctly, but instead, now it falls onto the Corporal to ensure that his Fireteam is up to date on all of their maintenance, communication and knowledge. They are to inform their Marines of any changes that they should no about with the unit, any upcoming dates and times in which their Marines need to be, inspire them to take more of an active role within the unit and keep their overall activity high, lead them in battle, and finally, they are to ensure that all changes on the website are up to date for each of their Marines. Most changes to their Marines will be made in their monthly Fireteam Leader Reports that are due the 1st Saturday of every month.
- Able to promote a Marine from Private to Private First Class without permission needed
- Able to issue these types of awards: OVSM, MCAR, Campaign Medal
- Can transfer a junior Marine to another Fireteam
- Can transfer themselves to lead another Fireteam
- Have their own private sub-section in the Forums for maintenance and incoming reports from command
Sergeants are in charge of individual Squads that are compromised of three Fireteam's and three Fireteam Leaders. Squad Leaders have slightly different responsibilities than Fireteam Leaders but overall, the condition of each Fireteam and the Marines within is still their top concern. However, most of the Squad Leaders leadership will be directed to his three Fireteam Leaders. Constantly pushing them to be effective leaders and active within their squads is key to any good Squad Leaders success. Squad Leaders also have more authority than Fireteam Leaders in that they have the ability to issue better Medals and Ribbons, Special Weapon Billets to each of their Marines, and they have a direct vote alongside their Platoons Sergeant in who among eligible Private First Classes can become a NCO.
- Can issue special weapon billets based off Rifle Range scores. These lists are generated by each Companies Company Sergeant and is posted in their Squad Leader billeted areas which are hidden on the forums. These weapon billets become that Marines primary MOS and weapon in matches, regardless if others may want to use it.
- Has more Rewards and Medals to choose from to award Marines under their CoC.
- Takes part in alongside his Platoon's Platoon Sergeant while selecting among eligible PFC's who to promote to Corporal
- Is responsible for training any new Corporal in his Squad how to perform their FTL duties.
- May set up matches with other Squads of the 3rd Marines. May also set up unofficial scrimmages with small sections of other units so his Squad may be in a private match.