Dual MOS

In June 1959, I graduated from Parris Island platoon 117 and proceeded to ITR at Camp Geiger. Upon completion, I received orders to the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes where I completed 16 weeks of basic electronics training. We had Marine and Naval instructors. My DD214 has it listed as CommElecScol. After leave for Christmas, I proceeded to MCRD San Diego arriving just before the New Year. We had two classes of 20 leave Great Lakes and only one class arrived at MCRD San Diego. The other class received orders to their homes and were ordered to a guided missile school in the south. I’m not sure but I believe Alabama. Upon processing in at MCRD San Diego on a first come first choice basis, we could pick Ground Radio repair, Air Radio Repair or Radar repair. I selected Ground Radio Repair and attended 17 weeks of class listed on my DD214 as RadRepCrs.

My MOS was 2771 listed as RadTech on my DD214 and was informed I was a ground radio repairman. After completion of all classes I was stationed at Courthouse Bay in Camp LeJeune where the Amtrac CO required all Marines in Amtracs be a qualified crewman, so I had a secondary MOS of 1833(I believe). With dual MOS’s I went on a Med cruise on LST 1174, USS Grant County satisfying the requirement as a crewman and the platoon radio repairman.

Matt Dzubak

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  • Jeffrey Garth

    My dad was a radio/radar repairman in the Corps. In 1943, he went to Grove City(PA) college for schooling and then to FMF pacific. Was on Roi/Namur in Kwajelien and then to Saipan/Tinian. After that it was V-12 to Cornell. But that is another story. After all the years of him not talking about WWII, I have finally gotten more of the stories. He is 95 and lives near Camp Pendleton, CA. Knows which guys we see as Marines when we go out. SemperFi to all Marines.

  • A Wong

    Hey aardq, my Ground Radio Repair course graduated in January 1969. There were quite a few of us from the class that were promoted to Cpl. No crypto but we did a Canadian Multiplexer that worked with the PRC-25s.

  • David L Mushrush

    We all had at least had a dual MOS the unwritten 03 that every Marine is and the school trained one. I went in April 67 and in August to Amtrac school in Pendleton. In Oct. went Okinawa to 5th Amtrac and in Dec of 67 as a PFC was made Embarkation and Logistics NCO (0431). Came back to Lejeune in Nov of 68 to 2nd Amtrac at Courthouse Bay as a crew chief on a trac. In March of 69 went on Medicare cruse for 6 months on the Graham County. Came back in Aug. and 3 weeks went to the Caribbean on a 3 month cruise. In Dec of 69 got orders for Patuxent River NAS security guard (another MOS) detachment as a Corporal but was promoted to Sgt enroute. You are what the Corps wants you to be

  • Moore Jr

    After my beautiful island vacation of almost 14 weeks i went to the stumps for radio school what a treat.I always wanted to go back and try for a degree in comm but life throws you a curve ball,i was discharged under med cond / now after a 30+yr career driving truck i saw the country and was paid ok,i wish my 30 yr career was with recon and would have been nice to retire as a Marine.

  • John W 1961–1965

    Dual MOS’s appears to be quite common in the corps. I started out as an 0311 like almost everyone else. After the first trip across the pond (Okinawa and adjacent locations), upon returning stateside, became a 1371 combat engineer. After completing NCO school at Camp Horno in 1965, a few months later it was NBC school at the same location. Upon completion, I was assigned a 5711 MOS and returned to Engineers at Talega. I was then assigned as company NBC operator and also assigned as part of the Battalion decontamination team. A few months later we moved out with our assigned unit to Nam. Eventually being attached to Alpha, 1-7, and making the beach at Chu Lai our home. Discharged in Sept. 65 with the offer to pick up E-5 if I extended or shipped. NO WAY

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