be required to bear arms during a watch. Since
male RPs are combatants, those assigned duty
with Marine Corps units will be required to
qualify in the handling of small arms and
ammunition as their Marine Corps commanders
may direct. RPs assigned to Marine Corps Fleet
Marine Force (FMF) units may be required to
undergo combat training.
When RPs in paygrades E-5 through E-9 are
transferred on PCS orders, they are often assigned
an intermediate duty station for training before
reporting to their ultimate duty station. Some
examples of intermediate training are RP C
school, Leadership and Management Education
and Training (LMET), Maintenance and Material
Management (3-M) Supervisors Course, and Fire
Fighting. Funding for such training is provided
by Naval Military Personnel Command (NMPC).
Occasionally, the needs of the gaining com-
mand are such that personnel must report aboard
immediately. Should such a situation arise,
provisions for necessary training should be made
as soon as command operations permit.
Training requirements for assigned personnel
should be projected far in advance and should be
included as long-range budget items. Funding for
training is usually difficult to arrange after the
fiscal budget goes into effect on 1 October. Such
cost items as travel and per diem should be
calculated as closely as possible. The disbursing
officer can provide guidance in this area.
OF OTHER SERVICE
Since the establishment of the RP rating, many
Marine Corps personnel have been granted
permission by the Secretary of the Navy to make
an interservice transfer to the Navy to serve
as RPs. There are no provisions for enlisted
personnel in other branches of service to effect
a transfer to the Navy without completing their
current enlistment. Additionally, all other Navy
enlistment requirements must be met by other
service veterans (OSVETs).
Marine Corps personnel who are permitted
to transfer to the Navy are discharged from
the Marine Corps for the convenience of the
government. Such personnel must obligate
themselves to serve not less than 24 months in the
OSVETs are initially assigned to a naval
training center to receive naval orientation
training. Following the orientation period, they
may be assigned to RP A or C school, as
appropriate. If OSVETs are not assigned to RP
schools, they may be assigned to a Navy duty
station. Those assigned to RP A school will be
assigned to their ultimate duty station near the
end of the schooling period.
RECEIVING OSVETS ABOARD
Although the period of naval orientation is
most helpful to the OSVET, it should be
remembered that full orientation as to Navy
procedures will take some time. OSVETS will have
to adapt to a different military environment.
Whenever commands are notified that an OSVET
is to report aboard for duty, the following
preparations should be made.
The leading RP should work closely with
the command personnel officer to ensure that
orders, housing applications, paygrade, accrued
leave, and all other facets of the personnel transfer
are in order.
The command disbursing officer should be
contacted to ensure that a pay record is established
and that provisions are made to facilitate full pay
and allowances for the OSVET.
Office space should be arranged for
newly reporting personnel.
Any other action that would help to effect
a smooth interservice transfer of the OSVET
should be accomplished. Every effort should be
made to take advantage of the past experience of
SPECIALISTS ASSIGNED TO
MARINE CORPS UNITS
Navy RPs are often assigned to Marine Corps
bases, air stations, or Fleet Marine Force (FMF)
units and may not be familiar with procedures at
these duty stations.
All male RPs are eligible for duty with Fleet
Marine Force (FMF) units and Marine Corps
garrisons. They must sign a Page 13 statement in