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Human Resources and Organizational Management

Headquarters Marine Corps

Phase 2: Your First Day ("Entrance on Duty")
Nothing will contribute to making your first day on the job a pleasant and rewarding experience more than careful preparation. You've taken the time to prepare yourself for the position that you will be assuming, now it's time to focus your attention on getting ready for your first day. There are a number of issues that you need to address before you take the Oath of Office that launches your career at Headquarters Marine Corps.

Phase Two of the Onboarding process focuses on reporting for duty: the day of your transition into your new position. There are a number of specific steps that you will need to take ahead of time to ensure that your transition will be an easy one. Your Entrance on Duty (EOD) day will include signing you in to the building, introducing you to your Onboarding Sponsor, providing you with a formal introduction to the organization, administering the Oath of Office to you, giving you a tour of your office facilities, introducing you to your co-workers, setting you up in your new workspace, and providing you with an opportunity to meet with your new Supervisor.

When You Report for Duty

How will you be exptected to present yourself?

Although every organization is free to create reasonable guidelines for how its employees dress (depending on factors such as frequency of contact with customers, rank or position of contacts, nature of the work the organization performs, etc.), most Civilian Marines working at Headquarters Marine Corps will be adhering to the same or similar guidelines. These guidelines are presented under the topic, "HQMC Dress Code" (on the menu to your right).

How will you be exptected to conduct yourself?

Working for the Federal Government necessarily involves exercising a public trust. Congress and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as well as the Marine Corps, have created ethical standards and guidelines that must be followed by all HQMC employees. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with these Federal and HQMC ethical standards and guidelines by clicking on "Standards and Ethics" from the menu to your right.

How will you navigate building security?

Whether you will report for duty at a Marine Corps Base or a Federal Office Building, you will be entering a secure environment. You will be required to present personal identification and, in many cases (regardless of whether or not you have obtained a security clearance), you will be required to have an escort at all times when you are in the building (until you have obtained your Government employee I.D. card).

Read the section entitled "Facilities Security" from the menu to your right to familiarize yourself with these security requirements.

What will you need to do your work?

Since your acceptance of the job offer, your Supervisor and Onboarding Sponsor have been working to set up your workspace. You should have an adequately-lighted desk and a comfortable chair. If you require Reasonable Accommodation, please check to see that everything you need is in place. You will be shown where the restrooms are and told where and how to get your lunch. You should also note the general office layout for your organization.

You should have a working computer with a pre-assigned login and password. Your Sponsor will instruct you on how to log on to your computer, how to print, scan, and fax. You should have a working telephone with an office telephone list. Your Sponsor will also tell you how to procure the office supplies you're going to need. Make note of your office address and telephone numbers.

‚óŹ Select the option "Responsibilities: Your First Day (EOD)" under "Your Responsibilities" to create a checklist for this phase of your Onboarding process.

Taking Oath

Your Onboarding Checklist

 Onboarding ChecklistClick on the "Onboarding Checklist" button to view the checklist we have provided for this phase of your onboarding.
Documentation Required for EOD
  • A Picture ID (Government-issued)
  • Proof of Employment Eligibility (one of the following)
    • Social Security Card
    • US Passport (unexpired)
    • Certificate of US Citizenship (CIS Form N-550 or N-561)
    • Certificate of Naturalization (CIS Form N-550 or N-570)
    • Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-545 or DS-1350)
    • Original or certified copy of Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) [Retired Military Only]
  • Your Entrance on Duty
     Onboarding ChecklistClick on the "Entrance on Duty" button to view the briefs that were provided to you during your Entrance On Duty. You will also find a copy of your Guide for Civilian Marines. Please note that this page requires both a CAC and an HQI account. Once you have your CAC, you can request an HQI account by clicking below and following the instructions.
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