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MARINE CORPS SUPPORT TO THE DEFENSE ATTACHÉ SERVICE (DAS)

MISSION STATEMENT

Provide the best and most highly qualified personnel to serve in the Defense Attaché Service and represent the Secretary of the Navy and the Commandant of the Marine Corps at U.S. Embassies around the world.  Service fill priorities for assignments to the DAS will reflect the significant contributions of this critical joint duty to the advancement of U.S. foreign policy, Department of the Navy maritime strategy, and the national security of the United States.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MARINE ATTACHÉ (MARA)

Being an attaché is a unique opportunity unlike any other in the Marine Corps.  Attachés are part of an vital corps with four main responsibilities:

  • Representing the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Forces of the United States abroad
  • Serving as military advisors to the U.S. Ambassador, the personal representative of the United States
  • Reporting on in-country, and regional political-military activities
  • Supporting U.S. military theater security cooperation and/or security assistance programs in selected countries

RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN OPERATIONS COORDINATOR (OPSCO) AND OPERATIONS NON-COMMISIONED OFFICER (OPSNCO)

  • Provide day-to-day office management of the DAO and coordinate other activities as assigned by the SDO/DATT.
  • Provide operations, financial, administrative, and logistical advice to the SDO/DATT, Service Attachés, DLOs, and to DAO or DLO support staff.
  • Act as primary action officer to the embassy and DIA mission support offices.
  • Provide supervision to assigned noncommissioned officers (NCOs), U.S. civilian employees, and locally employed staff as directed.

AN UNIQUE MARINE CORPS EXPERIENCE

The Defense Attaché Service (DAS) plays a vital role in supporting the national interests of the United States.  The men and women who have served as Attachés have reaped personal rewards rarely duplicated in any other part of the Marine Corps while:

  • Coordinating administrative and security matters for all in-country U.S. military personnel
  • Working as part of the embassy’s "Country Team," the Ambassador’s key advisor
  • Perfecting language skills and area knowledge for greater effectiveness
  • Developing a new appreciation for the complexities of the international environment and foreign military policy

MARA OPSCO / OPSNCO QUALIFICATIONS

Service in the DAS is open to all Military Occupational Specialties regardless of billet designator.  The DAS is looking for individuals who thrive on adventure, challenge, and change, and can adapt easily to the world around them.

  • Become involved in the local culture
  • Influence peoples' opinions and understanding of the United States and its policies
  • Are often the first U.S. citizens a local military official will get to know on a personal basis
  • Many will see the United States as it really is for the first time, through the Attaché demeanor, reputation, and attitude.

This requires a Mature Individual who is:

  • Sensitive to cultural differences
  • Knowledgeable about the diplomatic mission
  • Able to communicate U.S. Government policies on political-military  issues

SPECIALIZED MARA OPSCO / OPSNCO TRAINING

MARAS OPSCO / OPSNCOs are specially trained for their service abroad.  Their training is conducted through the Defense Intelligence Agency and includes: 

  • Introduction to the local culture and social customs of the country
  • Familiarity with the politics of the country
  • Understanding of the country's foreign policy and military affairs
  • Language instruction

To submit your application please use the following e-mail address:  mara.application@usmc.mil

POST MARADMIN



APPLICATION PROCESS

A MARADMIN announcing the board typically released in March.  The board convenes for up to a week during the month of August, with the results published via MARADMIN following approval from SECNAV.  Applications must be sent electronically and are due at HQMC Intelligence Department NLT 21 June 2018..

Applications for MARA OPSCO and OPSNCO billets will be submitted through the applicant’s chain of command and, for MARAs only, must include an endorsement from the first general officer in their chain of command.  “By direction” endorsements are not acceptable.  A complete list of those countries available for each year’s panel and guidance on preparing your application are posted on the Intelligence Department website (see below).  Applicants should list available billets in order of preference; however, applicants may be selected for any country based on the needs of the Marine Corps.  An individual’s specific education, language, regional or cultural expertise will take precedence of individual desires when slating selectees.  For reserve billets, applicants must belong to the reserve component (SMCR, IMA, and IRR) or the active component with a transfer date to the USMCR before the end of the FY.

BILLET OPENINGS

MARA / fill date

  • Australia - January 2020
  • China - July 2020
  • Colombia - July 2020
  • Dominican Republic - July 2020
  • Jordan - July 2021
  • Liberia - June 2020
  • Mexico - July 2020
  • Oman - August 2020
  • Singapore - January 2020
  • Turkey - August 2020
  • Vietnam - June 2020
  • Ghana - August 2020
  • Iraq - October 2019
  • Latvia - January 2020
  • Senegal - July 2020
  • Taiwan - July 2020
  • Kenya - July 2019
  • S. Africa - July 2019

OPSCO / fill date:    

  • Bahrain - July 2020
  • Egypt - October 2020
  • Oman - August 2020

MARADMIN

  • TBD

HOW TO APPLY

POINTS OF CONTACT

HQMC Intelligence Department 

  • COMM: 571-256-9332

Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) 

  • COMM: 703-432-7525

Reserves HQMC IMA Det. Sponsor

  • COMM: 703-614-7631 DSN: 224