Non-Commissioned Officer Billets

Source: 2012 Candidate Regulations

Candidate Company First Sergeant

The Candidate Company First Sergeant is the senior enlisted candidate billet holder in the company. He/she is responsible to the Candidate Company Commander for the internal functioning of the company, including the general conduct and appearance of the company in the company area. The Candidate Company First Sergeant will wear the insignia of a first sergeant.

Post

The post of the Candidate Company First Sergeant is with the company. He/she should position themselves where they can most effectively carry out their duties and must keep the Candidate Company Commander and Candidate Company Executive Officer fully informed of their location at all times. During hikes or administrative moves, the Candidate Company First Sergeant will be positioned with the Candidate Company Commander. The Candidate Company First Sergeant will attend all scheduled instruction.

Specific Responsibilities

(1) Ensure that all candidate NCO billet holders are properly identified. Whenever candidate billet holders are temporarily absent during training hours, ensure that replacements are designated.
(2) Maintain a logbook of all officer candidates who miss instruction. Included in the log w ill be the officer candidate’s name, platoon, date, period of missed instruction, and reason why. Keep the Candidate
Company Commander advised of all officer candidates who miss instruction.
(3) Submit correct company reports at reveille, all roll calls, expiration of liberty, and company formations

(a) The reveille roll call report will be submitted to the Candidate Company Commander for further submission to the Duty Officer, and will include:

(1) total on rolls;
(2) total hospitalized, by name;
(3) total absent, by name;
(4) any other facts concerning the presence or absence of any Officer Candidate.

(b) On non-tactical marches, an oral report on the condition of all officer candidates will be made to the Candidate Company Commander at each halt.

(4) Conduct all company formations.
(5) Ensure the promptness of the company at all formations and periods of instruction.
(6) Supervise all chow formations and ensure that all junior officer candidates have eaten first.
(7) Carry out other such written or verbal orders that may from time to time be given by members of the company staff or senior candidate billet holders.
(8) Report the company to the Duty Instructor.
(9) Evaluate the Candidate Company Gunnery Sergeant and all Candidate Platoon Sergeants on a peer billet evaluation report

Candidate Company Gunnery Sergeant

The Candidate Company Gunnery Sergeant will assist the Candidate Company First Sergeant in performing his/her duties Be prepared to assume the duties of the Candidate Company First Sergeant in their absence. The Candidate Company Gunnery Sergeant will wear the insignia of a gunnery sergeant.

Post

The post of the Candidate Company Gunnery Sergeant is the same as for the Candidate Company First Sergeant, except that on hikes or administrative moves, initially position themselves with the Company Gunnery Sergeant at the rear of the company. Candidate Company Gunnery Sergeants will attend all scheduled periods of instruction.

Specific Responsibilities

(1) Ensure that all candidate billet holders are properly identified and notify the Candidate Company First Sergeant whenever a replacement is necessary for a candidate billet holder temporarily absent during training hours.
(2) Organize and supervise all company police details including daily police of the company area, field days, and policy of classrooms and training areas following periods of instruction, also:

(a) Procure from the Company Gunnery Sergeant any items necessary to accomplish assigned policy responsibilities.
(b) Inform the Company Gunnery Sergeant on a daily basis of the maintenance that is required in the company area.

(3) Verily for the Candidate Company First Sergeant all muster reports and consolidate the reports of Officer candidates missing instruction submitted by the Candidate Platoon Sergeant.
(4) On hikes, maintain a list (by platoon) of officer candidates who fall out or straggle. Submit the list to the Company Gunnery Sergeant at the conclusion of the hike.
(5) Alert and notify the company when to fall out for formation and instruction, instruct the Candidate Platoon Sergeants as to the correct uniform and equipment.
(6) Supervise all meal formations:

(a) Ensure that all junior Officer candidates have been served before passing through the mess line.

(b) Ensure MREs are provided to officer candidates who attend sick call in the morning.
(c) Ensure hot meals are picked up for those Officer candidates who did not attend noon or evening meals. These meals will be taken to the company office.
(7) Carry out such orders as may be given from time to time by members of the company staff and senior candidate billet holders.
(8) Ensure that the candidate guard detail has been set as required.
(9) Evaluate the Candidate Platoon Sergeants on a peer billet evaluation report.
(10) Ensure the company bulletin board is current.

Candidate Platoon Sergeant

Candidate Platoon Sergeants are the senior enlisted billet holders in their platoon. They are responsible to the Candidate Platoon Commander for the internal functioning of the platoon, including the general conduct and appearance of the platoon and platoon area. the Candidate Platoon Sergeant will wear the insignia of a staff sergeant.

Post

The post of the Candidate Platoon Sergeant is with the platoon where they can best supervise. The Candidatc Platoon Sergeant will keep the Candidate Platoon Commander and Candidate Company First Sergeant fully informed of their location at all times. During hikes or administrative moves position themselves initially with the Platoon Sergeant in the rear of the platoon, but will move up and down the column as necessary to maintain the formation. The Candidate Platoon Sergeant will attend all scheduled instruction.

Specific Responsibilities

(1) Instruct and supervise the Platoon Guide and Squad Leaders in their duties. Designate replacements whenever any of the assigned billet holders are temporarily absent during the training day.
(2) Organize and supervise platoon work details. Submit correct platoon reports to the Candidate Company First Sergeant or Candidate Platoon Commander when required.
(4) Conduct all platoon formations and movements.
(5) Ensure the promptness of the platoon at company formation and platoon level instruction.
(6) Supervise the platoon at all chow formations. Ensure that all junior members of the platoon have been served before passing through the mess line.
(7) Carry out such other orders as may be given from time to time by members of the platoon staff and senior candidate billet holders.
(8) Evaluate the Candidate Platoon Guide and Squad Leaders utilizing the peer billet evaluation report.

Candidate Platoon Guide

The Candidate Platoon Guide is the second senior enlisted billet holder of the platoon. They will assist the Candidate Platoon Sergeant in the performance of his/her specific duties. the Candidate Platoon Guide will be prepared to assume the duties of the Candidate Platoon Sergeant in their abscncc. the Candidate Platoon Guide will wear the insignia of a sergeant per paragraph.

Post

The post of the Candidate Platoon Guide is the same as that of the Candidate Platoon Sergeant, except that on hikes or administrative moves they will position themselves at the head of the platoon with the Candidate Platoon Commander. The Candidate Platoon Guide will attend all scheduled periods of instruction.

Specific Responsibilities

(1) Ensure that the platoon’s candidate billet holders are properly identified and notify the Candidate Platoon Sergeant whenever replacement insignia are required.
(2) Organize and supervise all platoon police details.
(3) Assist the Candidate Platoon Sergeant in supervising all platoon formations.
(4) Maintain the proper police and security of the platoon gear locker.
(5) Maintain all items of equipment temporarily issued to the platoon.
(6) Maintain the platoon bulletin board in a current status.
(7) Maintain a platoon logbook of all officer candidates who miss instruction. Included in the log will be the officer candidate’s name, platoon, date, period of instruction missed, and reasons why.
(8) Carry out such other orders as may be given from time to time by members of the platoon staff and senior candidate billet holders.

Candidate Squad Leader

The Candidate Squad Leader is responsible to the Candidate Platoon Commander and the Candidate Platoon Sergeant for the internal functioning, appearance, and conduct of their squad. the Candidate Squad Leader will wear the insignia of a sergeant.

Post

The post of the Candidate Squad Leaders is with their squad where they can best supervise it. The Candidate Squad Leaders will keep the Candidate Platoon Sergeant fully informed of their location at all times. During hikes or administrative moves, position themselves at the head of their squad. During formations, they will position themselves as shown in the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual (MCO P5060.20 w/Change I, Chapter 9) and will attend all scheduled instruction.

Specific Responsibilities

(1) Post and relieve fire team leaders.
(2) Supervise the police of the squad’s assigned area.
(3) Know the location and duty status of cach member of the squad at all times.
(4) Inform the Candidate Platoon Sergeant of changes in personnel status as they occur.
(5) Properly march the squad from placc to place.
(6) Carry out such orders as may be given from time to time by members of the platoon staff and senior candidate billet holders.
(7) Evaluate each Candidate Fire Team Leader on a peer billet evaluation report

Candidate Fire Team Leader

The Candidate Fire Team Leader is the junior candidate NCO billet holder. The Candidate Fire Team Leader is responsible to the Candidate Squad Leader for the internal functioning, appearance and conduct of their fire team. Be prepared to assume the duties of the Candidate Squad Leader. The Fire Team Leader will wear the insignia of a corporal.

Post

The post of the Candidate Fire Team Leader is with their fire team where they can best supervise it. The Fire Team Leaders will keep the Candidate Squad Leader fully informed of their location at all times. During hikes or administrative moves, the Fire Team Leaders should position themselves at the head of their fire team. Fire Team Leaders are normally in the squad in numeric order (e.g., 1st, 2nd. 3rd). Fire Team Leaders will attend all instruction.

Specific Responsibilities

(1) Supervise the police of their fire team’s assigned area.
(2) Know the location and duty status of each member of the fire team at all times.
(3) Inform the Candidate Squad Leader of changes in the duty status of members of their lire team as they occur.
(4) Supervise the members of their fire team. During conditioning hikes and administrative moves, report to the Candidate Squad Leader on the status of each member of the fire team during all halts.
(5) Carry out such orders as may be given from time to time by members of the platoon staff and senior candidate billet holders.

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