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Fleet Marine Force insignia

The Fleet Marine Force Warfare Insignia is a military badge of the United States Navy which is issued to those Naval personnel who are trained and qualified to perform duties in support of the United States Marine Corps. There are presently three classes of the Fleet Marine Force Pin, being that of Enlisted, Officer, and Chaplain. The various badge types are as follows:

Enlisted

The Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Enlisted Warfare Specialist Insignia is a qualification insignia of the United States Navy earned by Navy enlisted members assigned to the Fleet Marine Force of the U.S. Marine Corps who have successfully completed the necessary requirements of the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist (EFMFWS) Program per OPNAV Instruction 1414.4B. This involves serving one year with a Marine Corps Unit (two years for reserves), passing the Marine Physical Fitness Test (PFT), a written test, demonstrating skills used in service with the Marines, and an oral examination by senior enlisted sailors who are FMF qualified. The Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist designation is most commonly awarded to the Hospital Corpsman (HM) and Religious Programs Specialist (RP) ratings, although it is also awarded to other sailors who support Marine Corps Commands.

An enlisted person who has qualified as a EFMFWS may place the designator (FMF) after his/rate and rating; for example, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Jones, having qualified for his FMF pin, is identified as HM2(FMF) Jones.

Although this is a qualification is for Navy enlisted personnel, it is unique in that only Commanding Generals or Commanding Officers of qualifying U.S. Marine Corps commands, Division, Group, or Wing; can approve awarding of the designation.

The insignia is a silver metal device depicting the eagle, globe and anchor atop two crossed rifles on a background of ocean swells breaking on a sandy beach.

Officer

The Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Qualified Officer Insignia is earned by Navy officers assigned to the Fleet Marine Force of the U.S. Marine Corps who have successfully completed the necessary requirements including serving for one year in a Marine Corps Command, completing a written test, and an oral board conducted by FMF qualified officers. The FMF Qualified Officer Insignia is most commonly earned by staff officers in the Medical Fields, and Chaplains, although it is also awarded to other officer communities, such as Civil Engineer Corps and line officers.

The FMFQO insignia is a gold, highly polished, metal device depicting the eagle, globe and anchor atop two crossed rifles on a background of ocean swells breaking on a sandy beach. The eagle continents and rifles are highlighted with a highly polished silver finish. The qualification was created in July 2005; OPNAV 1414.6 CH-1 outlines the requirements for qualification.

Chaplain

The Chaplain version of this badge does not include the crossed rifles and has an entirely gold anodized finish.

FMF Ribbon

As a result of the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer and Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist programs, the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon was replaced effective October 1, 2006.

Those individuals who previously qualified for the FMF Ribbon will retain the FMF designator; however, they are not entitled to wear the EFMFWS insignia until completing another FMF assignment and meeting all requirements outlined in OPNAVINST 1414.4B.

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