Every organization is only as good as its record keepers. Well the U.S. Marine Corps has some of the most professional record keepers in the world in their Personnel Clerks. They keep track of both personnel and equipment and help keep the wheels of the Marine Corps turning.
A personnel clerk in the Marine Corps provides a number of administrative services to personnel and also keeps track of documents, personnel records, and maintains various computer and automated systems. They retrieve, input, and deal with all different kinds of personnel and pay information. As such, the personnel clerk has many details of the Marine Corps Total Force System. The Marine Corps total force system deals with the Student Retry level Management, the Unit Diary/Marine personnel integrated system, and the online diary system. These systems can be complicated, but the personnel serving the Marine Corps as Personnel Clerks receive top of the line training in these and other systems.
Typical duties of Personnel clerks include:
-Auditing and correcting reports and feedback system information.
-Preparation of allotment and bond requests.
-Entering and auditing individual information and individual service records.
-Completion of pay and personnel related forms and documents.
-Research and correction of Unit Diary entry requirements.
-Reporting and entering transactions into the MCTFS system.
-Various other pay and allotment duties.
Some of the duties that Personnel clerks perform are at times the same or overlap the duties that Administrative Marine Corps clerks perform. These can include preparation of Marine and Naval correspondence, and entries and maintenance of correspondence directives and files.
To be assigned to a Personnel Clerk billet, or training school, every Marine must attend Basic Combat Training. After they graduate from Marine boot camp, they can be assigned individual advanced training, and even attend formal Marine schooling for Personnel Clerk.
Requirements to be a Personnel Clerk include:
-An ASVAB score on the GT section of 100 or more.
-Completion of the Personnel Clerk Course School, at MCB Camp Lejeune, or successfully performing certain tasks during Marine On the job training.
-Attain and pass a test of at least twenty-five words a minute typing speed before graduation of Personnel Clerk School.
Personnel that desire to be Marine Personnel Clerks should be detail oriented, willing to work in an office environment, and able to handle deadlines and stress. If this sounds like something that you would do well at, then the billet of Personnel Clerk may be for you.