Job Facts About the Marine Corps Motor Transport

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While motor transport might seem fairly mundane, within the Marine Corps, there are several important jobs that fall under this classification. 

Marines in the motor transport MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) maintain and operate both commercial and tactical vehicles. The job is a lot more than driving and keeping the engines running, however. Marines in this job frequently work with those in the distribution management field to transport everything from people and supplies to resources and equipment.

It may even involve using amphibious vehicles or aircraft. 

There are several specialties in this transportation field. They include automotive maintenance technicians, who maintain and repair motor transport vehicles and equipment and motor vehicle operators, who do maintenance and repairs in addition to driving tactical wheeled vehicles in support of combat and garrison operations. 

Motor vehicle operator is considered a PMOS: Primary Military Occupation Specialty. The ranks for this job may range from private to sergeant. 

Job Requirements

To work in the motor transport field, including as a motor vehicle operator, Marines must possess a Mechanical Maintenance (MM) score from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) of 85 or higher, and complete the Motor Vehicle Operator Course (7T).

After recruit training, Marines in Motor Transport will attend one of two training courses: either the Automotive Organizational Maintenance Course, or the Motor Vehicle Operator Course at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina.

Non-MOS qualified Reserve Marines unable to attend the regular formal school course may be certified for MOS 3531, as an AMOS-only, by the unit commander upon successful completion of the Alternate Training Instructional Program (ATIP) of the Marine Force Reserves.

The ATIP for MOS 3531 Marines is found in Force Order 1535.1 and consists of core tasks to be performed to standard during managed on-the-job training (MOJT) at the unit prior to attending a Motor Vehicle Operator mobile training team (MTT).

A minimum of 6-months MOJT while assigned to a 3531 billet is required.

Marines in Motor Transport must meet the prerequisites of MCO 11240.66 and TM-11240-15/3, and possess a valid state driver's license, with the exception of students attending the MOS-producing school at the FLC, Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri.

Applicants' past driving record will be subject to a search under the National Driver Register, and they'll need a U.S. Government motor vehicle operator's identification card for an M-Series 7-ton vehicle.

No more than one yes in block number 6 on the physical fitness inquiry for motor vehicle operators (OF-345) is acceptable, and they must have normal color vision.

The minimum height for motor vehicle operation in the Marines is 64 inches, and the maximum is 75 inches.

For a complete listing of duties and tasks, refer to MCO 1510.68, Individual Training Standards.

Related Department of Labor Occupation Codes:

Truck Driver, Heavy 905.663-014.

Tractor-Trailer-Truck Driver 904.383-010.

Tank-Truck Driver 903.683-018.

Related Marine Corps Jobs:

Logistics Vehicle System Operator, 3533.

Above information derived from MCBUL 1200, parts 2 and 3