Marine Corps Job: MOS 3044 Contract Specialist

These Marines make sure missions have the needed supplies

In the Marine Corps, contract specialists are tasked with the acquisition of supplies and non-personal service purchased via open market from commercial and government sources. It's up to them to handle things like the purchase of replacement parts and equipment, for instance, similar to what a civilian procurement specialist does. 

The Marine Corps categorize this job as military occupational specialty (MOS) 3044.

 This is considered a Primary MOS, and is open to Marines ranking from sergeant to master gunnery sergeant. 

Duties of Marine Corps Contract Specialists

Marines in this MOS must have the ability to interact with Department of Defense civilians, civilians in the private sector, and/or work independently. Marines must also have the ability to be objective in applying procurement laws, regulations and policies, and apply best business practices in ​performance of daily duties.

Marines are chosen to serve in this MOS by a body known as a contingency contracting specialist screening board, and if accepted, become part of the Defense Acquisition Workforce for the Department of Defense. These Marines procure supplies and services for operations, exercises, contingencies, natural disasters and foreign training events.

They also advise senior Marine Corps leadership on supplies needed and the best ways to procure them in various scenarios.

This may include purchasing supplies from commercial markets or markets in host nations if part of an overseas mission. 

Qualifying for PMOS 3044

You'll need a score of 110 or higher on the general technical (GT) segment of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests. You have to be a sergeant with less than a year of service to qualify 

Marines in this job have to be eligible for a secret security clearance, which entails a background check of character and finances. You can't have any convictions by court-martial, civilian courts, or any nonjudicial punishments of larceny, fraud or theft. A history of drug or alcohol abuse is usually disqualifying, as is a criminal record. Marines in this job are handling resources and supplies, so a record of monetary crimes is especially problematic. 

In addition to the ASVAB score and DoD clearance requirements, Marines seeking assignment as contract specialists need a minimum of 48 months of obligated service upon completion of on-the-job training (OJT) and assignment of this MOS.

Marines in this job must request an extension of obligated service in order to comply. The OJT period begins the day the Marine reports for duty at an appropriate level contracting office and runs consecutively with attendance in the Marine Corps contingency contracting specialist course.

Civilian Jobs Similar to Marine Corps Contract Specialist

Since it's not specifically focused on weapons, intelligence or combat, this Marine Corps job provides good training for a variety of civilian jobs. You'll be qualified to work as a buyer, purchasing agent or procurement services manager, a contracts manager or contract administrator, in private sector and public sector jobs.

Be advised that local and state licensing requirements may need to be met before you can begin work in these roles.