Basic Aspects of the Marine Corps Finance Technician Role

These Marines make sure the checks clear

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Although it might not sound like the most thrilling job in the Marine Corps, finance technicians play an important role. They're the ones who keep the books; that is, they make sure the checks clear for Marines seeking reimbursement for their expenses. 

The Marines considers this a primary military occupational specialty (PMOS), meaning it's open to entry-level troops. It's categorized as PMOS 3432. Marines holding ranks from private up to master gunnery sergeant are eligible for this job. 

Duties of Marine Finance Technicians

These Marines review payments processing of master pay accounts, and the fiscal accounting supporting the transactions. Finance technicians also adjudicate, review, and oversee payment of vouchers of reimbursement for official travel.

MOS 3432 non-commissioned officers (NCOs) supervise subordinates working in master pay accounts and/or official travel payment functions. Finance technicians may be assigned to finance offices in either the operating forces or the shore establishment. Marines serving as finance technicians must have a fundamental understanding of related computer system applications.

Qualifying as a Marine Finance Technician

Depending on where you're assigned, you may need a secret security clearance from the Department of Defense for this job. This entails a background check of your character and finances, and a record of any drug or alcohol abuse may disqualify you.

Also, your record should be free of convictions by court-martial, civilian courts, or nonjudicial punishment for any act involving larceny or theft.

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'll also have to complete the basic finance technician course at the Financial Management School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Similar Jobs to MOS 3432

This job affords several potential civilian career paths. You'll be qualified to work as a payroll clerk for a variety of public and private companies. And after you've obtained the necessary license for where you live, you'll likely be qualified to work as an accountant, either for another company or in your practice.