Marine Corps Job: MOS 3451 Financial Management Resource Analyst

These Marines handle and oversee finances and budgets

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In the Marine Corps, financial management resource analysts act kind of like bookkeepers. They perform accounting, budgeting and other financial management duties.

The Marine Corps considers this a primary military occupational specialty (MOS), and categorizes it as MOS 3451. It's open to enlisted Marines from the rank of private to master gunnery sergeant. 

Duties of MOS 3451

Financial management resource analysts monitor, reconcile and prepare of official accounting records; as well as oversee general ledger control and related cost accounting. They compile financial data and estimates for budgets and analyze variances between the budget plan and actual budget execution.

Additional financial management duties may include recording financial data to support budget execution and program analysis, preparing financial progress reports and statistics, and any other related financial management duties aimed at preventing fraudulent use or waste of government resources. 

All of the aforementioned duties require a fundamental understanding of all financial management related system interfaces and associated computer applications.

Qualifying for MOS 3451

To be eligible for this job, you'll need a score of 110 or higher on the general technical (GT) segment of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests. Depending on the assignment, you may also need a secret security clearance from the Department of Defense.

This will include a background check of finances and character, and previous drug use or alcohol abuse may prevent you from getting such a clearance. At the commander's discretion, MOS 3451 can be revoked for any guilty verdict or nonjudicial punishment concerning theft, larceny, fraud, waste, abuse and/or misappropriation of funds.

All financial management resource analysts take the requisite basic training, or boot camp, and then complete the financial management resource analyst course at the Financial Management School at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Advanced Training for MOS 3451

Upon selection to the rank of staff sergeant, if not previously completed, those Marines selected will be earmarked to attend the next Advanced Resource Management Course at Camp Lejeune

Attendance at the annual Financial Management Resource Conference is highly recommended for those ranked between staff sergeant and master gunnery sergeant.

Attendance and completion of the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training Course (EDFMTC) is encouraged for gunnery sergeant through master gunnery sergeant

Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) certification for gunnery sergeant to master gunnery sergeant is desirable. Certification costs are refunded by the Veterans Administration. In order to receive certification cost reimbursement, active duty and reservists must be eligible for receipt of VA benefits.