Making Marine Security Guards

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Get an exclusive look at how Marines are trained to protect 175 embassies and consulates around the globe.

The mission of Marine Security Guards is to provide protection to mission personnel and prevent compromise of national security information and equipment at designated diplomatic and consular facilities. Marine Security Guards will be prepared to execute plans for the protection of the mission and its personnel as directed by the Chief of Mission (COM) or Principal Officer (PO) through the Regional Security Officer.

Congress expects the Marine Corps to be more forward deployed and to demonstrate that it's a crisis-reaction force.

Marine Security Guards do just that.

"In the wake of Benghazi, I think there's an expectation that Marines and sailors will be there and respond within hours to a threat against our diplomatic corps, U.S. citizens or interests abroad."— CMC Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. at the Senate Armed Services Committe Testimony | January 28, 2015

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