CHIEF OF MARINE OPERATIONS: Force Colonel Anne Zecca
Third in command of the MFMC, the Chief of Marine Operations acts as a chief of staff and head of marine computer ops. This person will gather all reports of marines and marine activity and present it to the DC and CMC. They will also be responsible for the marine website and its condition. They will also approve marine unit names, symbols, etc. This will prevent duplication of symbols and the like to ensure each MFMC unit and detachment is one of a kind. The leaders of special marine programs should report to this individual, unless otherwise listed.
MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS
MFI Marine Operations are indirectly controlled by the Force Admiral, the International Coordinator of the MFI, through the Commandant of the Corps. The Commandant is responsible for the wellbeing and operations of the Corps, and traditionally the Commandant is also responsible to the Force Admiral for major and long-term Marine deployments, extended campaigns, and various special tours of duty that do not fall under the jurisdiction of any field command. In support of this mission, the MFMC unit field commanders are given the power to evaluate and make decisions based on their own observations and calculations rather than having to continually check with their superiors. This by no means allows carte blanche, major decisions which do not fall under the unit's mission must be verified if possible. A Marine unit commander has similar decision powers to a Starship Captain.
On a smaller scale, units deployed aboard a starship operate under a similar, yet somewhat different, method. In addition to reporting to the regiment or battalion command in which the battalion or company serves, the Marine Commanding Officer or, as we call them, the Officer in Charge (OIC) reports directly to the ship's captain. This instant communications and coordination allows both the Naval and Marine forces aboard the starship to conduct daily operations in a manner equitable to both sides. A starship-bound Marine unit receives orders in much the same way. Long-term objectives are assigned by the unit's marine command while the vessel's CO is responsible for assigning short-term objectives. This has proven to be an effective method for those units assigned to serve aboard Maquis Naval vessels and installations.
Once graduated from Maquis Fleet Academy, the Marine officer candidate is promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant after passing Marine Boot Camp. There is a great deal of friendly animosity between Maquis Naval and Marine officers & crew. In short, they pretend they don't get along too well. The Naval complement thinks the MFMC is home to a bunch of brash, arrogant, trigger-happy folk and the Marine complement believes the Maquis Navy to be lax in discipline and training. The Marines also believe that the Navy takes the work of the MFMC too lightly. It's not easy being "elite"... those Fleeties will never know.
Marine units allow marines in the same area, or within the same cell, the chance to enjoy the things that MFI and the MFMC were founded to promote; the chance to have fun! MFI units, regardless of Service Branch, can always be found doing many things--from being active as a group within MFI to performing community service, learning drill and ceremony in brotherhood, having fun with paintball or laser tag, other outdoor activities, group sports and play, role playing and gaming, and just plain old socializing and chit-chat. Sometimes, they even discuss and debate Star Trek! The one thing they all have in common is that whatever MFI members and MFI Marines do, they do together!
Regardless of its type, every Marine unit has an Officer in Charge (OIC) who is usually appointed by the Cell CO, or elected by the other Marine members within the group. Since MFI has a "hands off" policy regarding cells, your cell may have differing methods. Either way, MFI does require that your cell have a written policy as to how you may participate. Even if your cell isn't to your liking, you are always free to charter your own!
The Marine Mentorship program is a new initiative under the control of MFMC Operations.
The program is administered by the Morale and Counselor's Office. It was created to ensure new marine recruits fit in properly and comfortably with MFMC. Each new recruit is paired with an experienced marine, who shows the marine recruit how things work and are done in MFMC. Mentors are expected to befriend new recruits, keep them interested in the MFMC, notify the head of the program if there are any difficulties and generally keep the Marine Recruit out of trouble.
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