MOS 0521 Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Specialist

MOS 0521 Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Specialist

MOS Description

Enlisted PSYOP Marines are created by lateral move from any MOS. PSYOP Marines plan and execute functions pertaining to military information support operations (MISO). PSYOP is defined as the trained personnel who primarily conduct MISO, but can also, in certain contexts, conduct civil authorities, information support (CAIS) and military deception (MILDEC).  Marines selected for initial and advanced PSYOP training may be assigned to training venues hosted by other services. Schools in excess of 100 days will incur time in service obligation. Prior to assignment to a school, the Marine must agree to 48 months of obligated service. Marines not agreeing to meet the obligated service requirements will not be assigned to the MOS or to advanced training.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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