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    Marine Corps Combat Instructor Role Once Again a Special Duty Assignment

    Marine Corps Combat Instructor Role Once Again a Special Duty Assignment

    Combat instructors — Marines who teach entry-level devil dogs basic warfighting skills — are once again a special duty assignment.

    As of May, the combat instructor, which is open to infantry Marines, is again one of these assignments after it was dropped from the criteria several years ago. The change was announced by the service's Manpower and Reserve Affairs division earlier this month.

    Special duty assignments, or SDAs, are billets outside of a Marine's primary job and include being a recruiter, drill instructor and security guard. Sometimes those assignments are voluntary, but other times Marines are ordered into them.

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    “I went through combat instructor school back in 2015,” Gunnery Sgt. Tyler Stokes, an enlisted assignments monitor for combat instructors, said in a video released by the service. “It's an extremely rewarding duty because you actually get to affect and to teach the warfighting skills that all Marines learn through the entry-level training pipeline, and it's really critical for the operational readiness of the .”

    Stokes said that the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Eric Smith, issued guidance earlier this year that said the combat instructor role would once again be a special duty assignment.

    Combat instructors teach Marines weapons handling, employment of automatic weapons, the nuances of munition…

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