Marine Corps Embassy Security Group Training

Carl | July 3, 2013 

“As an instructor at the MSG School we push them to the limit, we try to get them to their breaking point, and then we push them a little further.”

—Gunnery Sergeant Trevor Johnson

More than 450 MSGs annually are trained for embassy and consulate duty at the Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia, a joint Marine Corps and State Department training facility. DS provides instructors on security topics, the function of diplomatic missions, DS worldwide security programs, and the security environment of nations within which MSGs will be serving.

All MSGs receive response training which includes tactics, techniques, and procedures required to prepare for and respond to man-made and natural disasters. MSGs also complete DS specialized training in use of firearms, defensive tactics, technical and physical security equipment, emergency first aid, fire response, improvised explosive detection and destruction of controlled material.

All the technical security equipment utilized by the MSG students is provided by DS and is identical to the security systems that the MSGs will operate at U.S. embassies or consulates abroad. This equipment includes cutting-edge technologies used to detect and stop unauthorized entries.
At a U.S. embassy or consulate, the RSO plays a paramount, integral role in encouraging, supporting, and participating in Marine Security Guards’ continuous in-service training.

Marine Security Guard


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