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Training and Education Command

United States Marine Corps
Master Instructor

By Sgt. Austin Brown | | August 18, 2010

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GySgt Todd Snyder is awarded the Master Instructor certification.

GySgt Todd Snyder is awarded the Master Instructor certification. (Photo by Sgt. Austin Brown)

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4-Aug-10 -- FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo.  Every day aspiring Marines stretch to reach a new goal.  They continuously look for ways to hone their edge and develop new skills.  The title of “Master Instructor” is an ambition that Marine instructors can add to their “to do” list while training students.  Some of the prerequisites to achieving Master Instructor are a total of 500 student contact hours, of which a minimum of 100 must be lecture hours, and a minimum of 400 must be practical application hours.  They must also complete two courses of off-duty education, which is becoming very helpful to promotion within the Corps, as off-duty education is a significant part of professional development.  Lastly, in order to achieve Master Instructor status, a Marine instructor must deliver a period of instruction to a panel, undergo multiple evaluations, and then be recommended by their school director.  The final decision for approval is made by the Detachment Commanding Officer. 

When the title of Master Instructor is awarded, the Detachment Commander will award the recipient a 96 hour liberty period and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  The Marine Corps Detachment would like to extend a hearty “congratulations” to GySgt Todd M. Snyder from the Detachment’s Military Police School, who received the Master Instructor title Aug 4th.  His performance was outstanding in his efforts to earn the coveted title.

Media interested in obtaining additional information concerning the Marine Corps Detachment’s Master Instructor Program should contact Mr. Daryl Reeves, the Detachment Director of Academics, at 573-596-0131, ext. 6-6958 or e-mail

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