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Field Medical Training Battalion - East

Marine Corps Training and Education Command

Camp Lejeune, NC
CREST
Chaplain and Religious Program Specialist Expeditionary Skills Training (CREST) was established in October 1996 at the Field Medical Service School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune (renamed Field Medical Training Battalion in 2007). The purpose of CREST is to train Navy Chaplains and RP’s in the skills essential for combat survival, delivery of religious support in a combat environment, and the several associated technical and military tactical and defensive techniques required for duty with Marine Corps operating forces.
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In this 10-training-day course, emphasis is on providing leadership for a Religious Ministry Team (RMT) delivering religious support to Marine Corps operating forces. This includes familiarization with USMC organization and procedures, as well as competency in leading religious programs and managing logistic and administration in a field environment. Additionally, training will include general military subjects, field survival, individual and small unit tactics, military drills, physical training/conditioning, and first aid in a combat environment.
In this 40-training-day course, emphasis is on providing security, logistical, and administrative support for a Religious Ministry Team (RMT) delivering religious programs support to Marine Corps operating forces. This includes familiarization with USMC organization and procedures, competency in Marine Corps Martial Arts (Tan Belt), and providing religious program, logistics, and administrative support in a field environment. Additionally, training will include general military subjects, individual and small unit tactics, military drills, physical training/conditioning, first aid in combat environment, weapons familiarization with the opportunity to qualify on the rifle, and training in operating the HMMWV leading to a military operator's permit. Completion of CREST-RP results in the student receiving Navy Enlisted Classification RP-2401 Marine Basic Combat Skills Specialist.

Chaplain/RP Expeditionary Skills Training (CREST)
Field Medical Training Battalion-East
PSC Box 20042
Camp Lejeune NC 28542-0042

Commercial: (910) 450-0935/1016
(910) 450-0712/0750 (after working hrs)
FAX: (910) 450-0927
DSN: 750-0935/1016

Field Medical Training Battalion (FMTB) is located onboard Camp Johnson, in Jacksonville, NC. Camp Johnson is part of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Camp Lejeune is a very large base that covers a wide area and is located approximately 4 miles from Camp Johnson.

When leaving the Albert J. Ellis airport, follow the signs toward Jacksonville. At the intersection of Catherine Lake Road and Route 258/Highway 24, turn right. Continue on Route 258/24 until you come to the Montord Point exit and take a right off the exit and enter Camp Johnson. Once on board Camp Johnson, continue straight on Montford Landing Road and take a left onto Harley Drive. There will be signs directing you to FMTB.

Personnel arriving by plane in Jacksonville are dependent upon taxi or limousine service from the airport to Camp Johnson (approximately $25.00 from the Jacksonville airport to FMTB). Taxi service from New Bern, Kinston, or Wilmington, NC is more expensive ranging from $80.00 from New Bern/Kinston to over $300.00 for a taxi from Wilmington, NC (This expense is reimbursable upon liquidation of your orders so keep your receipt). On-base transportation is limited to local taxi service, with a military bus service for traveling between bases.

This expense is reimbursable upon liquidation of your orders (keep your receipt).

CREST is administratively supported by Field Medical Training Battalion (FMTB) on board Camp Johnson. Report in to the FMTB quarterdeck, building M-321, in the appropriate seasonal uniform; i.e. Service Dress Blues, Service Dress Whites, or khakis. Google Maps: 321 Rochester Lane, Jacksonville, NC 28543.  Contact number for the FMTB quarterdeck is 910-450-0750.

  • Enlisted students on PCS orders will report with medical, dental, and service record. Enlisted students must also report with a valid US driver’s license.
  • Officer students on PCS orders will report with medical and dental records and an updated copy of their Page-2. Officer students must also report with $100.00 cash to pay for meals and incidentals.
  • Active duty students on TAD orders and Naval Reserve students on ADT orders will report with medical and dental records and an updated copy of their Page-2. Enlisted students must also report with a valid US driver’s license.

Bring a complete sea bag. For the first few days of class, you will be wearing dungarees. For graduation, you will be wearing either your Dress Whites or Dress Blues. All uniform items listed below will be issued to you shortly after arrival:

· 1 pair of Infantry Combat boots

· 1 pair of hot weather boots

· 2 Utility Covers (1 Woodland and 1 Desert)

· 2 Booney Covers (1 Woodland and 1 Desert)

· 4 Combat Utility Blouses (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)

· 4 Combat Utility Trousers (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)

· 6 pairs of cushion sole socks

· 2 RP collar devices

· 4 sets name tapes (2 Woodland and 2 Desert)

· 6 green undershirts (3 cotton and 3 synthetic)

· 1 Sweater

· 1 pair of green shorts

· 1 Marine Corps sweat suit (top and bottom)

· 1 web belt

· 1 belt buckle

· 1 glowbelt

RPs will report with a full sea bag. At the conclusion of the training day, based upon your academic and physical performance, and conduct, liberty will be granted so bring proper civilian attire. When you leave the base, you will be in proper civilian attire. Proper civilian attire is defined as clothing that does not bring discredit upon yourself or the military. Clothing that is frayed or in disrepair is not authorized. Also, if your pants or shorts have belt loops, you are expected to wear a belt. PT gear will not be worn as civilian attire. Remember, there are plenty of Marines and Sailors out there ready to correct inappropriate attire. You represent the Navy, in and out of uniform, so take pride in your personal bearing and appearance. Additionally, the items listed below can be purchased upon arrival or you may bring them with you:

· Whistle

· Good pair of running shoes with white socks (no basketball shoes)

· Flashlight with red lens

· Pen and highlighter

· 4 sets of boot bands

· 4 sets of rank insignias

· 2 combination locks (key locks are not authorized)

· 1 mesh laundry bag

· Sports mouth guard/piece (for MCMAP)

· Sufficient amount of toiletry items to provide for your personal comfort during the training period

· 1 set of dog tags (red tags for allergies)

· Medical equipment (EPI pen, inhalers, etc.,)

· Sunscreen

· Wrist watch

· Good hearing protection

· Shower shoes

· 1 set of rating collar insignia (caduceus)

· Cover rank insignia (for personnel E4 and above only)

· 2 towels

All personnel attending FMSO shall bring the following items with them:

·         Whistle

·         Good pair of running shoes with white socks (not basketball shoes)

·         Flashlight with red lens

·         Pen and highlighter

·         4 sets of boot bands

·         1 set of dog tags (red tags for allergies)

·         Sufficient amount of toiletry items to provide for your personal comfort during the training period

·         Medications (EPI pen, inhalers, etc.,)

·         Sunscreen

·         Wrist watch

·         Good hearing protection

·         Insect repellant

Officers are required to bring or purchase their own uniforms. No uniforms will be issued by FMTB. If you will be going to a Marine Corps command after you graduate from FMTB, you should bring:

·         2 complete sets of MCCUU (Digital pattern) uniforms

·         2 Camouflage Navy covers (without USMC Emblem) with subdued (blackened) officer cover device

·         2 Khaki belts with open gold buckle

·         4 pairs of brown, black, or green boot socks

·         2 sets of shiny collar devices (rank on right, corps device on left)

·         2 pairs of brown USMC combat boots

·         4 green t-shirts

·         2 pairs of dark blue Navy PT shorts

 

The uniform of the day for the Marine Corps has been synchronized with daylight savings time (DST). During summer months, the Desert MCCUU will be worn with sleeves down. During winter months, the uniform of the day is Woodland MCCUU with sleeves down. Bring both no matter what season! For those who will be going to a USMC command and are not able to purchase the USMC MCCUU at your local Exchange, you can order your uniforms online at: http://www.usmc-mccs.org/uniforms

At the conclusion of the training day, usually 1630 – 1700, liberty will be granted. Appropriate civilian attire should be brought with you for this purpose.


  • Large radios
  • Television sets
  • Knives over 3 inches
  • Personal Weapons (guns)
  • Expensive jewelry, watches or cameras. (NOTE: Cameras are allowed but may become damaged, recommend disposable type.)

We are a limited, temporary duty station whose mission is to train medical Department and Religious Ministry personnel for duty with the Marine Forces. Please try to solve all problems and issues such as order modifications, swaps, spouse co-location, and class convening date changes, with the detailers prior to arriving at Field Medical Training Battalion.

For personnel ranks E1 through E5, berthing will be available in open bay barracks at no cost. A blanket, pillow, and linen will be issued to you upon check-in. These items must be returned upon detaching. Every attempt will be made to give senior personnel a private or semi-private room but this will be dependent on space availability. See “Student Materials” to download a copy of the FMTB Rules and Regulations that covers all the rules and regulations of life at FMTB.

Storage space while at FMTB is limited. Do not bring large radios, televisions, or other large items as you will NOT have a place to store them. Additionally, knives over 3 inches in length and personal weapons (guns) are prohibited on base. It is not recommended to bring expensive jewelry, watches or cameras that run the risk of being stolen. NOTE: Cameras are allowed but may become damaged. Recommend a disposable type.

If, upon check in, you are labeled a “Brown Bagger”, meaning you have your family living in the local area and you have follow on orders to the local area, you will be authorized to return home at the completion of the training day. Be warned, your training requires long days, many nights in the field, and late nights remaining onboard the base to prepare for the next days training events. Housing for your family members will be your responsibility. ALL students must maintain a rack in the barracks and participate in field day evolutions of the barracks on a regular basis.

If Camp Lejeune is your ultimate duty station, it is recommended that you contact the Family Housing Office at (910) 450-1628. Officers who are accompanied by family members will be responsible for procuring lodging for themselves and their dependent family members. For all other officers, single or unaccompanied, berthing options include:
Military Accommodations:

All Points Inn (BOQ)

Camp Johnson BOQ

Lejeune Inn

910-456-8554

910-456-7073

910-451-3041

Due to the proximity of available BOQ berthing or commuting from town, POVs or rental cars are recommended for officers reporting for FMSO training. Taxis are available throughout the base, but are very expensive. Rental cars must be authorized on your orders if you desire reimbursement, otherwise POV is your only option.

If you have orders to the local area (IE: CAMP LEJEUNE, MCAS NEW RIVER, CHERRY POINT), your BAH rate will change to your new permanent duty station's rate upon check-in to Field Medical Training Battalion. YOU ARE ADVISED to set up residence for your family prior to the start of your scheduled class.

If you did not receive PCS orders to Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River, or Cherry Point, accompaniment by family members is NOT authorized and your BAH rate will continue from your last permanent duty station.

In order to comply with current policies at CREST, commands are required to ensure that all personnel ordered to attend the course of instruction meet Navy body composition and weight standards and are physically and medically qualified to undergo the rigorous training provided. Personnel failing to meet body composition or who are not medically or physically qualified to successfully complete this formal Marine Corps course of training will be promptly returned to their respective command for administrative management. CREST practices safe Operational Risk Management (ORM) through force preservation and the health and well being of our students is paramount while providing the much needed training to support Marine Corps operating forces. As with any Marine Corps command, physical training is a large and very important part of Fleet Marine Force (FMF) training and education. This course is physically demanding and preparation prior to reporting is extremely essential. A daily routine of running two to four miles, sit-ups, and push-ups should be adequate to prepare you. Over the eight week course, students will hike over 25 miles with full combat load, participate in the Navy PFA, the Marine Corps PRT, group PT, Company and Platoon runs, participate in Combat Water Survival training, and receive over 27 hours of training in Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).
Before a student is permitted to park on base they must comply with the Base regulations. Proper paperwork is required before obtaining permission to bring a vehicle onto the base. The following items are required to be presented prior to issuance of a pass:

· Automobile Inspection Report: any state inspection will suffice as long as it is current.

· Current registration. If the student does not own the vehicle they must have in their possession written notarized permission from the owner of the vehicle to drive aboard the base.

· Current driver’s license.

· Show proof of adequate liability insurance (actual policy required) of not less than $25,000/$60,000/$10,000 coverage in force.

NOTE: Traffic and driving regulations are strictly enforced by Military and Civilian Police. Violations on base and violations in town (Speeding, Reckless Driving, Underage Drinking, DUI, DWI) will immediately result in base stickers being removed and DOD base driving privileges being revoked for one year or more.

While assigned to FMTB, students are authorized to receive mail. Students are encouraged to give their family members their mailing address and the Quarterdeck phone number to ensure they can contact you in an emergency. Your mailing address will be:

Your Name
FIELD MEDICAL TRAINING BATTALION
Platoon ___________
PSC BOX 20042
CAMP LEJEUNE NC 28542-0042

We are a limited, temporary duty station whose mission is to train medical Department and Religious Ministry personnel for duty with the Marine Forces. Please try to solve all problems and issues such as order modifications, swaps, spouse co-location, and class convening date changes, with the detailers prior to arriving at Field Medical Training Battalion.
It is mandatory that all personnel reporting to FMTB be on direct deposit. The Customer Service Detachment at Camp Lejeune is NOT authorized to write checks for regular pay periods unless a DDS request has been submitted. Normally E-5 and below single personnel are not eligible for commuted rations while a student at FMTB. All active duty E-6 and above personnel will receive BAS while attending FMTB and will not be issued a meal card.
If you live in a dual military household and you are not an authorized brown bagger as explained under BERTHING, your BAH will STOP while you are a student attached to Field Medical Training Battalion (unless you have an authorized dependent on your Page-2).
If you have orders to any local duty station (Camp Lejeune, New River, Cherry Point), and you do not relocate your family to North Carolina, you will NOT receive FSA. All other students with a spouse or children (listed on their Page-2) are eligible for FSA as long as your Ultimate Duty Station is not a local command.
For planning purposes, graduation will be completed before 1200 on the last day of class. Due to the distance to the local airport (approximately 25 miles), flights should not be scheduled prior to 1500. Students will not leave prior to completion of course critiques and graduation. FMTB Administration (S-1) will assist all students with travel arrangements from FMTB to their next duty station.

For additional information on job opportunities, real estate, local schools etc., please visit Camp Lejeune web site located here "Welcome Aboard."

The Field Medical Training Battalion staff looks forward to your arrival and will make every effort to provide an informative and useful training experience. The coordinator for this program is: