Modeling and simulation (M&S) officers are the Marine Corps subject matter experts (SME) across the seven pillars of DoD M&S: Acquisition, Analysis, Experimentation, Intelligence, Planning, Test & Evaluation, and Training. Their duties are both managerial and technical, have service-specific and national impacts, and therefore M&S officers must remain current and adaptable to a rapidly evolving environment. They must be able to provide M&S SME input for operational & functional requirements; conceptual model design; statistically relevant metrics; analysis of alternatives; software/hardware implementation; verification validation & accreditation (VV&A) of M&S; program of record sustainment activities; and joint capabilities integration and development system (JCIDS) processes.
To become and 8825 a Marine must complete the Modeling and Simulation (Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation (MOVES)) curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, or equivalent postgraduate degree from an accredited university. The MOVES Masters program is a two-year, eight-quarter program whose core covers the fundamentals of modeling and simulation. For students who have not been in an academic environment for an extended period or who lack a technical undergraduate degree with above-average performance, a twelve-week refresher is offered and highly recommended. To qualify for the MOVES programs Marines must have a Academic Profile Code (APC) of 325.
Assignments for 8825s are located across the Marine Corps providing a variety of support to operational training, analysis, and experimentation. Assignments exist at the MEF level, Office of Naval Research, Joint Staff, Training and Education Command, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, and Marine Corps Combat Development Command. If interested in more information please contact MCMSO directly at 703-784-0432.