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U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Helen T. Zacniewski, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Family Service Center, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, briefs students concerning the marine security guard Special Duty Assignment (SDA) during a Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Dec. 12, 2019. The panel gave a brief description of what SDA they completed, as well as answered any questions the students had about SDA’s and the Marine Corps in general. Courses such as these allow Marines the opportunity to hear from senior leadership about various duty assignments and career development that have aided in their success. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Neuenhoff)

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Special Duty Assignment Panel

20 Dec 2019 | Lance Cpl. Michael Neuenhoff Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

U.S. Marines enrolled in a Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar receive career advice from a panel of Marines who have each completed a Special Duty Assignment (SDA) Dec. 12, 2019. The Lance Corporal Seminar emphasizes the importance of knowing your options for career advancement early on and brings in subject matter experts to help Marines expand their skill set as professionals.
SDAs are different collateral duty assignment most Marines will have an opportunity to serve in during their second and third enlistments. They include occupational specialties such as drill instructor, recruiter and marine security guard detachment commander duty. Marines may volunteer or may be selected to serve in one of the assignments once career eligible. SDAs are also offered as reenlistment incentives and occasionally come with increased pay and other benefits. Each SDA has a different but integral mission in the Marine Corps and all help excel a Marine’s career if successfully completed.

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