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Q: USMC Command Codes ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: USMC Command Codes
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ruthellen-ga
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Posted: 19 Aug 2006 20:33 PDT
Expires: 18 Sep 2006 20:33 PDT
Question ID: 757774
What do the the USMC Marine Command Codes (e.g. 1FG, VLD) stand for?
Subject: Re: USMC Command Codes
Answered By: byrd-ga on 20 Aug 2006 08:06 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi ruthellen-ga,

The codes, also called MCC (Monitoring Unit Code) or RUC (Reporting
Unit Code), including reference to PMCC (Port Management Control
Center) are military shorthand for the names of command units and
their locations.

The two you referenced as examples are, respectively: 

MCC 1FG = RUC 28350 = PMCC 1CO
1st Force Recon Co. 
MCB Box 555341
Camp Pendleton, CA  

MCC VLD = RUC 1369 = PMCC 145
PSC Box 555811
Camp Pendleton, CA

These codes are found in the Marine Corps order/directive MCO P1080.20
(MCTFSCODESMAN), which stands for ?Marine Corps Total Force System
Codes Manual.? You can find it in Excel spreadsheet format here: 

Another list is here, also in Excel format: 

To decode those unit abbreviations, you can use this resource for
Marine Corps parents, here:

Again, using your two examples: 

1ST FORCE RECON CO = First Force Reconnaissance of the First Marine
Headquarters Group of the First Marine Expeditionary Force of the
First Marine Division (currently deployed to Iraq)

HMLA-369 MAG-39 3RDMAW = 
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Marine Aircraft Group 39
of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

The above link has many resources about the various USMC units. Here
are a few examples and links:
- USMC Structure:
- Units deployed: 
- Unit and base links:

I hope this information fully answers your question. If not, please
use the ?Request Clarification? feature to ask for further help before
rating and closing your question. I want to be sure you have what you

Best wishes,

Search strategy: 

First I searched using this search string:

[1FG VLD U.S. Marine Corps command codes OR acronyms OR abbreviations] 

This got me the codes manual, but then in order to understand what I
was looking at, I searched further on the following terms:

[USMC codes manual]
[USMC unit names]
[USMC  PMCC definition OR "what is" OR abbreviation]
[USMC acronyms MCC RUC]

Ultimately, I found most of the translations/meanings of the acronyms
on the Marine Corps parents site, which decoded the unit names and
ruthellen-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Excellent result. Appreciate the inclusion of the search stragegy.

Subject: Re: USMC Command Codes
From: byrd-ga on 20 Aug 2006 17:34 PDT
Hi ruthellen-ga,

I'm so glad you were pleased with the information. Just one quick
correction: I mistranslated MCC above - what it actually stands for is
"Monitoring Command Code." Thank you very much for the kind words,
five stars and generous tip!

Best regards,

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