Marine Corps

5831:Correctional Specialists (MOS 5831)

Correctional specialists could also be known as prison security guards. They monitor and regulate inmates within the confines of a prison to ensure order is kept and that all prisoners are safe.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

An Marine Corps Correctional Specialist (MOS 5831) is required to guard and provide supervision of the daily actives of confined personnel. Supervision may take place at Naval Brigs or other types of correctional custody units. The objective is to prevent disturbances or escapes through the guarding of military custody units. While the vast majority of time spent is related to guarding and supervising confined personnel there are other job tasks of MOS 5831. Marines are required to treat prisoners in a safe, humane, and efficient manner. Correctional Specialists may also present their expertise to commanding officers on the establishment of regional detention facilities in zones of conflict. While many Specialists work in a garrison setting, a select few MOS 5831 train and present insight into the handling and methods of dealing with enemy detainees.

Military Duties Translated:

There are many similarities between working as a Correctional Specialist for the Marine Corps and civilian detention center. Therefore, once your service date ends with the military it is possible to continue working in the same job field. Corrections Officer and Security Officer are the two most relevant civilian jobs to MOS 5831. Additionally, some former MOS 5831 receive employment in law enforcement as police officers though additional training and certification is necessary.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Police Officer