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Marine Corps Infantry Machine Gunners know as MOS 0331 in Military Occupational Specialties handle large machine guns in direct combat. Also known as 31s by their Infantry platoon mates, these heavy machine gunners specifically handle 7. 62mm medium machine gun, 50 caliber and 40mm heavy machine gun, plus their support vehicles. This position is within Infantry Career Field. Those holding the position of Machine Gunner have ranked from private to sergeant. 31s tend to be bigger and stronger Marines and many do second weight lifting workouts Of day to build strength and need to carry extra rounds and heavy equipment. However, carrying an extra 70 lbs more than everyone else in the platoon will make you strong-slow, but strong. Add size and strength is due to the nature of their work. For example, 240B above weighs on average 27 pounds and 7. 62 ammo loadout is twice as heavy than. 556 weapons as well. For instance, M16A4 with scope, grenade launcher is typically around 9 pounds in comparison. Ammo Of typical grunt weighs 3. 5 lbs For 100 rounds Of 5. 56 x 45. Also 100 rounds of 7. 62 x 51 and weighs 7 pounds. Imagine now carrying 500 to 1000 rounds at a time. Spreading 100 rounds throughout the platoon with each member is the way to go, especially if everyone knows that your next patrol requires some time of being in hot area with little support quickly on way. Machine gunners provide direct fire in support of rifle and light armor Reconnaissance squads, platoons and companies, along with Infantry and LAR battalions. They can patrol mountains or dismount. Summary. Machine Gunner is responsible for tactical employment of 7. 62mm medium Machine gun, 50 cal., And 40mm heavy Machine-gun, and their support vehicle. Machine gunners provide direct fire in support of rifle and LAR squads / platoons / companies and Infantry and LAR battalions. They are located in weapons platoons of rifle and LAR companies and weapons company of the Infantry battalion. Noncommissioned officers are assigned as mortar gunners, forward observers, fire direction plotters, and squad and section leaders. When on foot, Marine Corps Machine Gunner is primarily responsible for tactical employment of 7. 62mm M240 medium Machine gun. If traveling by vehicle, Machine Gunner fires mount weapons. Typically, Marine Corps Machine gunners operate in three-person teams, often in combat situations and frequently in difficult terrain. Machine gunners must be prepared to fight in close quarters, both on foot and from mount positions, and also potentially from aircraft. The team leader leads a three-person team and directs Machine Gunner's fire. The second person on the team, Machine Gunner, employ M240 Machine gun. The third person on the team carries spare ammunition and barrels for the Machine Gunner and assists in deployment and employment of the Machine gun. When operating in small units, Machine Gunner is a critical force multiplier in a squad or platoon.

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