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Located in Quantico, Virginia, M&RA is the largest department within HQMC. The mission of M&RA is to employ an integrated manpower system across the service enterprise that attracts, develops, retains, and supports our Marines, their families, and our civilian workforce as they pursue their professional aspirations and personal career goals, in order to provide our commanders the human “steel” necessary to fight and win our Nation’s battles. To accomplish the mission, the Deputy Commandant, M&RA, is in charge of a far reaching slate of manpower and personnel activities including: active and reserve assignments, promotions, and retention; senior leadership management; military awards; military and civilian personnel policies and plans; personnel and family readiness; casualty assistance; Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS); pay and personnel administration; wounded warrior care and support; and reserve personnel policies and plans.

The Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations (DC, PP&O) performs a dual mission: Is the Operations Deputy (Ops Dep) for the Commandant on all Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) matters. Serves as the focal point for the interface between the Marine Corps (as one of the four Services) and the joint and combined activities of the JCS and the unified Commanders-in-Chief, and various allied and other foreign Defense agencies. Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations (DC, PP&O) is responsible for coordinating the development and execution of service plans and policies related to the structure, deployment, and employment of Marine Corps forces in general.

Headquarters Marine Corps, Department of Aviation develops, integrates, and supervises plans, policies and budget for all aviation assets and aviation expeditionary enablers (aviation command and control, aviation ground support, and unmanned aircraft systems) in support of Marine air ground task forces. In support of the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Title 10 responsibilities as a service chief, the Deputy Commandant for Aviation serves as the principle advisor on all aviation matters and serves as the principle spokesperson of Marine Corps aviation programs, requirements, and strategy throughout the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense.

The Installations and Logistics (I&L) Team drives logistics plans, policies, and initiatives to increase the capability, endurance and reach of the Marine Air Ground Task Force. I&L provides ready and resilient bases that are exceptional training and force projection platforms, while also ensuring exemplary quality of life for Marines, Sailors and their families. I&L leads innovation and modernization efforts that focus logistics and infrastructure development through the 21st Century.

CD&I and MCCDC fully integrates Marine Corps concepts and requirements based warfighting capabilities; including doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities in order to ensure the Marine Corps is properly organized, trained and equipped now and in the future.

The Programs & Resources Department (P&R) is the principal staff agency responsible for developing, defending and overseeing Marine Corps financial requirements, policies and programs in order to support the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) in executing his Title 10 responsibilities as a service chief. The Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources (DC P&R) serves as the principal advisor to the CMC on all financial matters and serves as CMC’s principal spokesperson on USMC program and budget matters throughout the Department of the Navy (DoN) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

The department of the Deputy Commandant for Information (DC I) is the newest within Headquarters Marine Corps. The mission of DC I is to align and integrate the Marine Corps’ information-related capabilities by developing and supervising plans, policies, and guidance for all information environment operations (IE Ops). DC I identifies requirements for doctrine, manpower, training, education, and matériel concerning IE Ops while advocating for relevant functions of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with service, naval, joint, interagency, intelligence community, and coalition partners. The functions of DC I enable the Marine Corps to win in and through any information-contested environment. Furthermore, in support of the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) and his Title 10 responsibilities, DC I serves as the principal advisor regarding all matters associated with IE Ops and is the principal spokesperson regarding Marine Corps IE Ops programs, requirements, and strategies throughout the Department of the Navy (DoN) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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