Promotion and command photos are taken by the Communication Strategy & Operations Office staff Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m., in 30 minute increments. The studio is located in the COMMSTRAT Office, Building 3500, Room 13.
Appointments MUST be made in advance. It is important to schedule promotion photo appointments several weeks prior to the promotion board convening. All appointments are booked on first-come, first-serve basis. Due to a staffing shortage, we cannot assist walk-ins.
For promotion photos, all ranks must have a staff noncommissioned officer/officer present during the session. COMMSTRAT staff members are not allowed to adjust uniforms in any way. Service members should arrive on time and in the proper uniform. They should also ensure their ribbons are in the proper order and their uniforms fit.
Each Marine is required to bring a height and weight form with them to their scheduled appointment. Photos will not be processed without the form, which can be obtained at the Marine's respective company office or training section.
Tattoo photos must be arranged by the Career Planner (Base or LOGCOM) and are not required to be taken by a staff member in the COMMSTRAT Office.
For more information, call (229) 639-7073 or 639-5216.
Click here for Official Military Personnel Photo Guidance
Please see the latest MARADMIN below:
R 252010Z AUG 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA//
SUBJ/REMOVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM CONSIDERATION BY PROMOTION BOARDS AND SELECTION PROCESSES PERTAINING TO ASSIGNMENT, TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND COMMAND//
REF/B/MSGID: MSG/CMC MRA MM/281924Z JAN 2019//
REF/C/DESC: DOC/MCO P1400.31C/YMD: 20060809//
REB/D/DESC: DOC/MCO P1400.32D/W/CH2/YMD: 20060511//
NARR/REF A IS SECDEF MEMORANDUM OF 14 JULY 2020, IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO ADDRESS DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN THE MILITARY SERVICES, REF B IS MARADMIN 052/19, OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE (OMPF) PHOTOGRAPH GUIDANCE. REF C IS MARINE CORPS PROMOTION MANUAL, VOL 1, OFFICER PROMOTIONS. REF D IS MARINE CORPS PROMOTION MANUAL VOL 2, ENLISTED PROMOTIONS.
POC/J.P. BALLARD/LTCOL/HD/MMPR/-/TEL: (703) 784-9700/EMAIL: JENIFFER.BALLARD@USMC.MIL//
POC/M. GOLONKA/GS-13/HD MMRP-60/-/TEL: (703) 784-5600/EMAIL: MACIEJ.GOLONKA@USMC.MIL//
POC/R. QUINN/LTCOL/HD/MMOA-3/-/TEL: (703) 784-9285/EMAIL: RORY.QUINN@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Applicable law, implementing regulations and directives govern the type of information that can be provided to selection boards for consideration. Only authorized information can be placed before, requested by, or reviewed by members of a selection board.
2. Effective 1 September 2020, in accordance with reference (a), photographs are not authorized information for promotion boards and selection processes pertaining to assignment, training, education, and command. This prohibition includes official photographs located in the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), as well as photographs submitted in correspondence by individual Marines.
3. This MARADMIN updates references (b) through (d) regarding the authorized use of an official photograph consistent with reference (a). Specific paragraph changes to references (b) through (d), as well as other service directives pertaining to processes using official photographs, will be identified, announced in subsequent correspondence, and incorporated in their future revisions.
4. Release authorized by LtGen David A. Ottignon, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.//