0245 - Target Mensuration Analyst
The 0245 Secondary MOS is an MOS available to 0241 Imagery Analysis Specialists who receive additional specialized training. 0245 Target Mensuration Analysts directly support target material production (TMP), the generation of target coordinates.
Target Coordinate Mensuration (TCM) is the process of measurement of a feature or location on earth by certified personnel using National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) validated tools to determine an absolute latitude, longitude, and elevation to support the employment of coordinate-seeking munitions. Target Mensuration Analysts identify, analyze, and confirm coordinates for precision guided munitions such as Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) bombs or M982 Excalibur guided artillery shells for Marines and other armed services.
In accordance with chairman of the joint chiefs of staff instruction, precise point mensuration (PPM) must be conducted by certified personnel. This certification requirement cannot be waived. The TMP training program is considered specialized training.
This training program consists of three levels (initial training, on the job training, and proficiency maintenance training) to further develop a Marine’s point mensuration analytical skills. A sponsored national geospatial-intelligence agency (NGA) certification team will perform all individual and work center certifications for TMP.
Marines pursuing this MOS are required to undergo extensive training. First, they must successfully complete the Air Force Precise Point Positioning Program (AFP4) Initial Qualification Training Course held by the 20th Intelligence Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Second, Marines must complete an On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. OJT involves processing AFP4 supplied data sets, as well as training on unit specific procedures, tools and processes. Marines must remain in the OJT program for a minimum of two months. Then, Marines must successfully complete proficiency maintenance training which is conducted post-certification and exposes the Marine to a variety of AFP4 provided data sets to maintain competence. Lastly, Marines must successfully complete the Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) Course, Joint Targeting School, Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Virginia.