Chapter 5: Strategic Weapons Facilities
1. Strategic Weapons Facilities (SWF) Mission. Provide
security for national strategic assets at Strategic Weapons
Facilities (SWF) as approved by the Chief of Naval Operations in
coordination with the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and, when
directed, conduct other short term military and emergency
operations. SWF locations include:
Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific, Bangor, WA.
Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Kings Bay, GA.
2. Special Qualifications. Personnel assigned to SWF duty must
be able to successfully pass a Personnel Reliability Program
(PRP) screening and hold a Secret clearance.
The purpose of the PRP is to prevent the possibility of an
action that could lead to nuclear weapon damage or cause the
unauthorized launch of a nuclear missile or the unauthorized
detonation of a nuclear weapon.
Qualifying standards for the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP)
are as follows: physical competence, mental alertness, and
weapons and nuclear components and good dependability.
Disqualifying standards include but not limited to: drug abuse,
alcohol abuse, financial irresponsibility, poor attitude/lack of
motivation toward nuclear weapons and duty, negligence or
delinquency in the performance of duty, conviction of or
involvement in a serious incident, mental, emotional, or other
significant medical condition, suicide attempt or threats and
Individuals assigned to PRP duties are responsible for
monitoring the reliability of others performing PRP duties as
well as their own at all times.
3. Organization. MAs assigned to a Marine Corps Security Force
Battalion (MCSFBn) operate in conjunction with Marine Corps
Security Forces under the operational control of the MCSFBn
Commanding Officer (CO). The MCSFBn CO is responsible to the
SWF CO for providing security personnel to secure the national
strategic assets under his control in a Main Limited Area (MLA),
a Waterfront Restricted Area (WRA), and an Explosive Handling