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Commandant of the Marine Corps Safety Division
Arlington, Virginia

Safety Division

Safety Division is one of several staff agencies which make up Headquarters, United States Marine Corps. The Safety Division is lead by a Colonel that reports directly to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and serves as the Commandant's principle advisor on Marine Corps safety matters. SD implements policy and directs Marine Corps risk management, safety and occupational health programs. SD also oversees the development of training for safety programs, conducts safety surveys, program reviews, and major mishap investigations in addition to ongoing analysis of mishap data to eliminate mishap recurrence.


To enhance the Marine Corps readiness posture by aligning sound safety policy and the risk management principles necessary to foster the just culture necessary to prevent mishaps, their reoccurrence and the associated material losses, fatalities, injuries, and occupational illnesses.


A Marine Corps culture where risk management and force preservation principles are integral to mission execution, residing at all levels of the Corps, from the most junior Private up to the Commandant.

Strategic Goals
  • Make the Marine Corps a world-class safety organization

  • Provide resources and accountability

  • Standardize safety training

  • Improve technology systems & usage

  • Expand culture to integrate safety in all aspects of the Marine Corps

Force Preservation Concepts

Force preservation concepts enhance combat readiness and reduce hazards during all activities: Combat, non-combat, training, operations, and non-operational, off-duty and recreational.

  • All activities have risks
  • All risks can be managed
  • All mishaps can be averted
  • All Marines are accountable

Risk management skills, mishap prevention activities and understanding force preservation concepts are all integral to a successful and vibrant safety program.