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Marines Taser Train At Camp Foster
U.S. Marine Corps Installations Pacific Courtesy Story
November 16, 2019

U.S. Marines assigned to Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, underwent Human Electro-muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Taser training at Camp Foster in October 2019.

The Marine Corps military police and corrections (58XX) occupational field allows Marines to use tasers in the line of duty. Although Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, doesn’t provide training on tasers, training is provided by Non-Lethal Weapons Instructors when they arrive to their duty station. For the Marines to carry the device, they must become certified annually.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Robert A. Votta, Provost Marshal’s Office, a non-lethal weapons instructor with Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, instructs a course during Human Electro-muscular Incapacitation Taser training at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22, 2019. This training is conducted to help Marines familiarize themselves with the nomenclature and employment of the non-lethal weapon. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kayla V. Staten)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Robert A. Votta, Provost Marshal’s Office, a non-lethal weapons instructor with Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, instructs a course during Human Electro-muscular Incapacitation Taser training at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22, 2019. This training is conducted to help Marines familiarize themselves with the nomenclature and employment of the non-lethal weapon. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kayla V. Staten)

The training began with a lecture on the history and the proper use of the X26E and X26P Taser. After practical applications, all Marines were given a written test to ensure they understood the non-lethal weapon’s conditions.

The devices were designed to temporarily incapacitate a suspect through the use of an electrical current. It’s used to take down a non-compliant subject by using two prongs that launch from an attached cartridge that delivers thousands of volts of electricity throughout the body causing involuntary muscle contraction and temporary loss of motor control.

After the lecture on the history and specifications regarding the tasers, the instructor demonstrated proper use and administered a written test. Once they passed, it was time for practical application.

U.S. Marines assigned to Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, undergo Human Electro-muscular Incapacitation Taser training at Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kayla V. Staten)
U.S. Marines assigned to Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, undergo Human Electro-muscular Incapacitation Taser training at Provost Marshal’s Office, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 22, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kayla V. Staten)

“It’s not required to be exposed to the taser in order to carry one, but I do believe if you’re going to carry it you should know how it feels and the effects,” said Staff Sgt. Robert A. Votta, a non-lethal weapon instructor with PMO, MCIPAC. “It gives you more confidence in the tool so when you’re using it on a subject, you can understand what they’re going through and if they’re not automatic responding to verbal commands, you would know why.”

Although every Marine didn’t volunteer to be exposed to the taser, they all had a chance to practice drawing from the holster, aiming, loading, unloading and engaging a target.

“This training is beneficial because we load-up every day and if you’re taser qualified you will carry one on the job,” said Cpl. Cheyenne Kay Hiatt, a patrol supervisor with PMO, MCIPAC. “It’s just another nonlethal weapon to utilize if needed.”

The HEMI Taser gives the Marines another tool to utilize in the escalation of force and training helps them grasp an understanding of the non-lethal weapon.

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