Marvin M. Magcale enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1991 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, CA in January 1992. Upon completion of Marine Combat Training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, Private First Class Magcale reported to MATSS-901, MATSG-90 at Naval Air Station Memphis, TN for training as an Aviation Structural Mechanic student and subsequently to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin (MCAS), CA as a CH-53 Structure Mechanic student. He completed both training courses with honors.
In August 1992, Lance Corporal Magcale reported to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 for duty and deployed to MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan under the Unit Deployment Program. In July 1993, Lance Corporal Magcale was reassigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 for duty. He was promoted to Corporal in August 1993 and during this period served as an Aviation Structural Mechanic with the collateral duty as the Inspector and Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the night-crew. Corporal Magcale completed two unit deployments to Okinawa, Japan and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant in November 1995. In October 1996, he reported to Sergeants Course aboard MCAS El Toro, CA and was recognized as the honor graduate of his class.
In April 1997, Sergeant Magcale reported to Drill Instructor School, MCRD San Diego, CA. He served in both Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor billets in Lima Company, 3d Recruit Training Battalion and Medical Rehabilitation Platoon, Support Training Company. He was subsequently promoted to Staff Sergeant in June 1998.
In July 2000, upon successful completion of drill instructor duty, he reported to MCAS Miramar, CA for duty with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465. He was assigned as the Corrosion Control and Hazardous Material/Waste Work Center Supervisor, Airframes Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, and CH-53E Airframe Structures, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Corrosion Control Collateral Duty Inspector. Staff Sergeant Magcale deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I in January 2003. In August 2003, he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and was assigned as the Airframes Division Chief and as the Squadron Gunnery Sergeant. In January 2004, he redeployed to Iraq in support of OIF II. He was selected for the 2004 Marine Corps Association Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Award which recognized the most significant example of leadership demonstrated by a Non-Commissioned Officer in Marine Aviation.
In March 2005, he reported for duty as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for NROTC Unit University of San Diego/San Diego State University. He also served as First Sergeant for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) Preparatory School aboard MCRD San Diego, CA.
In July 2007, he was promoted to First Sergeant and was transferred to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska as the Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant for Company D(-) Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. Upon completion of his tour in Alaska, First Sergeant Magcale was transferred to Combat Logistics Regiment 37, 3d Marine Logistics Group as the Company First Sergeant for Communications Company in July 2010. His tour culminated as the Company First Sergeant for Headquarters Company from June 2011 to November 2011.
In December 2011, Sergeant Major Magcale assumed his present rank and was transferred to Combat Assault Battalion, 3d Marine Division, for duty as the battalion Sergeant Major.
In July 2014, Sergeant Major Magcale was transferred to 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division, for duty as the battalion Sergeant Major.
In June 2015, Sergeant Major Magcale was transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing for duty as the group Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Magcale’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.