• Situation This is a continuation of the Dull Garrison Chronicles and takes place on the same terrain encountered in TDG #12-16R. It is the last of the Dull Garrison Chronicles. Currently, we find that through the skillful efforts of Company F, BLT 2/8 has pushed past the village of Al Bandi and is...
  • Morning PT formations in the Marine Corps—no matter where you are in the world—present the observer with a cacophony of sights and sounds. From the varying levels of coverage that the green-on-green PT gear provided—anywhere from the Marine Corps lingerie system to shorts that looked like chinos—...
  • T he purpose of this article is to review the investments in warfighting capabilities required for urban combat in the 2030 timeframe. The approach for such an assessment demands a review of the physical characteristics of the battlefield, their impact on the theoretical application of combat power...
  • As the Nation reflects upon its last two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it should be careful to avoid the mistakes occasionally made in the wake of its previous combat operations. America’s next war will never be exactly the same as the last, and the corporate knowledge gained in each conflict can...
  • W hat would you do? Given the opportunity to prevent a drunk driving, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or domestic violence incident, what would you do? The easy answer is that you would take the steps to prevent these incidents, but the truth is that actual life is not so simple. You will often...
  • Tex looked a little dazed. Dusty was staring off into the sky. Clearly, we had been talking for a long time. But it was more than just talk. It was a discussion—differing perspectives, points, counterpoints, disagreement, consensus ... all contributing to a greater understanding than we had started...
  • 2330 off the coast of North Africa, conflict has erupted in a littoral city, and American lives are at risk. Marines of the 22d MEU are put on standby to conduct a non-combatant evacuation. The mission commander will have to decide how the Marines will gain access to the city and by what means they...
  • T he Marine Corps is a unique branch of Service for a multitude of reasons. The Corps has the longest and most rigorous basic training: every Marine—regardless of MOS—is trained as a rifleman, its history is venerated to near-religious proportions by its members, and a great number of other...
  • “Using specific words to describe the training we provide matters,” Col J. Q. Bohm, CO, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Crisis Response, Central Command 15.1 (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) told his staff. The CO’s words detailed an important distinction when we were addressing the training we were...
  • Mismanaged perception can derail unit effectiveness. Controlling for all other factors, if two platoons are given the same task, but one perceives it negatively and one positively embraces it, the product will be significantly different—it could mean varying levels of success, even life or death...

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