• The soul of the Marine Corps is under attack. Sadly, our soul—our center of gravity—is imperiled by our own inaction. We, as a Corps, are in an existential fight, put at risk by our own failures to reinforce and protect our greatest strengths. The ethos, camaraderie, and esprit de corps which...
  • T he Marine Corps Gazette recently published an article by an active duty Marine captain who blamed the headquarters establishment for what the he perceived as the Corps’ inability to embrace meaningful innovation in both our personnel and procurement policies. 1 Though well intended, the article...
  • T he Marine Corps has a fitness problem. Nearly every day, we are learning something new about fitness, human performance, and the way our bodies operate most efficiently, but the Marine Corps has dragged its feet in implementing changes to accommodate the latest information. Today, the Officer...
  • Imagine you are 1st Squad Leader, 2d Platoon, Co G, 2d Battalion, 6th Marines (2d Bn, 6th Mar). This morning, you decide to fill white-space training with a tactical decision (TDG) game in the barracks lounge over a whiteboard. After briefing the order, the attention of your Marines fades quickly...
  • Situation It has been three days since a patrol from your command, A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines reinforced with a MUGA Commando Platoon, occupied the four-story building immediately west of the Al Mumeet Mosque now known to your Marines and Sailors as “the Ritz.” Since occupying this...
  • Based on experiences from the 2016 MAGTF Integrated Experiment (MIX), six months of different battalion training events, and executing Integrated Training Exercise 1-17 (ITX 1-17) as part of our Corps’ SEA DRAGON campaign, 3d Bn, 5th Marines’ small unit leaders have identified trends in using new...
  • With controversy surrounding Marines involved in sharing photos of their female counterparts and sexual assault and harassment continuing to be a problem within our ranks, I firmly believe it’s important we stimulate a conversation around finding a sustainable solution. My views on the recent...
  • Even though uniforms are expensive, they are a necessary cost because uniforms shape both the image and the mentality of Marines worldwide. As a result, the Marine Corps currently spends approximately $45 million dollars annually issuing uniforms to enlisted Marines as they enter initial training...
  • I would like to begin this piece with a scenario in the style of one of those notional exercises that I know we all so fondly remember from The Basic School: After the rapid collapse of a vital partner regime in the Eastern Mediterranean to an aggressive invasion by a hostile native coalition, a...
  • 1 stLt Rosado popped open his troop commander’s (TC’s) hatch and stood as his ACV became fully submerged and began to propel itself forward with its organic propulsion system, better known as “water jets.” Even though Aidan didn’t really suffer from sea sickness, the influx of the cool ocean air on...

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