• Gen Robert B. Neller, our 37th Commandant, asked Marines to reflect on spiritual fitness and the actions necessary to achieve and maintain an optimal level of strength and resilience in ALMAR 033/16 , Spiritual Fitness, (Washington, DC: HQMC, October 2016). Overall fitness comprises physical,...
  • We’ve all heard leaders talk about the “whole Marine” concept: mental, physical, and spiritual fitness. Recently, I heard a well-known general officer speak on the subject. The conversation went smoothly as he talked about mental and physical fitness, but when he got to spiritual fitness, the...
  • Spirituality is an ever-growing concept, one that shows no sign of turning back. It can be a category of life, resiliency, and mission readiness if we can better articulate what it is and how it can be useful in our context. This article will examine the motivation behind combat sport athletes and...
  • One hundred years ago, thousands of Marines, more than had ever filled the ranks of the Corps before, were living in the chill rain and mud of northern France, preparing to join battle in the Great War which had been raging since 1914. France, Great Britain, and their German and Austro-Hungarian...
  • 10 NOVEMBER 2017 A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS Seventy-Five years ago today, after months of fighting at Henderson Field and along Edson’s Ridge, Marines on Guadalcanal spent the night of 10 November 1942 planning and preparing. Although the Battle of Guadalcanal would continue...
  • Over the last 15 years or so, Marines have been beaten to parade rest when it comes to taking risks. Whether it is wearing personal protective equipment in combat or motorcycle safety, virtually every conceivable sphere of a Marine’s life has been influenced by the Marine Corps’ aversion to risk. “...
  • There is no universally accepted model for a deployed IOC (intelligence operations center) or hybrid ops-intel fusion center. While this condition allows for flexibility in design to meet contextual demands, it fails to define how to best form a brigade- or force-level MAGTF IOC. MCWP 2-10,...
  • In October 2016, the Commandant of the Marine Corps released ALMAR 033/16 addressing spiritual fitness in the Corps. 1 He emphasized that Marines are not only physical, mental, and social beings, but also spiritual; that spiritual resiliency is an important part of overall well-being and the...
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS World—Thursday, Oct. 20, 2045 4:15 a.m. ET AFTER MONTHS OF STALLING, TEHRAN MOVES TO RETAKE BANDAR ABBAS By Nigel Chapman Camp Grizzly, just outside of Bandar Abbas, Iran (AP)—The Iranian government, supported by the Coalition, will make its push to reassert control of its largest...

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