• The MAGTF Tactical Warfare Simulation (MTWS) is the Marine Corps’ program of record constructive simulation of choice because it represents military operations in air, land, and maritime domains, to include detailed amphibious operations. MTWS primarily facilitates warfighting training for Marine...
  • The technology age is here, and education is the driving force behind it. Many of our young men and women join the Marine Corps because they believe they are not cut out for college and/or do not wish to pursue further education. With that being said, education is by no means a bad thing but rather...
  • How effective is the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)? Different perspectives on the topic will provide varying responses. The Marine Corps order for MCMAP, MCO 1500.59, states that MCMAP is an integrated, weapons-based system that incorporates the full spectrum of the force continuum on...
  • One year ago, The War Horse , a non-profit organization of freelance war journalists, published an article titled “Hundreds of Marines Investigated for Sharing Photos of Naked Colleagues.” The article highlighted “Marines United,” a private Facebook group that—within a smaller subgroup—housed...
  • Physical fitness is a hallmark of Marine Corps culture. However, most Marines physically train to the Corps’ current fitness tests, not to increase combat effectiveness. The current physical fitness tests gauge muscular and cardio endurance but fail to assess physical fitness for combat. Combat...
  • Military leaders, brace yourselves. The rollout of the DOD civilian performance appraisal system, aptly titled “New Beginnings,” is set to be the gold standard for DOD civilians’ performance management and appraisals. The new system requires supervisors to hold a minimum of three formal documented...
  • First published in 1999, Gen Krulak’s words were never truer than they are today. Little did he know that shortly after issuing these insights, the United States would be launched into the longest war in the country’s history. The Marines accomplished extraordinary feats in combat during this...
  • The MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center) has long been viewed by most Marines as the premier training venue in the Marine Corps, and the SLTE (Service-Level Training Exercise) conducted at MCAGCC is considered to be the best live fire training the Marine Corps has to offer. In fact, most...
  • The Marine rifle squad has proven to be an enduring and successful military unit. In the early days of World War II, the Marine rifle squad underwent several changes and experiments until, in 1944, it landed on its present construct of three fire teams of four Marines and a squad leader. 2 This...
  • Situation You are the squad leader of 3d Squad, 2d Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. You have been leading a day security patrol east of the company positon at COP Ritz past the Al Mumeet Mosque and southeast of several abandoned farms and fields thickly overgrown with shoulder-high...

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