• Why did the Marines win the Battle of Belleau Wood? The actions on 11 June 1918 were key. On that day, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines charged across “the wheatfield,” decisively entered the wood, broke the German line, and drove across the breadth of the wood. They cleared most of the area, along with...
  • The Marine Corps is a corps of Marines. The phrase sounds so comically simple that it is almost absurd; a thoughtful pause, however, will reveal the depth of the statement … a corps of Marines. It speaks of a cadre of remarkable individuals—men and women of every color, creed, and socio-economic...
  • After fifteen-plus years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, MAGTF staffs have reoriented their efforts toward the deliberate planning and execution of conventional combat operations. Through various MEF- and MEB-level exercises, warfighting staffs are being reintroduced to the challenges...
  • 2018 Marine Corps University Belleau Wood Essay Contest: Second-Place Winner As an engagement which holds a place of distinction in Marine Corps history, the Battle of Belleau Wood is taught to every Marine recruit and officer candidate during initial training. Ask any Marine about Belleau Wood,...
  • 2018 Marine Corps University Belleau Wood Essay Contest: Third-Place Winner "Woods now U.S. Marine Corps entirely,” the dispatch of 26 June 1918 read. 1 The woods were eventually christened the Bois de la Brigade de Marine , or the Marine Woods, but they are more commonly known to all who have worn...
  • On behalf of Marine Corps University, I want to compliment the Marine Corps Gazette’ s editorial staff on the outstanding articles they’ve published recently. The Gazette is being true to the spirit in which Gen John A. Lejeune created it: to serve as a forum for new ideas intended to improve our...
  • 2017 Gen Robert E. Hogaboom Leadership Writing Contest: Winner Phone calls at 0430 are rarely good. I hop out of bed, hoping my wife is still asleep; I dislike when my burden become hers. The person on the other end tells me that one of my Marines is in the intensive care unit (ICU). I call my...
  • 2018 Marine Corps University Belleau Wood Essay Contest: Overall Winner Walk through the World War I exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and it is apparent what the Corps likes to remember about Belleau Wood: the fields of wheat, the smell of cordite, the whistle of bullets through...
  • 2018 Marine Corps University Belleau Wood Essay Contest: Fourth-Place Winner The Battle of Belleau Wood, one of the most meaningful battles in Marine Corps history, is still influencing much of the Marine Corps’ way of fighting to this day. This battle only lasted for 26 days, but its impact on the...
  • As trial counsel, we often find that cases detailed to us for prosecution started with a Marine refusing NJP (non-judicial punishment). That may be about to change. Effective 1 January 2019, courtesy of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, commanders will have another form of court-martial...

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