December 2011 Archive

Commandant's Career-Level Education Board - A Step In The Right Direction?

BGen Craig Crenshaw, commanding general, 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, center, sits with servicemembers after receiving their diplomas for graduating from the Command and Staff College at the Butler Officers’ Club on Plaza Housing, June 1, 2011. Crenshaw was invited as...

Low Standards?

Pfc. Rushi K. Bhatt prepares his Service A uniform, Nov. 15, to be ready for the battalion commander inspection. The inspection is used to evaluate if the new Marines are ready to graduate by inspecting their uniforms and appearance while being asked questions that test if the Marine has retained...

The COIN Shouting Match

Sgt Jason T. Mathews, a member of Embedded Partnering Team 1-1-215, cleans the bore of an Afghanistan National Army soldier’s rifle at Range Juarez near Forward Operating Base Geronimo May 25. Mathews, from Roberta, Ga., has been working with the 1st Kandak for two months and said he enjoys it. “...

Amphibiosity: My View

After my last post highlighting some of the debates and trends in amphibious warfare thought, I’d now like to share some of my own thoughts. Droning On The biggest recent trend in warfare as a whole is the use of drones. Drones saw widespread use in Iraq and are currently being used to great effect...

What Do Marines Have to Learn about Leadership and Management?

Marine s with 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) take notes during the Lance Corporals Seminar at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2011. The 3-day seminar aimed to teach the junior Marine s the fundamentals of Marine Corps leaders hip in preparation for when they become noncommissioned officers...

500 Words or Less

GENOCIDE: Killing the next Generation of War Bill Lind has contributed great things to the intellectual culture of the Marine Corps. He played the drum roll for the Marine Corps’ march into the world of Maneuver warfare. He had a hand in the acquisition of the Light Armored Vehicle, and thus an...

Amphibiosity

The theme of this month’s Marine Corps Gazette is amphibious warfare. Included in the issue are articles on past amphibious operations such as the battle of Marathon (490 BC), the New Providence raid (1776), and Gallipoli (1915). (Additionally, there are four web exclusive articles on Fort Fisher,...

Growing Up

A friend of mine who is dead set at getting out of the Marine Corps at just a bit over the ten-year mark is wondering what his boss will say once he drops his papers. In his "mind movie" of the encounter, my friend would tell his incredulous boss that he's ready to move on, "And frankly, sir, it is...