Marine infantry training not long enough, or good enough, for future fight, commandant says

Editor’s Note: As an Ex… I was interested in this article. I have to agree with the General…. training, in my opinion should stand at 6 months min. At least 3 should be in the field. 

By Philip Athey

Today, Marines entering the infantry field spend nine weeks at the School of Infantry, learning the basics of their trade before hitting the fleet.

But in a future Marine Corps, where small units will be distributed over wide distances and junior Marines will be making more decisions, the nine weeks may not be enough initial training, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said Wednesday.

“Infantry training will be longer,” Berger said during a hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the readiness of the Navy and Marine Corps.

“The product of infantry training on the enlisted side will be at a higher level than what we are producing right now,” Berger added.

Berger envisions the future of the Marine Corps as smallerlighter and more mobile, a force capable of deploying in new formations in the littorals of any future battlefield.

The Corps, deployed in small widely dispersed expeditionary advanced bases, will form a skirmish line, acting as the “eyes and ears” of the joint force, while still capable of providing a deadly punch or denying enemy ships from moving freely.

Much like how current Marine captains commanding companies are asked to make decisions that previously were made by lieutenant colonels commanding battalions, the future distributed force will see platoons, squads and possibly even fire teams making decisions formerly reserved for company-level leadership, Berger said at the hearing.

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