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The Training Of Reserve Marine Corps Logisticians To Support The Active Duty Forces In Operational Logistics
Air War College Montgomery United States
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In todays environment, learning how to fight in a joint environment is imperative. Marine Logisticians in the future, especially in the reserves, must learn to fight in the joint environment. With the dwindling force structure of all the armed forces, especially the Marine Corps, having competent reserve Marine logisticians available for future operations is of critical importance. Extra responsibilities fall on reserve Marine Logisticians that will be filling in the shortfalls at the operational and theater level. New steps have been implemented that will see reserve Marine Logisticians filling roles at the Marine Forces level. These Marines must be prepared to step into roles at short notice and become effective quickly. The 4th Marine Logistics Group, the organization that oversees all reservist logisticians, must identify promising individuals to fill these roles. But even on the active duty side of the Marine Corps there are gaps in operational level and joint logistics training and experience. There are new initiatives which are attempting to fill this educational gap. The Marine Corps reserves must use unique and inventive ways to education and retain reserve Marine logisticians to fill these billets. In order to achieve these goals there must be positive steps taken in sending the appropriate reserve Marines to the appropriate schools and then incentivizing them through career progression entitlements to retain them. The use of the joint capability that the US will deploy dictates that educated and competent logisticians must be in place to provide sustainment to the forces fighting the battles
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