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Educating Marines: Reorienting Professional Military Education on the Target

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Technical Report

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Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States

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This applied report is an initial exploration of lessons for the Marine Corps drawn from the literatures of other professional education sectors, such as law, medicine, business, education, and the clergy. It is part of the Professional Military Education in the Professional Educational Landscape Project, an ongoing research effort by the Translational Research Group at the Marine Corps Universitys Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning. The paper examines how professional preparation arrived at the point of needed transformation, the shared problem set, and various courses of action to explore to achieve and sustain that transformation within the Marine Corps, linking the professional education literatures to current challenges in Marine Corps learning organizations, predominantly Marine Corps University. In July 2018, Commanding General of Training and Education Command called for transformative change in the professional development of Marines. A consistent theme from a cross-section of professional education literatures is this need for radical change. This paper discusses how the professions arrived at this point, what practitioners across the fields are facing in the practice environment, and various paths forward to align professional preparation to this reality. What became evident is that the deficiencies are clear however, the solutions stagnate behind existing constructs of whats right and valued and are constrained by institutional will and ability to change. To achieve and sustain the transformation requires the courage to evolve these value constructs and fundamental beliefs about learning and education as well as the will and ability to adjust organizational structures, policies, programs, and practices to that new vision. This is no small task, as evidenced by the repeated calls for change throughout the professions.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Humanities and History

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