Tracking the Marine Corps' Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Program Concepts to Meet Operational Capability Requirements
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA MONTEREY United States
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This masters thesis systematically maps the Marine Corps Language, Regional Expertise and Culture LREC elements. Defining the bridge between operational requirements to the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learnings CAOCL LREC training and education initiatives will define how the Marine Corps can optimize how it educates, trains, and equips Marines for operational success. I inform this bridge by designing a DACLO Loop that connects doctrinal requirements to operational capabilities through academic concepts, CAOCL programs, and LREC elements. I design a survey that not only collects information on Marines existing LREC expertise and interests to better inform talent management, but also feeds a linear programming optimization tool to assign Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization RCLF regions to Marines graduating from The Basic School TBS based on their professed interests. Additionally, I develop a Commanders Portal that gives unit Commanders an interactive interface to guide and inform their pre-deployment training plans. The Portal provides users with direct links to publications, Mission Essential Tasks that require LREC training, a recommended training timeline, and a guide for tracking LREC expertise at the unit level. CAOCL can directly employ these products to more efficiently identify existing LREC expertise and interest among, and more effectively train, their Marines.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics