The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program: Sustaining the Transformation
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MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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During times of peace, governments often reduce their warfighting focus, often leading to a less effective military. Additionally, there are some who say America is becoming more desensitized to violence and more casualty averse. Together, these conditions may cause the military to be less prepared to fight the next war. Consequently, it remains crucial for the Corps to guard against external pressures that diminish combat preparedness. It must therefore continue to instill and maintain a warrior ethos within every Marine. It is this ethos, developed during the transformation at recruit training and Officer Candidate School that has defined what it means to be a Marine since 1775. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program MCMAP may well be the very mechanism that helps sustain that vital ethos. It is the first close combat system that ties together the mental, character, and physical disciplines into a program designed to effectively enhance a Marines total capability. The programs synergy leads to the creation of an ethical warrior who becomes more concerned for the team than himself, and one who not only understands but also can apply the responsible use of force, a characteristic critical on todays and future battlefields.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations