Evaluating Operational Readiness For Fixed-Wing Tactical Aviation Units
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The Marine Corps has used the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation System MCCRES and Commanding Generals Inspections CGI to evaluate fixed-wing tactical aviation unit readiness for over 25 years. While these systems have served the Marine Corps well, they need to be analyzed to determine how effectively they measure operational readiness in today todays environment. Analysis in this monograph concludes that the MCCRES, while sound as a framework for evaluating tactical readiness, is out of date and fails to adequately evaluate operational readiness. The Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation System should be replaced by a unit training and readiness program to evaluate tactical readiness and as a way to maintain internal Marine Corps standards. Operational readiness should be evaluated through a combination of the unit training and readiness program, CGI, and new recommended in this monograph Marine Corps Operational Readiness Evaluation System. Marine TacAir must integrate changes at the operational level with other systems in the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the joint force to be successful. The results of this monograph have applicability for Marine tactical aviation, for the Marine Corps, and for the joint force. The hallmark of the Marine Corps aviation has always been its training and standards and a capability-based Marine Corps needs to further expand its training and standards at the operational level. A critical piece of this effort is to develop an operational readiness evaluation system to assess operational reach, agility, adaptability, integrated operations, and interoperability.
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