Marine Advisor: Can the Marine Corps Prepare Them Better?
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Since 911, the Marine Corps commitment to fighting terrorism has extended beyond conventional warfare. In the spring of 2002, Marines deployed as advisors to the Afghanistan National Army ANA. The Marines brought relief to U.S. Special Forces who were converting Northern Alliance militia forces to regular army units as part of the Foreign Internal Defense FID effort through which the United States sought to establish a stable Afghani government. In the summer of 2004, the advisory mission expanded beyond Afghanistan to Iraq to train and advise Iraqi Security Forces ISF. The Marine Corps advisory role has increased along with the importance of the advisory mission. The mission is an economy of force -- a small advisory force with modest resources that makes a tremendous impact. Yet, the Marine Corps has not maximized the potential of its advisory teams because it has not established a comprehensive training curriculum that screens and educates Marine advisors. The Marine Corps must identify the associated mission essential tasks METs and appropriately screen Marines for required skill sets before assignment to establish a comprehensive training curriculum.
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