Making It Happen: Training Mechanized Infantry Companies
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The requirement for the Marine Corps to conduct mechanized operations is higher now than at any other time in the history of the Corps. While the infantry and amphibious assault vehicle AAV team continues to get the job done, all is not well. Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF revealed shortcomings in the current ad-hoc nature of Marine mechanized infantry, especially between infantry companies and AAV platoons. While the Marine Corps has sought to alleviate dissension over the employment of AAVs, no amount of doctrine will completely eliminate the potential for friction that exists between infantry company commanders and AAV platoon commanders. The root of this problem is a lack of familiarity between infantry and AAV units that can only be solved with a new approach to training for mechanized operations. The USMC must provide mechanized operations training for infantry company officers who will operate with AAVs, and standardized collective training standards for mechanized infantry companies.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare
- Combat Vehicles