Changing the Mountain and Cold Weather Training Paradigm
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center MCMWTC has been in operation for over 50 years, but the Marine Corps still lacks a coherent program to train and equip Marines for operations in mountainous and cold weather MCW environments. Moreover, no unifying training program exists for employing a Marine Air-Ground Task Force MAGTF in such environments. In light of these circumstances and the likelihood for future MCW operations, the Marine Corps must reevaluate the way that it conducts MCW training. To take full advantage of the MCMWTC in preparing units for deployment to MCW environments, commanders must approach the center as a venue to conduct training rather than a place to be trained. The deficiencies in the current approach to MCW training can be divided into the general categories of failing to identify operational requirements, training the elements of the MAGTF independently, failing to train all of the warfighting functions, and utilizing the MCMWTC ineffectively. Only a commander who possesses a thorough understanding of the tasks his unit faces will be able to construct a training program that addresses those needs. The MCMWTC staff can provide the technical expertise required to survive the environment, but only the commander can prepare his unit for MCW operations by conducting mission-specific training in realistic conditions. Identifying and overcoming the challenges to MCW training is only the first step in overcoming the enemy. Recognizing the likelihood of future conflict in MCW environments, commanders must develop creative solutions to train the MAGTF for MCW operations within current constraints.
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