Accession Number:

ADA509029

Title:

Commando 21: An Increase in Combat Power and Flexibility

Descriptive Note:

Future war paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING (SAW)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-05-05

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

After more than forty years of operating using the British Army order of battle, the Royal Marines Command has decided to change the structure of its commando units to a new structure known as Commando 21. The fundamental changes are first the introduction of a Command Company, which is responsible for unit command, communications, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance. Second, the introduction of a Logistics Company to provide the C2 for the units administration and sustainment, and to provide a logistics advisor to the Commanding Officer. Third, the reorganization of the fighting companies to form two Close Combat companies of infantry and two Stand Off companies which provide an infantry support weapon mix. Furthermore, Commando 21 provides a number of more subtle changes designed at harnessing latent potential within the previous orbat. To determine increases to combat power and flexibility, the Commando 21 structure was considered against the functions in combat. The Command and Control function saw an increase in capability particularly with the introduction of the Command Company that provides more robust and flexible C2. Furthermore, the re-allocation of previous Commando level assets to the fighting companies promotes decentralized execution and, by so doing, assists with command. The Manoeuvre function has been enhanced by the creation of a fourth fighting company. This provides the commando two infantry companies and two infantrysupport weapon companies. The introduction of the principle of four allows a commando to echelon in addition to providing a firebase, assault element and a dedicated reserve. This provides an increase in combat power and flexibility but, the lack of symmetry in the fighting echelon, means that care must be taken to ensure that the appropriate capability is assigned the appropriate tactical task.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE