Why Combat Engineer Battalions Need a "Gunner"
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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In 1927, Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune published a paper describing his beliefs regarding the role of engineers in the Marine Corps. He envisioned a service organization whose capabilities spanned the broad spectrum from performing military engineering as a member of a Marine Division in an amphibious assault operation to making cabinets for the garrison posts. As the remainder of the combat arms communities evolves, incorporating more modern weapon systems and rapid, highly dispersed maneuver tactics, the disparity between engineers and the infantry they support in terms of combined arms employment is increasing. Therefore, the Marine Corps should provide each combat engineer battalion with a Marine Corps infantry weapons officer, or gunner, MOS 0306.
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