Enabling the Future of Tactical Marine Aviation
EWS contemporary issue paper
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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A newly-minted aviator arrives at his first operational squadron. With cautious confidence, he hits the ground running, ready to master the tactics that will ensure success during his first deployment. After returning from the deployment with multiple weapons dropped and air medals earned, each aviator must complete an enormous amount of training that could not be accomplished over-seas. This aviator has been in the squadron for over a year, has 500 flight hours, and has not yet completed his entry level fleet training syllabus. Being pulled in competing directions, he is eligible for individual augment IA billets and follow on deployments. Competing interests hinder a squadrons ability to fully develop young aviators, who will become future instructors. If the Marine Corps continues on this practice, there will not be an instructor core capable of transitioning the community into future aircraft and missions. To realize the maximum potential of future aircraft like the F-35B joint strike fighter JSF, changes must be made regarding individual augment IA timing, operational training focus, and the instructor certification process.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics