Marine Corps Civil Affairs: Just a Name, Not a Capacity
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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Taking combat arms officers and calling them civil affairs is just a name, not a capacity.1 In November 2005, the Department of Defense DoD issued Directive 3000.05, Military Support for Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction SSTR Operations. The directive outlines stability operations as a core DoD mission and mandates the services allocate equal priority of training, doctrine, organizations, education, exercises, material, leadership, personnel, facilities, and planning to stability operations as it does to combat operations.2 While the Marine Corps has taken steps to meet the intent of this directive, adequately prioritizing the creation of a permanent civil affairs CA capability is not one of them. Failure to address this critical shortfall with anything less than creation of an active duty civil affairs CA primary military occupational specialty MOS jeopardizes mission accomplishment in current and future operating environments.
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