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MAGTF Training: The Marine Corps Prepares for the 21st Century

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The Marine Corps can meet its core competencies for the 21st Century through a training program that enables the Marine Air Ground Task Force utilization of its combined arms and flexibility and accomplish training Marines across the full spectrum of warfare required from forcible entry to policing. The Marine Air Ground Task Force is the premier warfighting organization for the Marine Corps. Its capability and flexibility has been its hallmark. Since 2004, training for the counter-insurgency, or COIN fight has been the primary focus for the Marine Corps. It has ignored its traditional core competency ability to not only conduct amphibious operations but also utilize combined arms as a MAGTF. Combined Arms is more than just putting rounds on targets with air and artillery, it is conducting operations with the MAGTF seamlessly allowing the concentration of the force to fight the enemy weakness through training and integration. The Commandant of the Marine Corps has ordered a renewed effort to get back to core competencies that separate the Marine Corps from the other services. These core competencies focus on the MAGTF and what it provides to Department of Defense and the Nation. The Commandants Vision 2025 together with the Marine Corps Strategic Vision Group ideas of the future enemies put forth the concept of full spectrum requirements for the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps has always trained to its requirements as directed. It trained to combined arms with the combined arms exercise CAX program until 2004 when the Marine Corps focus changed from kinetic to counter-insurgency and policing within the Mojave Viper exercise. This new training identified as pre-deployment training focuses on the current fight and specifically on the current fights in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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