Maneuver Warfare: Afghanistan and the Combat Load
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The current Marine Corps policy on the wear of body armor and Personal Protective Equipment PPE as outlined in MARADMIN 26207 is highly restrictive, lacks common sense, and stands in contrast to the Marine Corps warfighting doctrine of Maneuver Warfare. In the current war in Afghanistan, the requirement to wear heavy, cumbersome, and highly restrictive PPE and the blind adherence to this policy is an impediment to progress against our highly mobile, heavily armed enemy forces. When taken in context with MCDP-1 Warfighting, our primary maneuver centric warfighting doctrine, commanders at the battalion level should be afforded the opportunity to determine what constitutes PPE, and the authority and autonomy to dictate their own prescribed PPE load based on a solid estimate of the situation, historical precedence, individual experience, and expertise.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Protective Equipment