THE CASE FOR A BETTER ENLISTED INFANTRY MARINE: A new enlisted career path to the 0365 MOS — Why the 15-Marine Rifle Squad is sound

The Infantry Squad Leader
U.S. Marine Corps photo

Major Chad Buckel, USMC has written a series of six articles for the Marine Corps Gazette that look at the infantry pipeline, the structure of the squad and battalions and how we fight combine arms fights.

In the second of three shows (the first is here), we’ll discuss the career path that creates a higher quality infantry Marine and why the Marine Rifle Squad should consist of fifteen Marines.

SEA DRAGON 2025 — the Marine Corps prepares the Marine Rifle Squad for the future: Capt Joe Patterson, USMC

U.S. Marine Corps photo

Captain Joe Patterson, USMC
Commanding Officer, K/3/5

U.S. Marine Corps photo

U.S. Marine Corps photo

Marine Corps Captain Joe Patterson commanded Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment as they spearheaded the operational testing phase of the Marine Corps’ SEA DRAGON 2025 initiative, an initiative designed to evolve the Marine Rifle Squad, Platoon, Company and Battalion towards into force designed to excel on future battlefields.

We’ll talk about the technology that Marines experimented with during SEA DRAGON 2025, the different squad structures that were used and the impact of suppressed weapons on the small unit leaders’ ability to control a unit in contact with the enemy… and lots more.


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