THE CASE FOR A BETTER ENLISTED INFANTRY MARINE: train them for a year before they report to operational units

USMC Lance Cpl Antonio Marin, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, India Company, moves to the side a hill to deploy an unmanned Dragonrider drone in a hostile mountain town in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Calif. Oct 23, 2016. (United States Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl Samuel Brusseau.)

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 this show we a look at the first article in the series entitled “Infantry Entry-Level Training” which details Major Buckel’s argument for revamping and extending entry level training for Infantry Marines to almost a year.

Getting combat advising right in the long-term: Gil Barndollar & Sam Long

Gil Barndollar
Capt, USMC

Sam Long
Capt, USMC

Gil Barndollar & Sam Long were advisors in Afghanistan.  They wrote a Marine Corps Gazette article entitled “Putting the First Team on the Field: Irregular warfare and Marine Combat Advisors” — we’ll talk about the article with both authors.

CAPT LAUREN SERRANO, USMC:  talks two articles she’s written — “Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry” & ” To Get Out, or Not to get out?  Gender Crisis in the Marine Corps”

CAPT LAUREN SERRANO, USMC: talks two articles she’s written — “Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry” & ” To Get Out, or Not to get out? Gender Crisis in the Marine Corps”


Captain Lauren Serrano, USMC joined us to discuss her experiences writing and speaking about gender issues in the Marine Corps and the U.S. Military.  Our frank discussion addressed :

(1)  Individual Marine and public reaction to her first article “Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry

(2) Her discussions with DOD PAO-types as she prepared of a CNN Military Forum where she was specifically asked to address the gender issue with President Obama

(3) Her motivation for writing her second Gazette article published in the July 2017 edition entitled “To Get Out, or Not to Get Out?: Gender crisis in the Marine Corps” — and her policy recommendations for retention of career oriented female Marines who desire to have children

(4) By virtue of pushing for higher physical standards for women, is the Marine Corps pushing women who desire to be mothers and career Marines out of the Marine Corps?

(5) Why the issue of gender is such a difficult for Marines to discuss frankly in open forums

Captain Serrano is a great example of a leader who speaks her mind in an articulate manner.  She also offers all Marines substantial issues to ponder.

LIVING WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), & Patty Horan —- Part 3: Living Today, Finding Purpose in Life

CPT Pat Horan, US Army
Patty Horan

Patty & Pat Horan

Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), and his wife Patty Horan joined the program to discuss what it is to live with a traumatic brain injury.  In a candid interview we cover:

Part 1:  Pat’s career, how he was wounded and how Patty was notified.

Part 2:  Rehab, Patty talks the pressure of researching & choosing facilities for follow-on rehab

Part 3:  Living today, finding purpose in life and the frustrations of not being able to read and to write.

When asked about how his life is Pat responded “Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God I’m still alive, that’s the greatest thing ever.  The second thing is Patty, everything she’s done  since I got hurt is just incredible, putting me back together was because of her.”  An incredible story.

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