The Marine Corps is validating a new model for infantry battalions, where all future infantrymen will be generalists proficient in several different weapons systems. The picture shows the Marines firing live ammunition.
“Military.com” reported on the 26th, traditionally, the U.S. Marine Corps infantry to receive special training to master the use of specific weapons skills; however, as the top rethink and repositioning, the Marine Corps is validating a new model of infantry, in order to cultivate in combat can be used in several different weapons systems of general talent, and thus The report states that the Marine Corps is currently working on a new model for the infantry to develop generalists who can use several different weapons systems in combat, and thus respond to possible future wars with China.
The report states that three Marine infantry battalions are currently undergoing a two-year validation of a new paradigm that is expected to revolutionize the ground combat element of land warfare. The validation is part of a 10-year plan to reposition the service to prepare for future conflicts, particularly in response to threats from mainland China.
Brig. Gen. Watson (Warfighting), head of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, said the new model will revolutionize the tactical concept of the Marine infantry battalion, transforming it from a single specialty to an “armory that brings together many different systems. He explained that Marine infantrymen must train and learn to use all weapons systems and select the most appropriate one for the mission, “which will train a more mature, multi-faceted and effective infantryman.
Watson explained that the Marine Corps has selected one infantry battalion to validate the concept of “multiple different systems ordnance room,” while the other two battalions are responsible for validating a revised version, and the other is testing alternatives.
The newspaper pointed out that such a concept fears that the infantry battalion under the weapons company was eventually disbanded, and all its weapons, such as 81mm mortars, FGM-148 Javelin missiles, were transferred to the headquarters company or rifle company. This also left Marine infantrymen requiring different training to learn how to operate these weapons.
Traditionally, infantrymen would receive basic infantry training followed by specialized training for specific weapon systems; now, as part of the validation, Marine Infantry School training has extended what was originally a nine-week course to a 14-week validation course, extending the training time by 50 percent.
Watson explained that the extension of training allows Marines to learn to operate multiple pieces of equipment as opposed to becoming proficient with one weapon. The extended training time for new rookie infantrymen will allow them to train in a variety of multi-operator weapons rather than limiting them to one. At that point, the brass could decide which weapons to equip based on the threat they face and the mission they receive.
This development could eventually allow infantrymen with a variety of specialties to become soldiers with a single military specialty, according to the report. In other words, the Marine Corps is considering integrating the rifleman, armed reconnaissance, machine gunner, mortarman, sniper, anti-combat vehicle missile and light armored carrier Marine into a single military specialty. However, the Marine Corps emphasized that the final organizational structure of the infantry battalion is still not finalized. Through this validation, the Marine Corps will summarize its experience and recommendations to provide reference for future decision-making by senior management.
Marine Corps Commandant David Berger recently released the 2030 Force Design, which calls for the Marine Corps to adjust to the next war on an Army-wide basis, and accordingly requires infantry battalions to reposition themselves. Now, he has ordered the Marine battalion to conduct a new model validation.