Small unit leadership is the backbone of the U.S. Marine Corps. Moreover, because of how the battlefield has evolved from jungle and desert landscapes to fights in urban close quarters areas, squad level small unit leadership is vital. Thus, the training and development of small unit leadership and leaders is as important as the development of new weapons to adapt to these environments.
U.S Marines are the best at both. Here, Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment conduct a close quarters shooting range during the Raid Leader’s Course at Camp Pendleton, California on September 2016. Marines in small unit leadership roles learned advanced infantry skills during the three-week course so they can take can go back to their units and instruct junior Marines.
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