A Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is considered America’s 911 Force – always forward deployed and ready to respond to a variety of crises from full-scale combat to humanitarian assistance. A MEU consists of a command element, ground combat element, aviation combat element, and combat logistics element. The MEU must combine command, air, ground and support assets in order to perform a wide range of missions, all of which MEU Marines practice and refine over the months long deployment cycle.
As part of his deployment cycle, MEU Marines take part in a wide range of training exercises with the intention of refining the necessary skills that must be mustered to accomplish all and any assigned mission. In this video, Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice clearing a complex during a Realistic Urban Training Exercise (RUTEX). Given the nature of present threats and combat environment, urban training exercises have become more prevalent than in years past, which has translated into less jungle training and more urban settings. Times are changing, and Marines are changing with them.