first published on April 22, 2019 by Josh
The mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or to repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat. In order to achieve this mission, Marines must train on all levels to reach certain levels of proficiency that allow the individual Marine in each fire-team to step up and fill the role of the Marines above them through the succession of command. Small unit leadership, and individual initiative is the primary driving force behind the Marine Corps’ success on battlefields all across the globe.
In order to obtain this level of proficiency, Marines train on a near constant basis. Through a series of dry and live fire exercises, Marines from the fire-team to the company level train to maneuver with all aspects of their combined arms unit. Squads in the Marine Corps rifle company need to be prepared to work with machine gun sections, mortar teams, demolition teams, snipers, and combined anti-armor teams seamlessly in order to complete the missions set out in front of them.
The video below comes to us courtesy of the 3rd Battaion, 6th Marines and the United States Marine Corps. It was filmed by Lance Cpl. Brandon Salas aboard Camp Shwab in Okinawa, Japan. The footage was taken during a live fire exercise that put Marine rifle squads through a series of attacks with supporting elements helping them reach their objectives.