Marines Develop Fundamental Small Unit Leadership Skills

first published on March 19, 2019 by

The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines conduct a small unit leadership course without the distraction of their junior enlisted or officers.


One of the fundamental aspects to maneuver warfare is leadership and initiative based tactics at all levels. In the Marine Corps, this is a truth that gets down to the individual Marine Rifleman, and it’s one of the primary reasons that the United States Marine Corps is so successful in combat operations anywhere in the world. Each and every Marine is a rifleman first, and every skilled rifleman is capable of picking up the reigns two jobs above his pay grade to continue the fight and complete the mission.

In order to better prepare Marines at the lowest echelons of small unit leadership, the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines are conducting an in-house training session between Squad Leaders and Team Leaders. The Team Leaders get one-on-one training with each other, and the Squad Leaders of their company. In this training, they are free to make mistakes, learn, and grow without the pressure of needing to take care of their junior fire-team members, or the added stress of their commanders constant presence.

The objective of this training is to foster an environment where the young leaders can grow together and gain confidence in leading their peers. With these skills, the Marines will be able to return to their fire-teams as well-rounded leaders. From there, they will be able to pass on information gained, and lead from the front with a stronger skill-set than they had prior. It also instill trust in the Squad Leaders they trained with that their Marines do not need to be micro-managed, just pointed in a direction and told their objective.


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