The mission of the Marine Corps RTAM Program is to provide a comprehensive and integrated program of services and range training systems across the training continuum in order to enable the operating forces and formal schools, from individual Marine to MAGTF, to achieve and sustain combat readiness.
The Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (CG MCCDC) is the executive agent and resource sponsor for Marine Corps Range and Training Areas (RTA). The purpose of the Marine Corps RTA Management Program is to plan, program for and provide the required policies and resources to ensure Marine Corps RTAs have the capability and capacity to support the training requirements of the operating forces and formal schools.
The Marine Corps requires a portfolio of RTAs in order to provide realistic training environments that simulate the contemporary and future operating environments. Marine Corps RTAs—and associated airspace—are institutional assets which are centrally managed with a Service level priority to ensure they are fully capable of supporting Marine Corps training requirements. RTAs are designed for scalability and flexibility and are configured to support various levels of training, such as individual level, unit level and both Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and MEB level. RTAs support required training (live/non-live fire) events and exercises worldwide across the training continuum, utilizing all weapons, platforms, and systems in the Marine Corps inventory. A program goal is that the Marine Corps sustains its current RTA capabilities and prioritizes range modernization efforts to achieve and maintain RTA capabilities that support current, evolving and future validated training requirements while meeting established safety, training, and environmental standards.
Service-level guidance ensures the continuous, collaborative and parallel planning of key RTA stakeholders from the operating forces, installations, and the supporting establishment in critical management and resource allocation decisions in forums such as the Mission Capable Ranges Working Group; the Ground Range Sustainment Program Prioritization Boards; the Operational Range Clearance Evaluation Boards; and the Airspace Management Working Integrated Process Team. Additionally, the management of RTAs requires engagement with inter-service and interagency partners, state and local governments, and international allies.
The RTA Management Program identifies, validates, and prioritizes RTA requirements to provide an integrated Program Objective Memorandum submission to support the Future Years Defense Plan. The RTA Program includes acquisition and life-cycle support for range training systems; range operation/ control services; operational range clearance projects; range management scheduling; range safety programs and automated tools; and range-related training support programs.
The Marine Corps’ fielded and future immersive training environments are designed as a training decision-house, enhancing Marines’ abilities to make tactically, morally, and ethically sound decisions in uncertain, chaotic, stressful, and complex environments. Venues equipped with the Tactical Video Capture System and other instrumentation equipment facilitate detailed after-action reviews, which allow unit commanders to assess unit tactics, techniques, and procedures in real time and provide learning points for subsequent training.
The Marine Corps’ range modernization efforts includes new generation targets (interactive/ autonomous moving); expanded military operations in urban terrain capabilities; immersive training; improved instrumentation (range position location information/feedback/scoring/after action review technologies); instrumented tactical engagement simulation systems for force-on-force training; and visit, board, search, and seizure training environments.
The Marine Corps RTA Management Program will continue to mature and evolve to better enable the combat readiness of Marines and Marine Corps units by providing enhanced capability and capacity to the MAGTF and Joint levels and achieve interoperability between the live, virtual, and constructive domains.