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Investing in the Training and Education of Our Marines

The training and education of Marines is the cornerstone of ensuring that the Marine Corps remains the world’s premier warfighting organization. The training associated with preparing Marines for the full spectrum of conflict is demanding, yet it ensures that they are ready for the challenges of an uncertain future. Through a deliberate, building-block approach to training conducted at world-class facilities, the Marine Corps continues to provide the individual Marine and Marine organizations, from fire teams to Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF), with the requisite skills to meet their assigned mission essential tasks. This training is enhanced with the integration of modeling, simulation and training systems.


We will maintain professional military education and training programs that prepare Marines for the stress of combat operations and equip them with the skills to meet the challenges of life as a Marine. Founded on our core values, our education and training curricula strengthen individual resilience and support a wide range of operational capabilities. We are leveraging competencies in entry-level and skills-progression training, and we are emphasizing core competencies in combined arms and amphibious operations. Current and future training is centered on the Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Program (MAGTF TP), which will develop the essential unit capabilities needed to conduct integrated, combined arms operations.


In order to fully realize these training and education enhancements, we will continue investing in the resources, technologies, and innovations that enable them. These investments include modernizing our training ranges, training devices, and infrastructure to ensure quality resources are available to support the training of Marines, individual to MAGTF. We will also leverage advanced technologies and simulation systems to create realistic, fully immersive training environments.



U.S. Marine Corps recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice shooting positions Nov. 22, 2017, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits spend a week learning and practicing marksmanship fundamentals before shooting live rounds the following week. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 5, 2018. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 12 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for approximately 49 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Jacob)


Photo by Cpl. Joseph Jacob
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island




FOCUS AREA 2: Training & Simulation