Bottom Line Up Front
Over the past few years, we made considerable progress in re-imagining the future force via our collective Force Design 2030 efforts. Those efforts have prioritized organizing and equipping our Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) and combined-arms teams in ways that ensure Marines maintain a competitive warfighting advantage against any potential adversary, in any potential area of operation. Last year we published Talent Management 2030, charting a new course for our personnel system that will ensure we can recruit, develop, and retain the Marines we will need to fight and win.
To fully realize our envisioned warfighting advantages, we must make a similar commitment to modernizing our training and education system. The United States Marine Corps enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a learning organization. The previous three years of service-level training exercises, along with other large and small exercises, wargames, and live force experiments, establish a sound foundation for Force Design 2030-related organizational learning. Collectively, they provide evidence that change is required. Simply put, the changing character of war demands more of today’s Marines on tomorrow’s all-domain battlefield. Our training and education (T&E)
continuum must evolve to continue preparing individual Marines and units to fight and win.
This report sets a new direction, describing how we will transform T&E for the future force. It incorporates best aspects of our time-tested process of making Marines, feedback from Marines in the FMF, and lessons learned from years of force-on-force (FoF) exercises into explicit guidance for improvements to T&E. This report explains the lessons we have learned and how those lessons will be used to make improvements. The report also identifies areas requiring further study so that we can broaden the scope of our organizational learning across the entire training and education enterprise.
Our learning over the past three years reinforces the timeless wisdom of our foundational maneuver warfare doctrine – the human dimension is central in war. Warfighting advantage on the modern battlefield springs first from the people involved. The emphasis on the individual Marine, and the value we place on their professional development, their families, and their personal interests reflects a simple but powerful conclusion, widely accepted by Marines: a warfighting capability is only as effective as the Marines employing it.