Thursday, May 23, 2024

3rd Bn., 4th Marines patrols through infantry immersion trainer


U.S. Marine Corps amphibious combat vehicles attached to Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, splash from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to conduct a waterborne gunnery live-fire range during Exercise Balikatan 24 at Oyster Bay, Philippines, May 4, 2024. BK 24 is an annual exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military designed to strengthen bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Peyton Kahle and Sgt. Patrick Katz)

They look like infantry, they move like infantry but the mission set under Force Design 2030 is the same as USAF Security Forces.

They're guards for bases.

In the case of the USMC, the infantry is now relegated to guarding EABOs.  To say it plainly they guard refueling points (probably for UAVs) and missile sites.

Full stop.

The Commandant is full speed ahead with FD2030.  So be it but let's be real.  Instead of training with host nation forces they probably should be learning the skill set of USAF Security Forces.


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