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These grunts recommended a 15-Marine rifle squad ‘at a minimum.’ The top Marine went with 12. | Marine Times
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These grunts recommended a 15-Marine rifle squad ‘at a minimum.’ The top Marine went with 12. | Marine Times

Marines participating in the first phase of an experimental series of exercises known as Sea Dragon 2025 had recommended a 15-Marine rifle squad model roughly a year before the top Marine decided to make it smaller.

In an article published in the Marine Corps Gazette, some of the leadership within 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines had characterized the 15-Marine rifle squad as being “at a minimum, the way to go” for Marine infantry operating on the future battlefield.

The additional support was necessary for Marines to hone skills in new technology, drones and fire support to handle a fight with more sophisticated near-peer rivals, Marines with 3/5 detailed in the Gazette article.

Source: These grunts recommended a 15-Marine rifle squad ‘at a minimum.’ The top Marine went with 12. | Marine Times