In one of his more important undertakings as Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis had launched a project to review and improve the lethality of the military’s close-combat units. The Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF) is examining how it can increase the combat effectiveness of troops engaged in close combat.
In an interview with Military.com, retired Army Major General Robert Scales, a combat veteran who received the Silver Star for his actions during the Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam, suggested that the task force is aiming quite high in its quest for improved combat efficiency. In fact, Major General Scales envisions turning all infantrymen into Rangers.
To achieve their goal, the project’s managers have reached out to the special operations units of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in an attempt to see what they have done to make their units so lethal. They studied Delta Force, Marine Force Recon, and the 75th Ranger Regiment and concluded that the lattermost was the more appealing template for the task force.