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Friday, December 2, 2022

Why Marine Corps forces are becoming less relevant to combatant commanders | The Hill

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The Marine Corps has made the foolish decision to reduce structure and capability at a time when the demand for flexible, balanced forces from combatant commanders is rising.

 To complete missions on both sides of the violence threshold and across the gamut of competition, commanders require additional soldiers. Forward presence, bilateral exercises, security cooperation, capacity building, deterrent, crisis response, and contingency operations are typical duties (high-, mid- and low-intensity. The Corps has been hesitant to provide active component forces that are in high demand and frequently turns to the Reserve to meet these needs. The pool of forces available to support capacity building and security cooperation is further constrained by the elimination of five infantry battalions and the concentration of the III Marine Expeditionary Force on the employment of specifically tailored and narrowly defined stand-in forces for the Indo-Pacific Command. Because of its utility, flexibility, agility, and offensive “punch,” the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has been the combatant commanders’ preferred force for almost 40 years; yet, the MEU’s long-term survival is dubious. While the seven units in the existing inventory will still be present in 2030, the organization, makeup, and frequency of deployment have not yet been decided.

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