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skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

who needs training, get to iraq!

the kids at the daily cookie sends us this piece from the nj star-ledger which tells us that the marine corps is cutting its training schedule in half to hasten the pace they send troops to iraq:

under growing pressure to ship marines to iraq, the marine corps is cutting in half the rigorous field combat training it gives units preparing to deploy, senior officers say.

the marines hope to make up the time by intensifying this final, pre-deployment training and focusing it on skills needed to survive and prevail in iraq's brutal combat conditions. this means practicing more nighttime operations, ambushes, city fighting and guarding of convoys.

the exercise, called a cax in marine lingo, has been shortened from 23 to 11 days, col. blake crowe, operations officer for the marine corps training command at quantico, va., said in an interview.
this was done, crowe said, to "get more battalions through" in a shorter period of time. until now, the marine corps trained 10 battalions in cax every six months. under the accelerated schedule, it will train eight battalions in two months.

the intense course, to begin this fall at the marine desert training base at twentynine palms, calif., will for the first time include thousands of marines who hold traditionally noncombat jobs such as truck driver, intelligence analyst and jet aircraft technician.

increasingly, these "noninfantry" marines are deploying into combat zones where they find themselves suddenly under fire and unprepared. commanders in iraq report that some marines, pressed into the fight from their truck cabs and computer consoles, have not had combat training in a decade.
posted by skippy at 8:58 AM |


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