Fundamentals of Marine Corps Leadership. Overview. Fourteen Marine Corps Leadership Traits Eleven Leadership Principals Marine Corps Core Values Six Troop Leading Steps. Leadership.
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“Lead, Follow or get the hell out of the way!”
"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known;
Combat efficiency: we are winning!“ Col. David Shoup USMC
JJ DID TIE BUCKLE
"Retreat hell! We just got here!"
Capt. Lloyd Williams, USMC
"You're making the wrong assumption that a Marine by himself
is outnumbered.“ - Gen Peter Pace
We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions.
It’s destructive to morale. LtGen H. M. Smith
Honor, Courage, Commitment
A leader should begin planning as soon as he is assigned a mission to accomplish. After receiving the order, the leader should plan the proper use of available time using "reverse planning." Reverse planning requires the leader to consider the scheduled time of the last action he must complete (usually the time of attack) and work backwards to the receipt of the order.
Reconnaissance is an investigation of a route or a specific area. This can either be done physically on the ground to be investigated or visually from a map. During this step the leader selects a route and prepares a schedule for his reconnaissance. His route and schedule should allow him to cover as much terrain as the available time allows.
In some cases the leader may be unable to make a physical reconnaissance because of time constraints or to ensure surprise. If this is the case, the leader should at least conduct a map reconnaissance. It is during this step that the leader completes his estimate of the situation.
The leader reviews the preliminary plan and decides on a course of action. The plan should be simple and should not endanger Marines or equipment any more than what is necessary to accomplish the mission. After selecting a course of action, the leader prepares notes to be used in issuing the order.
Before issuing the order, the leader should orient subordinates from a vantage point. If this is not possible, they should be oriented using maps, sketches, aerial photos or terrain models. The order must include sufficient information for subordinates to carry out the mission, should the leader become a casualty. Each subordinate should be assigned specific tasks. The leader must ensure the plan is understood by solicitingquestions or asking questions of subordinates.
Issue the Order
The most important troop leading step. The leader ensures the order is carried out as intended. Often the leader will position himself with the subordinate who has the most difficult task or with the least experienced subordinate leader. Throughout the execution of the plan, the leader must continue to analyze the situation and be prepared to quickly adjust the plan if necessary.