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Old August 20th, 2018, 05:11 PM
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Default The USMC will drive you crazy !!!

Don, Andy ... I hate you!

By extending WinSPMBT from 2020 to 2025 you've created a lot of OOB work for us.

ALL this is currently tentative, but 90% probable (some of it is actually taking place now).

Marine Rifle Squad to be reorganized to 12-man, all armed with the M27.
3-man command element (Squad Leader, Assistant Squad Leader, Systems Operator [UAS "Quad Copter" UAV operator and Comm/FO specialist).
3x3-man Fire Teams (Team Leader, Automatic Rifleman, Grenadier) BUT with a 4th man still in the official TO&E making a squad 15-man, but this position will not normally be filled).
One member of each Squad will be a Designated Marksman with an M38 (an accurized M27).
Replace the M203 40mm GL with the M320.
Replace the M9 Beretta with the Sig Sauer MHS.

Elimination of the Infantry AT section (SMAW) in the Rifle Company.
Add a UAV Section to each Rifle Co.
Officially train the Company Forward Observers as Forward Air Controllers (they've been acting in that role for years).

Engineer Squad increased from 9 to 13-men.
Engineers to replace the SMAW with the MAAWS (Carl Gustaf).
Each Infantry Battalion to officially get an Engineer Platoon (they've been unofficialy attached for years), thus each Rifle Company will (unofficially) get an Engineer Squad with MAAWS to replace eliminated SMAWS (so they'll go from 6xSMAW to 3xMAAWS [or possibly 4-6]).

Replace the M40 Sniper Rifle (range 900m) with the Mk13 Mod 7 Long Range Sniper Rifle (.300 Winchester Magnum, range 1300m).

Increase number of Javelin ATGMs from 8 to 12 (all the new version with a 4750m range), crew to be armed with M4's, to be motorized with MRZR LTATVs.
Reduce TOWS from 8 to 4 (crew with M4's) with the intent to eventually eliminate the TOW completely.
Reduce the Bn 81mm Mortar Platoon from 8 to 6 tubes (crew to be armed with M4's), to be motorized with MRZR LTATVs.

Stand-up 5th Bn/10th Marines with HIMARS (in FY '23).
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Default Re: The USMC will drive you crazy !!!

This is around for like a 2 months now. Looks like a switch to light infantry role - completely now. Less aggressive in firepower, more precise due to technology.

I still believe it will not hold :v
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The USMC has always been "Light Infantry", just with heavy supporting assets in terms of helos/air. And when near the coast the fire support of whatever the US Navy has nearby.

They typically operate as quasi-autonomous mini-brigades built around an infantry battalion with a battery of artillery, a platoon of tanks, and a composite squadron of attack, observation, and transport helos and if truly operating independently a composite squadron of fixed wing aircraft. The big thing is they're highly mobile and much faster to mobilize then most US Army formations, and have built-in logistic and maintenance assets and typically carry apx. 90-days worth of supplies.

Certainly not "heavy" enough to take on fully armored/mech opposition offensively (they do OK defensively) but pretty competent vs most anything else.
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