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Sergeants Distance Education Program. This course takes the doctrine you learned in MCI Course Introduction to Warfighting and teaches you how to apply this doctrine to squad tactics. In war, tactics focuses on the application of combat power to defeat an enemy force in combat at a particular time and place…tactics can be thought of as the art and science of winning engagements. MCDP 1, Warfighting. Importance of Tactics to All Marines.

The Marine rifle squad is the foundati on of the Marine Corps. Because all units exist to help the squad seek out, close with, and destroy the enemy, tactical thought is important, even if you are not an infantryman.

In a world where Marines are deployed to many low-intensity conflicts, all Marines need to understand warfighting and tactical thought. Before you know it, you may be called on to be a rifle squad leader.

Course Layout. Each study unit is designed to give you the tools to take the theory you learned in MCI Course Introduction to Warfighting and apply it to tactical decisions. Continued on next page. MCI Course A. Course Introduction. Course Introduction, Continued. How to Study This Course. This c ourse will help you plan an operation, communicate your plan, and execute your plan. Read the text critically and compare the concepts and examples gi ven here with those from your own experience.

Think about how you can use these to tools to train yourself and your unit, then do it. All Marines, regardless of occupational specialty, will be trained in basic combat skills. At the same time, unit skills are extremely important. The following references were used in the writing of this course. MCWP MCRP Table of. The following is a table of contents for this course. Study Unit.

Introduction to Tactics. Squad Offensive Tactics. Squad Defensive Tactics. Security Patrols. Urban Patrolling. Review Exercise. Study Time. You will need about 12 hours and 45 minutes to complete this course. They include the time you will need to study the text, complete the exercises, and take the final exam. You earn four retirement credits for completing this course. You earn reserve retirement credits at the rate of one credit for each 3 hours of estimated study time.

Reserve retirement credits are not awarded for the MCI study you do during drill periods, if you are awarded credits for drill attendance. When you…. Then you will…. For more. Enroll in the program. Receive your program material. Refer to the Program Introduction. Complete the self- paced text.

Arrange to take the final examination. Pass the final examination. Receive a course completion certificate. This page intentionally left blank. Unit Scope. Theory is the basis for all the decisions we as warfighters make. However, knowing the theory is only half of the battle. All the theory in the world is useless unless you know how to apply it to the battlefield. This study unit discusses the relationship between theory and tactics and will introduce the role of the Marine NCO as the tactical decision-maker.

This unit will also cover the process of relating your tactical thoughts to your subordinates. You will learn about the various techniques for getting and receiving orders and what formats are used in what situations. After completing this study unit, you should be able to. Identify how warfighting theory affects tactical decisions. Identify how tactical decisions ar e communicated with an operations order.

Identify how to transfer an operati ons order into an order for your subordinates. Study Unit 1. Overview, Continued. In This Study Unit. This study unit contains the following lessons:. See Page. Lesson 1 Tactics: Theory to Practice. Lesson 2 Operations Orders. Lesson 3 Receiving, Transcribing, and Issuing Orders. Gray, 29 t h CMC. This lesson will discuss how the theo ry you learned in MCI Course Introduction to Warfighting affects decisions on the battlefield. The squad leader is responsible for deciding wh ich way to go and, more important, for understanding why go that way.

After completing this less on, you should be able to. Identify how theory affects the application of combat power.

Identify what the squad leader must know as a tactical decision maker. In This Lesson. This lesson contains the following topics:. Warfighting Theory. Small Unit Leader.

Lesson 1 Exercise. Study Unit 1, Lesson 1. Review from. That course. MCI Course. Take one hill instead of another? Give your subordinates mission type orders?

Employ combined arms? You also learned about the three levels of war in MCI Course Remember, the lowest level of war where combat power is applied directly against the enemy is the tactical level. Definition of. Tactics include the use of firepower and maneuver, the integration of differe nt arms, and the immediate exploitation of success to defeat the enemy.

By this definition, tactics involve the actual concepts and methods used to accomplish a particular objective. In short, tactics is the application of combat power to defeat the enemy: the actions and c ounteractions taken against the enemy force. Importance to.

The relationship between warfighting theory and tactics is that theory is the why and tactics is the how. Losing the connection between warfighting theory and tactical decisions leads to conflicting orders, low morale , and, most important, unnecessary casualties. Warfighting Theory, Continued.

Applied to. In MCI Course Introduction to Warfighting, you learned the importance of Marines using combined arms when attacking the enemy as part of warfighting theory.


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