MCI Course 8205
COMBINED ARMS (8205)Course Introduction
, is the last course you will take in the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Advanced Distance Education Program (8200Program). This course is designed to enhance your understanding of thetheories, methods, and assets related to combined arms.Combined Arms covers many subjects that will enhance your ability to assist junior Marines in their quest to be better Marine leaders. This course ismerely a starting point for what a Marine SNCO needs to know concerningcombined arms. One key to leadership is knowledge. You must be able toanswer junior Marines’ questions on weapons employment, show them howto verify the information, and train them to become knowledgeable leaders.
You should already have studied examples of combined arms in the
Introduction to Warfighting Tactics
(8203) course. You learned
that acombined arms team has all elements necessary for sustained combat andnoncombat operations. However, simply bringing the assets of this team tothe battlefield does
not constitute the fundamental definition critical tomaneuver warfare:
Combined arms is the full integration of arms in such away that in order to counteract one, the enemy must makehimself vulnerable to another. We pose the enemy not just with a problem, but also with a dilemma—a no winsituation.
This course will teach you how to fight combined-arms style. As you haveseen, the basic concept is simple, but putting it into practice takes somestudy, thought, and imagination.
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