No More Infantry Assault Marines, Commandant Says

No More Infantry Assault Marines, Commandant Says

The Marine Corps is phasing out the assault section of rifle companies and abolishing the infantry assault Marine military occupational specialty altogether.

By doing so, the Corps expects to free up about 500 Marines for other jobs deemed essential to defeating future adversaries, such as cyber operations, electronic warfare and intelligence, Military.com reported on Wednesday.

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller recently told Marines that future rifle companies will include combat engineers to breach barriers and destroy enemy fortifications with rockets — tasks which currently are assigned to infantry assault Marines.

Marine Corps officials did not immediately comment Wednesday on Gen. Neller’s remarks.

The Corps had planned to expand to at least 194,000 active-duty Marines, but Defense Secretary James Mattis has told the Marines to focus on improving readiness first.

Without an increase in end strength, the Corps “had to create some trades to buy Marines to do other things,” Neller told Military.com.

Because training is so similar to what other infantry Marines receive, current infantry assault Marines should be able to easily transition to other MOSs, Neller said. Typically, the infantry assault Marine MOS is for Marines at the rank of sergeant and below.

Neller also told Marines that the Corps will begin using the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle in lieu of the current MK-153 shoulder launched multipurpose assault weapon, or SMAW.

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21 comments


  • Reddog Salley

    Gen. Keller / Obama, no wonder the Marines are in such pathetic condition! No assault men, I the cyber warriors will take care of business! Father www-2, me, vn(2) I corps, son/son in law, Iraq, Stan, all Marines! Semper Fi, God Bless America, and Good luck new Marines!


  • Harry

    All that is needed is the “Multi-Duty MOS” 1371 Combat Engr.! Problem solved!!! LOL!! Harry


  • John “Doc” Harrison

    As I was a corpsman with 1/3, in 1964-65, we had practiced the infantry assault at cold weather training at Camp Fuji and it in included a live fire exercise. But when I was involved in a fire team/platoon assault in the Lau Chau district SW of Da Nang in July of ’65 I was amazed that any enemy could ever stand against the Marines. They were in total control, everyone did their job, it was truly something that I am glad I was able to experience.


  • Sgt. Wolf aka Bob Rader

    Why not just add rather than subtract.


  • Sgt T. K. Shimono (59-68)

    These wonder boys that are trying to change the MOS requirements of the combat Marines sure must not understand that Marines are COMBAT MARINES, not fancy system/cyber/IT, etc., Marines. Yes those specialist that are needed by Marines are specially trained and educated, but they are also Combat Marines trained. I was being trained as a specialist like the wonder boys in 1959/1960, but ended as a combat Marine, which I am proud to have been. Yes, Marines WILL be doing Amphibious Assaults in the future, like we did in the past. What will these high tech specialist being doing during the assaults, crying in their coffee? What are these wonder boys trying to make us Marines become, like the Army. What a joke. Marines are serious COMBAT MARINES, trained to defeat and kill our enemies any way we can!!!


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