Marines stand in harm's way and make tough, split-second decisions in battle. Back home, they face seminars about liberty conduct and fastening seatbelts. Is this smart training for "strategic corporals"?
At Officer Candidate School a class hears the story of First Lieutenant Presley Neville O'Bannon, who crossed a desert with one Navy midshipman, seven Marines, and a few hundred Greek and Arab mercenaries, appearing at the rear of the Barbary pirates to capture a key fortress in a difficult assault. One candidate is particularly impressed with the trust that O'Bannon's commanders had in his initiative and resourcefulness.