More than just a line from the oldest official hymn in the armed forces of the United States, the words "In every clime and place" articulate one of the central pillars of the U.S. Marine Corps ethos: the readiness to deploy anywhere in the world in defense of the nation—in any and all environmental conditions. Success during deployment, of course, depends greatly on a given unit's training before embarking on a mission, training that practitioners unanimously agree should mimic the conditions of the upcoming area of operation in addition to honing basic warfighting skills.
An Entirely Different Battlefield
To train like they fight, Marines bound for Afghanistan need the same intense training in mountainous terrain as those going to Iraq get for the desert.
By Ed Darack