(See K. Albaugh and J. Carriker, pp. 58–62, January 2012 Proceedings)
Remo Salta—Lieutenant Albaugh and Chief Petty Officer Carriker rightfully state that “Critics may argue that creating two new commands and the associated increase in manpower costs is impractical in the current budget environment.” But instead of creating two new commands, obtaining additional manpower, and incurring God knows how many more layers of military bureaucracy to go with it, why not give the job of boarding ships to the Marines?
Placing new naval boarding parties on every ship in the Navy could get expensive and may not be necessary, especially on some of the smaller ships in the Fleet (such as littoral combat ships). So why not give all ships a small contingent of Marines to act as boarding parties? The major difference would be that these Marines not only would be trained for boarding ships, but also used for other missions as well.