But history has shown that, unlike the other branches of the armed services, the Marine Corps has been closer to disbandment far more often than it would like to acknowledge. As all the other branches react to the restrictions on the modern economy, the Marines likewise will be forced to justify their existence and make tough decisions. Bravado and history alone will not be enough to maintain the Marine Corps; it will take dynamic, competent leadership to preserve the force.
'Adaptive Thinkers and Warriors'
Commander William Earl Fannin, Class of 1945, Capstone Essay Contest WinnerThe level of turmoil in the world (and prospects for more) demand problem-solving leadership. New Marine officers must be up to the challenge.“Y’all picked a bad time to join the Marine Corps,” one of my professors told the class, only half-jokingly. “You might be out of a job in a couple years.” We glared at him, pencils in hand, letting his remark glance off our firmly set frowns. We knew differently: The Corps is eternal. Marines are as central to the American mythos as Old Glory, General Washington, and our national anthem—so the Marines proudly proclaim. We have adopted that party line as well.
By Second Lieutenant David Tan, U.S. Marine Corps