Education and training are two separate pathways in the development of enlisted Marines. Education is the process of moral and mental development where the purpose is to draw out student initiative in the learning process and bring individual interpretations and energies to bear through the use of the creative mind. Training is the conduct of instruction, discipline, or drill where the progressive repetition of task development will equal proficiency. The Marine Corps has traditionally understood and executed training very well for enlisted personnel; however, it should explore opportunities to provide enlisted Marines with an education that emphasizes a deeper approach to learning in leadership, character development, and ethical decision-making.
Enlisted Education Must Be More Than Training
Lieutenant Colonel Kyle G. Phillips, U.S. Marine Corps