This is the Capstone Essay Contest winner in the Marine Corps category
In his 2018 Message to the Force, Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller tells Marines, “Hone your warfighter mind-set. . . . We must think, innovate, and prepare for the battlefields of the future. Complacency kills, both tactically and intellectually.” In last year’s message, he had similar advice, writing, “Become smarter, because your mind is your most important weapon.” The Naval Academy would be wise to heed this counsel. To produce better Marine officers, the Academy should implement a professional reading program, change course requirements for graduation, and add more discussion-based seminars to analyze ideas about leadership and current affairs.