Out With The New, In With The Old
Remember the FMF ... Fleet Marine Force?
Well, the United States Marine Corps has announced in MARADMIN Number: 004/20 that it will change its terminology and use Fleet Marine Force to return to naval roots.
The Marine Corps is revitalizing the Fleet Marine Force to renew the long-standing Navy-Marine Corps relationship. With this transition, the Marine Corps has replaced the term “expeditionary” with “Fleet Marine Force.” The returning of this terminology brings back the mindset of a joint effort throughout the Marine Corps and the Navy.
The term Fleet Marine Force draws on Marine Corps naval traditions and reminds Marines and sailors of their long-fought history together. Effective immediately, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is now the premier Fleet Marine Force installation of the West Coast.
“We need to refocus on how we will fulfill our mandate to support the fleet,” tweeted General David H. Berger, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
By resurrecting the Fleet Marine Force, the Marine Corps can return to the naval integration that it maintained before the Goldwater-Nichols act of 1986. No longer acting as separate but intertwined entities will allow for greater cohesion within the Navy and the Marine Corps, thus allowing for the most effective naval effort.
“In crisis prevention and crisis response, the Fleet Marine Force – acting as an extension of the Fleet – will be first on the scene, first to help, first to contain a brewing crisis, and first to fight if required to do so.” As stated in the Commandant's Planning Guidance.
The United States Marine Corps’ adaptive nature will ensure that, whatever training challenges may arise, they will be faced head on and accomplished. No matter the changing environments or the changing obstacles, the Navy and the Marine Corps, through joint efforts, will respond.
However, this MARADMIN serves as a precursor for future training and operational changes. In an ever changing-world, the Marine Corps must change as well, even if that means changing back when needed.