Military Capabilities

Surface Navy 2019: USMC says it needs to slash global commitments

16 January 2019

At a time when question marks abound over the future of US troop levels around the globe, the US Marine Corps (USMC) said that it must reduce its operational deployments to better train for the high-end fight.

Lieutenant General Brian Beaudreault, the USMC’s deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations, said that the service’s operational tempo is too high and needs to be reduced to a one-to-three deployment-dwell ratio. To date, it hovers around a one-to-two ratio.

“If we simply bought more people to decrease the debt to dwell, obviously we create stresses on readiness and modernisation,” Lt Gen Beaudreault told an audience on 16 January.

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