Before you wear this uniform, you will prove you belong in it. When facing crisis in troubled spots around the globe, it is the good judgment of our Marines that must prevail. Those who comprise our ranks will know how to interact with different cultures and customs. They will be able to take the right action at the right time without direct supervision. They will be willing to make decisions most aren't capable of. This isn't a job for most—it's the charge of the Few.
THE STRATEGIC WARRIOR MINDSET
Conditions can change quickly on the modern battlefield, and Marines must adapt to meet those conditions with decisive but appropriate action. No two operations are identical, and no Marine prepares for only one type of mission. A situation can deteriorate, a crowd can grow restless and a humanitarian operation can turn into a combat engagement—in an instant. Marines may be called on to provide relief in a combat zone, a show of force in a disaster area or reconnaissance during a rescue operation. Regardless of the mission, Marines are prepared to face down the threats of our time.
EXCEPTIONAL DECISION MAKING
Marines are prepared for anything because they train for a broad spectrum of situations. We develop Marines into leaders by constantly exposing them to training situations that require sound decisions with limited time, resources or information. Marines train to use their judgment, decisiveness and knowledge to respond quickly and appropriately because the worst decision a Marine can make in the midst of an operation is no decision at all.
No Marine is more qualified to make tactical decisions than the small-unit leader on the battlefield. The Marine Corps concept of "Commander's Intent" ensures every Marine has a clear understanding of their commander's desired objective and the latitude to take the best course of action to accomplish it. In the midst of a complex operation, circumstances can change rapidly. When they do, Marines at the tip of the spear have the freedom to respond accordingly.
As America's premiere expeditionary force in readiness, it isn't enough to know how to fight every threat—Marines must know how to interact with different cultures as well. Before deploying abroad, Marines familiarize themselves with the language, customs and traditions, geography, religion, politics and socioeconomic factors of the regions in which they may operate. These considerations are also taken into account at the command level during the planning of operations to prevent avoidable tensions with local populaces.
LEADERSHIP AT EVERY LEVEL
Every Marine is a leader and prepared to fulfill the responsibilities of their role, or to step in for a fallen leader and take decisive action to gain control of the situation at hand. In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, there's no time for Marines to wait for orders to be handed down. The Marine Corps ensures even the most junior Marine has the confidence, judgment and authority to make crucial decisions under extreme stress.