“Every Marine a rifleman.”
It’s a philosophy every recruit is indoctrinated with from Day One. No matter his MOS, every Marine is trained to be capable of picking up a rifle and heading to the front.
But, in today’s operating environment, many Marines never hear the crack of an enemy rifle. That’s why some grunts want a device to distinguish them from other Marines. The best way to do that, some oh-three-hundreds say, is to reserve crossed rifles for infantrymen.
Others, however, say that threatens to erode camaraderie and rob the Corps of that which sets it apart from all other services.
Read about the debate in this week’s Marine Corps Times on newsstands now. Or, subscribe here.