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U.S. Marine Corps - Small Wars Manual (1940 Edition)


Section II


Training objective			4-7
Scope of training			4-8
Disciplinary training			4-9

4-7. Training objective.-a. The character of the training conducted during concentration depends upon the time available, the state of training of the individual units concentrated, the nature of the country in which operations are to be conducted, the character and armament of the forces likely to be encountered, and the type of operations that may be necessary.

b. Training during concentration is primarily concerned with preparation for the following operations:

(1) Ship-to-shore movement , against organized opposition and without opposition.
(2) Reorganization preliminary to movement inland.
(3) Movement inland, including the seizure of defended cities and towns, and operations against guerrilla forces whose tactics include surprise attacks and ambushes.

4-8. Scope of training.-a. During concentration it is necessary to verify the readiness of troops for the conduct of small wars operations. Deficiencies in training must be corrected, particularly if the deficiency is such as to hazard the successful prosecution of contemplated operations.

.b. For subjects to be stressed during training for small wars operations, see paragraph 4-1, c.

4-9. Disciplinary training.-Where time is short, all training in ceremonies and close order drill should be reduced to a minimum. The disciplinary value of close order drills may be achieved through the efficient conduct and close supervision of field exercises, during instruction in bayonet fighting, and in training in the use, functioning, and care of weapons and equipment. Smartness, prompt obedience, and orderly execution can be exacted of troops during such exercises, thus increasing the value of the instruction as well as developing a higher degree of battle efficiency in the individual.

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