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MCCRE - Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation

The Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation System set standards by which a unit is evaluated in the performance of all tasks, as they pertain to combat readiness. Marines of all ranks participate in formal military schools lasting from two weeks to nine months, correspondence courses, unit military education programs, group discussions and self study. Fundamental training objectives are based upon the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation System which evaluates certain tasks. Reservists train to the same standards.

Commanders must have flexibility in conducting a Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE). They may either conduct a traditional MCCRE that makes a total assessment of a unit's training readiness during a single exercise; or evaluate a unit's performance through a series of MCCRE events and combine the results to determine total training readiness. This period of assessment will not exceed 6 months. Additionally, MCCRE's must be objective and, whenever possible, encompass more than one element from the MAGTF.

Using the MCCRES properly is fundamental in determining training readiness. It is the primary system to assess and evaluate unit training based on approved combat requirements--the mission statement. Correctly executed, it can assess unit capabilities, aid in planning unit training, and serve as an evaluation tool to measure readiness in terms of published combat performance standards.

The Marine Corps Battle Drill Guide is a portable reference library for leaders to develop and execute a unit training program. Complete with drills, cross references, and training requirements, the guide will provide the necessary information to assist units for evaluation under the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation System. The BDG is based on a building block process emphasizing development of individual skills as initial training, followed by situational and field exercises that provide opportunities to practice those skills as part of a team.

The Battle Drill Guide focuses on the "how to" for planning and conducting individual and collective training for infantry squads, platoons, and companies through the use of specific job aids. It provides the necessary preparation in order to be evaluated under the MCCRES.

China Lake naval air station serves as one of the testing grounds for war-time capabilities. The Harrier squadrons bombing runs and the radar-jamming Prowlers were tested under the Marine Corps' Combat Readiness Evaluation System during their month-long deployment. Before dropping the 16 500-pound bombs at China Lake Aug. 1, 1994, the Harrier squadrons peppered Nevada and California ranges with 500-pound MK-82s, 1,000-pound MK-83s and BDU-45 bombs. During the deployment, MAG 14 aircraft flew 767 sorties, amassed 1,119.4 flight hours, and dropped 304,000 pounds of bombs. Each Harrier squadron participated in a surge, a saturation bombing exercise to determine the number of sorties the squadron can fly and the amount of bombs the Harriers can put on target during a specified time.

With a battalion-wide evaluation coming up, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines moved to Schofield Army Barracks from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20, 2001 to get ready. The battalion was warming up for the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation scheduled in October at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island of Hawaii. While at Schofield, the Marines of 3/3 used several different ranges to practice honing their skills as they prepared for their evaluation.

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