It Might Be Time To Retire The Marines
Macgregor, a retired Army colonel, author and military consultant, who really upset some people when he wrote in Time that “the Marines as currently organized and equipped are about as relevant as the Army’s horse cavalry in the 1930s.”
Then he went f or t he jugular.
“Most of today’s Marine force consists of airmobile light infantry. This Marine force i s designed for use i n t he developing world against incapable opponents from Haiti to Fiji, but not much else.
“The Marines cannot confront or defeat armored forces or heavy weapons in the hands of capable opponents. Nor can the Marines hold any contested battle space for more than a very short amount of time, after which the Marine raid or short stay ashore is completed.”
This last argument is the one most used by critics of maintaining t he Marine Corps.
But when you talk about retiring a military branch whose history harks back to the two infantry battalions of Continental Marines formed on Nov. 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, you’d better have one hell of a powerful argument!
Kane‘ohe’s 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, move out on patrol during Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia, 1991.