It really is true that success is in the details. This video focuses on the training of Marine Special Operators (MARSOC), otherwise known as Marine Raiders. You will see what I mean when I say “success is in the details” as you watch this.
You will hear a phrase throughout this short video, the “crawl, walk, run” method. While that may seem to be “dumb,” the meaning of that phrase and the purposes of that training will become evident as you watch and listen to the narrative. That is the level of detail that these Marine Raiders become familiar with during their training to become MARSOC, special operations Marines.
You will see that learning how to “crawl, walk, run” is a serious part of battlefield success. Every move is practiced over and over again until it becomes an innate part of each team member’s muscle memory, and intellectual awareness.
Every element of how to move in the field, to how to shape the battlefield situation in your favor physically and tactically, is gone over and over again until the members of the team move like a well oiled machine. But they are also trained in the details of critical thinking in battlefield conditions. They become so familiar with the “details” that they can discern what moves will be best to make and how each member is going to move and what their responsibilities are going to be in a given situation.
Each member knows the details so well that, if the need arises, each of them can take over the lead and direct the team.
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Because their critical thinking skills have been developed as sharpley as their physical and tactical skills as a team, they know that they can depend intimately on the guy to their right and the one on their left to always keep pushing forward. They know how to crawl, walk, and run and fight as a well-knit team.
They are special operator, Recon Marines on physical, mental and tactical steroids.
Yes. Success really is in the details. These Marine Raiders have that down to a science.
Semper Fi, MARSOC! OooRah!
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.