03 May '18, 5am

The #Corps wants every #rifle #squad qualified to direct air, #naval and #artillery fire

The Corps plans to greatly boost the lethality and responsibility of its one its most fundamental building blocks of combat power by ensuring Marines can accurately direct and control mortar, field artillery, naval surface fire support, and provide accurate targeting data for close air support. To do that, the Corps plans to qualify at least one Marine in every rifle squad as a joint fires observer, or JFO, according to the Corps’ recently published 2018 aviation plan. The Marines need a whopping 648 JFOs to fill every active duty rifle squad across the Corps and 243 in the reserves. Across the Corps’ ground combat element to include recon and armor, the Corps wants a total active 1122 JFOs and 494 in the reserves. That’s a lot of folks qualified to rain down accurate precision fire on enemy forces. JFOs are qualified to “request, adjust, and control surface‐to‐surface fir...

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