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Developing Better Decision Makers through Wargaming

In the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps Planning Guidance, the Commandant writes, “wargaming needs to be used more broadly to fill what is arguably our greatest deficiency in the training and education of leaders: practice in decision making against a thinking enemy.” Recently, the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) attempted to do just this by incorporating history based wargaming into the unit’s already existing reading and PME program…

U.S. Marine Corps officers assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct a wargaming scenario aboard Amphibious Assault Ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 22, 2021. The wargame was an exercise used by the Marine officers to increase proficiency in real-time decision making during PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT). PMINT is the first at-sea period in the MEU’s Pre-deployment Training Program; it aims to increase interoperability and build relationships between Marines and Sailors.

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Author: Cpl. Yvonna Guyette

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