The Marine Corps has added unmanned aerial systems training to the basic curriculum that newly commissioned officers must undergo, Defense Systems said Tuesday.
Kevin McCaney writes that instructors at The Basic School took a two week course on a small UAS system and will begin teaching how to use the technology to trainees.
“By teaching and training this at the first school new Marine officers attend, they will take this knowledge and develop new tactics, techniques and procedures earlier on in their careers, helping the Group 1 UAS program grow within the Marine Corps,” Major Justin Betz, TBS air officer, told Defense Systems.
The new UAS training will include field exercises using a Raven UAS, one of the most commonly used drones in the world.
“Through early exposure to a variety of aviation assets at TBS, the idea is to foster greater air-ground integration and enable students to be successful in the future,” said Maj. Peter Fukushima, section head for the Warfighting Marine Air-Ground Task Force, according to Defense Systems.