Marine Corps Engineer School Updates Counter-IED Curriculum to Address Troop Readiness Requirements

military in trainingThe U.S. Marine Corps‘ engineer school has developed a new curriculum to train warfighters to counter improvised explosive device threats, Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday.

Matthew Schehl writes that USMC looks to provide units with hands-on field training and tailored intelligence based on the geographic area the squads are assigned to, using lessons learned from previous missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The enemy is obviously evolving, and we’re taking steps to provide Marines and sailors with the very best training so they can learn the hard lessons up front before they step off to defend the nation,” said Maj. Mark George, officer-in-charge of the engineer school’s “Defeat the Device” team, according to the report.

He said the unit looks to provide Marines and sailors with training that will address the evolving enemy threats in an effort to meet awareness and readiness requirements.

The report added that the Marines will complete six modules as part of the course, which works to train the participants to recognize, detect, jam or respond to set or detonated IEDs.

A pilot of the new training course was completed February at Camp Pendleton, where the Marine Corps Engineer School will offer the program alongside Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Schehl reports.

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