Posted on Apr 16, 2016
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Army guy here looking to understand how Marines track training at the squad level. The Army does warrior tasks and scores each task as a go / no-go. There is a DA form for field expedient squad book that looks like an excel sheet with names and task titles. Specifically I'm looking at MCO 1553.10 infantry tasks. How is it transported back to garrison for input into the training system?
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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"Forms? We don't need no stinking Forms!"

I'm positive things have changed since I've been out, but we follow more of a "plan and do it" model than a "record it" model.

Develop the training schedul which highlights what we are going to focus on.

Execute.

Those who aren't at "proficient" level will usually find themselves repeating said tasks more (as will their leadership).

We carry "leader books" just like the Army, and skillsets fall under pro/con so it's incentivized knowledge, just like PFT & Rifle qual.

We're just not as "formal on the backend. We use our PME system in lieu of it.
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SSgt GG-15 RET Jim Lint
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If the expectation is to be complete, and you go to war with those Marines, why do you have to have it on paper? They are either a go or a no-go. I had a company commander who housed NCOs who were not 1st Class on PFT...in their pup tent in the center of the outside area of the H-Frame buildings. They got some wind protection, but they also were motivated to get their score up there.
H co, 2/6 had very few non-1st class PTers.
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Capt Tom Brown
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MAJ (Join to see) All I can speak to is how it 'used to be' 'back in the day' there were no such forms or any training tracking at any company level in the infantry. This may seem awful by present day standards but we managed somehow to incorporate infantry tasks in everyday field exercises. Marines learned basic infantry skills in boot camp and infantry training, which at the time was a 20-30 day infantry training course everyone went through right after boot camp, regardless of MOS. That was it. Now I am going to have to look up MCO 1553.10 and see when it is dated and contents. Maybe things are getting more modern. (One can just see the training NCO pencil-whipping those training records.)
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