Coming from the enlisted side, I personally feel that we are all Soldiers 1st (or Marines, Sailors, Airmen) and that we all need at least a basic level of proficiency and some form of "basic training" should be required for all new Officers. I had a conversation with some folks who don't believe that limited duty officers need this type or training unless they are perhaps assigned to a line unit.
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Personally this is one area I feel Marines do better than any other branch. Regardless of their job, they have a better baseline of skills. The best medical officers I served with in the Army were the ones that had a desire to learn more and be better because they wore the uniform. I had a PA overseas that would hang out with us enlisted guys who wanted to learn map reading, how to use a DAGR, field strip his M4. His reasoning was very sound. He didn't understand why us enlisted practiced these skills so proficiently to become memory, that he as an officer over us wasn't required to learn.
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