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Marine Paintball Training
« on: April 06, 2005, 07:48:29 AM »

"You are not learning how to gunfight unless someone is shooting back at you."

(March 29, 2005) --

Marines are considered the number one fighting force in the United States because of their elite and strenuous training exercises.

Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, continues to hold true to this elite reputation by expanding their rifleman skills and increasing their combat knowledge while taking the Support And Stability Operations course. The two-week course puts lessons learned in the field into practice for those who may be faced with war-type situations in the future.

“This training actually just started in Regimental Schools,” said Sgt. Juan R. Martinez, SASO instructor, Regimental Schools. “For this course the first week is all in classrooms the whole time and the next week we are in the field doing training exercises.”

Martinez explained, they receive information back from Marines who have already been to combat zones, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and gather useful information needed to teach other Marines how to survive in similar situations. The most helpful parts of this information are then taken and implemented into the SASO course.

“We have six instructors in the course (to) help Marines learn different field training exercises they could see in the real combat zones,” said Martinez, a Hartford, Conn., native. “The Marines run 24 hour operations so they also endure sleep deprivation.”

After the Marines finish the first week of classroom exercise they then go on to do a wide variety of different field exercises. The training includes Military Operations in Urban Terrain training skills, POW detaining and vehicle control points.

In the MOUT training the Marines are expected to clear rooms as instructors fire back at them with M-16 A2 service rifles with paint simulated rounds.

“The reason we will be shooting at them with the paint rounds is so we will be able to tell if the Marine was hit while clearing the room or not,” explained Martinez. “If a Marine is hit he will know what he did wrong and will hopefully correct it so it doesn’t happen again.”

This is the first MOUT course Regimental Schools is offering that includes SASO training. They are expected to start giving the training up to five times a year.

We actually never get to do this kind of training,” said Capt. Robert A. Kleinpaste, commanding officer of CAC, 3rd Marine Regiment. “This is the first time Regimental Schools has done this. We usually just get to work with vehicles.”

According to Kleinpaste, a Spokane, Wash., native, the combat training should be balanced because it is important that Marines get this training while maintaining their primary jobs because there is a chance that the Marines from CAC will see combat.

“For this being the first time we’ve done this training it seems to be working out pretty well,” explained Kleinpaste. “It’s really good training for squad and platoon size units. Its really been more close quarters combat training.”

Kleinpaste explained that there is more than a 90 percent chance he and some of his Marines will be going to Iraq in the upcoming months so the training is essential for these Marines.

“Next month we will be training Marines at [Marine Corps Training Area] Bellows,” explained Martinez, “but we will be doing different training exercises then what we’re teaching here and changing some things around.”

Cpl. Jake D. Hinderliter, an amphibious assault vehicle chief with CAC, 3rd Marines, says the only thing he would change about the training is instead of having two weeks of training, he would combine the training into classroom sessions in the morning and field training in the afternoon.

“I think this is actually really good training,” said Hinderliter. “These kind of exercises are usually done with blanks, but with the simulated rounds it’s more life-like.”

Students from CAC who are currently in the SASO course are not only expanding their knowledge of different combat situations in preparation for deployment, but also helping to ensure the Marine Corps remains America’s number one fighting force.


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Re: Marine Paintball Training
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2005, 08:30:18 AM »

Its about time!!  I was wondering when the Corps was going to adapt this type of training.  They seem to be much for adaptive to their training regimen then they were several years ago when I was in.  I'm happy to see they will be becoming even more deadly with their rifle skills!

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