Marines with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment watch as a CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) approaches during an exercise at Fire Base Burt, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Oct. 1, 2016. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness.
Security, simple as that. The U.S. Marine Corps’ approach to the recent news out of Camp Pendleton shows that being open builds trust with the American public. Trust is exactly what the U.S. Navy SEALs need a lot more of right now, and the best way to restore it is by looking to the other sea service’s example.
Author: Task and Purpose
Two services. Two incidents involving service members accused of serious misconduct. Two vastly different approaches to openness and transparency.
Bravo Zulu to the Marines for providing timely and accurate information. They understand that hiding bad news does not make it go away and let the facts come out in drips and drabs undermine your credibility.
The SEALs and the entire special operations community have much to learn from how the Marine Corps got in front of this story. Some defense officials initially told reporters that the SEALs had been sent home for drinking alcohol, but Phillips first reported the SEALs’ commanders lost confidence in them after the entire platoon refused to talk to investigators about both the sexual assault and drinking allegations.