Close Combat Lethality Task Force
When it comes down to ground combat, having been there and done that shizzle on the rizzle, we’re pretty particular about how future generations will be trained. Just like a doctor would be skeptical of a new medicine until they’ve seen the results of peer-reviewed studies or a weightlifter would look at the efficacy of his or her workouts. We feel that having been infantrymen and having received our participation trophy for getting in a gunfight that there is some vested interest in how future generations are trained in the art of making the other side die quickly, efficiently and with extreme prejudice.
Enter the Close Combat Lethality Task Force, organized by Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Why was it created? Because the facts don’t lie. While many of the people you know may have served overseas and maybe even been in a ground combat scenario, it is the infantry units who bear the brunt of the death and wounds. So why would we not want to have them trained to be the most efficient warriors on the battlefield? The deadliest? Would we not want them to have the best gear to assure their survival and ability to win the day?
Of course. But often times the idea of a better trained and better equipped grunt gets overlooked in favor of the next generation missile system or the latest and greatest tank. None of these things are horrible. In fact as infantrymen, please have great tanks and great missiles to support our asses. We like them when the enemy has large numbers and we have few. When there is a hardened enemy position, nothing quite says “F*** you, all your buddies, and two other buildings” like a big ass JDAM. It’s a hella good time for us.
But could we possibly do better with our hand to hand combat training? A better rifle? Better body armor? Better white space training (training that occurs outside of the “field” environment).
It’s long been said that grunts, whether of the Army or the Marine Corps variety don’t need to be smart, they just need to soak up bullets. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Given the changing scope of warfare and near-peer level adversaries, the infantryman of tomorrow must be intelligent and violently capable of a wide variety of missions.
For the sake of his own life and the lives of his brethren, the grunt hopes the Close Combat Lethality Task Force finds the right answers and executes the right plan to accomplish those goals.