Combat Mindset

In a combat environment, the Marine must be constantly prepared for possible target engagement. When a target presents itself in combat, there may be very little time to take action. A Marine must be able to engage the target quickly and accurately. The unique demands of combat (i.e., stress, uncertainty) dictate that the Marine be both physically and mentally prepared to engage enemy targets. It will not be enough to simply know marksmanship techniques and procedures. The Marine must develop the mental discipline to prepare for enemy contact. In the confusion, noise, and stress of the combat environment, the Marine must have the ability to eliminate any hesitation, fear or uncertainty of action and to focus on the actions required to fire well-aimed shots. This is accomplished through establishment of a combat mindset. The key factors in the development of a combat mindset include both physical and mental preparation.

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