Initial Training Phase
The Initial Training Phase is the phase that focuses on training of individual personnel and small units of the Marine Expeditionary Units. Many Marines attend courses or training schools that may require advancement or additional skills to meet the demand of their unit's quota. Training and exercises by many cooperative cross-service agencies also help set courses of instruction for the MEU's Command Elements, subordinate elements (MSE), and the Maritime Special Purpose Force. Also, staff training is included in the MEU's CE and MSE elements. Because of time constraints and limited training resources, every effort must be made to efficiently use the training time available during this phase.
- Expeditionary Strike Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Staff Planning Course
- Operations and Intelligence Seminar
- MEU Command Element Situational Training Exercises (STX)
- Initial Training Phase "at-Sea-Period"
- Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) Special Skills Courses
- Fire Support Coordination Exercise
- Interoperability and Parallel Training: conducted jointly with an Amphibious Squadron and Naval Special Warfare detachment
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