The Fundamental Transformation of the Marine Corps
When America needed a victory, the Marine Corps always delivered. For nearly 250 years, the Marine Corps has been the tip of the spear in American military operations. From Belleau Wood to Iwo Jima, from the Chosin Reservoir to Fallujah, the Marines have achieved the impossible through guts and determination. In many ways, the Marines epitomize the character of America in war. However, this important military institution is being fundamentally transformed like the rest of the country.
“Since 1775, the iconic image of the American Marine has been that of a disciplined, tough rifleman moving forward in battle, often with fixed bayonet,” wrote author Bing West at Hoover Institution. “The Marine Corps is small, agile and flexible, priding itself on being the first to fight, anywhere. Over the past four years, however, the current commandant, Gen. David H. Berger, has radically transformed the image and the mission of the Marine Corps.”
Soon after being confirmed as commandant of the Marine Corps in June 2019 after being nominated by President Donald Trump, Berger issued “Force Design 2030,” an aggressive policy to redesign the structure, recruitment and operations of the Marine Corps.
The goal of Force Design 2030 is to update the corps for modern warfare and address some long-standing issues, like recruitment and retention. It pivots the Marines away from traditional infantry-driven combined forces combat and more to amphibious operations. It is predicated on the idea that the Marines will be fighting China in the Pacific rather than engaged in a land battle in Europe.
“The primary focus now is upon developing missile units intended to sink Chinese warships,” continued West. “To fund those units, General Berger did away with 21 percent of the personnel in infantry battalions, 100 percent of the tanks, 67 percent of the cannon artillery batteries, 33 percent of the assault amphibious companies, nearly 30 percent of Marine aviation, and almost all assault breaching equipment. The desired number of large amphibious ships was reduced from 38 to 31. Due to these cuts, Marines are less capable to fight as a combined arms force.” These changes severely limit their impact on any battlefield outside a littoral action in the Pacific.
Breaking Defense wrote: “FD 2030 engendered an ‘intellectual civil war’ in the Marine Corps driven by criticisms from retired officers that Berger’s effort is too focused on the Western Pacific, undermines traditional combined arms operations, makes the Marine Corps too small, and relies too heavily on unproven operational concepts.” These changes reduce the lethality of the corps while increasing the uncertainty of operational success. In short, these actions are blunting the tip of the spear.
Regardless of the operational merits, FD 2030 is also a Trojan horse for introducing Marxist culture into the corps. This is following the lead of all the other major branches. Berger introduced Talent Management 2030, which explains why diversity, equity and inclusion (dei) training is needed to improve the Marines. They even introduced a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer who will continually look for ways to imprint dei in the corps over a five-year plan. You can read the plan here, authored by Lt. Gen. David Ottignon and Brig. Gen. Jason Woodworth. The introduction states:
The United States reveres its Marines for our traditions and excellence in fighting our nation’s foes. Our enemies fear us because they know the tenacity and lethality we bring to any fight. … This past year’s conversation about race revealed our nation’s scars and offered an opportunity to genuinely reflect on diversity, equity and inclusion. It is a critical part of the conversation—to know that real examples of racial and gender bias exist in our corps—75-plus years after the service was integrated.
We have not always gotten it right, but there is evidence in our personnel data—and lived experience of many minority Marines—that shows we are improving, but that we still have more to do.
dei is a modern construct of Marxist ideology that replaces class with race and seeks to transform the existing culture by focusing on grievance and deception. This effort will eventually undermine the esprit de corps and morale of the Marines. The corps is being dismantled operationally and spiritually.
It is true Marine culture is not perfect, but dei is not a well-meaning endeavor of improvement. It is an ideological cancer that is a part of the movement to fundamentally transform the United States of America.
The Trumpet has exposed the Communist infiltration of the United States, which the late Herbert W. Armstrong warned about over 75 years ago. This infiltration seeks to weaken the institutions that protect American ideals and biblical values. In 1956, Mr. Armstrong wrote:
It’s a kind of warfare we don’t understand, or know how to cope with. It uses every diabolical means to weaken us from within, sapping our strength, perverting our morals, sabotaging our educational system, wrecking our social structure, destroying our spiritual and religious life, weakening our industrial and economic power, demoralizing our armed forces, and finally, after such infiltration, overthrowing our government by force and violence! … Communism is worldwide psychological warfare!
This has had a devastating effect on the United States.
There are two particular ways this prophesied infiltration has undermined the military. First, military leadership has become academic and scholarly. All military officers must have a bachelor’s degree. This has been an open gateway for Marxist thinking to funnel into the military. One of the Communists’ first actions was gaining control over the universities. Thus, our leaders have become inundated with radical-left thinking.
The second was President Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of the United States military. “One diabolical act of his received little attention,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in “This Isn’t Incompetence. This is Treason!” He continued:
As president, Obama completely reshaped the leadership of America’s military.
During his first five years in office, President Obama relieved close to 200 generals and many other high-ranking officers of their command. Presidents often change some top military staff, but several retired generals called what Obama did a “purge.” In 2013, retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady said, “There is no doubt he is intent on emasculating the military” (emphasis mine throughout).
Obama purged the military of strong leaders, clearing the way for men like Berger and Mark Milley who were compromised by the far-left intellectualism of universities.
The Marine Corps is being attacked from within. It is so weakened it cannot withstand an attack from without. The Bible is replete with prophecies of a stunning military collapse of the world’s superpower. Prophecies found in Deuteronomy 28:25, Ezekiel 5:1-5 and Hosea 5:5 all warn of our impending defeat. Despite the proud history of the Marine Corps and its record of achieving the impossible, national defeat is ultimately a self-inflicted tragedy.
The Marine Corps is under attack. America is under attack, but not from a foreign enemy. The adversary is in our midst, and only Bible prophecy can expose the true perpetrator. This is why you need to read Mr. Flurry’s newly expanded and updated version of America Under Attack.