Ground combat element


Ground combat element

In the United States Marine Corps, the Ground combat element is the land force of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides power projection and force for the MAGTF.__TOC__

Role within the MAGTF

The GCE has the mission of locating, closing with and destroying the enemy with fire and maneuver and repelling the enemies assault with fire and close combat. It provides infantry, armor, artillery, Reconnaissance, anti-tank and other combat arms. Often, a GCE will have organic combat engineers, snipers, forward air controllers, communication and other support functions attached.

Organization

The size of the GCE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a division (MARDIV). A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds an infantry Regiment, often reinforced with equipment and personnel from units (such as armor and artillery). The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced infantry battalion. Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their GCE, ACE, and LCE twice annually. Some units don't generally report to a division but merely to its MEF commander, and limited to detach to other units as necessary, i.e. Force Reconnaissance Companies.

Hierarchy of Marine ground units


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1st Marine Division
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GCE of I Marine Expeditionary Force


=7th Marine Regiment=


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2nd Marine Division
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GCE of II Marine Expeditionary Force


=8th Marine Regiment=


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3rd Marine Division
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GCE of III Marine Expeditionary Force


=12th Marine Regiment=



=14th Marine Regiment=


=25th Marine Regiment=

Other 4th Marine Division battalions

ee also

* Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
* Mobile Assault Platoon
* Combined Anti-Armor Team
* Radio Battalion
** Radio Reconnaissance Platoon

References

*cite web|accessdate=2007-03-15
url=http://www.cpp.usmc.mil/files/send%20in%20the%20marines1.pdf
format=PDF
title=Send in the Marines...the art of MAGTF Operations
publisher=United States Marine Corps


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