On Jan. 15, 2015, the Marine Corps’ new commandant, Gen. Joseph Dunford, announced the release of the 36th Commandant’s Planning Guidance, which details his goals and vision for how the service must change to meet new threats and concerns. At first glance, this new approach seems particularly concerned with meeting newer strategic demands with fewer resources. However, this isn’t some budget-oriented doctrine, but an actual restructuring of the Corps, with the added benefit of saving taxpayer dollars.
Perhaps most anticipated change is a return to amphibious operations. Additionally, Dunford plans on pairing larger elements of the Marine Corps with special operations forces and restructuring the Marine expeditionary forces to operate as independent entities with their own missions.
Based on the planned changes, it appears that Dunford agrees with the sentiment that the nation doesn’t need two land armies — just one Army, and the Marine Corps.