Analysis and summery of MCDP 2, Leading Marines.

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Leading Marines is the greatest resource that I have come across so far for guidance and motivation in becoming a leader of Marines. In one neat sentence located in the forward, we are given everything that sums up what is expected of future leaders of Marines: "Our actions as Marines every day must embody the legacy of those who went before us." Marines have a great expectation to live up to, and as commissioned officers we must absolutely carry on the tradition of excellent leadership that has come before us. This leadership comes in many forms under many different conditions. As there are no two people who are exactly alike, there is no single way to lead. Leadership is learned not born; one must utilize personal traits and experiences …show more content…
Our country was a maritime nation at its birth in 1775 and still is today. Four of Five capitals are within 300 miles of a coast, demonstrating the importance of an infantry force from the sea to national security. Together, the individual Marine, similar indoctrination, "every Marine a rifleman", and our maritime heritage make up the Marine tradition.

The second chapter of Leading Marines is titled Foundations. It lays out the foundation of every Marine leader; it is a collection of the principles taught to all Marines. Our core values, and Marine leadership principles make up the bulk of the chapter. Leadership is what makes men take action against their most basic instinct of self-preservation. Leadership is based not only on the Marine ethos, but also on certain elements of leadership philosophy. The elements rely on each other, and collectively they serve to help guide a Marine leader in decision making. These values must be reflected in a leaders action, otherwise the follower has no faith in the leader and the words become hollow and meaningless. As Marines, we are held to a higher standard then the rest of society because of the nature of our profession. Just because we carry arms and have an awesome amount of power, does not mean that we can do as we please. With the application of force comes a strict liability, requiring the individual
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