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Marines will have the Polaris MRZR lightweight
all-terrain tactical vehicle.
“We’re the first unit to get the diesel variant,”
Holt said, “as a surrogate for the small Internally
During the experiments and exercises, the MRZRs will
be flown in MV- 22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and CH-53E
Super Stallion helicopters as part of the raid force.
“If you don’t fly it in, you don’t get to use it. That’s
the rule,” Holt said. The idea is to keep it “very real-
istic. We task a lot of our companies, and during this
experiment, they are going to be challenged.”
The 3/5 Marines will get to experiment with a variety
of technologies, from autonomous robotic unmanned
technologies to additive manufacturing like 3-D print-
ers that can reduce or expedite parts replacement.
“If they like the equipment, they’re going to be able
to keep a lot of the equipment that they are going to
experiment with and use that during their predeployment training program,” he said.
RIMPAC aside, it will be a busy workup period
for battalion Marines and Sailors. They will do an
Integrated Training Exercise in October, and after a
series of Expeditionary Operations Training Group
classes, the battalion will complete a Marine Corps
Combat Readiness Evaluation before leaving for Japan.
Once paired with the 31st MEU, the battalion will
participate in the Certification Exercise in June 2017,
before the exercise Talisman Sabre in eastern Australia
the following month.
“We can have one heck of an end-user assessment
to see how these new structures we are looking at
for Force 2025 can work for a battalion involved in a
MAGTF like a MEU,” Holt said.
“It’s not just about what we’re trying to do” at the
Warfighting Lab, he said. “It’s about the young men
in the unit. They’re going to come up with some great
ideas about what works and what doesn’t work and
how we can use things better or what we may need or
what they may need, which we haven’t even offered
“We want to integrate this stuff into the real life that
they do in the real deployment and say ‘alright, what
do you need that we ain’t giving you?’” n