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An instructor with the Division Combat Skills Center works with a deployed virtual training environment at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 27, 2016. This specific program focuses on the DCSC’s goal of individual and small-unit training by providing the combat-oriented course and forcing the Marines to use the knowledge they acquired in a simulated scenario. (U. S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Miranda Faughn/Released)

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Division Combat Skills Center: Knowledge to the next generation

11 Feb 2016 | Lance Cpl. Miranda Faughn 2nd Marine Division

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.-- Marines and sailors throughout II Marine Expeditionary Force have the opportunity to make themselves more combat ready under the training of the Division Combat Skills Center. The DCSC focuses on individual and small unit training by providing combat-oriented courses such as machine gun and mortar’s courses. They also have the capability to teach Basic Urban Skills Training and a Combat Trauma Care courses.
The different courses provided at the DCSC keep the Marines up to date on the standards they need to uphold. The Marines and sailors, after a 3-4 day period of instruction in the CTC course, will be certified as combat lifesavers and also be CPR certified through the American Heart Association. This enables them to be able to start care and increase the chance of their fellow Marines surviving in combat scenarios.
“We provide support that allows you to improve your abilities to move, shoot, and communicate.” said Maj. Romeo Cubas, director of the DCSC.
The DCSC opened for business March 9 of last year and in the span of less than 12 months since its inception, the DCSC has acquired at least 60 Marines and sailors under their command, established their building and location, their own ammunition allocation, line of accounting and a curriculum developer.
Since last January over 7,500 Marines have trained in the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer, and since March more than 1,000 Marines have gone through their courses.
Lt. Col. Jason Drake, the battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, has sent 150 of his Marines to train at the DCSC.
“It’s a no brainer to send Marines over to the school.” Drake said.
Drake says he would also tell other commanders to invest in it because it’s a tool to provide knowledge down to the next generation.
Cubas believes that after receiving the more extensive training the Marines will be more proficient, returning to their unit and capable of being a force multiplier.
“When Marines or Sailors come through here, we expect them to be a more lethal member of a larger unit .” said Cubas.
The Marines who go through the training and bring it back to their units help to make Marines across the MEF more knowledgeable.
“[The Marine] walks away with the skill set that prepares him for combat, crisis, or contingencies,” said Drake. “He knows he is ready to take care of his team, his squad and his mates.”

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