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Senior Master Sgt. Bradley Reilly, an instructor with Joint Special Operation Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, gives Marines attending the 1st Intelligence Battalion Corporals Corse a class on irregular warfare aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., April 4. Reilly, a Silver Star recipient, talked about his experiences during combat and explained to the corporals why it is important to know the difference between conventional and irregular warfare.

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Corporals learn about joint special operations and irregular warfare

8 Apr 2014 | Lance Cpl. Ricardo Hurtado

Students of the 1st Intelligence Battalion’s Corporals Course received a professional military education session on joint special operations and irregular warfare from senior enlisted leaders from the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 4, 2014.

The classes are normally taught by regular Corporals Course instructors, but this time they were guided by two senior enlisted service members.

The guest speakers were Army Sgt. Maj. Brian M. Rauschuber and Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bradley Reilly, both instructors with the JSOFSEA.

Rauschuber, a former special operator, spoke about the importance of joint special operations. His lecture focused on teaching the corporals why the Department of Defense incorporates all different branches of service. 

The lecture also talked about the background of joint operations, the joint chief of staff and its functions, the primary roles and functions of the services and military in homeland defense and civil support missions.

“As a corporal of Marines you are a small-unit leader,” said Rauschuber. “You are the first step into that small unit, but you are an important part of a larger community, such as fire-team, platoon or company, all the way up, and included in the Corps.”

Rauschuber also said that as part of a bigger community, Marines need to know how to operate effectively with members of other services to ensure mission accomplishment. 

Later that morning, Reilly, a Silver Star recipient, took the lead to teach corporals about irregular warfare. 

During the class, Reilly explained to the Marines the difference between conventional warfare and irregular warfare. 

Reilly said that as combatants of any war, it would be especially important for the corporals to understand irregular warfare, in which the involvement of civilian population plays a big role.

Sgt. Ira Davis, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the course, said that the visit of the two senior enlisted speakers is a great opportunity for the corporals to learn from someone who has been in small-unit leadership position and conducted joint operations.

“Instead of giving the corporals a period of instruction based on a PowerPoint presentation, we wanted to bring the subject matter experts who can really speak from experience,” said Davis. “They can give a better spectrum on how to conduct joint operations than a Marine giving a brief from something he read from a book.”

The class marked the end of the third week of training. During the week of training remaining until graduation, a series of events will help complete the expansion of the corporals’ abilities to be effective Marine leaders.

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