As part of MCMAP, the Marines are acquiring a new bayonet that is more useful for knife fighting than the current version.
Jones, the former Marine commandant who established the program in 2000, MCMAP is "a natural extension" of the Corps credo, "Every Marine a rifleman." Like marksmanship training, he said, "this program provides our Marines with additional tools that they can use on the battlefield."
All 173,000 active-duty Marines and 58,000 reservists--everybody from the commandant down to the newest recruit, male and female alike--are required to receive the MCMAP training.
In developing MCMAP, the Marines "borrowed from established systems that were already out there," Bourgault said.
In contrast, MCMAP "is a weapons-based martial art," Bourgault said.
Unlike some traditional martial arts, MCMAP does not involve intricate, dance-like movements or attention-getting techniques--such as breaking tiles with your bare hands--Bourgault said.
MCMAP is the most recent form of close-combat training for the Marines, but they have engaged in hand-to-hand fighting since their earliest days.
The first--martial arts instructor, Military Occupational Specialty 8551--must be a corporal or above who successfully completes a MCMAP course.