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Title: Marine Aviation Evolves

Action: The Marine Corps seal is faded in the background and the quote from the House of Armed Services Committee from USMC—Introduction is shown:

A versatile, expeditionary force in readiness
...A balanced force for a naval campaign and a ground and air striking force...
...Always at a high state of readiness
Ready to suppress or contain international disturbances short of war
...To be the most ready when the Nation generally is least ready.

Voice: After the Korean War, Congress mandated that the Marines would be “A balanced force for a naval campaign and a ground and air striking force…,” “…Always at a high state of readiness,” “…To be most ready when the Nation generally is least ready.”

Action: The text is replaced by the following bullet points, shown as mentioned in the narration:

Voice: This was part of the same legislation that set their force structure to a minimum of 3 divisions. In answer to that mandate, Marine aviation evolved to become a completely expeditionary air arm. Marine Corps doctrine requires that aviation be rapidly established ashore and be prepared to operate from primitive airfields within the objective area. This expeditionary aspect sets Marine Corps aviation apart from all other aviation organizations. The bond between ground and aviation forces continued to strengthen and evolved into what is now called the Marine Air Ground Task Force or MAGTF.

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