•Leaders should not engage in battle without envisioning a larger result for their actions. •Leaders must be prepared to act decisively.
Actions at the tactical level of war are the building blocks used to achieve operational success and fulfill the joint force commander's operational goals. •The tactical level of war is the province of combat. It includes the: - Maneuver of forces to gain a positional advantage - Use and coordination of fires - Sustainment of forces throughout the area of operations - Immediate exploitation of success - Combination of different arms and weapons •Successful execution of Marine Corps tactics requires the thoughtful application of the tactical tenets shown. •Part of the art of tactics is knowing where and when to apply these tenets and how to combine them to create the desired effect.3.2.1. ACHIEVING A DECISIONThe objective of tactics is to achieve military success through a decision in battle. •In combat, the leader seeks a victory—not a partial or marginal outcome—that settles the issue favorably, contributing to the success of the overall operation or campaign. •The enemy's skill and determination may prevent a leader from achieving the decision desired. •Leaders should not engage in battle without envisioning a larger result for their actions. •Leaders must be prepared to act decisively.3.3.GAINING ADVANTAGE•Advantages include the use of maneuver and surprise whenever possible. •Leaders employ complementary forces as combined arms.Combined ArmsCombined arms is an important means of gaining advantage. It presents the enemy not merely with a problem, but with a dilemma or a no win situation. •Leaders combine supporting arms, organic fires, and maneuver in such a way that any action theenemy takes to counteract one makes him more vulnerable to another. •Modern combined arms tactics combine the effects of various arms. - Infantry- Armor- Artillery- Aviation-Information operations•The strengths of the arms complement and reinforce each other. Complementary ForcesThe idea of fix-and-flank is an important way of gaining advantage. •With its two combat arms (GCE & ACE), the MAGTF has organic complementary and asymmetric forces.
•Ground combat forces may attack an enemy in one direction and dimension, while aviation combat forces attack from another. •One of the complementary forces may take a direct, obvious action to fix the enemy. •The other force takes the unexpected or extraordinary action. •The two actions can be interchangeable in battle. AsymmetryFighting asymmetrically means gaining advantage through imbalance and applying strength against an enemy weakness. •At the tactical level, this means using dissimilar techniques and capabilities to maximize the MAGTF's strengths while exploiting enemy weaknesses.