E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course

U.S. service members participate in a motivational run around Camp Lemonnier during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 2, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. service members participate in a motivational run around Camp Lemonnier during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 2, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cameron Smith, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, low-crawls while completing a combat fitness test during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. During the Corporal’s Course, the students received more than 120 hours of instruction over the course of 16 days with a curriculum that consisted of various subjects to include; customs and traditions, land navigation, communications, social media interaction, leadership, and combat fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cameron Smith, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, low-crawls while completing a combat fitness test during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. During the Corporal’s Course, the students received more than 120 hours of instruction over the course of 16 days with a curriculum that consisted of various subjects to include; customs and traditions, land navigation, communications, social media interaction, leadership, and combat fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Isaiah Caplan, carries U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christian Davis, both assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, while completing a combat fitness test during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. A partnered effort between the Marine Corps Element and CJTF-HOA, the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Isaiah Caplan, carries U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christian Davis, both assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, while completing a combat fitness test during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. A partnered effort between the Marine Corps Element and CJTF-HOA, the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl Richard Byrne, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, carries ammo cans during a combat fitness test during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Cpl Richard Byrne, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, carries ammo cans during a combat fitness test during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin Russell, assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, calls commands for a sword and guidon evaluation during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from being subordinates to being small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight into key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin Russell, assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, calls commands for a sword and guidon evaluation during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from being subordinates to being small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight into key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. service members participate in a motivational run around Camp Lemonnier during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 2, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. service members participate in a motivational run around Camp Lemonnier during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 2, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Army Spc. Kim-Sean Mam executes a fireman’s carry with U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Ogle, both assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Army Spc. Kim-Sean Mam executes a fireman’s carry with U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Ogle, both assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 31, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew White, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, marks an evaluation score for a student during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. A partnered effort between the Marine Corps Element and CJTF-HOA, the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew White, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, marks an evaluation score for a student during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. A partnered effort between the Marine Corps Element and CJTF-HOA, the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christian Davis, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepares to present arms with a guidon during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christian Davis, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepares to present arms with a guidon during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here, all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tyree McNealy, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, speaks to students in the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from being subordinates to being small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight into key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tyree McNealy, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, speaks to students in the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from being subordinates to being small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight into key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Ogle, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepares to complete a sword and guidon evaluation during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. As a dual effort of the Marine Corps Element and CJTF-HOA, the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brandon Ogle, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepares to complete a sword and guidon evaluation during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. As a dual effort of the Marine Corps Element and CJTF-HOA, the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tyree McNealy, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, demonstrates handling of the guidon during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from being subordinates to being small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight into key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince) E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Tyree McNealy, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, demonstrates handling of the guidon during the Corporal’s Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 24, 2017. The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from being subordinates to being small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight into key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince)

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti-- Twenty U.S. service members completed the Joint Service Corporals’ Leadership Development Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on June 3.

As a dual effort of the Marine Corps Element and Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), the Corporals’ Leadership Development Course is a professional military education program traditionally for Marine Corps Corporals that places emphasis on basic leadership skills.  

The intent of the course is to equip and prepare Marines to smartly transition from subordinates to small unit leaders. During this course, Corporals gain insight on key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are thus prepared to take on future leadership challenges.

The students received more than 120 hours of instruction throughout the course of 16 days. The curriculum included various subjects like customs and traditions, land navigation, communications, social media interaction, leadership, and combat fitness.

The course is a requirement for Marines in the enlisted grade of E-4, but here all U.S. service members in the ranks of corporal, specialist, senior airman or petty officer third class were allowed to participate.

“I was interested in participating in the Corporal’s Course because I wanted to enhance my leadership skills and witness how other branches produce their leaders,” said U.S. Army Spc. Justice Lee, CJTF-HOA information management office technician. “I loved the course. My instructors pushed me to reach my potential physically and mentally and I learned that I can achieve more than I originally thought."

The benefits of completing the course in a joint environment reach far beyond the course material. U.S. Marine Corps Col. Ralph Rizzo, CJTF-HOA director of logistics, expounded upon these sentiments for the graduates during the ceremony.

“You have been given an amazing opportunity,” said Rizzo. “Aside from just being in the joint environment, the biggest thing you have been given is the network that you have just built with all the other future leaders you completed the course with. Take that network and use it your advantage to aid in your continuous leadership development.”

The next opportunity for junior enlisted service members to participate in the Marine Corps Corporal’s Course is scheduled for mid-July. Contact the Marine Corps Element for further details.

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