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.