“While we do a lot of long-range movement and stress our bodies out to the max a lot, it’s not always that you get the opportunity to go over terrain like this,” Miller said. “The terrain itself was incredibly grueling, incredibly severe, especially with the 60-pound rucks that these guys are wearing.”
With expanding mission sets post-Iraq and Afghanistan, recon Marines must ensure their core capabilities are up to par, including the ability to perform deep reconnaissance miles behind enemy lines. They need the skills to operate independently in tough terrain or alongside service members from other branches, Miller said.
That’s especially important as joint missions become more and more common, he added.
“While we all do similar missions, a lot of times the language we speak is different, and getting this kind of training opportunity helps ease that language barrier so that when we do meet down-range, we’ll understand each other,” he said.