The Marine Corps is the service in the United States Military that literally wrote the book on Infantry and battlefield infantry operations. They have established a school for teaching soldiers how to be Infantry leaders, called the Marine Corps improved Infantry School. It is designed to instruct and teach young Marines to lead and perform duties as Infantry Squad Leaders. The School is located at Camp Pendleton, California. It is created to teach infantry and leadership skills to prospective Infantry Squad leaders in the Marine Corps. The courses are varied but the main one is called the Marine Corps Infantry Squad Leaders Course and it is constructed to teach the basics and advanced infantry tactics and procedures.
The skills and tactics taught at the Marine Infantry Squad Leader course include infantry and battlefield skills, a myriad variety of the necessary types of training to be an effective military Infantry Squad Leader. Every Marine Corps enlisted person is a rifleman, and the training starts in boot camp with infantry rifleman skills. The Infantry Squad Leaders course takes a Marine and gives them training and skills as a noncommissioned officer, giving them active leadership and infantry skills to function as a disciplined leader. The ISLC training teaches a Marine candidate to lead a 12-man squad. Every member of the Marine Corp is given basic infantry and rifleman skills. The ISLC training is designed to teach not only leadership but also show the potential Squad Leader how to instruct advanced tactics and rifle squad procedures to yield a well-disciplined and trained close knit 12 man rifle team.
The ISLC training program is 38 days long and from the very start it is conducted at a brisk and challenging pace. It features concepts in accumulated and acquired knowledge and takes the information that the student already knows about weapons and Warfighting, and refines and expands on these skills. Each of the ISLC trainees are a member of a training team, a four man squad that learns in action the skill sets and procedures necessary. Each of the training teams has a M-249 rifleman, a Rifleman, an assistant rifleman, and a leader. Each of the training team members serve at each of these positions, rotating among themselves on different days to learn the requirements of each position.