Prior to and during World War I, the skill of the bayonet was supplemented with the first training in unarmed techniques to meet the challenges of trench Warfare.
After the Vietnam War the Marine Corps saw a need to make changes and develop a new martial arts system.
1980 the Marine Corps developed the LINE System (Linear Infighting Neurological Overriding Engagement).
During these early years the leadership and core values training that are our hallmark today developed in concert with the martial skills.
Guided by leaders, the Marine Corps developed a spirit that we know today as Honor, Courage, and, Commitment.
The program, which began in 2001, trains Marines (and U. Navy personnel attached to Marine Units) in unarmed combat, edged weapons, weapons of opportunity, and rifle and bayonet techniques.
It also stresses mental and character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership, and teamwork.
Beginning with the Continental Marines who were renowned as sharpshooters in the rigging of Naval Ships, to their skills as boarding and landing parties where the rifle, sword, and bayonets were the tools of their trade.
Marines have continued to develop and hone their skills through the years.
A Marine has always been feared by his aggressiveness and his lack of fear to everything around him, no matter the environment, the enemy, or the task. Vandentop recently headed a class of 95 servicemembers who volunteered to become Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructors aboard Camp Fallujah, Iraq.