The Maritime Navigation Course teaches how to navigate the waters in support of Boat Operations as a part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). During my first few months in the fleet, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines was set to be the Battalion Landing Team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). As a part of this, my company, Bravo Company, was tasked as the Raider Company, clandestine Boat operations.
As a Private First Class, I was assigned to this course along with our Platoon Commander’s, company Executive officer, and a couple of Staff Non-commissioned officers. It required those eligible to take it to have at least some ability to comprehend mathematics and required those of us logical skills. It was unique for a private to get set into this class, and I enjoyed it. Never was there a tighter company than the Bravo Company Raiders of 2004-2005.