Rifleman Dodd

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United States Marine Corps
Professional Reading Program

Book Discussion
Rifleman Dodd

1. Identify the author’s mission (task and purpose) in writing this book. I believe that the mission of the author, Victor H. Krulak, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.), in writing this book was to describe how vital the United States Marine Corps is to our nation and that through the extensive preparation and training we receive, we have become the leading fighting force on and off the battle field. The purpose of this book was to inspire readers about the Marine Corps and to explain stories about how different equipment came into the Corps and how we perfected them. The author’s goal was the educate readers based on his personal experiences and opinions about the Marine Corps livelihood, duty and history.

2. What part of the book was the most effective in accomplishing the author’s mission? What part of the book was the least effective? The author captures the history of America’s force in readiness and explains why their reputation is well-deserved. The part of the book was least effective was the amount of political and bureaucratic information and how overwhelming it felt. Though it did make up a large part of this book, it was still good information considering that is how we view ourselves and how our sister services view us.

3. What does the author assume to be true in order to accomplish his mission? Does the author validate these assumptions in the book? The author assumes that in order for the Marine Corps to be a fighting force in our nation that we must be prepared at all times to fight and determined to take control of any situation at hand. Krulak states that “The Marines are an assemblage of warriors, nothing more,” furthermore stating that Marines must continue to be a force in readiness in order to survive in the future.

4. The part of the book that is most relevant to what I do is: The part that I can relate mostly to is...
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