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Battle Studies: Staff Rides & Battle Studies  

Research Guides for Marine Corps University School Staff Rides, and select topics in battle studies.
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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About Staff Rides

What is a Staff Ride?

A staff ride is a case study, typically of a military battle or campaign, conducted on the ground where the event happened. It is considered an essential instructional technique in advanced military schools and in field units. Marine Corps University (MCU) schools provide several Staff Ride opportunities for students throughout the school year.

A staff ride is a group exercise requiring participation and active engagement by the participants: a successfull staff ride will challenge you to put yourself in the place of history and seek answers to questions such as

    • What happened?
    • What would I have done, or done differently?
    • How did the organization, leaders and subordinates contribute to the success of failure of this military exercise?

These research guides are designed to facilitate understanding of the history behind the event. You can explore primary sources, archival materials, maps, videos, RSS feeds, articles and books from our library collections and databases.


Then and Now

An innocent looking bridge... that played an important role during the Civil War.
According to the Manassas Battlefield National Park website, "Confederate troops destroyed the Stone Bridge over Bull Run in March 1862 before falling back to a more defensible position fifty miles to the south near Fredericksburg. The current structure was completed in the 1880s, on the site of the war-time bridge."

The Staff Ride


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