Management in the Marine Corps

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AbstractManagement is a vital part of every industry and organization that will ever exist. There are four fundamental functions that management performs which are: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. I will encounter these four functions on a daily basis as a Motor Transport Chief, in the United States Marine Corps. These functions and how often they are used will vary between every management field. I will discuss how these functions are part of my daily life as a leader of Marines. [Well developed.]In our text, it explains how there are four functions of management, each is defined and examples are given of each function. There is no doubt that each of these functions will be encountered on various degrees by people who manage any sort of group, activity, or organization. Planning is the first of the four functions of management that our text addresses. Planning is defined as, “specifying the goals to be achieved and deciding in advance the appropriate actions needed to achieve those goals.”

(Bateman and Snell, 2007) Planning includes analyzing situations, anticipating the future, and determining objectives. (Bateman and Snell, 2007) As a Marine, each of these planning steps might change every second depending on the situation. Analyzing the situation, anticipating the future, and determining objectives could change at a moments notice in the middle of a firefight. Determining where the enemy is, what he might do, and what the current objective is could change at any point. [Ideas are effectively presented.]Topic Heading MissingAlthough the example of planning while in the middle of a firefight is a bit extreme, I can relate to the function of planning while in garrison just as well. In order to ensure that the maintenance of the vehicles in my unit is at its peak, I must constantly plan. On a...