U.S. Marine Corps
12 February 1999
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY Headquarters United States Marine Corps Washington, D.C. 20380-1775
18 February 1999 FOREWORD 1. PURPOSE Today’s Marines operate within a continuum of force where conflict may change from low intensity to high intensity over a matter of hours. Marines are also engaged in many military operations other than war, such as peacekeeping missions or noncombatant evacuation operations, where deadly force may not be authorized. During noncombative engagements, Marines must determine if a situation warrants applying deadly force. Sometimes Marines must decide in a matter of seconds because their lives or the lives of others depend on their actions. To make the right decision, Marines must understand both the lethal and nonlethal close combat techniques needed to handle the situation responsibly without escalating the violence unnecessarily. Marine Corps Reference Publication (MCRP) 3-02B, Close Combat, provides the tactics, techniques, and procedures of Marine Corps close combat. It also provides the doctrinal basis for the Marine Corps Close Combat Training Program (MCCCTP). 2. SCOPE This publication guides individual Marines, unit leaders, and close combat instructors in the proper tactics, techniques, and procedures for close combat. MCRP 3-02B is not intended to replace supervision by appropriate unit leaders and close combat instruction by qualified instructors. Its role is to ensure standardization and execution of tactics, techniques, and procedures throughout the Marine Corps. 3. SUPERSESSION MCRP 3-02B supersedes Fleet Marine Force Manual (FMFM) 0-7, Close Combat, dated 9 July 1993. There are significant differences between the two publications. MCRP 3-02B should be reviewed in its entirety.
4. WARNING Techniques described in this publication can cause serious injury