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Marines from Battery R, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drag a mock unruly civilian from a hostile area during Interservice Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor's Course here, Sept. 29. The course was originally designed to train instructors, but because of recent deployments to the units that normally do the training these Marines are treated to the higher level course.

Photo by Cpl. Matthew S. Richards

BLT 1/4 conducts nonlethal force training

29 Sep 2005 | Cpl. Matthew S. Richards 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The following is a photo essay of the Interservice Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor's Course here, Sept. 29. The purpose of the course is to train Marines to properly handle, disperse, disrupt or influence crowds and individuals during missions or situations when lethal force is not the first option. Some examples include holding back a crowd of hungry civilians at a food distribution site during a humanitarian mission or demonstrations of civil disobedience, said Capt. Gregory S. Rooker, Force Protection Officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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