View Full Version : US Marine LINE System?

Matt VDW
September 9, 1999, 02:29 PM
Does anyone out there know anything about the LINE (Linear <something> Neural <something>, I think) system of hand-to-hand combat that the USMC began teaching recruits around 1989? I'm curious because I never got trained in it (I graduated from Parris Island in 1988) but some of the Marines I knew who did learn it thought that the LINE stuff was worthwhile. The concept was to teach recruits a few simple, non-acrobatic techniques that could be used on the battlefield (with poor footing, heavy gear being worn, et cetera).

The unarmed combat training that I received was very rudimentary, done more to make recruits feel like well-rounded warriors than anything else. To paraphrase the instructor, "The Marine Corps gives you a rifle and teaches you how to use it. If you're such a poor shot that you let the other guy get close enough for a fist fight, you deserve to get your ass kicked". :)

September 10, 1999, 05:06 PM
Matt, Palidine press has the book in print, U.S. Marines Close-Quarters Combat Manual(ISBN 0-87364-889-7). I checked with a good friend of mine who was a CCI trained in LINE. He said the book was prettymuch a copy of the official manual without the last few chapters. It is very basic but is good material. Like any combat drill it must be rehearsed repeatedly to do any good. You also may want to check out John Kary at American Combatives Association and the Gung Ho Chuan Association. They were both started by former Marines practicing WWII CQC. They are not LINE but you may find them of interest. Hope this helps.

September 10, 1999, 05:16 PM
By the way it's "Linear In-fighting Neural-Overide Engagement" program. Those adresses are www.americancombatives.com (http://www.americancombatives.com) and www.ghca.org (http://www.ghca.org)

September 10, 1999, 08:04 PM
The most dangerous weapon system that you can unleash in war is a Marine Rifle Man and his M-16.

Matt VDW
September 13, 1999, 09:39 AM
The most dangerous weapon system that you can unleash in training is a second lieutenant with his compass. :D

Awl556, thanks for the info.

Ken Cook
September 14, 1999, 02:36 PM
Sorry Matt, you're mistaken.
The 2nd Lt with a compass is the SECOND most dangerous thing.

First is TWO butter bars! One with a map, the other with a radio and they're trying to call arty!
Semper fi!

Your mind is your primary weapon.

September 14, 1999, 02:57 PM
Ah! Unintential friendly airbursts directly overhead!! :->

Great material for embellishing our stories when we become old farts...

July 4, 2007, 11:09 PM
I was a Trainer in this system. I trained directly under MGsgt. DonVito.

What do you want to know.

July 6, 2007, 08:22 AM

O.K. This thread is like a decade old.

My bad.... hehehehe....:cool:

July 6, 2007, 10:12 PM
It almost IS a decade old!
Don't drink and post, guys.

July 14, 2007, 07:48 PM
It may be pretty old, but I got a good laugh. It is funny how some of it still holds true today.