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Jungle Warfare Training Center
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3d marine division
Okinawa, Japan
 

Mission

Jungle Warfare Training Center conducts unit and individual training courses to prepare USMC, Joint, and Allied Forces for operations in austere jungle environments, and contributes to the development of jungle warfare doctrine and testing of specialized equipment for use in jungle operations.

U.S. Marines conduct a three mile ruck for a jungle endurance test during Jungle Leaders Course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa, Japan, July 10, 2023. The course is designed to test physical and mental resilience of Marine Corps leaders in a harsh jungle environment. The Marines are with 3d Marine Division.
The Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC), located at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, is the world’s premier jungle training center and venue for jungle and littoral warfare exercises. JWTC conducts unit and individual training courses to prepare Marine Corps, joint, and allied forces for operations in austere littoral environments. JWTC also contributes to the development of jungle warfare doctrine and testing of specialized equipment for use in jungle operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Josue Marquez)
U.S. Marines train alongside members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force during the Jungle Leaders Course on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 15, 2021. JLC trains Marines in jungle survival skills, tactical rope suspension techniques, and jungle warfare tactics, building a lethal force capable of conducting operations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Hassanen Attabi)
U.S. Navy Sailors with 3d Marine Division, conduct Jungle Medicine Course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, April 23, 2021. JMED is a 10-day medical course that trains military personnel in jungle survival skills, casualty evacuation techniques, and awareness of dangerous species in a jungle environment. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Josue Marquez)
U.S. Marines with 3d Marine Division, conduct Jungle Communications Course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, April 23, 2021. JCOMM is 10-day course that trains Marines how to survive and creatively establish viable communications in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Josue Marquez)
U.S. Marines with Headquarters Battalion, 3d Marine Division, participate in the Basic Jungle Skills Course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, on Nov. 13, 2020. The course teaches Marines increased their survivability while operating in a jungle environment. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Levi J. Guerra)

Jungle Warfare Training Center Leaders

Director

Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel R. Jones

Nathaniel Jones is from El Paso, Texas.  He attended grade school in the area until attending college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2001.  He completed Officer Candidate School over the summer in 2005 and graduated school in December 2006 with a major in government and...

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