The Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course (WTI) is an integral part of Marine aviation training.
WTI provides pilots, weapon systems operations, and ground combat support service personnel an opportunity to hone their battlefield knowledge and expertise.
An Exercise Support Detachment (ESD) was established in Twentynine Palms, CA, to provide and maintain equipment in support of exercises and to eliminate the need for units to ship equipment, thus reducing the cost of transportation.
Instead of transporting equipment to Twentynine Palms, units now “borrow” equipment from the ESD for the exercise and return it at the end of the exercise. government to lease land from Yuma County and establish an airfield (MCAS Yuma, 1997).
This case requires the use of capital budgeting techniques to compare two competing alternatives to carry out a particular required Marine Corps training exercise.
Training outcomes are assumed to be the same under each alternative with the focus on lowering costs as the primary objective.
Students are taught tactics and uses for a variety of weapons, including how to best utilize them together with other Marine aviation units and command and control systems.
Students are taught about a variety of weapons, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) conducts this training (two courses per year) at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona (AZ).
Since then, it has served as a training facility for Marine Corps aviation units.
Commissioned on June 1, 1978, by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Squadron One (MAWTS-1) is “staffed by individuals of superior aeronautical and tactical expertise, instructional abilities, and professionalism” (MAWTS-1, 1995).