Military services have moved beyond 'joint'.
"My personal view is that joint-ness is almost passe now," said Marine Lt. Gen. James T. Conway, director of operations on the Joint Staff. Joint-service operations are not a novelty, but a "way of life," Conway told reporters. "As a classic example, in Ramadi [Iraq], we had a Marine battalion working for an Army brigade commander who worked for a Marine division commander who worked for me, and I work for an Army three-star ... You're going to soon see Army soldiers wearing a 1st Marine Division or a 2nd Marine Division patch that represents their battle patch," Conway said. "That'll be very symbolic of this whole idea of joint-ness."
In another dear indication that the thinking on joint-ness has changed, in November 2004, the Joint Staff mandated that the term "joint tactics, techniques and procedures" be removed from the Defense Department's Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.
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|Title Annotation:||Washington PULSE; Joint-service operations|
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|Date:||Jun 1, 2005|
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