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Charles Krulak

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Charles Chandler ("Chuck") Krulak (1942-) is a retired general of the United States Marine Corps, and was the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, from 1995 to 1999. The son of lieutenant general (retired) Victor Krulak, USMC, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy before entering the U.S. Naval Academy. He had combat company commands in the Vietnam War, and a variety of higher-level command and staff assignments, especially in logistics.

Some of his legacies include the "Crucible" experiential challenge in recruit training, variations of which have been adopted by all of the U.S. military services. He was a major contributor to rewriting Marine Corps doctrinal publications,[1] and is the author of articles on Marine motivation and professionalism, especially an essay called "The Strategic Corporal" [2]


  1. Warfighting, Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1
  2. Krulak, Gen. Charles C. (January 1999), ""The Strategic Corporal: Leadership in the Three Block War", Marines Magazine