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  1. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters on Oct. 1 at the Pentagon on the military health care system review. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Prime Content Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors

    An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  2. 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit personnel board an MV-22B Osprey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge on Nov. 3. Corps officials say there aren't enough amphibs to meet all requirements. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone / Marine Corps

    Prime Content Plans, policies and operations revolve around crisis response

    In the year ahead, Plans, Policies and Operations, the Pentagon-based command responsible for coordinating Marine movements across the globe, is placing particular emphasis on embassy security and the service's rapidly expanding crisis response mission.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  3. Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, addresses the Peruvian media aboard the amphibious assault ship America during its transit around South America. Kelly said many of the challenges countries in SOUTHCOM face stem from the drug demand in the U.S. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Head of SOUTHCOM says partnership and cooperation are vital in the Americas

    When Washington wanted answers this summer about the hordes of unaccompanied kids illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Gen. John Kelly was thrust into the spotlight.

    • Oct. 4, 2014
  4. A Camp Hansen-based Marine looks downrange during marksmanship training Oct. 29. Marines will likely see changes to annual rifle qualifications including proper identification of targets, and shoot/no-shoot scenarios. Lance Cpl. Anne Henry / Marine Corps

    Prime Content Marksmanship overhaul was a long time coming, say Marines

    Significant changes are in the works for Marine Corps marksmanship that are likely to make basic rifle qualifications more challenging, if not more complex, affecting everyone from the freshest boots to the grizzled infantrymen on predeployment workups.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. MV-22 Ospreys figure heavily into new Marine Corps concepts of operations, particularly when it comes to quickly moving personnel and material. Sgt. Sarah Fiocco / Marine Corps

    Prime Content Robots, drones may assist Marine logisticians with new missions

    A postwar strategy dominated by the Expeditionary Force 21 concept and a return to small-unit, amphibious missions will put previously unheard of demands on the Marine logistics community.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  6. Lance Cpl. Gray Smith, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, mans a security post from the roof of the Nawa District Governor's Center Sept. 10, 2010 After 13 years of fighting, Marine of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment are set to be the last to step foot in Helmand. Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/Marine Corps

    Prime Content 1/2 will be last Marine combat unit in Afghanistan

    Some 13 years after the first Marine deployment to Afghanistan, Marine officials this month identified the last combat unit to leave: 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  7. Marines stand in formation during a transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Manpower officials continue to deal with budgetary uncertainty as tens of thousands of Marines are shed from the ranks. Master Sgt. Brian Jones / Marine Corps

    Prime Content Future in doubt: Uncertainty and smaller budgets plague the Corps

    The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  8. The challenges facing Gen. Joe Dunford as commandant of the Marine Corps include an increasing array of missions and responsibilities amid budget pressures. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

    Prime Content Dunford's battles: New missions, budget cuts, and a tough decision in 2015

    When Gen. Joe Dunford becomes commandant of the Marine Corps next month, he'll inherit the last stages of a war and a host of uncertainties — about the Marine Corps' future missions and role in national defense, its capabilities amid downsizing and budget cuts, and its physical requirements for service as new combat jobs open to women.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  9. Marines will need to have two pairs of the Rugged All Terrain Boots by Oct. 1, 2015. Those who've deployed to Afghanistan have been required to buy RAT boots since 2009, and they've been optional for wear with utility uniforms. Courtesy of Danner

    Prime Content Marine recruits, officer candidates to get new Rugged All Terrain boots

    Changes are afoot. Starting in October, recruits and officer candidates will get the new Rugged All Terrain boot, a familiar piece of footwear that will replace the Marine Corps Combat Boot.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  10. For the first time in more than a decade, the Corps' top infantrymen are squaring off with each other at Super Squad competitions in which winners earn bragging rights and take home some rare, gold-plated swag in the form of a badge most Marines have never seen.

    Prime Content Competitions unseen for a decade suddenly sweep through the Corps

    For the first time in more than a decade, the Corps' top infantrymen are squaring off with each other at Super Squad competitions in which winners earn bragging rights and take home some rare, gold-plated swag in the form of a badge most Marines have neve

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. Medically retired Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, who was injured alongside Kyle Carpenter, is the subject of a new documentary film on wounded warriors. Courtesy Thi Linh Wernau

    Prime Content Marine wounded alongside Kyle Carpenter featured in new documentary project

    Many are familiar with the story behind Cpl. Kyle Carpenter's Medal of Honor, but few know much about the friend and fellow Marine he was trying to protect. Now a documentary filmmaker is sharing the story of Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, a young man who was told he'd never speak again, highlighting his trying recovery.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  12. Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marines at Camp Hansen during a June visit to Okinawa, Japan. Speaking to and fighting for the needs of enlisted troops is key to success for an SMMC. Cpl. Justin Wheeler/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Your next sergeant major

    At a sergeants major symposium in mid-August at the Gaylord Convention Center near Washington, D.C., Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett presented some four dozen top senior enlisted leaders with a snapshot summary of his job and responsibilities.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  13. Cpl. Mark Rood, a cyber network operator with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, maintains network connectivity during a mission in Afghanistan in June. Marine officials are elevating the profile of cyber specialists in tactical operations. Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Cyber steps up its role on the battlefield

    A platoon of Marines are on a pre-dawn Osprey raid to snatch a high-value target. But, as the crew chief leans out of the side hatch, he sees blazing lights in the town ahead.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  14. Prime Content How to become a Marine hacker

    Times are tough for Marines vying for a career in uniform. Even strong performers in overpopulated specialties can face an untimely end to their service during the current manpower drawdown.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  15. Recent surveys on proposed uniform changes have sparked calls from Marines for another review of tattoo policies and the ban on silkies for unit PT. There are no current plans by Marine leadership to do so, however. David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press

    Prime Content Marines call on CMC to bring back silkies and tattoos

    The Marine Corps recently released a survey asking Marines what they think about the Sam Browne belt, brass collar insignias for enlisted, and changes to the dates for sleeves up and sleeves down.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  16. Marines prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific in July. Defense officials are considering additional pay for Marines whose deployments are extended. Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Marine Corps

    Prime Content More pay for longer deployments

    Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit likely will be about $800 richer than expected when they get back from deployment this fall.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  17. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, ready an M777A2 Lightweight 155mm Howitzer during a recent exercise. The event emphasized command-and-control capabilities of a Marine expeditionary brigade while fighting a skilled enemy. Joshua Stewart / Staff

    Prime Content MEB-level exercise pits Marines against a highly skilled enemy

    Thousands of Marines got a look at how the Corps will fight against a more sophisticated and well-trained enemy as the service shifts its focus from years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they trained here for a week in August.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  18. Marines stand at attention. Sgt. Austin Hazard / Marine Corps

    Prime Content Earlier re-enlistment opportunity gives career Marines a jump

    Marines who have already served at least one enlistment and have a fiscal 2015 end-of-current-contract date are strongly encouraged to apply for re-enlistment immediately.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  19. A Marine security guard stands on the roof of one of the compounds inside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. The special duty pay for MSGs will be capped at $75 per month starting in October as the Marine Corps trims $35 million over a five year period from manpower spending. Adem Altan / AFP

    Prime Content Some Marines emerge from SDA cuts well, while others take a hit

    Budget cuts are about to hit Marines' wallets in yet another way — special duty assignment pay.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  20. Recruiting is one of five special duty assignments Manpower experts can help Marines land. But the needs of the Corps outweigh individual preferences. Sgt. Scott Schmidt / Marine Corps

    Prime Content SDAs provide extra edge for Marines

    With a shrinking Corps and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, the importance of completing a special duty assignment continues to mount for many career-minded Marines hoping to gain a leg up on the competition at their next selection board.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  21. A MARSOC Marine downrange sports the iconic Marine Raiders patch, though it's not officially approved for wear. Level Zero Heroes via Facebook

    Prime Content Raiders name hailed as token of distinction for MARSOC

    As far as Nick Koumalatsos is concerned, MARSOC operators were Raiders all along.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  22. Marines working in the intelligence community will be some of the last to leave Afghanistan. A company-grade officer reached out to Marine Corps Times to dispel the myths about working in her field. Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Intel Marines dish on mysterious 0211 duty

    As the Corps continues its search for first-term Marines willing to make a lateral move into the intelligence field, a company grade officer who once made such a move as a sergeant reached out from Afghanistan to dispel some myths.

    • Aug. 9, 2014
  23. Sgt. George Cardenas, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a ladder onto a cargo vessel from a rigid hull inflatable boat off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif. The defense secretary is pushing for more dwell time for troops. Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Dwell time dwindling: Corps expects intensifying operational tempo

    As the Corps continues to drop its numbers closer to an end strength of 175,000, the top general expects operational tempo to intensify across the service.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  24. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  25. Night life moves on Dobuita street near U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Under liberty overhaul, Marines may see later curfew and no need for battle buddies. Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press

    Prime Content Officials weigh easing liberty rules in Japan

    Marines based in Japan could see the strict rules they face when they go off base eased a bit, as military officials consider relaxing the current liberty policy.

    • Aug. 3, 2014
  1. USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls'

    The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops....

      6:02 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  2. Possible Islamic State leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico

    Officials have launched an investigation into leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., which 'may or may not be associated with the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State,' base spokesman Maj....

      1:50 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  3. MARSOC Marines embrace amphibious role during Bold Alligator

    A special operations company from MARSOC will launch from Navy ships and augment larger Marine missions at Bold Alligator this year as the Corps embraces a concept that has elite forces and fleet Marines working in tandem....

      12:12 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  4. Marine drill instructors weigh in on viral video face-off

    Judging from their comments on Internet forums, Marines — particularly current and former drill instructors — appear to be evenly divided when it comes to Sgt. Maj....

      6:24 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  5. Three women dropped from Marines' infantry officer course will not reattempt

    The three female Marine officers who made it through the grueling first exercise of Infantry Officer Course at the start of October were asked to leave after falling out of two hikes, Marine Corps officials said this week....

      1:31 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  6. Sgt. Major speaks out: 'My career was defaced'

    Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie tells his side of the story about a videotaped confrontation that ultimately ended his career....

      12:11 PM, Oct. 28, 2014
  7. Marine's death reclassified to Operation Inherent Resolve

    The Defense Department has reclassified the death of Cpl. Jordan L. Spears as one that occurred in support of the military's effort to combat the Islamic State group, making him the first official casualty of Operation Inherent Resolve....

      12:28 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  8. Real Marine stars in satirical military homecoming video

    You don't have to look far to find a viral 'homecoming video' featuring heartwarming reunions between service members and their families after a long deployment. But a new video making the rounds on social media takes a fresh approach....

      2:07 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  9. Horseplay with M4 triggers tragedy

    Cpl. Alex Domion was at Forward Operating Base Geronimo in Afghanistan when he decided to have some fun with another Marine. ...

      6:09 PM, Apr. 10, 2013
  10. 22nd MEU returns from almost nine-month float

    More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan amphibious ready group are returning home. More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan Amphibious Ready Group are returning home....

      2:08 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  11. Three women dropped from Marines' infantry officer course will not reattempt

    The three female Marine officers who made it through the grueling first exercise of Infantry Officer Course at the start of October were asked to leave after falling out of two hikes, Marine Corps officials said this week....

      1:31 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  12. Islamic State threat prompts new security warnings across U.S. military

    Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group....

      12:07 PM, Oct. 31, 2014
  13. No charges against Palm Springs police officers who killed Marine in 2012

    County prosecutors said Thursday that they will not file charges against two Palm Springs police officers who shot and killed an unarmed Marine in the downtown parking garage in 2012....

      8:38 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  14. Marine grunt runs for Congress after four Iraq deployments

    A veteran Marine infantry officer bagged one of the biggest upsets in the election season this fall when he picked-off a 17-year incumbent in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for the 6th congressional district....

      4:04 PM, Oct. 28, 2014
  15. After base handoff, last Marines depart Afghanistan

    The final Marine Corps contingent remaining in southern Afghanistan departed the region today to begin the journey home....

      2:57 PM, Oct. 28, 2014
  16. MoH recipient Dakota Meyer helps develop new 1911

    Anyone with $3,500 to spare can now own a pistol befitting a Medal of Honor recipient....

      5:00 PM, Oct. 28, 2014
  17. Recon Marine's girlfriend finishes marathon on crutches after accidents left her disabled

    Two years ago, Amanda Sullivan's friends, a group of severely wounded military veterans who she connected with through Facebook, challenged her to join a gym. Using a wheelchair at the time, Sullivan, 36, scoffed at the request....

      1:05 PM, Oct. 29, 2014
  18. Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court

    The Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence, his defense attorneys say....

      8:01 PM, Oct. 30, 2014
  19. Sgt. Major speaks out: 'My career was defaced'

    Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie tells his side of the story about a videotaped confrontation that ultimately ended his career....

      12:11 PM, Oct. 28, 2014
  20. Marine drill instructors weigh in on viral video face-off

    Judging from their comments on Internet forums, Marines — particularly current and former drill instructors — appear to be evenly divided when it comes to Sgt. Maj....

      6:24 PM, Oct. 29, 2014

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