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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. Marine dies in Iraq, second reported loss tied to Islamic State fight

    The U.S. military is investigating a Marine's death in Iraq, the ?second reported fatality of an American service member supporting efforts to combat the Islamic State group....

      11:11 AM, Oct. 25, 2014
  2. Fallen Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in 'Operation Nightmare'

    The family of fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian accepted his Bronze Star with combat 'V' device last week for heroism in Afghanistan....

      7:20 PM, Oct. 23, 2014
  3. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:...

      9:15 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  4. After delay in Philippines, 31st MEU heads back to Japan

    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is headed back to Okinawa, Japan, after the unit was ordered to stay in the Philippines while officials investigated the alleged slaying of a local transgender person....

      11:59 AM, Oct. 24, 2014
  5. 1,000-pound pod falls off Marine Corps Prowler mid-flight

    Marine officials say they have recovered a 1,000-pound tactical jamming system pod that fell off an EA-6B Prowler aircraft while it flew a mission over a military air station in Arizona....

      10:51 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  6. Dunford takes command of the Corps, issues first order to Marines

    The 36th commandant's first order to the Marine Corps as he took command was a simple one: Continue to march....

      9:54 AM, Oct. 19, 2014
  7. Beirut mission renewed: Marines take pride in returning to guard embassy

    As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old....

      7:21 PM, Oct. 23, 2014
  8. Sergeant major portrayed in 'Generation Kill' faces child sex charges

    A retired battalion sergeant major who was depicted in the HBO miniseries 'Generation Kill,' was arrested in Yuma, Arizona, and charged with sex offenses involving a minor. It's the second time in a month he has faced child sex abuse allegations....

      4:27 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
  9. Rotor fire damages Marine Corps helicopter

    A Marine Corps helicopter sustained at least $2 million in damages last week when a rotor brake caught fire following maintenance....

      1:47 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  10. Marine dies in Iraq, second reported loss tied to Islamic State fight

    The U.S. military is investigating a Marine's death in Iraq, the ?second reported fatality of an American service member supporting efforts to combat the Islamic State group....

      11:11 AM, Oct. 25, 2014
  11. Marine Corps booted suspected Indiana serial killer in 1993

    An former Marine, who recently confessed to killing seven women in Indiana, was kicked out of the Marine Corps as a private in 1993 after fewer than two years of service....

      1:35 PM, Oct. 23, 2014
  12. Marine dies in Iraq

    BAGHDAD — The U.S. military on Friday reported two American troop deaths in Iraq, including a soldier who was killed in a grenade attack north of Baghdad....

      4:50 PM, Mar. 21, 2013
  13. New quick-reaction NATO force to stand up next year

    NATO is pushing forward with a new quick-reaction force that will combine the armies of multiple member nations and is intended to serve as a deterrent to Russian aggression....

      10:08 AM, Oct. 24, 2014
  14. After delay in Philippines, 31st MEU heads back to Japan

    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is headed back to Okinawa, Japan, after the unit was ordered to stay in the Philippines while officials investigated the alleged slaying of a local transgender person....

      11:59 AM, Oct. 24, 2014
  15. Marine detained in Filipino's killing: Navy memo

    A U.S. Marine is in custody Sunday following the apparent killing of a transgender individual in the Philippines....

      9:21 PM, Oct. 13, 2014
  16. Website matches Marines' skills with certifications

    The Marine Corps has rolled out a comprehensive new website to help Marines capitalize on their military training by earning equivalent civilian certifications that can lead to jobs in the civilian workforce....

      6:42 PM, Oct. 20, 2014
  17. Marine dies in Iraq, second reported loss tied to Islamic State fight

    The U.S. military is investigating a Marine's death in Iraq, the ?second reported fatality of an American service member supporting efforts to combat the Islamic State group....

      11:11 AM, Oct. 25, 2014
  18. Marine Corps to close its IED detection dogs specialty

    Officials with the Marine Corps military working dog program are looking to find homes for all the service's improvised explosive device-sniffing dogs as the Corps' requirement for these highly trained animals draws to a close....

      9:41 PM, Jun. 4, 2014
  19. Marines face off against South Korean troops in epic drum battle

    It's a gutsy move to go into battle against U.S. Marines — even if you're a band member and the weapon of choice is a snare drum....

      9:16 AM, Oct. 21, 2014

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