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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Unmanned aircraft were tracked and destroyed during Black Dart, a counter unmanned aerial systems demonstration run by the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization. The demonstration was designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the military's counter-UAS capabilities. Josh Stewart/Staff

    Prime Content Modified UAVs raise concerns for infantry

    The next big threat to American forces might be a flying IED.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  24. Individual Training Course students with Marine Special Operations School at Stone Bay, N.C., participate in the field training exercise Raider Spirit. Cpl. Donovan Lee / Marine Corps

    Prime Content MARSOC demystified: Officials to unveil training details

    Notoriously shrouded in secrecy, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command may soon lift the veil on its training pipeline, beginning with the assessment and selection course that is held several times per year at undisclosed locations, and continuin

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  25. A MARSOC critical skills operator. MARSOC

    MARSOC uses applicants' feedback to redesign workout prep program

    MARSOC fitness tips: don't skimp on the swimming and carry a 50-pound pack everywhere.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  1. 5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

    The Marines' new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today....

      10:28 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  2. Marines establish three new staging locations in West Africa

    The Corps has established three new staging outposts in Senegal, Ghana and Gabon that will help Marines respond to crises in Africa more quickly....

      10:25 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  3. ED cases among troops double since 2004

    Erectile dysfunction diagnoses have skyrocketed in the U.S. military in the past decade, with the rate among troops more than doubling from 2004 to 2013....

      10:24 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  4. New crisis response unit to be based in Kuwait

    The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials....

      1:11 PM, Sep. 30, 2014
  5. Five-year dwell standard eyed for Marine Reserves

    Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of Marine Forces Reserve, doesn't intend to let the close of a ground war lead to the atrophy of the reservists in his charge....

      3:56 PM, Sep. 28, 2014
  6. Marriage fraud can earn you a prison sentence, stiff fines

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials want service members to say, 'I don't' to marriage fraud, warning that it is a federal crime and no laughing matter....

      10:08 AM, Sep. 29, 2014
  7. Calls for brass to resign add to debate over Mideast policy

    Recent calls for the Pentagon's top brass to resign in protest of President Obama's policy toward Iraq and Syria may pack a political punch, but they rest on no actual historical precedent....

      10:27 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  8. Selfish? Officer's take on women in combat raises outcry

    The Marine Corps is about to launch one of its most comprehensive experiments to test the mettle of women in combat, but an active-duty female officer has a message for the Corps: Don't bother....

      11:16 AM, Sep. 18, 2014
  9. 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....

      10:36 AM, Sep. 28, 2014
  10. 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....

      1:11 PM, Sep. 30, 2014
  11. 5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

    The Marines' new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today....

      10:28 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  12. Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-awaited security pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year....

      5:45 PM, Sep. 30, 2014
  13. No injuries after Marine Harrier makes emergency landing, catches fire

    A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier caught fire Thursday after making an emergency landing in Japan....

      9:02 AM, Sep. 8, 2014
  14. Marines establish three new staging locations in West Africa

    The Corps has established three new staging outposts in Senegal, Ghana and Gabon that will help Marines respond to crises in Africa more quickly....

      10:25 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  15. Corps names first woman to serve as MEU sergeant major

    Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright will make history this week when she is named the Corps' first female sergeant major of a Marine expeditionary unit....

      10:37 AM, Mar. 19, 2014
  16. Microsoft's Kinect aids in 'augmented reality sand' mapping tool for Marines, Army

    Video game technology has aided researchers in creating realistic 3-D battlespace maps using a simple sand box....

      5:44 PM, Sep. 24, 2014
  17. Marine Corps to stand up crisis response unit in CENTCOM in 2015

    The Marine Corps will form a new land-based unit in the Middle East during fiscal year 2015 that is designed to respond to crises in the region, including emergencies at embassies, sources have told Marine Corps Times....

      1:30 PM, Apr. 11, 2014
  18. 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....

      1:11 PM, Sep. 30, 2014
  19. 5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

    The Marines' new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton's 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today....

      10:28 AM, Oct. 1, 2014
  20. Families question loss as new Mideast crisis emerges

    A Marine four-star general who lost a son in Afghanistan said the renewed crisis in Iraq has led some anguished Gold Star families to ask him a heart-wrenching question: Was their loss worth it?...

      10:04 AM, Sep. 27, 2014

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