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    • CAREERS /
    Army Reserve Capt. Sage Fox poses on Wednesday in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Following a deployment to Kuwait as a man, Fox began taking female hormones and began living as a woman. After notifying her battalion commander, whom she says expressed support, Fox received a set of orders informing her she had been placed on inactive status, a step from discharge. An independent commission has concluded there 'is no compelling medical reason' for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving, according to a report set to be published Thursday. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Panel urges end to U.S. ban on transgender troops

    The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report released Thursday, saying there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calling on Presid

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  1. DoD plans no cuts to spouse tuition program, official says

    Many troops and families may be worried about the future of family support and community programs, but one program that isn't suffering from budget woes is the military spouse tuition program Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  2. Chief Warrant Officer 2 J.C. Knight, a student in the Infantry Weapons Officers Course, aims down rang at his target 412-meters away with his M40A5 sniper rifle. The Corps is seeking applicants to become Marine gunners. Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Marine Corps

    Corps starts search for next crop of Marine gunners

    Marine Corps Recruiting Command is looking for experienced enlisted grunts to apply to become Marine gunners one of the service's most prestigious infantry jobs.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  3. No backdoor pay raise for top brass, official says

    The latest Pentagon budget calls for a one-year pay freeze for all general and flag officers.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  4. Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Luckey trains with South Korean marines in Pyeongchang. Slots for promotion to gunny could fall by more than 300 this year. Lance Cpl. Matt Myers / Marine Corps

    Enlisted promotions: Far fewer slots for gunny likely this year

    The number of staff sergeants selected for promotion to gunnery sergeant in 2014 is expected to drop by several hundred compared with last year, according to advanced copies of the message detailing the fiscal 2014 Gunnery Sergeant Selection Board.

    • Mar. 2, 2014
  5. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced eight general officer promotions Feb. 28. Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/Marine Corps

    Hagel announces eight Marine general officer promotions

    Seven Marine brigadier generals have received presidential nominations for major general and one Marine colonel has Obama's nod for his first star, all pending congressional confirmation, according to an announcement Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hage

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  6. Leadership program opens for new, recent separating troops

    Troops who plan to leave the military within the next three to six months, or have recently left, may be eligible to apply for a leadership program aimed at helping them make the transition to the corporate world.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  7. Col. William Jurney, currently serving as executive officer to Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is among the 10 Marine officers nominated for promotion to brigadier general Wednesday. Cpl. Mike Escobar / Marine Corps

    10 Marine colonels nominated for first star

    President Obama nominated 10 Marine colonels for promotion to brigadier general Wednesday, according to an announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  8. The Marine Corps will debut a pilot version of the resident Sergeants Course that cuts the time spent away from home almost in half. Sgt. Kelly Pipe, left, amphibious vehicle operator at Marine Corps Systems Command aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico and Sgt. Dustin Lavery, engineer equipment operator at Headquarters and Service Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island are recent graduates of the course. Ameesha Felton / Marine Corps

    Corps to debut shorter Sergeants Course

    Sergeants who figured they'd be too much in demand within their commands to attend a resident school this year may get that opportunity after all.

    • Feb. 18, 2014
  9. Staff Sgt. Michael Martinez motivates a poolee in the delayed entry program. Sgt. Scott Schmidt/Marine Corps

    Military researchers: Groom Marines longer before boot camp

    A new study analyzing the economy's effect on military recruiting and retention found that washout rates across the services improve when prospective troops spend more time in delayed entry programs.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  10. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2012. AFP via Getty

    Marines change command in Helmand province

    Helmand is less violent than it was about four years ago when the Afghan surge began.

    • Feb. 5, 2014
  11. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday in a news release from the Pentagon that the president has nominated Brig. Gens. William T. Collins, left, and James S. Hartsell for the rank of major general. Marine Corps

    2 Marine Reserve generals promoted

    Two Marine Corps Reserve generals in New Orleans are being promoted.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  12. As cost cutting spreads to nearly all corners of the military, redundancy is a liability. With many similarities between MARSOC and Marine reconnaissance, a question has emerged: Does the Corps need both? Here, members of 2nd Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, practice insertion and extraction while in Djibouti in 2010. Below, members of 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion conduct dive training at Mile Hammock Bay near Camp Lejeune, N.C. Sgt. Alex C. Sauceda / Marine Corps

    MARSOC and recon: Does the Corps need both?

    Elite training. Small teams. Covert missions. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command offers qualified Marines all of these things along with generous monetary incentives to those who make the cut.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  13. In this photo illustration, Senior Airman Kentavist Brackin wears the uniforms of both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. In a recent essay, the former Marine corporal writes about his fondness for the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Air Force

    New uniform, same motivation: Former noncommissioned officer raves about jump from Corps to the Air Force

    A former enlisted Marine who left the Corps for the Air Force has written an essay, sure to spark debate, in which he says the Air Force encourages more innovative thinking, that airmen are every bit as fit as Marines, and that, while he enjoyed helping j

    • Feb. 1, 2014
  14. In this photo illustration, Senior Airman Kentavist Brackin wears the uniforms of both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. In a recent essay, the former Marine corporal writes about his fondness for the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Air Force

    Airman: Marines aren't that different

    Marines and airmen might have opinions about what each other's service is like, but one devil dog who made the switch to the Air Force said both sides might be surprised to learn that they're not as different as they might think.

    • Feb. 1, 2014
  15. Staff Sgt. Angel Olmo, a drill instructor of Platoon 1001, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, works to instill discipline in his recruits during an incentive training session. Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill/Marine Corps Recruit Depot

    Parris Island gets tough on 'arrogant' drill instructors

    Sgt. Korey Bromery was fuming. When he came upon his recruits horsing around in the squad bay bathroom, he ordered the entire platoon some 70 men into the showers where he made them run in place.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  16. Military recruiting and personnel officials testified Jan. 16 on Capitol Hill on the state of military recruiting. Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, center, head of Marine Corps Recruiting Command, said overall interest in military service among young Americans is waning, complicating the recruiting mission for all service branches. Mike Morones/Staff

    DoD expects recruiting to slow down as economy speeds up

    Recruiting is all good -- for now. The past several years have seen some of the best military recruits in history, as the civilian job market was poor in many places and the services put large, well-funded recruiting teams in place at the height of the Iraq war.

    • Jan. 16, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pull-ups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year. So the Corps is delaying the requirement. All the service branches are working on devising standards, training and other policies needed to open thousands of combat roles to women in 2016. Bruce Smith / AP

    Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to int

    • Jan. 3, 2014
  17.  Staff

    The year ahead: Crucial issues for the Corps in 2014

    Transition will take many forms for the Marine Corps in 2014. Marine combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of the year after more than a decade of war returning the Corps to a predominantly peacetime posture for the first time since 2001.

    • Dec. 30, 2013
  18. First Sgt. Damian P. Wright, right, first sergeant of Ragnarok Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, prepares Marines on Nov. 26 for a 5-mile hike at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Competition for promotion to first sergeant has toughened during the drawdown, but promotions fell only slightly this year. Lance Cpl. Sullivan Laramie/Marine Corps

    Competition heats up for E-8 ranks amid drawdown

    The number of Marines tapped for a promotion to E-8 first sergeant or master sergeant decreased modestly this year.

    • Dec. 28, 2013
  19. The Corps revises its drawdown plan

    The Corps will expand voluntary separation incentives, bring in fewer recruits and make it tougher for some noncompetitive staff sergeants to remain in uniform as it pares the service to 174,000 Marines by 2017 8,100 fewer than originally planned.

    • Dec. 23, 2013
  20. Dempsey to teens: Watch what you post online

    If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general.

    • Dec. 4, 2013
    • CAREERS /
    Marines with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embark the amphibious assault ship Bataan in March 2011, bound for the 5th Fleet area of operations. Longer MEU deployments are becoming the norm. MC2 Julio Rivera/Navy

    7- to 8-month MEU pumps 'the new norm'

    Members of Marine expeditionary units have routinely experienced extended deployments during the past few years, and now a top Navy official says that's unlikely to change anytime soon as fewer ships are available to fulfill needs around the world.

    • Dec. 2, 2013
  21. Minority officer accessions continue to rise

    The group of officer candidates recruited during fiscal 2013 was the most diverse in the Corps' history, Marine Corps Recruiting Command announced last week.

    • Nov. 26, 2013
    • CAREERS /
    Cpl. Paul Kelley, a military working dog handler at the Provost Marshal's Office at Twentynine Palms, Calif., plays with his dog, Collie. Cpl. D. J. Wu/Marine Corps

    New dog apprenticeship program nears approval

    Hundreds of dog handlers in the Navy and Marine Corps soon will be able to certify that experience in a formal apprenticeship. This credential could boost your military career, but also help you land a law enforcement gig when you exit.

    • Nov. 25, 2013
  1. Re-up, now: More jobs eligible for bonuses in '14, faster approval available for some

    Lance corporals, corporals and sergeants who re-enlist in high-demand jobs could take home thousands in bonus cash up to $60,750, for some in fiscal 2014....

      1:37 PM, Jul. 2, 2013
  2. The story behind the female officer who called for change at IOC

    Second Lt. Sage Santangelo wasn't able to retake the Infantry Officer Course, but other female volunteers might get that chance, thanks to a case she made to the commandant of the Marine Corps this year....

      9:01 AM, Apr. 7, 2014
  3. Staff sergeant rank due to get culled

    Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years....

      10:15 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  4. Officers can cash in big for getting out early

    Some Marine officers will be eligible for an early retirement or a lump sum payout of nearly $200,000 under the service's recently announced fiscal 2015 early out incentives....

      1:01 PM, Apr. 7, 2014
  5. Staff sergeant rank due to get culled

    Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years....

      10:15 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  6. Enlisted promotions: Far fewer slots for gunny likely this year

    The number of staff sergeants selected for promotion to gunnery sergeant in 2014 is expected to drop by several hundred compared with last year, according to advanced copies of the message detailing the fiscal 2014 Gunnery Sergeant Selection Board....

      4:57 PM, Mar. 2, 2014
  7. DI school: Preparing Marines for DI duty

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      8:54 AM, Apr. 8, 2013
  8. Re-enlistment resurgence: Encouraging news on available boat spaces

    Following a chill in re-enlistment opportunities this year, those vying to remain in uniform can expect a resurgence for fiscal 2015, with significantly more boat spaces on the horizon for first- and subsequent-term Marines....

      2:06 PM, Mar. 18, 2014
  9. Re-enlistment resurgence: Encouraging news on available boat spaces

    Following a chill in re-enlistment opportunities this year, those vying to remain in uniform can expect a resurgence for fiscal 2015, with significantly more boat spaces on the horizon for first- and subsequent-term Marines....

      2:06 PM, Mar. 18, 2014
  10. Officers can cash in big for getting out early

    Some Marine officers will be eligible for an early retirement or a lump sum payout of nearly $200,000 under the service's recently announced fiscal 2015 early out incentives....

      1:01 PM, Apr. 7, 2014
  11. 2015 officer promotion selection boards

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      4:28 PM, Apr. 18, 2013
  12. Corps rolls out new pistol qual program

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. The Marine Corps is introducing a new pistol qualification program featuring tougher courses of fire more closely tied to combat scenarios, less time to shoot and a uniquely designed, human-shaped target. ...

      2:09 PM, Mar. 15, 2013
  13. Switching services could be your best shot at OCS

    Michael Heller knew that if he was going to move up, he had to get out....

      1:46 PM, Apr. 21, 2014
  14. Hagel announces eight Marine general officer promotions

    Seven Marine brigadier generals have received presidential nominations for major general and one Marine colonel has Obama's nod for his first star, all pending congressional confirmation, according to an announcement Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hage...

      4:59 PM, Feb. 28, 2014
  15. Thousands must go: Task force charged with keeping the best, cutting the rest

    There are more than 4,000 Marines in line to reenlist this year, but fewer than 400 spaces remain, meaning even the top performers among them are at risk of being arbitrarily shown the door when their current contracts end....

      1:20 PM, Apr. 1, 2014
  16. Under proposed changes, cutting scores would be the least of promotion requirements

    Marines may soon have to work even harder to earn the coveted blood stripe of a noncommissioned officer, thanks to new policies being evaluated by Marine officials, and promoted by the Corps' top enlisted leader....

      6:10 PM, Mar. 24, 2014
  17. Hagel announces eight Marine general officer promotions

    Seven Marine brigadier generals have received presidential nominations for major general and one Marine colonel has Obama's nod for his first star, all pending congressional confirmation, according to an announcement Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hage...

      4:59 PM, Feb. 28, 2014
  18. Re-up, now: More jobs eligible for bonuses in '14, faster approval available for some

    Lance corporals, corporals and sergeants who re-enlist in high-demand jobs could take home thousands in bonus cash up to $60,750, for some in fiscal 2014....

      1:37 PM, Jul. 2, 2013
  19. Early out deal lures Marines

    Effective immediately, enlisted Marines with an end-of-active-service date between now and Sept. 30, 2014, may request to leave the Corps up to one year early....

      9:50 AM, Jul. 14, 2013
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