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    Gunny selections drop 19 percent, but promotion rates may not suffer

    Results of the fiscal 2014 gunnery sergeant selection board show a 19 percent drop in the number of staff sergeants picking up rank.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  2. Sgts. Maj. Jonathan Henry, left, and Scott D. Hamm set a new milestone. Lance Cpl. Samuel Fernandez/Marine Corps

    First enlisted graduates of Command Staff College usher in sea change of Corps leadership

    Two sergeants major have become the first enlisted Marines to graduate from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, both earning master's degrees in military studies on June 4 following a 10-month resident course.

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  3. Sgt. Anthony Christy, right,acting commanding officer for Combat Logistics Battalion 2, and Sgt. Jason Kiernan the acting executive officer of CLB-2, plan out their day during the battalion's NCO day aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., on May 6. Cpl. Shawn Valosin/Marine Corps

    Step aside, gunny: Corps takes steps to shift leadership power

    Months after noncommissioned officers were called on to 'reawaken the soul of the Corps,' unit leaders are looking for ways to best empower and develop their junior Marines -- and some are even stepping out of their jobs to allow a corporal or sergeant to step in.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  4. Marine Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, right, former commanding general of 2nd Marine Division (FWD), transfers authority to Maj. Gen David H. Berger aboard Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan Feb. 25, 2012. In July, Berger will hand over command of Marine Air Ground Task Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms to Craparotta. Lance Cpl. Catie D. Edwards/Marine Corps

    Maj. Gen. Lewis Craparotta named commander at 29 Palms

    Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta will take over command of Marine Air Ground Task Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms during a change of command ceremony at the base on July 10.

    • May. 30, 2014
  5. Pentagon officials included a pay freeze for all high-ranking military personnel in paygrades O-7 and above in its budget plan. Getty Images

    Budget proposes pay freeze for higher-ranking officers

    The Pentagon brass has spent months urging lawmakers to support pay and benefits changes that could hurt troops' wallets. But those same top brass are also in line to take a hit to the wallet.

    • May. 28, 2014
  6. 2015 early out programs drop

    The service has released details of its highly anticipated voluntary force-shaping measures for fiscal 2015, which will offer thousands of staff noncommissioned officers a lump-sum payment to leave uniform or an early retirement.

    • May. 24, 2014
  7. Midshipmen celebrate following the commencement and commissioning of the Class of 2014 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.. Mike Morones/Staff

    SECDEF charges academy grads with stamping out sex assault

    More than a thousand new officers entered the fleet Friday as the Naval Academy's graduating class hurled their midshipman covers into the air while a packed stadium roared with cheers and applause.

    • May. 23, 2014
  8. Marine general officer nominations announced

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced several new general officer nominations on Monday, just months before President Obama is expected to name a new commandant of the Marine Corps.

    • May. 5, 2014
  9. Jeff Clement, author of 'The Lieutenant Don't Know,' writes about logistics Marines downrange. Jason Dixson Photography

    Former logistics officer has a few words for unappreciative grunts

    Capt. Jeff Clement's story is not like that of Nathaniel Fick, the Marine reconnaissance officer whose military memoir helped to inspire the gritty miniseries 'Generation Kill.' He calls himself '

    • May. 5, 2014
  10. Reserve to draw down by 1,100 Marines

    The Maine Corps Reserve will take its own manpower hit as officials prepare to draw down by 1,100 Marines over three years.

    • Apr. 28, 2014
  11. Staff Sgt. Heath Martin, a Corporals Course instructor, examines Cpl. Christopher Croce's uniform. Education Command is currently evaluating how to move every corporal through a resident course, and it could become mandatory for promotion to sergeant. Senior Airman Domonique Washington/Air Force

    Corps to see complete overhaul of junior enlisted leadership training

    Top Marine Corps leaders are examining the possibility of making weeks-long residential courses for noncommissioned officers mandatory for promotion to the next grade.

    • Apr. 28, 2014
  12. Delta Company soldiers march to the field at Army Officer Candidate School. Army

    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.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  13. Marines with 4th Tank Battalion, a Reserve unit out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., roll down a dirt road on their M1A1 Abrams tank during Exercise Africa Lion 2012. Under a policy change, female Marine reservists can assume support roles in combat units, including 4th Tanks, but are still withheld from direct combat roles. Tyler Main/Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Reserve opens more combat units to women

    The Marine Corps has opened more roles in combat units to women this time in the Reserve.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  14. AV-8B pilots are among the officers in 43 MOSs who will be elligible for Voluntary Separation Pay or Temporary Early Retirement Authority programs in fiscal 2015. Sgt. Austin Hazard / Marine Corps

    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.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  15. A female Marine officer participates in the Infantry Officer Course. After washing out of the course, 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo wrote an op-ed arguing that females should be allowed to retake IOC. H. Darr Beiser / USA Today

    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.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Marine officials are working to open more boat spaces for about 4,000 Marines still in line to reenlist this year. Only about 400 spaces remain open. Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/Marine Corps

    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.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  16. A chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist pops a capsule of tear gas Jan. 7 to train Marines aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. AR staff sergeants in 12 military occupational specialties are eligible for the Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program. Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez / Marine Corps

    Early retirement extended to Active Reserves

    Manpower officials have extended early retirement incentives to Active Reserve Marines, according to a recently published message.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  17. Jerry C. Bennett, a retired master gunnery sergeant, pins his son's gunnery sergeant chevrons on his collar during a 2010 promotion ceremony for the Bennett twins at Marine Air Control Group 28, based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.. Terence and Terrell Bennett, identical twins, were promoted to gunnery sergeant on the same day. Marine Corps

    Chances to pick up gunny climb as FY14 board nears

    Promotion opportunity at this year's gunnery sergeant selection board is up, according to a recently released Marine administrative message.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  18. 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.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
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    Members of a Female Engagement Team assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, conduct a security patrol in Marjah, Afghanistan in 2011. Marine Corps

    On policy allowing women into combat, Marines prepared to seek exceptions

    A force integration plan sent to top Marine Corps officers and enlisted leaders March 12 by the commandant reveals that more women will be assigned to previously closed combat arms units, but emphasizes the service will be prepared to seek exceptions to t

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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    Cpl. Conner Reese, a reconnaissance man with Force Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, stands guard while other Marines move on to their observation posts during a training exercise. Reconnaissance is one of the select fields that will continue to see healthy career prospects and generous bonuses. Cpl. Austin Long/Marine Corps

    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.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
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    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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  1. Few takers in first year of Marine career sabbatical program

    The Marine Corps' offer to troops to take three years off from active duty has found few volunteers so far....

      1:26 PM, Jul. 24, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Marine Corps to open infantry training to enlisted women

    The Marine Corps will allow enlisted women to participate in basic infantry training beginning this fall as part of ongoing research to determine what additional ground combat jobs may open to female personnel....

      7:13 PM, Aug. 26, 2013
  5. 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...

      1:33 PM, Feb. 3, 2014
  6. One-third of boarded staff sergeants get the ax

    Nearly three in 10 staff sergeants considered by the service's first Staff Sergeant Retention Board held in June were denied further service....

      7:03 PM, Jul. 14, 2014
  7. Commander of 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit relieved of command

    The commander of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit was removed from his position on Wednesday, less than a week after the force's subordinate units were first brought together to deploy in 2014, Marine officials said....

      8:23 AM, Jul. 22, 2013
  8. Marines open infantry training to hundreds more female officers

    The opportunity for women to attend the Marines' Infantry Officer Course experiment won't be limited to entry-level officers for much longer....

      10:08 AM, Jul. 12, 2014
  9. On policy allowing women into combat, Marines prepared to seek exceptions

    A force integration plan sent to top Marine Corps officers and enlisted leaders March 12 by the commandant reveals that more women will be assigned to previously closed combat arms units, but emphasizes the service will be prepared to seek exceptions to t...

      9:11 AM, Mar. 23, 2014
  10. 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...

      1:33 PM, Feb. 3, 2014
  11. 4 in 10 Marine officers seeking career designation may not make the cut

    The Corps will likely end the careers of roughly 40 percent of the active-duty lieutenants who come before thesecond of this year's two career designation boards, slated to convene Aug. 6....

      2:53 PM, Jul. 11, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Marine Corps' No. 3 general to retire

    One of the Marine Corps' most influential officers will retire this summer after nearly 40 years in uniform. As director of the Marine Corps Staff since 2009, Lt. Gen. Willie J. Williams has served as the top adviser to two commandants and worked...

      10:42 AM, Apr. 1, 2013
  14. One-third of boarded staff sergeants get the ax

    Nearly three in 10 staff sergeants considered by the service's first Staff Sergeant Retention Board held in June were denied further service....

      7:03 PM, Jul. 14, 2014
  15. Marine Corps: Captains, majors no longer guaranteed service through retirement

    The Marine Corps has altered its longstanding policy of allowing non-promotable officers to serve 20 years in uniform and receive a full military retirement....

      8:36 AM, Aug. 15, 2013
  16. Marine Corps manpower experts answer your re-enlistment questions

    There's a brighter outlook for Marines who want to re-enlist this year, but the situation remains highly competitive....

      2:45 PM, May 19, 2014
  17. 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....

      12:24 PM, Mar. 4, 2014
  18. Reprisal complaint: Sgt. Maj. says career 'ruined' after challenging his general

    The Pentagon's investigative agency is examining whether a senior enlisted Marine with 29 years of service was victimized by the Marine Corps' top leaders after he accused a two-star general of wrongdoing....

      2:59 PM, Oct. 15, 2013
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