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  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.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  2. A retention board has cut 233 staff sergeants who have been at least twice passed over for promotion and who have served for at least 15 years. Cpl. Sonia N. Rodriguez/Marine Corps

    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.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  3. Beginning July 1, first-term Marines who re-enlist in one of 106 military jobs can take home thousands of dollars in bonuses. Cpl. Brady Wood / Marine Corps

    Re-up bonuses see big increase for FY15

    Beginning Tuesday, first-term Marines who re-enlist in one of 106 military jobs can take home thousands of dollars in bonuses, with top payouts reaching $51,000.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  4. Promotion rate improves for staff sergeants trying to make gunny

    Although fewer Marines were selected for promotion to gunnery sergeant in fiscal 2014 than in the preceding year, staff sergeants in zone for promotion this year actually had a better chance of picking up rank than they did in 2013.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  5.  Marine Corps

    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
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