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    Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Morrison, a combat instructor at School of Infantry-East, supervises as student as he calls in mortar targets. A new ribbon was approved by the Navy secretary for Marines who successfully complete a special duty assignment tour as a combat instructor. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul S. Mancuso/Marine Cor

    New ribbon for combat instructors

    After more than a decade of anticipation, the Marine Corps is unveiling a new ribbon for combat instructors. The change comes just weeks after the service announced cuts to special duty assignment pay.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  1. 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

    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
  2.  File

    Voluntary separations accelerate for officers

    Recent revisions to the Voluntary Separation Pay program for officers will push those declining orders and then requesting VSP out of the service more quickly.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Marines stand at attention. Sgt. Austin Hazard / Marine Corps

    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
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    Army gets the most service switchers

    Switching services has slowed to a trickle since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when hundreds of sailors and airmen were jumping the Navy and Air Force.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  3. A female lieutenant in the Infantry Officer Course hangs from a rope at the obstacle course on Marine Corps Base Quantico July 2, 2013. The Corps plans to adopt gender-neutral fitness tests for combat arms MOSs. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Marines developing gender-neutral MOS tests as 11 new jobs open to women

    The Corps' top general said the service plans to adopt a gender-neutral screening test that would assess Marines' physical qualifications for various military specialties.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  4. A MARSOC Marine waits for a Marine Vessel-22B Osprey to land near Coloardo Springs, Colo. The Marine Corps just announce the creation of a new primary MOS for MARSOC officers. Lance Cpl. Coleman / Marine Corps

    Marines approve new primary MOS for MARSOC officers

    The commandant of the Marine Corps has approved a new primary military occupational specialty that will allow Marine officers the opportunity to spend a career in the Corps' special operations command.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Maj. Ann Bernard completes repetitions of pull-ups at the physical fitness gym on Feb. 15, 2013. Bernard, a competitive bodybuilder and the G-6 officer in charge for Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, was training as the Marine Corps transitions pull-ups into the female physical fitness test repertoire. Cpl. Michael Ito/Marine Corps

    New training requirement marks key shift in Marines' female grunt strategy

    A key course correction may help ensure the Corps gets its first female graduates from Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., before the deadline next year.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
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    A female lieutenant in the Infantry Officer Course hangs from the rope during the obstacle course portion of the initial Combat Endurance Test at Marine Corps Base Quantico July 2, 2013. Thomas Brown/Staff

    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.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  8. Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell Staff

    Nominee praises progress of Afghan security forces

    Senators stuck mostly to basic questions for Army Gen. John Campbell at his confirmation hearing Thursday to become the next commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Lance Cpls. Nathanael Shoemate and Quinn Schweher, and Cpl. Matthew Worrell, Marines with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), prepare an unmanned aerial vehicle for launch on Sept. 22 at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, Afghanistan. Sgt. Deanne Hurla/Marine Corps

    Marine drone community gets more officers

    Results of the latest selection board for officers making a lateral move into the burgeoning unmanned aerial vehicle officer specialty show the community continues to grow.

    • Jun. 28, 2014
  11. New River squadron gets new commander

    The Marine Corps Test and Evaluation Squadron VMX-22 in New River is getting a new commander.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  12. 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
  13. The Marine Corps is offering huge bonuses to retirement-eligible critical skills operators in an effort to keep them in uniform for at least several more years. Marine Corps

    Seasoned CSOs to get huge bonuses

    Senior Marine special operators are now eligible for even more generous bonuses.

    • Jun. 21, 2014
  14.  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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Army gets the most service switchers

    Switching services has slowed to a trickle since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when hundreds of sailors and airmen were jumping the Navy and Air Force....

      5:38 PM, Aug. 15, 2014
  6. Marines approve new primary MOS for MARSOC officers

    The commandant of the Marine Corps has approved a new primary military occupational specialty that will allow Marine officers the opportunity to spend a career in the Corps' special operations command....

      2:21 PM, Jul. 29, 2014
  7. 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
  8. October cutting scores released

    The Marine Corps has announced cutting scores for October. Cutting scores are published each month by Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington. To get promoted, a Marine's individual composite score must meet or exceed the cutting score....

      12:22 PM, Sep. 18, 2013
  9. 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....

      1:13 PM, Dec. 30, 2013
  10. Marine Corps expands residential options for officer education

    The Marine Corps will broaden residential options for captains and majors attending professional military education classes, which will allow them to finish the required courses faster and closer to home....

      3:03 PM, Sep. 16, 2013
  11. 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....

      10:16 AM, Feb. 3, 2014
  12. Marine Corps unveils new height, fitness standards for embassy guards

    Marines wishing to become embassy security guards must meet a host of new criteria, including tougher fitness standards and minimum-height requirements, designed to match the job's growing importance within the national security landscape....

      2:02 PM, Jan. 13, 2014
  13. Program allows you to put your career on pause

    You're a career-designated officer or maybe you've just re-enlisted....

      3:48 PM, Sep. 3, 2013
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Nearly 1,000 selected for senior master sergeant

    The Air Force released the list Thursday of 999 master sergeants selected for promotion to senior master sergeant....

      5:21 PM, Mar. 20, 2014
  17. 2014 VSP program details revealed

    Details of the fiscal year 2014 enlisted Voluntary Separation Pay program were released Tuesday by Manpower officials....

      11:09 AM, Oct. 9, 2013
  18. Exclusive: The top 17 reasons Marines ditch the Corps

    When it became clear that combat deployments would be largely replaced with rotational training deployments, former Cpl. Andrew Hasty couldn't find the motivation to re-enlist beyond his first term....

      8:11 AM, May 5, 2014
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