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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7.  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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  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. 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. 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
  4. 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
  5. Grunt school test: Women accept one of the Corps' most grueling challenges

    The female lieutenant pushed her way to an obstacle course through the wilderness, her copper-colored hair matted to her head with a mixture of rain and sweat....

      3:28 PM, Jul. 9, 2013
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Congratulations, chief! The 2015 selection board results

    The career aspirations of 3,794 first class petty officers were given a huge shot in the arm today as the Navy released the names of the sailors chosen to become chiefs by the 2015 selection board....

      12:27 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Chaplains selected for promotion to major

    These active Army chaplains are recommended for promotion to major, the Army announced today. Their names are shown with their sequence numbers....

      10:05 AM, Feb. 19, 2014
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      1:17 PM, Nov. 7, 2013
  15. Marine Corps expands eligibility for lucrative cyber security jobs

    Marines in 16 additional military occupational specialties are eligible to make lateral moves into the Corps' growing cyber security community, a career change that could come with a meaty cash bonus....

      8:29 AM, Dec. 2, 2013
  16. April 2013 cutting scores released

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      4:51 PM, Apr. 5, 2013
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 7½- 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....

      8:25 PM, Dec. 3, 2013
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