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  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

    Prime Content 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. Prime Content How to become a Marine hacker

    Times are tough for Marines vying for a career in uniform. Even strong performers in overpopulated specialties can face an untimely end to their service during the current manpower drawdown.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  3. Recent surveys on proposed uniform changes have sparked calls from Marines for another review of tattoo policies and the ban on silkies for unit PT. There are no current plans by Marine leadership to do so, however. David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press

    Prime Content Marines call on CMC to bring back silkies and tattoos

    The Marine Corps recently released a survey asking Marines what they think about the Sam Browne belt, brass collar insignias for enlisted, and changes to the dates for sleeves up and sleeves down.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. Marines prepare to deploy to the Western Pacific in July. Defense officials are considering additional pay for Marines whose deployments are extended. Cpl. Sarah Cherry/Marine Corps

    Prime Content More pay for longer deployments

    Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit likely will be about $800 richer than expected when they get back from deployment this fall.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  5. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, ready an M777A2 Lightweight 155mm Howitzer during a recent exercise. The event emphasized command-and-control capabilities of a Marine expeditionary brigade while fighting a skilled enemy. Joshua Stewart / Staff

    Prime Content MEB-level exercise pits Marines against a highly skilled enemy

    Thousands of Marines got a look at how the Corps will fight against a more sophisticated and well-trained enemy as the service shifts its focus from years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they trained here for a week in August.

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

    Prime Content 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
  7. A Marine security guard stands on the roof of one of the compounds inside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. The special duty pay for MSGs will be capped at $75 per month starting in October as the Marine Corps trims $35 million over a five year period from manpower spending. Adem Altan / AFP

    Prime Content Some Marines emerge from SDA cuts well, while others take a hit

    Budget cuts are about to hit Marines' wallets in yet another way special duty assignment pay.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  8. Recruiting is one of five special duty assignments Manpower experts can help Marines land. But the needs of the Corps outweigh individual preferences. Sgt. Scott Schmidt / Marine Corps

    Prime Content SDAs provide extra edge for Marines

    With a shrinking Corps and the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, the importance of completing a special duty assignment continues to mount for many career-minded Marines hoping to gain a leg up on the competition at their next selection board.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  9. A MARSOC Marine downrange sports the iconic Marine Raiders patch, though it's not officially approved for wear. Level Zero Heroes via Facebook

    Prime Content Raiders name hailed as token of distinction for MARSOC

    As far as Nick Koumalatsos is concerned, MARSOC operators were Raiders all along.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  10. Marines working in the intelligence community will be some of the last to leave Afghanistan. A company-grade officer reached out to Marine Corps Times to dispel the myths about working in her field. Staff Sgt. Mark Fayloga/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Intel Marines dish on mysterious 0211 duty

    As the Corps continues its search for first-term Marines willing to make a lateral move into the intelligence field, a company grade officer who once made such a move as a sergeant reached out from Afghanistan to dispel some myths.

    • Aug. 9, 2014
  11. Sgt. George Cardenas, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs a ladder onto a cargo vessel from a rigid hull inflatable boat off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif. The defense secretary is pushing for more dwell time for troops. Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Dwell time dwindling: Corps expects intensifying operational tempo

    As the Corps continues to drop its numbers closer to an end strength of 175,000, the top general expects operational tempo to intensify across the service.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  12. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  13. Night life moves on Dobuita street near U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo. Under liberty overhaul, Marines may see later curfew and no need for battle buddies. Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press

    Prime Content Officials weigh easing liberty rules in Japan

    Marines based in Japan could see the strict rules they face when they go off base eased a bit, as military officials consider relaxing the current liberty policy.

    • Aug. 3, 2014
  14. Unmanned aircraft were tracked and destroyed during Black Dart, a counter unmanned aerial systems demonstration run by the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization. The demonstration was designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the military's counter-UAS capabilities. Josh Stewart/Staff

    Prime Content Modified UAVs raise concerns for infantry

    The next big threat to American forces might be a flying IED.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  15. Individual Training Course students with Marine Special Operations School at Stone Bay, N.C., participate in the field training exercise Raider Spirit. Cpl. Donovan Lee / Marine Corps

    Prime Content MARSOC demystified: Officials to unveil training details

    Notoriously shrouded in secrecy, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command may soon lift the veil on its training pipeline, beginning with the assessment and selection course that is held several times per year at undisclosed locations, and continuin

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  16. A MARSOC critical skills operator. MARSOC

    MARSOC uses applicants' feedback to redesign workout prep program

    MARSOC fitness tips: don't skimp on the swimming and carry a 50-pound pack everywhere.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  17.  MARSOC A&S Workout App

    Prime Content App lets Marines share their workout progress with friends

    If you're interested in tracking and sharing your progress on the new MARSOC 10-week prep workout, it turns out, there's an app for that.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  18. Mullen

    Prime Content One star: Survival is crisis response, not combat ops

    With the Corps focused on crisis response and disaster relief in place of major combat operations, a major amphibious landing on contested soil wouldn't look too pretty, according to a one-star general.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  19. A Marine looks through the Commandant's Reading List section at the library aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. The Commandant's Reading List is being overhauled to align the professional reading tracks of officers and enlisted Marines. Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Reading list overhaul puts lance cpls., lieutenants on same page

    Lieutenants are way more likely to do their recommended professional reading than lance corporals, right?

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  20. 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

    Prime Content 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
  21. A small team of reconnaissance Marines and sailors from a riverine unit deployed to Panama through the month of June to train local troops on amphibious operations. Courtesy of Capt. Jacob Auchincloss

    Prime Content Reserve recon Marines lead training in Panama

    A Reserve captain led a small team of Marines and sailors on a monthlong deployment to the jungles of Panama, where they teamed with Colombian special operators to train three local forces to operate together on land and at sea.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  22. Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben, the chaplain of the Marine Corps, talks with a colleague downrange. Kibben will become the Navy's first chief of chaplains later this year. Marine Corps

    Prime Content Chaplain of the Marine Corps: 'Nobody comes back from combat unaffected'

    Rear Adm. (lower half) Margaret Kibben made history in 2010 when she became the first woman to be named the chaplain of the Marine Corps. Later this year, she will do it again when she becomes the Navy's first female chief of chaplains.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  23. Pvt. Gloria Murphy cleans a machine gun during Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Female Marines may now enroll in the machine gunner course on an experimental basis. The Marines' restriction on women holding infantry jobs may change in 2016. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Prime Content Seven new ground combat schools open to women

    The first enlisted female Marines will start training in mortarman and infantry assaultman specialty schools next week as the Marine Corps kicks off the next phase of its Women in Service Review study.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  24. Prime Content Initiatives that give vets an edge

    Federal agencies aren't trying to hire veterans just because they think it's a nice thing to do. They've been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors the president and Congress.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  25. DARPA officials are partnering with industry to develop a barrier in a can, which could self-deploy with the push of a button and be used downrange instead of Hesco barriers, or perhaps even as a personal protective shield. Cpl. John McCall/Marine Corps

    DARPA calls on industry to develop compact, push-button wall

    The military's lead research agency is working to develop what some are calling a ballistic '

    • Jul. 5, 2014
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