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  1. Members of 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion conduct a direct action hit during training in 2009 at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif. Sgt. Steven King/Marine Corps

    Prime Content New MARSOC role players have very specific qualification requirements

    As Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command prepares for complex missions involving al-Qaida in northern Africa and elsewhere, it is hiring highly qualified role players to help its operators train.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  2. Hamidullah, then an interpreter with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, smiles for a photo with Marine Sgt. Joshua Desforges. Desforges was killed in combat in 2010.

    Prime Content Left behind: Without security, without citizenship, interpreters are exposed to death squads

    Scott Maislin spent nine years in some of the Corps' most demanding combat jobs, deploying twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan as an infantry machine gunner before returning to Afghanistan in 2012 as a counterintelligence specialist with Marine Corps Fo

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  3. Camp Lejeune Marines are searched for contraband during a March 4 health-and-comfort inspection at the 8th ESB barracks. Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera / Marine Corp

    Prime Content II MEF's no holds barred war on drugs

    Leaders at II Marine Expeditionary Force are ramping up counter-drug efforts after 450 Marines popped positive for drugs — including marijuana, spice, cocaine and ecstasy — during a seven month period in 2013.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  4. Meeting with Legislative Affairs for Senator Crapo on Wed (1) Courtesy Kristine Schellhaas Courtesy photo

    Prime Content Spouse calls out Barrett on Hill testimony

    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett made it clear that he believed a Military Times report took out of context controversial remarks he made to a Senate Armed Services Committee panel, particularly his statement that budget tightening on pay a

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  5. Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett testifies April 9 on Capitol Hill. Listening to his right are Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens and Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler. Sgt. Marionne T. Mangrum/Marine Corps

    Prime Content Barrett: Fiscal discipline good for both Corps and Marines

    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett faced backlash for a comment he made at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that appeared to imply that the reduced pay raise and possible cuts to Marines' benefits would serve to promote better discipline in the ranks.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  6. 'Expeditionary Force 21' capability incorporates a number of new amphibious ships, to include the LPD and MLP. Marine Corps

    Prime Content Expeditionary Force 21: Corps unveils ambitious, aggressive 10-year road map

    As the Corps hones its position as the nation’s crisis response force, a new doctrine details how Marines will remain expeditionary through service-wide restructuring, forward deploying a third of all personnel and better integrating special operations forces.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  7. 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

    Prime Content 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
  8. Landing support team Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 rush toward a hovering Kaman K1200, 'K-MAX,' unmanned helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on May 22. The K-MAX can fly without a pilot in the cockpit. Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot/Marine Corps

    Prime Content ONR's latest gear is a step toward the end of old-school logistics

    In a continued effort to reduce the number of convoys and rapidly resupply front-line troops, the Office of Naval Research recently tested technology that could eventually enable any rotary wing aircraft to take off, complete a mission, and then land with

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  9. 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

    Prime Content 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
  10. 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

    Prime Content 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
  11. Prime Content 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
  12. Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson said his immediate focus is on supporting Afghan elections. Rahmat Gul / The Associated Press

    Prime Content U.S. general: Coalition braces for Taliban offensive ahead of Afghan elections

    U.S. troop operations may be dialing down in Afghanistan, but the No. 2 American commander there says there is much work to be done — chiefly, bracing for a potential Taliban offensive on the country's upcoming election day.

    • Mar. 23, 2014
  13. Gunnery Sgt. Matthew C. Luckey looks at an area where simulated enemy activity was spotted, while Korean Marines radio for assistance Jan. 22 during Korean Marine Exchange Program 14-3 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Marines cross-trained in cold-weather missions, including skiing, assaults, patrols and raids. Lance Cpl. Matt Myers/Marine Corps

    Prime Content 237-mile hell hike takes recon Marines to historic levels of pain

    They lost toenails, hiked with an IV drip to combat dehydration, and struggled to pull boots over swollen and blistered feet.

    • Mar. 22, 2014
  14. 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

    Prime Content 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
  15. Pvt. Tatiana Maldonado climbs over an obstacle on the Endurance Course during Marine Combat Training on Feb. 20, 2013, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Not everyone is sold on the idea of a mixed-gender MAGTF. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Prime Content Gender mixed MAGTF has huge hurdles

    The Marine Corps' experimental infantry unit comprised of at least 25 percent women has its fair share of challenges, observers say.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  16. Although most IED attacks in Iraq targeted vehicles, that may change in future conflicts. Defense Department

    Prime Content IEDs are the 'future of warfare'

    Marines with 1st EOD Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., won't have much to do when they get to Afghanistan later this month, but that doesn't mean the improvised explosive device has left the battlefield.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  17. Prime Content Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  18. Members of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, fire machine guns on a range in Norway prior to the start of Exercise Cold Response 2014, a 16-nation exercise above the Arctic Circle. Experts say that military-to-military engagements in that part of the world are highly unlikely, despite new sea routes opening around the North Pole. Master Sgt. Chad McMeen/Marines

    Prime Content Polar pivot? Probably not: Experts say chill out about the Arctic

    About 440 North Carolina-based Marines will move prepositioned equipment out of caves in Norway to take part in Exercise Cold Response 2014, the sixth iteration of a frigid training event since 2006, signaling a continued strategic shift to the Arctic reg

    • Mar. 8, 2014
  19. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, where he outlined significant changes to military compensation and troops levels in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Prime Content DoD pushes forward on pay, benefits cuts

    Never in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force has the Pentagon sought to roll back the existing military compensation package for service members.

    • Mar. 3, 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

    Prime Content 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. Prime Content 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
  22. 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

    Prime Content 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
  23. The Lewis B. Puller, seen here in an artist's rendering, will serve as an afloat forward staging base. The Navy's top admiral hopes Marines will use it as a 'lily pad' for crisis response missions in and around Africa. Marine Corps

    Prime Content Navy's top admiral hopes to sell Marine Corps on new vessel for crisis-response missions

    A new class of amphibious ships could be used to support Marine Corps embassy-security and crisis-response missions in regions such as North Africa and the Arabian Gulf, the Navy's top admiral said Feb.

    • Mar. 1, 2014
  24. A Marine with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, sets security in Sangin, Afghanistan. Four Marines were honored for their bravery during a six-day battle in Helmand province in 2012. Cpl. Mark Garcia/Marine Corps

    Prime Content 'Relentless' in Afghanistan: Four Marines get medals after 6-day battle

    The mood was calm as two platoons with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, conducted a nighttime air assault into Qaleh-ye Gaz, a rural town in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
  25. Capt. Brian Jordan receives the British Distinguished Flying Cross from British Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott. Jordan, a pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, braved enemy fire to rescue two British service members. Courtesy of the British Embassy

    Prime Content Marine helo pilot earns DFC from British allies

    A pilot from Camp Pendleton, Calif., has become just the second Marine aviator since World War II to receive the British Distinguished Flying Cross.

    • Feb. 22, 2014
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