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  1. Here are 11 Marines widely viewed as strong candidates to be the Corps' next top leader: Top row: Sergeant Major Lee D. Bonar Jr; Sergeant Major James E. Booker; Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green; Sergeant Major Michael Jones. 2nd row: Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal, Sergeant Major Justin D. LeHew, Sergeant Major Anthony A. Spadaro; Sergeant Major William T. Stables. Bottom row: Sergeant Major Robert 'Grant' VanOostrom; Sergeant Major Gary W. Weiser; Sergeant Major Bryan K. Zickefoose.

    Your next SMMC: Meet 11 Marines who could get the call

    As Gen. Joseph Dunford prepares to take over as commandant of the Marine Corps, one of the early items on his agenda will be selection of a new sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  2. As the selection process for the next sergeant major of the Marine Corps nears, both Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness, left, and Sgt. Maj. Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, may qualify for consideration. Marine Corps

    Is it time for a female SMMC? The Marines to watch

    The past two years have seen some significant new steps for female enlisted leaders. In 2013, Sgt. Maj. Angela Maness became the first woman to serve as sergeant major for Marine Barracks Washington, the oldest post in the Marine Corps.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  3. Members of MARSOC attend the Advanced Sniper Training Course near Jacksboro, Texas. A recent Marine administrative message calls for reservists to consider joining Marine Corps Special Operations Command. Vance Jacobs/Marine Corps

    MARSOC offers operator spots to reservists

    Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command put out a call for enlisted reservists to join the ranks of critical skills operators.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  4. 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
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9.  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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
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