en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:41:12 -0400 15 Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:31:00 -0400 The Amos legacy: How the first aviator commandant will be remembered As Gen. Jim Amos neared the start of his final year leading the Marine Corps, his staff at the Pentagon asked a select group of senior officers for suggestions on how he and the service could improve. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:12:00 -0400 Three women pass grueling endurance test at Marine Infantry Officer Course Three women have passed the grueling Combat Endurance Test on the first day of the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, officials told Marine Corps Times Friday morning. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 09:20:00 -0400 As cyber force grows, manpower details emerge The military will need to expand its force of cyber warriors beyond plans for 6,200 personnel, and the individual services are hammering out the manpower-related details of precisely how to build that force from the ground up, according to a new Pentagon Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:46:00 -0400 Future in doubt: Uncertainty and smaller budgets plague the Corps The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017. Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:58:00 -0400 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. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:16:00 -0400 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. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:06:00 -0400 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. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:03:00 -0400 First look at the new ribbon for Marine combat instructors The Marine Corps has released the first images of the service's new combat instructor ribbon. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:59:00 -0400 Reserve entices Marines with promise of 60 promotion points Manpower officials are offering a generous composite score bonus to encourage more noncommissioned officers to affiliate with drilling units in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:08:00 -0400 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. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:34:00 -0400 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. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:03:00 -0400 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. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:39:00 -0400 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. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:43:00 -0400 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. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:06:00 -0400 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. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:38:00 -0400 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. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:17:00 -0400 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. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:21:00 -0400 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. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:26:00 -0400 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. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:03:00 -0400 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. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:32:00 -0400 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. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:08:00 -0400 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. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:53:00 -0400 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. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:27:00 -0400 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. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:13:00 -0400 New River squadron gets new commander The Marine Corps Test and Evaluation Squadron VMX-22 in New River is getting a new commander. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:10:00 -0400 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. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:52:00 -0400 Seasoned CSOs to get huge bonuses Senior Marine special operators are now eligible for even more generous bonuses. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:13:00 -0400 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. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:25:00 -0400 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. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:40:00 -0400 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. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:44:00 -0400 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. Fri, 30 May 2014 09:07:00 -0400 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. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:04:00 -0400 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. Sun, 25 May 2014 10:44:00 -0400 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. Sun, 25 May 2014 10:48:00 -0400 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. Mon, 05 May 2014 19:16:00 -0400 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 ' Mon, 05 May 2014 15:36:00 -0400 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. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:26:00 -0400 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. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:22:00 -0400 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. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:46:00 -0400 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. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:00 -0400 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. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:01:00 -0400 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. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:01:00 -0400