en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:56:37 -0400 15 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 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. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:20:00 -0400 Early retirement extended to Active Reserves Manpower officials have extended early retirement incentives to Active Reserve Marines, according to a recently published message. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:11:00 -0400 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. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:02:00 -0400 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. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:10:00 -0400 On policy allowing women into combat, Marines prepared to seek exceptions A force integration plan sent to top Marine Corps officers and enlisted leaders March 12 by the commandant reveals that more women will be assigned to previously closed combat arms units, but emphasizes the service will be prepared to seek exceptions to t Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:11:00 -0400 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. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:06:00 -0400 Panel urges end to U.S. ban on transgender troops The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report released Thursday, saying there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calling on Presid Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:18:00 -0400 DoD plans no cuts to spouse tuition program, official says Many troops and families may be worried about the future of family support and community programs, but one program that isn't suffering from budget woes is the military spouse tuition program - Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:12:00 -0400 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. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:24:00 -0400 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. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:15:00 -0400 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. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 16:57:00 -0400 Hagel announces eight Marine general officer promotions Seven Marine brigadier generals have received presidential nominations for major general and one Marine colonel has Obama's nod for his first star, all pending congressional confirmation, according to an announcement Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hage Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:59:00 -0400 Leadership program opens for new, recent separating troops Troops who plan to leave the military within the next three to six months, or have recently left, may be eligible to apply for a leadership program aimed at helping them make the transition to the corporate world. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:02:00 -0400 10 Marine colonels nominated for first star President Obama nominated 10 Marine colonels for promotion to brigadier general Wednesday, according to an announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:26:00 -0400 Corps to debut shorter Sergeants Course Sergeants who figured they'd be too much in demand within their commands to attend a resident school this year may get that opportunity after all. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:11:00 -0400 Military researchers: Groom Marines longer before boot camp A new study analyzing the economy's effect on military recruiting and retention found that washout rates across the services improve when prospective troops spend more time in delayed entry programs. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:19:00 -0400