The top Marine is headed into his fourth and final year as commandant of the Marine Corps, which means the torch will be passed to a new leader to continue the Corps’ modernization in 2019.
Gen. Robert B. Neller was confirmed by the Senate as the 37th commandant in August 2015, and since then, the four-star infantry officer has been on a sprint to prepare the Corps for a bout with rising adversaries.
He has overseen an overhaul of grunts with new tech, automatic weapons, grenade and rocket launchers, and is still toying over a decision to possibly boost the rifle squad to 15 Marines.
He has also continued efforts to integrate women into previously closed combat jobs fields and established a task force to help reshape the Corps’ culture in the wake of the Marines United nude photo sharing scandal.
The Corps has released its 243rd birthday message.
The next commandant will preside over a series of new challenges from developing Marine Corps cyber, continuing gender integration and modernizing the force, while dealing with a dwindling recruitment pool.
Where will Neller go next?
It’s unknown what’s next for the 37th commandant, but at a Brookings Institution discussion in April, he told Ret. Marine Gen. John Allen that if he retired from active service, he would build a house in Texas, ref high school football, and work on his golf game.