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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. '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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. The Marine Corps will debut a pilot version of the resident Sergeants Course that cuts the time spent away from home almost in half. Sgt. Kelly Pipe, left, amphibious vehicle operator at Marine Corps Systems Command aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico and Sgt. Dustin Lavery, engineer equipment operator at Headquarters and Service Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island are recent graduates of the course. Ameesha Felton / Marine Corps

    Prime Content 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.

    • Feb. 18, 2014
  25. Prime Content Sex assault and the pressure to prosecute: why some Marines fear justice is no longer blind

    Almost two years have passed since Capt. Nicholas Stewart was exonerated by a military appeals court that ruled his rape conviction was unconstitutional, but he's still fighting the system to regain what he lost.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  1. 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....

      10:13 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  2. On newsstands this week

    It's hard to believe: Men who risked their lives to save Marines in Afghanistan have been all but ignored by the U.S. government, left to hide from death squads....

      12:17 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
  3. To counter IEDs, EOD techs teach enemy mindset

    Red wire? Blue wire?...

      10:07 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  4. Marine to receive Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation's second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan....

      9:27 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  5. Sgt. Maj. Barrett writes open letter to Marines following backlash

    Following backlash from his statements in front of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel April 9, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett is working to clarify his position in a written letter to Marines....

      1:10 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
  6. Court reinstates lawsuit over Marine's suicide

    The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq has won a bid to reinstate a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky....

      1:43 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
  7. 4-star: Armed attackers in Ukraine are Russian troops in disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone....

      9:53 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  8. The year ahead: Crucial issues for the Corps in 2014

    Transition will take many forms for the Marine Corps in 2014. Marine combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of the year — after more than a decade of war — returning the Corps to a predominantly peacetime posture for the first time since 2001....

      10:58 AM, Jan. 2, 2014
  9. Many aspiring Marines must wait months before shipping to boot camp

    The Marine Corps' 2014 recruiting goal is expected to fall by about 5,700 slots compared to last year, leaving aspiring troops — or 'poolees' — parked in the service's Delayed Entry Program up to a year in some cases and forcing recruiters to get creative...

      1:30 PM, Nov. 21, 2013
  10. 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....

      10:13 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  11. Staff sergeant rank due to get culled

    Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years....

      10:15 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  12. MARSOC and recon: Does the Corps need both?

    Elite training. Small teams. Covert missions. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command offers qualified Marines all of these things — along with generous monetary incentives to those who make the cut....

      1:30 PM, Feb. 4, 2014
  13. U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday....

      10:29 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  14. Corps' new pistol holster called dangerous

    The Marine Corps is ditching its 1980s-era nylon pistol holsters for new high-speed polymer gear used by U.S. special operators and law enforcement personnel, but the model chosen is the subject of a vigorous safety debate among tactical and professional ...

      5:18 PM, Mar. 22, 2013
  15. Naval Academy breaks ground on new clinic

    The U.S. Naval Academy has broken ground on a new $41 million health clinic....

      3:52 PM, Apr. 19, 2014
  16. Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Barrett: Less pay raises discipline

    Lower pay and slimmed-down benefits will make Marines more disciplined and less wasteful, according to the Corps' top enlisted Marine....

      9:46 AM, Apr. 11, 2014
  17. Staff sergeant rank due to get culled

    Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years....

      10:15 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  18. Sgt. Maj. Barrett writes open letter to Marines following backlash

    Following backlash from his statements in front of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel April 9, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett is working to clarify his position in a written letter to Marines....

      1:10 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
  19. In shift to Africa, U.S. troops find complicated relationships

    Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan....

      9:45 AM, Apr. 20, 2014
  20. 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing rates (BAH)

    Enlisted Officer Warrant Enlisted (printable PDF) Officer (printable PDF) Warrant (printable PDF) ...

      9:44 PM, Jan. 3, 2014

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