PT Standards May Lower for Women in Combat

After the mandate in January from the Defense Secretary that both the Army and Marines open many combat jobs to women, the Marines opened up some combat training courses to women and the results have been interesting.

US Navy and Marines Helping in Philippines

The US Navy is beginning full-scale relief operations in the Philippines, after the devastating typhoon Haiyan caused enormous death and destruction on Nov. 8.

Marine Corps Commandant Decision Due in Camp Bastion Attack

After the surprise attack on Camp Bastion in September 2012, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos requested an investigation to determine if the top commander in the area Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus, or other members of his staff, share some responsibility.

From MarineCorpsTimes.com:

DoD Looking at Reducing BAH

One of the most popular benefits of serving in the military, the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), may be one of the next programs that suffers at the hands of sequestration.

Marines May End Up with Only 150,000 In Coming Years

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was discussing possible effects of sequestration he only briefly mentioned the Marine Corps. The outlook was quite bleak, however, with the Corps size to be reduced to as few as 150,000 Marines.

Most Decorated Marine Receives Another Honor

The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps has installed an 8-foot statue of legendary Marine Lt. General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller to celebrate the Marine Corps most decorated Marine.

Lt. Gen. Puller joined the Marines in 1917, inspired by the United States' involvement in World War I. Although he never fought in that conflict, he did see action in Haiti as a corporal and then in Nicaragua as a 2nd Lieutenant, where he received his both his first and second Navy Cross.

Arlington National Cemetery Releases App

At the Association of the United States Army convention in Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery unveiled to the public a smartphone and web app allowing access to the extensive electronic records of those buried there.

The app allows anyone to search records based on personal information, and search results display full name, date of birth and death, as well as photographs of the front and back of the headstone. Also available for viewing through the app are monuments and memorials dedicated to specific military units, as well as a list of well-known service members that are buried in Arlington.

Marine Corps to Educate Marines on Supplement Use

In an effort to educate Marines about the various nutritional supplements available to them, the Corps is instituting Operation Supplement Safety, an education campaign running through November.

USMC News Wire

Evening Colors

United States Marine Corps Official Page posted a photo:

Evening Colors

Australian Army soldiers join U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, U.S. Army soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Pacific, and Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers crafting improvised tools using hot coals during Exercise Kowari 2015, being conducted in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory. Kowari is a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity hosted by Australia and includes forces from Australia, China and the U.S. simultaneously. (Courtesy Photo by Australian Defence Force LCPL Kyle Genner/Released)

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Making an Entry

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Making an Entry

A Critical Skills Operator with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command uses a torch to cut through a metal door to gain entry on a building during Marine Special Operation School's Master Breacher's Course at Stone Bay aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 5, 2015. CSO's learn to overcome obstacles such as walls, fences and doors using a range of breaching methods including mechanical, ballistic, thermal and explosive during the course. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier / Released)

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Spray and Pray

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Spray and Pray

1st Lt. Keith G. Lowell administers OC spray during the OC Spray Performance Evaluation Course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 27, 2015. This course is part of the Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course, which is only offered once a year to all service members on Okinawa. The instructors for this course travel from base to base to remotely certify service members who don’t have the chance to attend the formal school in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Lowell, from Fallbrook, California, is the company commander for Company C, 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, and will have the collateral duty of non-lethal weapons instructor upon completion of the course. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thor Larson/Released)

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Weapons Inspection

United States Marine Corps Official Page posted a photo:

Weapons Inspection

Drill Instructor Sgt. Jonathan B. Reeves inspects and disciplines recruits with Platoon 1085, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. About 600 Marine Corps drill instructors shape the approximately 20,000 recruits who come to Parris Island annually into basic United States Marines. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Aaron Bolser/Realeased)

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