Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America.
Although a new weapon system is certainly not expected anytime soon, it looks like the USMC may be getting some upgrades to their current M16A4 and M4 weapons to make them even more effective on the battlefield.
There are moments in time that are greater not because they are particularly unique but because they capture a truth about how we look at a larger-scale view. The grunts that went into Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010 faced an impossible task in a hostile territory surrounded by people that couldn't be trusted. Bing West captures a snapshot of the Marine Battalion 3/5 3rd Platoon as they enter Sangin to take over from our British partners, push back at the Taliban that roam carefree, and find some success before being pulled out of Afghanistan. One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon At War is part battle log of this platoon and part military analysis of the overall strategy in Afghanistan.
The US Embassy in Yemen was closed and evacuated on Wednesday, as Houthis rebels continue their attempt to take over the Yemini government. Both France and Britain also moved to close their embassies and remove their diplomatic personnel, due to the increased turmoil and instability in the country's capital, Sanaa.
A jury has been seated for the trial Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing both former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield.
The concept of a FARP (Foward Arming and Refueling Point) is becoming increasingly popular as a sort of "mobile gas station" for some of the more clandestine operations happening in the Middle East (for example, Operation Neptune Spear, the mission to get Bin Laden).
This video shows Marines transforming a spot of desert and a C-130 into a small but bustling airport in about 5 minutes.
It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.
The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions.
The last Marines in Afghanistan, members of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Combat Logistics Battalion 1; and Marine Aircraft Group — Afghanistan, departed Afghanistan yesterday, after a ceremony where the USMC's last base - Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province - was transferred over to Afghan National Security Forces.
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Jim Amos has announced that all units in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will be undergoing a name change to honor the elite Marine Raiders of World War II.
Although Gen. Amos had previously rejected a 2011 proposal to change the name of MARSOC, over the past few years he had appeared to slowly change his mind, even appearing as the guest of honor at the Marine Raiders reunion last August.