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To ensure you have the latest information on current eligibility standards, you will need to contact your local recruiter. While much of what you see below doesn't change much, the opportunities for getting a waiver for a disqualifying mark varies depending on what recruiting region you are in and the current state of the economy.

More Combat Units Open to Women in Marine Reserve

Earlier this month the Marine Corps announced that it was opening up more jobs in combat units to women in the Marine Reserves.

Although still barred from direct combat roles, this opens up certain jobs in the following Marine Corps units:

  • Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 14th Tank Battalion
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion

Marine Corps Times Removed from Newsstands

The popular newspaper Marine Corps Times has been removed from its prominent position at checkout counter newsstands in base exchanges across the service, according to a report at Marine Corps Times.

Tuition Assistance Restored for Marine Corps

With the signing into law of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Defense Department programs which had been running under the limit of sequestration have (mostly) been restored.

One of the biggest programs, tuition assistance, has had its funding raised from sequestration levels of $3.5 million per quarter to $12 million per quarter. The $3.5 million dried up during the first two weeks of the quarter - forcing many Marines to pay for college out of pocket.

The Marines requirements for receiving tuition assistance are:

Marines First to Complete Audit


It didn't make the news when it happened at the end of December, but the Marine Corps has once again led the way for the other military branches. The Marine Corps is the first branch to get an "unqualified favorable audit" for showing where all of its billions of dollars have gone.

Marines Evacuate Civilians from South Sudan

Marines airlifted all non-essential US citizens from the embassy in South Sudan, amid a deteriorating political and security situation.

Around 20 personnel were airlifted from the embassy in Juba aboard two KC-130 aircraft to nearby Entebbe, Uganda, where the aircraft and the Marine crisis response unit are based.

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.

USMC News Wire

Contracts for April 23, 2014

Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
5 min 4 sec ago

Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky.
18 min 43 sec ago

Letter to West Point grads

It's a daunting experience for a new lieutenant to lead soldiers twice their age, even more so to do it as a as a "slick sleeve" — the derogatory term given to soldiers who lack the distinctive "combat patch" on their right shoulder. Let me offer the Class of 2014 two pieces of advice.
1 hour 4 min ago

New MARSOC role players have very specific qualification requirements

As Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command prepares for complex missions involving al-Qaida in northern Africa and elsewhere, it is hiring highly qualified role players to help its operators train.
1 hour 7 min ago