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.
The first year of the Marine Corps' Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP) has gotten less use than expected, with only three Marines taking part in the program.
If you are interested in the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), you've got to be ready for the physically demanding assessment and selection course. Now, the Marine Corps can say "there's an app for that".
The MARSOC Physical Preparation app, which is in the final stage of testing, will allow prospective MARSOC candidates to both view and learn the correct exercise technique as well as track and share their progress with others.
Just announced today, the Marine Corps will open up its Infantry Officer Course to more female Marine Corps officers.
Starting in October, Lieutenant and Captains in other occupations will be able to volunteer to attempt the grueling IOC, in an attempt to pull more women through the course. The Marines had hoped to have at least 100 female Marines attempt the course in the three years that it has been opened to them, but so far only 20 have attempted it. None have passed.
This past Sunday retired Marine General Matthis appeared on CNN's State of the Union and says that the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl actually makes the Taliban more vulnerable.
In response to an urgent need in 2004, the Marine Corps developed a program to train some military working dogs to be IED Detection Dogs(IDDs), and now that the need is passed, officials are looking for homes for all of these dogs.
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:
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.
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:
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.