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Fitness Test Changes Likely in Store for USMC Men and Women

Marine Corps Fitness Test

The Marines are proposing a big change to their fitness test and standards - which will make scoring the maximum on your fitness test a bit harder in the coming years for both male and female Marines.

The Proposed USMC Fitness Test Updates - More Relevant, More Achievable

Obama's Push for Vet Hiring - A Rocky Success

Military veterans

The push to improve employment prospects for veterans after they return home is paying off - about one in every three people hired by the federal government now is a military veteran - but it's also causing confusion and resentment in both civilians looking for the same jobs and those doing the hiring.

USS America Ready For Action (Maybe)

USS America LHA-6

After the little bit of good news about the Air Force's F-35As potentially coming in a little bit cheaper, we have some more good news from the Marines! The USS America (LHA-6) - the first of a new America-class amphibious assault ship - is finally (probably) ready for action!

The America, which was commissioned in October of 2014, has spent the last 40 weeks undergoing construction and upgrades for...you guessed it...operating the F-35B.

Expeditionary Force 21: The USMC of the Future

Marine Corps Expeditionary Force 21

Expeditionary Force 21 - the US Marine Corps' road map for the coming decade - describes a Marine Corps that is self-sufficient, lighter, and more tightly integrated than the USMC of today.

Video: USMC Close Air Support Training

Marine Corps Door Gunner Close Air Support

The term "Close Air Support", at least to me, bring up images of A-10s making strafing runs with their big guns, or maybe F-15Es or F-16s dropping laser-guided bombs from several thousand feet. The Marines, though, they definitely put the Close into "Close Air Support"!

Here's a video of what the training looks like for a Huey door gunner - spoiler alert: it looks like fun!

Tank Drifting Looks Like the Most Fun Ever!

The US Marine Corps is currently in Norway right now, performing cold weather combat and logistics training, but that doesn't mean that the don't get to have a little bit of fun!

One of the crucial skills for USMC tank and heavy vehicle operators is the ability to drive on ice and snow, and that means they have to practice! It just so happens, of course, that practicing looks like a hell of a lot of fun!

Defense Secretary: All Jobs Open to Women

women in combat

Starting in January, Defense Secretary Carter announced Thursday, all military jobs in all branches will be open and available to women. Carter said that his decision to open all jobs to women was shared by the secretaries of the Navy, Army and Air Force and the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Only one military leader, Gen. Joseph Dunford - then the Marine Corps Commandant, now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - recommended keeping some positions closed to women.

Gender Equality = Women Registering for Draft?

The push for gender equality in all branches of the US military will likely mean that women will have to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh. Currently just males 18-25 have to register for the Selective Services System, an independent government agency. Failure to register is a felony and can limit access to things like student loans and government jobs.

USMC Reserve to Offer Deployment Options

Despite stretched budgets across the military, the US Marine Corps Forces Reserve will continue to give Reserve Marines opportunities to participate in international deployments and large scale exercises, to help keep Reservists busy as the active-duty Corps begins to take back some missions that they passed off to the Reserve forces over the past 14 years.

USMC News Wire

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief

President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the last time — wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered.
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Iraq: PM orders arrest of protesters who attacked lawmakers

Al-Abadi's statement came a day after hundreds of angry anti-government followers of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down blast walls and poured into the parliament building.
1 hour 51 min ago

Caring for a different kind of service dog

Dogs on Deployment is a California-based nonprofit program that connects service members with volunteers willing to take care of their pets while they're deployed overseas.
2 hours 33 min ago

Chattanooga native completes Marine boot camp in honor of Fallen Five

While he'd always wanted to help others, he'd figured a career in the FBI or on a police force fit him best. The military scared him. Then July 16 happened.
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