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Get Inside Marine Corps Recruit Training - What It Takes to Make Marines

Marine Corps recruit training

Getting ready to ship off to Marine Corps Recruit Training? Or are you just curious about what it takes to join the United States Marine Corps? Either way, here's a video that gives you an up-close-and-personal view into the making of one of America's most elite fighting forces.

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.

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Rotorwash

United States Marine Corps Official Page posted a photo:

Rotorwash

Marines endure light debris from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter at a landing zone outside of Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, on May 20, 2016. Marines with Marine Rotational Force - Darwin simulated causality evacuations with a UH-1Y Venom helicopter. MRF-D is a six-month deployment of Marines into Darwin, Australia, training in a new environment. The Marines are with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MRF-D and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, MRF-D. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)

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nobody@flickr.com (United States Marine Corps Official Page)

Blinding Light

United States Marine Corps Official Page posted a photo:

Blinding Light

Lance Cpl. Zach King, left, and Cpl. Derick Sammonek, assaultmen with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, brace themselves as an 60mm mortar exits the tube of an M224 mortar system as part of sustainment training during Exercise Eager Lion, May 15, 2016. Exercise Eager Lion 2016 is a bilateral, scenario based exercise with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the U.S., designed to exchange military expertise and improve interoperability among partner nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers/ RELEASED)

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nobody@flickr.com (United States Marine Corps Official Page)

Suiting Up

United States Marine Corps Official Page posted a photo:

Suiting Up

A Marine assigned to Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense School, puts on his mission oriented protective posture gear during a field training exercise at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., May 11, 2016. CBRN training teaches Marines how to utilize their issued gear enabling them to survive in a chemical environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Serrano/Released)

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nobody@flickr.com (United States Marine Corps Official Page)

Heavy Horsepower

United States Marine Corps Official Page posted a photo:

Heavy Horsepower

U.S. Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 (HMH-461) conduct external lifts extractions on High Mobility Multi-Purpose Vehicles(HMMWV) during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 3-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Ca., May 13, 2016. 2nd Marines and subordinate units participated in ITX 3-16 to ensure all elements of Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 2 are prepared for upcoming deployments and operational commitments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. David L. Proffitt 2DMARDIV Combat Camera/Released)

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nobody@flickr.com (United States Marine Corps Official Page)