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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.

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.

Marines May End Up with Only 150,000 In Coming Years

When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was discussing possible effects of sequestration he only briefly mentioned the Marine Corps. The outlook was quite bleak, however, with the Corps size to be reduced to as few as 150,000 Marines.

USMC News Wire

Karzai rival increases lead in latest Afghan presidential results

With roughly half the votes counted in Afghanistan’s presidential election, President Hamid Karzai’s political rival has opened up a commanding lead, although still below the majority needed to avoid a run-off election.
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U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday.
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Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
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Marines happily recycle Army bots

The Marine Corps is now fielding its next-generation counter-IED robot for route clearance.
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