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.

A New F-35 Problem For This Week

According to a report released by DefenseNews.com it looks like the F-35 may be much more dangerous for some pilots than others.

F-35B IOC - What Does it Mean?

Remember when we reported the success of the USMC's Initial Operational test aboard the USS Wasp last May? It turns out that that announcement of success may have been a little bit premature!

USMC Women in Combat Trial Ends

For the past nine months the Marine Corps has been experimenting with a gender-integrated task force at both Twentynine Palms and Camp Lejeune, to see how women would fare in various combat roles in the USMC.

Red Flag at Night

Red Flag is one the largest and most realistic aerial combat simulations that any pilot can fly in. It's held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and like a real war, a lot happens after the sun sets.

This incredible time-lapse footage, taken by Eric Bowen for the Aviationist, gives a beautiful look at some of those night operations.

USMC News Wire

Air Force squadron integral part of supplying fight against Islamic State

Even if you’ve changed a few tires in your life, you’ve probably never changed a tire quite like this. There’s a massive difference between the ones on a car and those on a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet.
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A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons

When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons.
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USS Laboon makes another major drug bust in Arabian Sea

Guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon was at it again last week, making a second major drug bust in a matter of days in the Arabian Sea, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.
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Bomb experts remove Civil War cannon balls from museum

Bomb disposal experts removed four Civil War-era artillery rounds from Virginia's Siege Museum after X-rays showed several artillery rounds stored there are capable of exploding.
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