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  • Marine Corps rejects enlistee over Confederate flag tattoo

    01/22/2016 9:58:23 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 42 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | Jan. 22, 2016 | Kyle Olson
    GREENBRIER, Ark. Recent high school graduate Anthony Bauswell wanted to join the U.S. Marines, but contends he was rejected by a recruiter because of the color of his skin. On his left rib cage Bauswell has a Confederate flag tattoo, with a banner across it reading “Southern Pride,” and he told Arkansas Matters that the Marines recruiting center in Conway insists it disqualifies him from serving his country.
  • Marine Corps Times Urges Veterans To Support More Gun Control(WTH?)

    01/19/2016 10:06:47 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/18/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 18, the Marine Corps Times criticized the "yield-no-ground attitude toward gun control" and urged veterans to support more gun laws. The Marine Corps Times tweeted, "Veterans should lead the push for more secure gun laws." Veterans should lead push for more secure gun laws https://t.co/Q9LY3qB0b1 - Marine Corps Times (@Marinetimes) January 18, 2016 A link in the tweet takes readers to a January 18 article in the publication, written by former Sgt. Matthew Hess who served in the Marine Corps from 2009-2015.
  • US might sell refurbished Harriers to Taiwan: report

    01/19/2016 2:33:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | William Lowther
    The US might offer to sell refurbished AV-8B Harrier Jump Jets to Taiwan, the magazine Defense News said. “The Harriers will be offered to Taiwan through the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program under the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency,” the magazine said in an article written by Taipei-based correspondent Wendell Minnick. The article quotes US government sources as saying the Harriers would be offered after the US Marine Corps begins replacing them with F-35B stealth fighters. The Taipei Times was unable to confirm the story with Pentagon sources on Sunday. Other sources said the story could have been leaked...
  • Search off Hawaii finds life rafts but no sign of 12 Marines

    01/18/2016 12:38:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/18/16 | ap
    HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities searching the area where two Marine helicopters crashed off Hawaii have found some life rafts that were carried aboard the aircraft, but still no sign of the 12 crew members who were on board. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers said Monday she believes three life rafts have been recovered so far. Some were inflated, but it was unclear how they came to be inflated, she said. The search for the Marines entered its fourth day Monday. Mooers said at this point, it is still a search for survivors. Rescuers from various agencies have been...
  • Families confirm identities of several Marines in Hawaii helicopter crash

    01/17/2016 7:05:42 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    USMC LIFE ^ | January 16, 2016 | USMC Life
    Families confirmed identities of some of the missing Marines involved in a helicopter collision over Hawaii on Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for 12 Marines who were reportedly on board two CH-53 helicopters when the aircrafts collided at 3 a.m. Thursday. The families of seven Marines released statements providing identities of the supposed helicopter passengers. One was Captain Kevin Roche, whose family released a statement hoping for his return and offering thanks for the report they received following the news. "Captain Kevin Roche is a passionate Marine who loves his family and his country - and we love...
  • Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters have collided off Hawaii (12 Marines missing)

    01/15/2016 1:10:03 PM PST · by robowombat · 69 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Jan 15 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters have collided off Hawaii Jan 15 2016 - By David Cenciotti The two CH-53E Super Stallions were conducting night ops off the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The U.S. Marine Corps have just confirmed that a Search and Rescue operation is underway off Hawaii’s Oahu after two CH-53E Super Stallions helicopters collided mid-air during night training. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, debris field was spotted less than 3 miles off the coast, near the town of Haleiwa, Both helicopters were from MCAS Kaneohe Bay and each had six people aboard. No further details on...
  • Prayer Request - USMC helicopters down

    01/15/2016 6:38:29 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 25 replies
    15 Jan 2016 | me
    Friends: 2 USMC CH-53 helicopters went down off the coast of Oahu, 12 souls missing. One of my son's best friends is a CH-53 pilot stationed in Hawaii, and cannot be reached. We don't know if he was flying at the time. Please pray for Brian and all those involved. Thanks
  • The Marine Corps can confirm ... active search & rescue ... for two CH-53 helicopters (off) of Oahu

    01/15/2016 5:31:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    USMC Facebook posting ^ | January 15 | USMC
    U.S. Marine Corps 22 mins *The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53 helicopters of the coast of Oahu. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting search and rescue operations. The aircraft are from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. We will provide more details as they become available.* — Major Christian Devine, USMC
  • US must apologize over marines entrance to Iran waters ("American military in Gulf never innocent")

    01/13/2016 1:36:50 AM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    MNA ^ | Jan. 13
    TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (MNA) – Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said IRGC Navy will decide about detained US marines who illegally entered Iran waters once chain of command passes down its orders. “All vessels must give prior notice if they want to sail through another country’s waters, especially if they are military,” said Ali Fadavi, Commander of the IRGC (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) Navy, referring to the two American riverine command boats that had illegally crossed into Iranian territorial waters around Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. “In the world of international relations, there is only one instance of innocent...
  • The US Marines, KIA

    01/09/2016 10:12:42 PM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 9, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It seems like it’s something new every day now. It seems like it’s something worse every day now. Every day, another directive emanates from the Kremlin at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue concerning the absolute evisceration of the US military. Feminist, left-wing social engineers smell blood and they are intent on the complete destruction of our armed forces. These social engineers don’t care if readiness is destroyed. These social engineers don’t care if unit cohesion is destroyed. These social engineers don’t care if combat power is destroyed. They have but one goal, to create some kind of gender neutral fantasy land that...
  • Marine Corps Ordered to Make Boot Camp Coed, Remove 'Man' from Titles

    01/07/2016 10:40:49 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 117 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has given Marine Corps brass two weeks to submit a plan to train male and female recruits together at boot camp and fully integrate officer candidate school. He's also calling for the Marines to make all job titles gender-neutral as the service opens currently closed ground combat jobs to women. In a Jan. 1 memo obtained by Military.com and first reported by Marine Corps Times, Mabus ordered the Corps to send him a detailed plan by Jan. 15 for making boot camp and officer training coed. He also requested that the Marines provide him with a...
  • Authorities search for Marine missing from NJ base for nearly a week

    12/26/2015 4:11:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/2015
    <p>Officials from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, near Pemberton, are looking for 28-year-old Marine Sgt. Tristan Clinger.</p> <p>Clinger’s wife told the station the man took off on foot around 4 p.m. ET on December 20 and has not been seen since then.</p>
  • PrintMore SWIM DAILY Ronda Rousey ditches her couch and ice cream to attend Marine Corps Ball

    12/11/2015 6:04:43 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    SI ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | KELSEY HENDRIX
    Back in September, long before her devastating loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, Ronda won the hearts of Marines around the world when she accepted an invitation via viral video from Jarrod Haschert asking her to join him at the Marine Corps Ball. And despite reports earlier today that Ronda would be bailing on her promise to join Jarrod at the ball, it looks like our stunning 2015 SI Swimsuit athlete is in fact going to make an appearance.
  • Sergeant Major Speaks Out On Women In Combat

    12/09/2015 12:53:15 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 28 replies
    Funker530 ^ | December 8, 2015 | Josh
    Sergeant Major Lehew, a 27 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, speaks the honest truth that no one wants to hear about women in combat. Sergeant Major Justin Lehew is a beast among men. At a time where the entire military is absolutely terrified of speaking their minds, he personified moral courage. This man is a leader of Marines, and when it comes to protecting the combat effectiveness of the United States Marine Corps, he let his words speak without the fear of repercussion.
  • "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies

    12/05/2015 4:51:26 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    "Combat Effectiveness" Being Degraded by Obama's Military Policies By evaluating an overwhelming amount of evidence that has been building for 6 ½ years, the obvious conclusion personnel with extensive military experience will come to, is that Obama’s military policies have been degrading the finest US military fighting force in history. Over the last 6 ½ years, the US Armed Forces has been hollowed out by Obama, his Social Experiment On Diversity has severely fractured unit cohesiveness, his “Politically Correct Policies” have negatively affected unit morale, and the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US military is being degraded. Tip of the spear...
  • Commandant to Marines: 'It's Time to Move Out' on Women in Combat

    12/05/2015 7:14:25 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 116 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Hope Hodge Seck
    The top officer of the Marine Corps sent an unequivocal message to troops: It's time to get behind the mandate to integrate women into combat units. Gen. Robert Neller released a sternly worded video late Friday, a day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that all military jobs -- including infantry and special forces positions -- would be open to female troops by the start of next year. The Marine Corps was the only service to request that some fields remain closed to women, citing a yearlong co-ed infantry experiment that found gender-mixed units underperformed all-male ones. Despite that, Neller...
  • Decision to force out Marine who sent warning ahead of insider attack upheld

    12/01/2015 5:45:37 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-30-15 | Dan Lamothe
    A senior Navy Department official decided Monday to force a Marine Corps officer out of the service for his handling of classified information, three years after he was first investigated after sending a warning to deployed colleagues about an Afghan police chief whose servant later killed three Marines. Maj. Jason Brezler will be separated from the Marine Corps following a decision by acting Assistant Navy Secretary Scott Lutterloh, said Michael Bowe, Brezler’s attorney. The case grabbed attention in Congress and among highly decorated senior officers in the military, some of whom advocated on Brezler’s behalf to let him stay in...
  • US Marine Found Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipino

    12/01/2015 12:13:45 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 108 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Teresa Cerojano and Jim Gomez
    A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel in the Philippines while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country. Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. He was sentenced to 6-12 years in jail, with time already spent in detention...
  • High Military Court Will Decide Case of Marine Punished for Bible Verse

    11/28/2015 6:58:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/28/15 | Loredana Vuoto
    Charlotte, N.C., Nov 28, 2015 / 06:13 am (CNA).- The highest U.S. military court will hear the case of a Marine who says her religious freedom was compromised when she was ordered to remove a Bible verse from her work station. In May 2013, Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling refused to follow a superior's order to remove a Bible verse from her workspace. In ruling on the case earlier this year, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals sided against Sterling, saying that significant damage could be caused by forcing military employees to work in the presence of a...
  • Hillary Clinton’s claim that she tried to join the Marines

    11/12/2015 11:18:19 AM PST · by simpson96 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2015 | Glenn Kessler
    "He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you. And I said, 'Well I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning the Army." -Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a breakfast, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 10, 2015One Clinton story that has often been greeted with skepticism is her claim, first made in 1994, that she once tried to join the Marines in 1975. On the campaign trail,...
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...
  • The Freeper Canteen Salutes the U.S. Marine Corps on its 240th Birthday!

    11/09/2015 5:57:55 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 107 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World! | 10 November 2015 | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Salutes theU.S. Marine CorpsOn Its 240th Birthday10 November 1775 ~ 10 November 2015 Semper Fidelis!(Always Faithful!) O ETERNAL FATHER, we commend to Thy protection and care the members of the Marine Corps. Guide and direct them in the defense of our country and in the maintenance of justice among nations. Protect them in the hour of danger. Grant that wherever they serve they may be loyal to their high traditions and that at all times they may put their trust in Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Marine Corps Prayer by Bishop SherrillFormer Presiding Bishop...
  • They Think They've Got Ben Carson with a Very Cleverly Written Politico Story

    11/06/2015 2:02:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 6, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, well, we were just poking along here about 10 minutes ago. It looked like it was actually gonna be kind of a slow day. And then everything blew up here, and then we -- JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it's Open Line Friday! RUSH: Yeah. And I still don't know what to make of this. There's something that smells about this still, and I can't put my fingers on it. But we're gonna have to get into it. Anyway, welcome to Open Line Friday. Whatever you want to talk about is fine and...
  • 4 Things Why I Wouldn't Trust the 1911 with my Life

    11/03/2015 7:47:07 AM PST · by w1n1 · 98 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 11/3/2015 | D Shaw
    Daniel Shaw, retired US Marine Infantryman and Combat Weapons Master Instructor, explains why the 1911 is not the defensive gun he chooses to carry. Shaw gives us four reasons why he opts to go with something aside from John Browning's classic handgun: limited magazine capacitysafety leverreliabilitymagazine compatibility The former Marine is careful to note that this is his opinion, based on his experience, and acknowledges that everyone is free to pick the platform that’s right for them. With that in mind, what are your thoughts on the 1911? Do you trust your 1911 with your life? Do you have four...
  • U.S. Marines react to switch from M16 to M4

    11/02/2015 8:26:38 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 78 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/2/2015 | Ryan Maass
    U.S. Marines are largely supportive of their commandant's decision to drop the M16 rifle for the M4 carbine as the standard infantry weapon. The U.S. Marine Corps will officially recognize the M4 carbine as the standard weapon for infantry personnel beginning in September 2016, following the approval by Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. The move has been welcomed with optimism from infantry. Sgt. Jonathan Ferriera, a mortarman with 1st Battalion 8th Marines who used the M4 during his deployment in Afghanistan says "it's about time." "The M4 holds every quality that the M16 does: everything an M16 can do, the M4...
  • Warship honoring Marine christened at Maine shipyard

    10/31/2015 4:50:47 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 31 Oct 2015
    The mother of Sgt. Rafael Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son and keep the crew safe before smashing a bottle of Champagne on the ship's bow Saturday. Peralta, who pulled a grenade against his body to protect his fellow Marines during close combat with insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004, is believed to be the first serviceman born in Mexico to have a naval warship named in his honor.
  • Why The Military Is Moving On From The M16

    10/29/2015 8:47:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | October 28, 2015 | By Christian Beekman
    The M16A4 may soon retire. This week, the Marine Corps announced via internal memo that the M4 carbine will become the primary-issued rifle in infantry and security units, as well as replace the M16 rifle in supporting training schools by September 2016. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller approved the change, which was first proposed to the previous commandant, Gen. Robert Dunford, according to Marine Corps Times. This decision falls in line with the Army’s phased transition away from the M16 over the past few years. The M16A4 is on the outs simply because it is outdated, and...
  • The Marines' last stand

    10/28/2015 8:41:29 PM PDT · by pboyington · 10 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 28, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Leave it to the Marines to make the US military’s last stand. It’s the last stand for the Marines, the last stand for reality, the last stand for the military to function as a cohesive war fighting organization and not a Santa Monica yoga class. In America 180, everything is upside down. What kind of madcap lunatic asylum do we live in when the military has to ask for exemptions to keep women out of combat? This is what happens when policy is being dictated by radicals whose idea of combat is elbowing for a place in line at the...
  • Marine Corps' new helicopter completes its first flight

    10/28/2015 4:07:49 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2015 | Allison Barrie
    King Stallion, the U.S. Marine Corps brand spanking new helicopter, completed its first flight Tuesday. The Marines new helo is incredibly advanced - it will be able to lift a whopping three times more weight than its predecessor.
  • Viral Photo Captures the 'Aggie Spirit'

    10/27/2015 2:31:36 PM PDT · by TADSLOS · 21 replies
    KHOU ^ | 27 Oct, 2015 | Staff
    (KHOU) -- It was only a photo of the stands at a Texas A&M home football game. But the commandant of the Corps of Cadets took to social media to say that the story behind that photograph captured what the Aggie Spirit is all about. The photo shows the Corps of Cadets section at the Kyle Field when the Aggies hosted Mississippi State on Oct. 3. As the cadets stand to cheer for the team in the fourth quarter, one cadet stands quietly holding his 6-year-old son. Despite the noise, the boy is asleep his feet resting on the...
  • ISIS Has A Message (ISIS Threatens Medal Of Honor Recipient-Then He Pulls Over His Truck)

    10/15/2015 7:52:41 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Dakota Meyer's Video on Facebook via The Political Insider ^ | October 1, 2015 | Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer
    Dakota Meyer is a Medal of Honor receipent and an American hero. He went above and beyond the call of duty while serving our nation. So when the Islamic State (ISIS) released a warning to Meyer and threatened his life, Meyer responded in an EPIC way! Watch (below) as Meyer pulls over his truck and records this video message for ISIS. Hes ready for Islamic terrorist thugs and knows how to fight. Incredible! Thank you Dakota Meyer for your service.
  • MUST SEE: U.S. Marine SLAMS Obama by Standing by the Road with THIS Sign

    10/10/2015 5:59:28 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    The case of Bowe Bergdahl is a tragic and shameful one. The Obama White House claimed he served with honor and distinction but the Army just charged him with desertion. He deserves a serious sentence If not the death penalty, he should be behind bars forever. Why? Because a handful of our troops DIED trying to locate him. Bergdahl also apparently was too willing to assist the enemy, giving up critical troop locations and sharing other information. And our Campaigner-in-Chief Barack Obama violated the constitution and illegally traded him for five high-profile terrorists, most of whom have returned to the...
  • U.S. Marines introduce 29 gender-neutral jobs

    10/06/2015 8:48:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 52 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) The U.S. Marine Corps has unveiled new physical standards that all recruits male and female must meet to qualify for 29 of the branchs jobs. The new gender-neutral standards could make it a lot harder for boot camp recruits and Officer Candidates to obtrain certain positions, according to the Marine Corps Times. These fields include infantry, combat engineering, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles, close-air support, and ground ordnance. One of the standards all recruits must meet is being able to evacuate a casualty, and conduct an MK19 grenade launcher lift. Most posts in...
  • Neller takes over as top Marine as Dunford moves on to chairman of Joint Chiefs

    09/24/2015 6:08:05 PM PDT · by opbuzz · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 24, 2015 | Corey Dickstein
    WASHINGTON Hailed as a tested warrior and an innovative strategist, Gen. Robert Neller accepted command of the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday morning during a traditional ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington. Neller who was pinned with a fourth star Thursday became the Corps 37th commandant, taking over for Gen. Joseph Dunford, who held the post for less than a year. Dunford will become the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., replacing retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.
  • Tensions rise over women in combat

    09/20/2015 1:06:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2015 | Kristina Wong & Rebecca Kheel
    A battle is brewing in Washington over the military's push to open all combat units to women. The Marine Corps is reportedly poised to ask that some positions remain available only to men, following a nine-month study that found units with all genders did not perform as well in combat. The issue is stirring a passionate debate in the military community, pitting the Marine Corps against its own service secretary and creating a bitter divide on the House Armed Services Committee. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who is the service secretary for the Marine Corps, blasted the study of the Marine...
  • Navy, Marines To Open All Jobs to Women

    09/16/2015 7:57:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    Defense One ^ | 9/15/15 | Bradley Peniston
    Ray Mabus has made up his mind: theres no job in the Navy or Marine Corps thats going to be off-limits to women.With more than a month to go before the deadline, the Navy Secretary made it clear on Monday: he will not be requesting any exceptions to the Pentagon edict that all U.S. military jobs be opened to women.Nobodys asking for an exemption in the Navy, Mabus told an audience at the the City Club of Cleveland. And Ive been pretty clear about this for a while Im not going to ask for an exemption for the Marines.That...
  • Mabus Throws Down: All Combat Positions In Dept Of Navy Will Open To Women

    09/16/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    /dailycalle ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Despite considerable backlash from within the service, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said again Monday that the Marine Corps infantry and Navy SEALs will open up to women, no matter what. After receiving heated comments from both male and female Marines who participated in and ran a Marine Corps integration study, Mabus clarified Monday at a forum by the City Club of Cleveland that many of the gender gaps on performance could be closed with more training and leadership. What this means is that hes sticking to his original plan that all combat jobs in the Department of the Navy will...
  • Why Marines, unlike Army and Navy, are so against women in combat

    09/15/2015 10:54:57 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09/11/2015 | By Anna Mulrine
    The Marines made it known this week that they see the idea of women in combat as a disaster waiting to happen. That contrasts sharply with how the Army has approached the topic. It puts the Pentagon in a potentially tough spot. Washington This week, the Marine Corps left very little doubt about its view of women in its combat ranks: It does not want them. A study by the corps released Thursday painted a bleak picture of the effectiveness of women in combat, suggesting they are weaker, more prone to injury, less adept at shooting weapons accurately, and...
  • Not A Big Surprise: The Marines' F-35 Operational Test Was Far From Operational

    09/14/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/14/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a damning report on the F-35Bs shipboard Operational Test trials that occurred last May. It paints a dismal picture of an aircraft that is so far from being operationally capable its almost comical at this point. As a result, it proves what many of us already know: the Marines declaration of F-35B initial operational capability made this Summer was a farce. The F-35Bs Operational Test trials aboard the USS Wasp late last May were widely portrayed as a big success and proof that the troubled aircraft had progressed past many of the issues...
  • Marine experiment finds women get injured more frequently, shoot less accurately than men

    09/10/2015 3:06:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Women in a new Marine Corps unit created to assess how female service members perform in combat were injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield, according to the results of a long-awaited study produced by the service. The research was carried out by the service in a nine-month long experiment at both Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Twentynine Palms, Calif. About 400 Marines, including 100 women, volunteered to join the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, the unit the Marine Corps created to compare how men...
  • One Marine killed, 11 hurt in helicopter accident in North Carolina

    09/03/2015 5:42:53 PM PDT · by 2111USMC · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2015 | Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Fla.
    One U.S. Marine was killed and 11 were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing during a training exercise at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the Marines said on Thursday. The accident, which occurred around 9 p.m. on Wednesday with a CH-53E helicopter, is under investigation, the Marines said in a statement. A hard landing occurs when an aircraft touches down with greater force and speed than normal, typically after a particularly fast or steep descent, according to the statement. Of the injured, two were hospitalized in stable condition. Nine were scheduled to be released after medical evaluation, the...
  • UFC champ Ronda Rousey accepts date to Marine Corps Ball

    09/01/2015 7:55:23 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 1 Sept 2015 | Greg Botelho
    Days after Jarrod Haschert asked his "celebrity crush" Rousey to the annual Marine Corps Ball at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he scored big-time when the mixed martial arts fighter accepted his proposal.
  • Cost of Lower Standards for Women in Marine Recruitment

    08/30/2015 7:55:01 AM PDT · by rey · 7 replies
    NYT ^ | 25 Aug 2015 | KYLEANNE HUNTER
    The recent success of two female officers, both West Point graduates, in passing the Armys grueling Ranger School has bolstered arguments for the full integration of women into the militarys front-line combat units. In becoming the first women to receive the coveted Ranger tab, the two officers proved that women can handle not just the physical challenges but also the psychological and leadership tests posed by the nine-week course. cut As that deadline looms, the Marine Corps is dealing with its own gender-related controversy. In June, Lt. Col. Kate Germano was removed from her position as commander of the Fourth...
  • First black Marine Corps pilot dies: Frank E. Petersen Jr.

    08/28/2015 5:41:10 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/28/2015 | TIM MACFARLAN
    The first ever black Marine Corps pilot, who fought endemic racism to rise to the rank of three-star general, has died aged 83. From the moment he signed up to the Navy as a seaman apprentice in 1950 Frank E. Petersen Jr. was under no illusions as to the challenge he faced. The native of Topeka, Kansas, aced his entrance exam but was called a few days later and asked to re-take it because it was thought he had cheated.
  • Unarmed hero US marine took bullet in..neck as he+colleague tackled euro-train gunman armed w/AK47

    08/21/2015 7:44:01 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 95 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 August 2015 | DARREN BOYLE
    A US Marine who foiled a terrorist attack on a French-bound train was shot in the neck while disarming the crazed gunman. The marine, one of two unarmed servicemen, spotted the 26-year-old Moroccan acting suspiciously and heard him trying to arm his weapon in the toilet of the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. The gunman got on the train in Brussels and attempted his attack soon after crossing the French border. The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, the Marines were nearby and...
  • BREAKING NEWS:Unarmed US Marines 'take down' gunman onboard a high-speed train (France)

    08/21/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:34 EST, 21 August 2015 | Darren Boyle
    A gunman opened fire on board a high speed train in northern France. Eyewitnesses said three U.S. Marines on the train disarmed the gunman. The man was armed with a deadly a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. Three people were wounded and the gunman is currently in police custody.
  • Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist

    08/21/2015 1:20:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/21/15 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist on board high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. An unarmed US Marine who ambushed a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train between Amsterdam and Paris is in critical condition, according to French media reports. The serviceman, who has not been named, was one of two Americans who tackled the 26-year-old Moroccan national to the ground after hearing him load up a gun in the toilet. In the scuffle, one of the Marines was shot and another stabbed. France Info reports one is in a critical condition. Addressing reporters at the station...
  • Gunman 'injures three after firing Kalashnikov' on Amsterdam-Paris train: latest

    08/21/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15 | James Rothwell
    A man has been arrested after firing a Kalashnikov rifle on board an Amsterdam-Paris train, according to French media. Le Parisien reports that a Briton and an American are "seriously" wounded. A third person, the French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, was also wounded and is said to have raised the alarm. La Voix du Nord, a newspaper in the Calais region, said a man was arrested on suspicion of firing the weapon on a Thalys train near the northern town of Arras. Police say that have not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive and Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister,...
  • Davis: F-35B External Weapons Give Marines 4th, 5th Generation Capabilities in One Plane

    08/13/2015 11:23:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 13, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn puts F-35B test aircraft BF-02 into pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-135 tanker on the range near NAS Patuxent River, Md., on 5 September 2014. Photo courtesy F-35 Lightning II Program Office. The Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have the stealth of a fifth-generation fighter and a weapons payload surpassing a fourth-generation fighter by the time a software upgrade is ready for fielding in 2017, the Marines top aviator said this week. The aircrafts ability to alternate between accessing contested areas and deliverying heavy fire...
  • Just War And Where Snipers Fit In

    08/07/2015 10:48:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | Wayne Laugesen via Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown USAR (Ret.)
    Boulder, CO -(Ammoland.com)- You shall not kill. As a Catholic altar boy and student at St. Judes School near Boston, Jack Coughlin learned the Fifth Commandment early in life. As a Marine Corps sniper and devout pro-life Catholic, Coughlin killed for a living. From rooftops, hillsides and shelled-out buildings, he focused the crosshairs on distant individuals, squeezed the trigger and ended their lives. By the time he retired, Coughlin had accumulated 60 confirmed kills in Somalia, Iraq and other foreign battlefields he will not identify. Coughlin, author of the autobiography Shooter ( tiny.cc/40gh1x ) , has little trouble...