Entries Tagged ‘Marine Corps’

Former Marine Drill Instructor Pleads Guilty to Charges in Recruit’s Death

By Debbie Gregory. Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon, the highest-ranking Marine implicated in the recruit abuse and hazing scandal following the death of a Muslim recruit, has pleaded guilty to charges of dereliction of duty, making a false statement and conduct unbecoming an officer. Kissoon has chosen to take an early retirement. Raheel Siddiqui died at […]

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Former Marine Staff Sgt. Joe Chamblin Wins Again in Court

By Debbie Gregory. Once again, a military court has voided the conviction of former Marine Staff Sgt. Joe Chamblin, who was filmed urinating on Taliban corpses during a 2011 deployment to Afghanistan. The video was first posted by TMZ in January 2012, prompting an international backlash. Chamblin was sentenced to 30 days’ confinement. The resulting […]

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New Battle Skills Test All Marines Must Pass

By Debbie Gregory. In October 2016, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green said the Corps was considering reviving the common skills test, which some enlisted Marines and officers used to take. But now, beginning in January, 2018, that proposed testing will become a reality. At the start of 2018, all U.S. Marines, from […]

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Family of Marine Recruit who Died at Parris Island Sues for $100 Million

By Debbie Gregory. The parents of a former Marine recruit who died at Parris Island after a three-story fall have filed a $100 million lawsuit against the federal government. Ghazala Siddiqui and Masood Siddiqui claim their son, Raheel,  was “assaulted, hazed and discriminated against because of his Muslim faith, and died after allegedly being abused. […]

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Majority of Female Marines Opt for Pull Ups in New Fitness Test

By Debbie Gregory. Female Marines want to show that their physical abilities have improved over the last few years. Some 65 percent of them voluntarily performed pull ups during their annual physical fitness test (PFT) this year. This is a vast improvement from three years ago when fewer than half of female recruits in boot […]

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