Entries Tagged ‘Marine Corps’

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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Marine Corps Looking to Turn Officers into PhDs

By Debbie Gregory. Two pilot programs are being offered by the U.S. Marine Corps that would allow qualified majors through lieutenant colonels to receive their PhDs with the Corps picking up the tab, as long as they agree to stay in the service for an additional six years. Interested applicants should get moving: with only […]

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Calling All Marines:$10K Bonus for Early Re-Enlistment

  By Debbie Gregory. The Marine Corps has announced that as part of its fiscal year 2018 budget, the service branch will pay out $10,000 to Marines who sign their re-enlistment by September 30, 2017. The bonus is in addition to any Selective Retention Bonus. “Retaining our experienced and qualified Marines remains one of the […]

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