Marines

Ruminating on 9/11

Ten years ago, a Marine officer found himself booked for two meetings that took place at the same time, and made a fateful decision.

Ruminating on 9/11

Ten years ago, a Marine officer found himself booked for two meetings that took place at the same time -- and made a fateful decision.

Bill would streamline vets' transition into civilian jobs

A bill introduced in the Senate would address growing unemployment among young veterans by easing their transition from military service into civilian jobs.

DoD Details Spending, Staffing Cuts

DoD Secretary Robert Gates on Jan. 6 announced details of Pentagon plans to cut projected spending by $78 billion over the next five years, shrink the size of the Army and Marine Corps, reduce senior staff and temporarily freeze civilian hiring.

Marine Corps Civilian Hiring Freeze Threatens Workforce, Union Says

American Federation of Government Employees officials voiced concern over a 90-day hiring freeze that began last week for most civilian Marine Corps jobs.

Services Meet 2010 Recruiting Goals

The military services met or exceeded recruiting and retention goals for Fiscal Year 2010, DoD officials said in an Oct. 12 Web posting.

In Brief: Gates Recommends Commandant

DoD Secretary Robert Gates announced June 21 that he recommended that President Obama nominate Gen. James F. Amos, an Iraq war veteran with an aviation background, to become the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Amos would replace Gen. James Conway, who is scheduled to retire later this year, according to DoD.

Gates Recommends Next Marine Commandant

DoD Secretary Robert Gates announced June 21 that he recommended that President Obama nominate Gen. James F. Amos, an Iraq war veteran with an aviation background, to become the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Amos would replace Gen. James Conway, who is scheduled to retire later this year, according to DoD.

Bonuses Helped Military Recruitment, Retention

The increased use of DoD cash bonuses helped the military meet its enlistment and reenlistment thresholds even as the services faced unprecedented manpower demands from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new study by the RAND Corp.

DoD Cash Bonuses Helped in Recruitment, Retention

The increased use of DoD cash bonuses helped the military meet its enlistment and reenlistment quotas even as the services faced unprecedented demands from the twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new study by the RAND Corp.

DoD Rejects New Name for Navy

DoD wants nothing to do with efforts to give the Navy a new name. In a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., DoD General Counsel Jeh Charles Johnson politely declined to support S. 504, which would re-designate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. The bill was introduced last year and is pending before Levin’s committee. Levin released the letter on June 7

Bill Would Expand Military Servicemembers’ Access to Mental Health Services

Senators introduced a bill May 13 that would, if signed into law, expand access to mental health services for servicemembers and their families by loosening the restrictions on when they can be seen by licensed mental health counselors.

White House Launches Review of Programs for Military Families

Military families are back in the spotlight. First Lady Michele Obama announced on May 12 that the White House and nearly 20 federal agencies have begun a three-month review to identify programs that best support the needs of military families.

Reservist, Veterans Personal Data at Risk in Recent Thefts

Personal data belonging to more than 207,000 Army reservists was stolen earlier this year, according to Col. Jonathan Dahms, the Army Reserve's chief public affairs officer, and cited in a report on the KrebsOnSecurity blog by former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs.

Bill Offers Tax Relief to Children of Fallen Servicemembers

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced a bill that would—if passed into law—provide tax relief for some children whose parents are killed while serving in the military.

VA Reclassifies Its Hospitals

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reclassified the hospitals in its health care system to separate those qualified to perform the most complex surgeries from the ones which will have to outsource the more difficult procedures.

DoD Schools to Add Kindergarten Classrooms

DoD Education Activity, which operates K-12 schools for children of DoD civilians and military, announced it will add 54 kindergarten classrooms to its worldwide system of schools for the upcoming school year.