"Some entire units (combat and support) are being eliminated"
The cuts are going to be felt most by first term marines seeking to reenlist for the first time. Currently, 56 percent of reenlistments are by first term marines. That is going down to 46 percent this year and 39 percent next year. In effect, the first term marines will have to work hardest to stay in. It will also be competitive for NCOs and officers but mid-level NCOs (E5-E7) will be encouraged to stay, as will combat experienced junior officers.
Most of the cuts will be made in the next four years and the marines hope to do it all by adjusting reenlistment standards. In other words, no one is to be forced out before their contract (current term of service) is up. But those who want to stay have to be willing, in some cases, to undergo a career change. Some entire units (combat and support) are being eliminated and there will be more need for people to change their job specialty.
The above story is just the beginning of how the Marine Corps and the other branches are being shrunk to bare bon mins. Many US Marine second Lieutenants are having to go through “augmentation” type screening. This is where many high qualified Marine officers will end their career before it even got started as they will be asked to depart before being promoted to 1stLts. Captains are generally safe. Majors and LtColonels also have cross hairs on them to be asked to depart cutting their planned career short.
The most painful part in all of this is that the warriors we are losing are combat hardened Marines. You don’t “get” that experience overnight and when you dump it all its gone for good, well least until another ten year war where young gunfighters are conducting COIN. Buckle down gunfighters, bumpy roads ahead. Better polish up that resume.
Time for a CGar!!