I recently did a post about your military being crushed this
year. Dragged, dropped smashed down to nothing. On top of that, all of those
that went & defended their country and being dumped will saturate the job
market in yet a stellar economy. Below is what has already been posted, the
beginning of the Marine Corps crushing.
Time for a C-Gar.
MARADMINS Active Number: 049/13
241650Z JAN 13
WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/FY13 USMC LIEUTENANT COLONEL SELECTIVE EARLY
RETIREMENT BOARDS (SERB)//
NARR/REF A IS TITLE 10 UNITED
STATES CODE. REF B IS MARADMIN 430/12, CONVENING THE FY13 USMC LTCOL
1. IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF
A, THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY HAS APPROVED THE RESULTS OF THE FY13 USMC
LIEUTENANT COLONEL SERB.
2. OFFICERS SELECTED FOR EARLY RETIREMENT HAVE
BEEN PERSONALLY NOTIFIED OF THEIR SELECTION BY THE FIRST MARINE THREE-STAR
GENERAL OFFICER IN THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND.
3. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY
LTGEN MILSTEAD, DEPUTY COMMANDANT MANPOWER AND RESERVE
Unfit for Combat
January 28, 2013 1:00 pm
The United States Marine Corps is set to shed more than 20,000 active duty
positions in the coming years and have already commenced a process meant to
force some senior officers into an early retirement.
The Marines are on course to cut around 4,000 positions a year through 2017,
decreasing the total number of Marines to 182,100 from its peak last year of
202,100, according to a major scale-down order that was quietly issued last year.
The reduction in forces could leave the elite fighting force underprepared to
battle multiple regional threats, particularly those in the Middle East,
according to military experts.
The impending cuts are independent of the $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts,
otherwise known as sequestration, which will take place next month if Congress
fails to reach a preventative deal.
“The effect will be that there will not be sufficient Marines available to
both be ‘America’s 9-1-1 force’ and to be ready for sustained ground combat,”
said Steven Bucci, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense who warned
that the decreased number of Marines will leave the force overstretched.
“Right now, the Marines are trying to go back to the role of floating about
on the three ship Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) missions forward deployed around the world,” Bucci said,
referring to a joint Navy and Marine unit that performs sea-to-shore missions.
“There was no ARG available to respond to Benghazi [terror attacks] because the
Marines have had so many combat units fighting elsewhere.”
“Cuts will prohibit [the Marines] from returning to this key role,” said
Bucci, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage
A spokesperson in the Marines’ Manpower and Reserve Affairs office did not
respond to a Free Beacon request for comment about the drawdown, which
is officially referred to as a “force shaping.”
As the Army carries out a similarly massive drawdown in forces, the Marines are being forced to
enter combat roles for which they are not primarily suited, said Thomas
Donnelly, a former policy group director for the House Armed Services
The Army began discharging and reassigning 60,000 soldiers, according to the
Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C.
Army leaders were informed the Army is “fundamentally” altering its structure
and that “some fully qualified soldiers will be denied re-enlistment,” according
to an Army Times report.
“The problem will come if there’s a need to reverse the current retreat in
the Middle East, the wars most likely to demand long-term, larger-scale land
forces,” explained Donnelly, who is currently a fellow at the American
“In a few years, the Army will be worse off than it was prior to 9/11 and
less able—though the most natural and most able long-war force—to sustain that
sort of operation,” he said. “Under those circumstances the Marines will get
sucked back into the sort of mission they’ve had in Anbar and Helmand [provinces
in Iraq] of late.”
The Marines have already announced the formation of several voluntary and
coercive commissions aimed at paring down the force.
Selective early retirement boards, for example, will force at least 200
lieutenant colonels out of the service, according to unclassified announcements.
“Officers selected for early retirement have been personally notified of
their selection by the first marine three-star general officer in their chain of
command,” states one announcement that was issued last week.
Another forced retirement notice from last year acknowledges that the Marines are
“As we move into an environment of reduced resources and reduced end
strength, we face tough decisions that will affect the marines who have been
dedicated to service throughout the recent decades of peace and war,” the
announcement states. “For a second time, our corps must face the tough
decision of how to manage the kind of surplus in senior field grade officers we
Other officers are being forced to compete for scant positions, according to
another announcement issued in November.
An “officer retention board” will determine which officers can remain on
active duty, according to the notice.
“Career designation is a force shaping tool that allows for the management of
the officer population by retaining the best qualified officers from each year
group,” the notice states. “Those selected for career designation are offered
the opportunity to remain on active duty.”
“Officers will be considered for career designation in five competitive
categories in the military occupational specialties (MOS) listed,” including
proficiency in combat arms and other areas.
The Marines could be forced to cut an additional number of enlisted members
should the sequestration take effect later this year, leaving the force even
weaker, experts said.
“Sequestration would badly hurt USMC readiness,” said Heritage’s
Bucci. “Now that the president seems to have put the blame on the
Republicans, the other [Joint Chiefs of Staff] have finally started to fess up
to the truth: These cuts will make the military hollow.”
“They will not have enough people, trainings, or equipment to provide for the
common defense,” Bucci said.