If you are wondering “if” the armed forces will be less than what they were when we started the Iraq and Afghani war, I believe the below article sums up any doubt. It describes how the Commandant of the Marine Corps is making changes to your Marines Corps. The article describes how “Marines are promoted, how units develop physical fitness programs and how Marines deploy.”

After reading this it came across to me, a "Mustang" Marine  (which means you were first enlisted then became an officer ) infantry officer of a short 23 years of service and five combat deployments that this is another death by many cuts to not only ease and allow females into the military combat positions but to continue to reduce the Marine Corps to ridicules levels while maintaining the requirements of the nation. Last time I checked the mission of the Marine Corps was mission accomplishment….not "men and women of character". I know several enlisted and officer Marines of crappy character but awesome war fighters. The Marine Corps is a fighting force which was born in a bar in 1775. Kind of reflects the mentality "keep Marines in glass cage and only break in case of war." The quote "promote and retain those who are the most competent, mature and capable leaders, and who are innovative and willing to implement change." is a pre cursor for, we are getting rid of the combat hardened Marines that have been fighting for the past 13 years and want only those who are "yes" men and will not bow up to stupid administration forced changes that are about to be crammed down our throats.

It's funny….I guess (not really) how every new Commandant wants to put his "spin" of great ideas on the USMC while he is CMC. There are numerous examples of previous CMCs and their "good idea trains" that arrived while in office, then there those CMCs who did very little and were very successful. Go figure. Also, take note of the dozens of General Officers for example that are not yes men from this administration that have been abruptly sent packing out of the Marin Corps. Interesting correlation I think.

I suppose I could be wrong and in five years look back at this article and think that it actually made the Marine Corps stronger, however unless the physical fitness tests are actually more demanding for male and female Marines equally and standards are not reduced, the promotion boards are fair across all military occupations I bet I will be correct along with my gut call. However, somewhere there will always be young Marines who will be punished for having tattoos, and walking on the grass.  Time for a C-Gar

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has released his planning guidance for the next four years, which includes changes to how Marines are promoted, how units develop physical fitness programs and how Marines deploy.

Meeting the wide range of threats facing the nation will require Marines to be "smart, fit, disciplined, resilient, and able to adapt to uncertainty and to the unknown," Neller wrote in a fragmentary order to the planning guidance released last January by his predecessor, Gen. Joseph Dunford. Read full article here

"Recruiting and retaining quality men and women of character in today’s Corps is our friendly center of gravity and our highest priority," Neller wrote. "Among those that earn the title 'Marine,' we must ensure we recognize, promote and retain those who are the most competent, mature and capable leaders, and who are innovative and willing to implement change."

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