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Marines Weigh Alternatives to Dreaded 'Tape Test' Measure of Body Fat

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A move to revisit Marine Corps body composition standards in light of women entering ground combat jobs may mean a reprieve from the unpopular tape test method of measuring body fat, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Neller told this month. During a Feb. 2 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon's recent mandate to o... more

Service Leaders Will not Relax Combat Requirements

Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor, and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come, and need to be resisted to protect... more

Marine Mom Gathering Support for 'Prayer Pony'

Unidentified family members embrace around a memorial for the 12 Marines who died when their helicopters crashed off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Friday Jan. 22, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

In an Army town, the mother of a Marine is gathering support for U.S. troops lost at sea. Debbie Crocker's son, Lance Cpl. Robert Crocker, serves as part of the Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. That's the unit that lost 12 Marines when two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters crashed off the coast of Oahu on Jan. 14. Cr... more

F-35 Still Dogged With 'Deficiencies': Pentagon Report

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The U.S. military's futuristic F-35 fighter jet remains dogged by dangerous problems sure to further complicate what is already the most expensive weapons project in history, a Pentagon report says. The plane, which boasts a version that can take off and land vertically, is supposed to form the backbone of the military's future fighter fleet, e... more

Some Marines Will Have to Wait Longer to Pick up Rank

First Sgt. J. Thomas Russo, Company A first sergeant, is pinned to his current rank by his wife, Jennifer, during a promotion ceremony at the Barracks Staff Noncomissioned Officer’s Club April 2. (Photo courtesy of Marine Barracks Washington)

A new change to Marine Corps policy will require some Marines to wait longer before they are eligible for promotion. The new guidelines stipulate that, as of April 1, Marine lance corporals and corporals must spend 12 months in their current rank before they can be looked at for promotion to corporal or sergeant. The current rules require j... more

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