Were You Part of the Marine Corps-Wide Barracks Inspection? We Want to Hear from You.

barracks room on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Rigoberto Sauceda with 8th Communications Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, II MEF, inspects a barracks room during a service-wide environmental, health and safety inspection on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 27, 2024. (Josue Marquez/U.S. Marine Corps)

The Marine Corps recently announced that it would conduct a forcewide barracks inspection by March 15. We want to hear from you, Marines, on how that's actually going.

Have you been cleaning, painting and spraying for cockroaches in preparation for a room inspection? What is your leadership telling you to do? What do you think about the inspection overall? If you got something wrong during your inspection, did you get the proverbial dog sh-- smoked out of you, or was it a pleasantly productive endeavor?

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All Marine Corps barracks are expected to be inspected by mid-March. The inspection is meant to ensure health and safety for Marines in their living spaces; catalog the condition of barracks facilities across the force; and "set conditions" for the service's newly announced barracks revitalization plan, Barracks 2030.

The forcewide inspection comes amid a slew of reports and images that show dirty and unlivable conditions for service members across the military, including a scathing watchdog report from last year that illuminated squalid housing and facilities around the Defense Department.

The Marine Corps has also ordered all installation commanders to assign an active-duty gunnery sergeant or above, or an unaccompanied housing civilian equivalent outside of the chain of command, to conduct the inspection.

Those leaders charged with conducting the inspections must follow Marine Corps and Pentagon policies, according to the service.

Related: Marine Corps Orders Servicewide Barracks Inspection Amid Improvement Efforts, Reports of Squalid Conditions

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