Marine Corps Commandant Looks to Improve Readiness

By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ignacio D. Perez DoD News, Defense Media Activity

During an Atlantic Council “Commanders Series” here yesterday, the Marine Corps commandant discussed the Corps’ plans to have a trained force ready to face any future adversary.

Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller highlighted this year’s budget, which he said will allow the Corps to accelerate their modernization efforts in aviation and increase the number of Marines in the cyber and information warfare sectors.

“Is there enough money there? Yes, I think there is; we stated what our requirement was and congress voted us the money,” Neller said. “So our job now is to spend it wisely to create the capabilities that we need to keep America safe.

Operational Tempo

The commandant suggested the possibility of changing deployment schedules to allow more time for training. Marines now spend 12 months at home for every six months deployed, and Neller said that could change to 18 months at home for every six months deployed.

“There’s two ways to do that — you either make the force bigger or you decrease the requirements,” the general said. “So we are trying to figure out a way where we can cover down, and where we need to cover down.” The force size is locked in at about 186,000 Marines, he said, so the Corps is looking at changing other requirements.

One possible solution includes…

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