The Marine Corps has ordered a forcewide, wall-to-wall inspection of every Marine barracks around the world, according to a service press release Wednesday. The order for installation leadership to inspect Marines' living facilities went into effect late last week and will be completed by March 15.
The purpose of the inspection is threefold, according to a spokesperson for the Marine Corps. It is meant to ensure health and safety for Marines in their living spaces; understand 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. Military.com reported Monday on a facility at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that had a cockroach infestation, which caused some Marines to be moved out of their room.
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“Although the budget is tight, our leadership — your leadership — is paramount. And its impact far exceeds any amount of money we can put in a budget,” Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Chris Mahoney said in a video posted Wednesday.
“Commanders and senior enlisted leaders, if…