Posts tagged as Marine Corps

April Fools’: Military trolls troops over allowing beards for airmen, pets in barracks

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For a brief period of suspended disbelief Monday, the Air Force authorized beards for its airmen and the Marine Corps approved barracks pets for members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. But the joke was on the airmen who tossed their razors or Marines who beelined to the animal shelter. They’d been trolled on April Fools’ Day. The Facebook post about beards by Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, had attracted…

NATO flexes defensive muscles in massive Norwegian exercise

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NATO on Tuesday showcased how its land, sea and air forces would respond to an adversary that invades an alliance member — a thinly veiled reference to the threat posed by neighboring Russia. The military demonstration at a wind-blown waterfront site near Trondheim was part of the massive, two-week Trident Juncture exercise and displayed the allies’ combined firepower to NATO dignitaries, foreign observers and the international media. Military officials have…

Broken feet and hurt shoulders: Male Marines have far more injuries than women at Infantry Officer Course

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Corps’ 13-week Infantry Officer Course, or IOC, has a reputation of being one of the most physically demanding courses in the Marines. Only two women have thus far successfully navigated the school. But, despite the low graduation rate among female candidates at IOC, their male colleagues have had far more injuries over the past two years. From June 2016 until June 2018, there were 41 reported injuries at IOC,…