May 08, 2017

Every Marine a rifleman no more?

By Katherine Kidder

Source: Marine Corps Times

Journalist(s) Jeff Schogol

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter shocked the military last summer when he called for boosting the military’s high-tech force by finding civilians who already have those vital skills like cyber security and offer them “lateral entry” into the military — a chance to skip boot camp and put on a uniform as a mid-career rank from Day One. 
  
In effect, he suggested having a Marine Corps that included "Marines," pinned with a staff sergeant’s rocker, who had never been to boot camp and spent no time in the junior tanks. Marines scattered across the force who had little knowledge of Marine culture and whose colleagues quietly questioned their status as a “real Marine.” 
  
Nobody in the military was more skeptical than the Marines. 

Read the full article at the Marine Corps Times.

  • Katherine Kidder

    Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Katherine Kidder is a Fellow in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She leads the CNAS Rebuilding the Bipartisan Def...