Armed Forces News

Marine Corps graduates from the Naval Academy Class of 2010 raise their right hands to take the oath of office during their graduation and commissioning ceremony. The Class of 2010 graduated 755 ensigns and 257 Marine Corps 2nd lieutenants at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

Marine Corps enlisted strength would diminish in size to 156,650 next year – down from the present 159,716 – under provisions of the Biden administration’s proposed 2022 defense-spending bill.

Seapower magazine reported that the officer corps however, would increase by 366 next year, bringing the number to 21,850.

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Seapower reported that the commandant, Gen. David Berger, told a virtual forum conducted by the Brookings Institution that he was “willing to trade capacity [and] end strength for quality. We’ll have a slightly smaller Marine Corps in terms of end strength, but they will be more senior and better trained.”

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