Corps Needs Cash to Field New Helmet to All Marines

Two years after the Marine Corps started issuing a lighter, improved Enhanced Combat Helmet to deploying troops, the service is beginning a process to get the helmet into the hands of every Marine.

The service published a pre-solicitation notice this summer for up to 84,376 helmets. The service has already fielded 77,000 of the helmets, beginning in 2014.

There’s just one catch.

“We don’t have any funding right now,” Charles Bell, product manager for infantry combat equipment at Marine Corps Systems Command, told in an interview.

Bell said the Marine Corps submitted a request to Congress for $22 million in Fiscal 2017 to purchase the helmets. The request appears as a line item on the service’s $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list, a wish list of projects, programs and equipment beyond what appears in the president’s budget request…”

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On March 17, the Marine officer assigned to investigate reports of hazing and abuse by several drill instructors within Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s 3rd Recruit Training Battalion received an email containing a written interview with a recruit whose testimony corroborated some of the most serious allegations under investigation.

A day later, 20-year-old recruit Raheel Siddiqui would be dead in what was later ruled a suicide prompted by his mistreatment by a drill instructor at the heart of the earlier investigation.

A command probe into Siddiqui’s death revealed that attempts were made to reach someone by telephone after the investigating officer received the March 17 email, though the name of the intended contact is redacted…”


Marine recruits at Parris Island, S.C., were dropped from their platoon this year after they were diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a serious condition in which the muscles are exercised so extensively that they break down, leading to potential kidney damage and other problems.

But the diagnosis is absent on the drop roster for the recruits and, in one case, the reason listed is pneumonia.

The revelation that boot camp staff tried to cover up evidence of excessive physical training used to haze recruits inside of Parris Island’s 3rd Recruit Training Battalion is one of many shocking details in a wide-ranging series of investigations discussed with this week.

The investigations revealed that a drill instructor’s verbal and physical abuse provided the “impetus” for 20-year-old recruit Raheel Siddiqui’s suicide, just a handful of days into training…”

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Marine SuperCobra Helicopters Join ISIS Fight Over Libya

A new weapon has been deployed in the fight against the Islamic State in Libya: the AH-1W SuperCobra, the Marines’ twin-engine attack helicopter.

SuperCobra gunships attached to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit began supporting precision airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Sirte, Libya, within the past few days, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, Charles Prichard, told The news was first reported by Military Times.

The attack helicopters, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, have joined efforts with Marine AV-8B Harriers to prosecute the airstrikes, which began Aug. 1 at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord, a U.S. effort known as Operation Odyssey Lightning…”

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The Marine Corps is modernizing one of its most reliable battle platforms: the M1A1 Abrams tank.

A trio of upgrades to the tank commander’s weapon station will give tank commanders and gunners a “hunter-killer edge” over the enemy, according to an announcement from Marine Corps Systems Command. The improvements include better sights on the Abrams integrated display and targeting system [AIDATS], simplified handling with a single set of controls, and a “slew to cue” button that repositions the turret with a single command, officials said.

The display improvements will replace a black-and-white camera view with a color one and add thermal sights that can be used day or night. The color display is a particularly significant gain, said Michael Kreiner, AIDATS project officer in SYSCOM’s Armor and Fire Support Systems division…”

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