Marines Want Flexible Body Armor Plates, Built-in Suppressors

Marine Corps System Command today gave defense industry representatives a glimpse of the service’s new equipment wish list that includes lighter, more flexible body armor, more comfortable individual equipment and rifle barrels with built-in suppressors.

Col. Michael Manning, who oversees weapons and equipment programs for MCSC, told industry that Marine equipment is still not integrated as much as it could be.

It used to be that the Marine Corps selected weapons, accessories and equipment and just expected Marines to carry it, Manning told an audience at Modern Day Marine 2017.

“We said ‘you know what, if it adds 10 more pounds, so be it. Get over it,’” Manning said. “It’s time for all of you to help me stop getting over it. Ounces equal pounds, pounds equal pain.

“When you can throw it on top of an already 70- ton tank, then that is one thing. When you throw it on top of a 200 pound marine, it’s completely another.”..”

Forrás : https://kitup.military.com/2017/09/built-in-suppressors.html?ESRC=marine_170925.nl

Marine recruit who sources say jumped from a one-story building at boot camp in South Carolina has been discharged from the hospital after nearly two months in treatment and administratively separated from the Marine Corps.

Officials with Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island have not revealed the name of the recruit, who was hospitalized July 26 after falling from the roofof the building just a day after arriving at the base to begin training.

A source with knowledge of the investigation into the incident told Military.com the recruit had been witnessed jumping from the receiving building and appearing to land on his head.”

Forrás : http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/25/marines-discharge-recruit-injured-in-parris-island-building-fall.html?ESRC=marine_170925.nl

A female Marine lieutenant quietly crossed one of the last remaining hurdles for women in the service Monday, celebrating graduation of the famously difficult infantry officer course in a private ceremony reserved for family members.

The officer, who asked not to be identified, is the first woman in the Marine Corps to earn the 0302 infantry officer military occupational specialty. She will soon be sent to her new unit, which is within 1st Marine Division, out of Camp Pendleton, California, officials with Marine Corps Training and Education Command said Monday morning.

“I am proud of this officer and those in her class‎ who have earned the infantry officer MOS,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in a statement. ”

Forrás : http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/25/its-official-marines-have-their-first-female-infantry-officer.html?ESRC=marine_170925.nl

Marines May Move Even More Combat Gear into Norwegian Caves

FRIGAARD CAVE, Norway — Lit by fluorescent lights lining the ceiling, the canvas-walled corridors looked even longer and more cavernous than they did full.

For a rare few days, the caves were mostly empty, the hundreds of combat vehicles, backhoes and trucks they normally held parked in neat “sticks,” or columns, outside.

Logistics Marines flown in just for the purpose were in the middle of hustling all the gear out of the caves, performing minor upkeep, and returning it to storage, all with a stopwatch running.

Known as a Strategic Mobility Exercise, or Stratmobex, the drill gave the Marines the chance to test their reflexes in case of a major combat contingency or other crisis that might require them to man the vehicle and weapons with minimal notice.

As the world changes and more attention shifts to Europe, planners are exploring the possibility of expanding the gear cache stored in the caves — possibly even doubling or tripling its capacity.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forrás : https://www.defensetech.org/2017/06/16/marines-combat-gear-norwegian-caves/?ESRC=marine_170620.nl

In the fall of 1967, The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, finished training 498 twenty-something Marine second lieutenants. By the end of the year, nearly all were in Vietnam.

Before Christmas, the first of them was killed in action: 2nd Lt. Michael Ruane, of Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, on Dec. 18, 1967. The TBS class that began in June 1967 (TBS 6/67) would have a casualty rate of more than 50 percent — the highest of any Marine officer class during the Vietnam War.

For those second lieutenants and their platoons, the pace was unrelenting. They would go past the wire — when there was wire — on daily patrols through terrain that ranged from paddies and dikes along the coast, through the scrub brush and elephant grass of the interior, and into the triple-canopy jungles of the high ground reaching into Laos.”

Forrás : http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/06/17/hard-hit-marine-unit-from-vietnam-war-celebrates-50th-reunion.html?ESRC=marine_170620.nl