Marine tank crews may be transferred to Army

In an attempt to restructure the force, the Marine Corps has done away with its armored tanks. This was a result of a war-game simulation that yielded some startling results. In large scale simulations against specified, and modern threats, the tanks were at a severe disadvantage. Furthermore, it showed the need to implement more rocket, and missile units. The report stated:

“We have sufficient evidence to conclude that this capability, despite its long and honorable history in the wars of the past, is operationally unsuitable for our highest-priority challenges in the future. Heavy ground armor capability will continue to be provided by the U.S. Army.” Consequently, the full report can be read by clicking here.

As a result, the Marines had a decision to make. They have numerous Marine tank personnel who no longer have a job. In an exclusive conversation , a social media liaison from 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division told us what will become of those Devil Dogs.

Marine Corps has stated there were 3 options.

Lateral move into a new military occupational specialty (MOS).

Firstly, each Marine is trained in a specified field at a designated schoolhouse. If the space is available in an upcoming class, and they meet the requirements, they may pick an entirely new job to train in. Some fields require you to be a certain rank before transferring to begin with. Therefore, this is a feasible option. In a previous media release, the Marine Corps stated,

“The website allows Marines to research the approximately 450 jobs available to them and find the one that best suits their skills and aspirations.”

End of Active Service (EAS)

Secondly, they may simply wait out their contract. Marines would then receive a discharge according to their service record. Your discharge category is based on the amount of trouble you got in. Therefore, most Marines would receive an Honorable, or General Discharge. This would allow for the use of benefits like the G.I. Bill. In the mean time, these Marines may be temporarily assigned to provisional duties. For instance, they may be a gate guard, or tasked with mess duty.

Interservice transfer to the Army

This may be the most surprising option. If a Marine wants to remain a tank crew member, they can be sent to the Army. In addition, they would have to relocate to a new base. This would indicate the love of working in a tank, being greater than the love of being a Marine. Certainly, this would a tough decision to make. However, once a Marine, always a Marine, and you could still play with badass tanks.

In conclusion, the Commandant of the Marine Corps stated, “We will continue to serve as the nation’s premier crisis response force around the globe, and contribute to the deterrence and warfighting needs of all combatant commands.”

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13 thoughts on “Marine tank crews may be transferred to Army”

  1. I know several Marines that wouldn’t be here if weren’t for armor in Fallujah. The brass can talk and be oxygen and ink thieves all they want with their little Skillcraft ballpoints, but when lead starts flying and RPGs starts whizzing; armor is one helluva nice thing to have around.

  2. Damn thats a shame its come to that with this Marine division. Only the best wishes for these guys no matter which path they take.

  3. I don’t see why things have to change that much. I was in the Navy and was deployed with the marines and also the army. I was in their uniform while deployed but still wore the Navy rank and insignia. Marines should be assigned to an army unit but still be considered Marines. Today it seems all branches are intertwined in one way or another.

  4. Simulations technology is not a great way to make that big of a decision. I worked along side tanks in Ramadi and they where a big asset to have, the badass show stopper if you will. If you dont want to deploy tanks anymore, dont do away with the MOS but put them on the back burner for now and see how things go. I see the top brass regretting this decision.

  5. I’m reading this, thinking Okay. Marines still need to keep an Armored division and Tie it to the Infantry, with Bradly M1a3 Troop Transports, U.S. M901 ITV, Striker Vehicles, including The AAV-P7/A1 as it is the current amphibious troop transport of the United States Marine Corps..
    And that Should give them some armor, if they Transfer thr Abrams Tanks, leave Marine troops under the newer marine Armor Battalions. Sure they can drive the Vehicles previously mentioned.

  6. Cecil Bannister

    Why Change Something That Works? Another Additional Expense The Military Can Damn Sure Live Without. I’m Quite Sure A US MARINE After Going Thru Their Rigorous Infantry Training, Armor Training They Have Indured Shouldn’t Go To Waste 0n Unnessary Transferring To Another Branch 0f The Military Service Due To I Personally Believe Is Political Ignorance & Certain Politicians Instigating A Pointless Act Disrupting The 0peration Of Our Military Forces.

  7. I cannot put my finger on it but this has the smell of the Obamatization of our once warrior led and driven military. The question really is……will it ever come back? If it does not, we are in a heap of trouble . We better pray that Trump gets re elected and has a little time to repair the damage already done!!!!!!

  8. I doubt many Marines would consider moving into the Army unless they were in a position affecting their retirement. But with anything in modern warfare, we must continuously evolve and become better as being successful in combat. That alone is the Marine Corps priority.

  9. What seems to be a radical change fostered by old technology and tacticians that focus on historical wisdom is not the wave of the future. Soon we will not have piloted aircraft, the human factor inhibits capability and timely weapon delivery with more accuracy. Island hopping to eradicate an opposing force that is currently indentured with the Leftist support of the US and has most of the US DoD techincal data whether stolen or provided to silver line pockets of those who support communism. The US and Freedom within hinges on the next election which is less than 90 days away. If you cherish your freedom and gun rights then vote. If you are not scared, then you support socialism and communism.

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