You asked. The Top Marine Answered. (On Target)


We asked for your questions for the Commandant of the Marine Corps on our official social media outlets. Gen. James F. Amos sat down with one of MarinesTV’s own in the Pentagon, and he and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett took part in a follow-up online town hall on Facebook to answer those questions.

View your #AskCMC questions and answers from each of our social media outlets below.

On Youtube

0:20 Why answer questions from social media?

1:31 How can the Commandant lead the Marine Corps in a reawakening without a ground combat record?

4:17 Why push the Reawakening Campaign when the problems it deals with only apply to 2 percent of Marines?

6:17 Did the Commandant try to ban the Marine Corps Times from the PX shelves?

7:04 How does the Corps plan to keep the most qualified NCOs in while getting rid of the unqualified ones?

9:06 How will downsizing affect Marines?

12:15 What is your plan to combat post traumatic stress disorder?

15:31 Will you be punished if you seek help for problems like alcoholism?

18:03 Can you speak about force integration and opening combat roles to women?

24:48 Why bring back rolled sleeves?

27:25 Why did you choose to call the campaign “The Reawakening”?

On Facebook

Andrew H. Seals: Will there likely be more opportunities for the reserves to deploy in the future, Sir?

CMC: Absolutely, yes. In fact, we added more money in the budget for our reserve forces to train and deploy. I have no intention of losing their combat experience. They are all part of the team and I’m damn glad to have them.

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Bill Kull: I read that the PX/commissary are having a hard time financially, as an honorably discharged Marine I always felt we should be given an ID for those purposes only. To me it’s a win, win situation. How do you feel?

CMC: There is no intention of doing away with commissaries. However, they, like our exchanges, are going to have to be able to pay their way in this fiscal environment. Keep the faith. We’re going to do the right thing here.

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Katrina Dunivan: Gentlemen, why is it so hard for prior service Marines to re-enlist to active duty? I even went as far as to go reserve but continue to be ignored. And receive no call backs. Thoughts? Semper Fi.

CMC: We’re downsizing and competition is fierce. Continue to apply. We need top quality Marines.

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Imikan Inyang: Will MARSOC CSO’s request to revive the Raider name be reconsidered?

CMC: We’re looking into it. No decision has been made at this time.

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Harry Davis: General Amos and SMMC Barrett: I’m the parent advisor to an infantry battalion that is currently forward deployed. Thankfully, we have only had one combat-related injury during the deployment. Our wounded warrior, Lance Cpl. Casey Allison, is at Walter Reed. I know that the two of you recently visited Casey and presented him with his Purple Heart personally. On behalf of all the parents of 3/7, I just want to say thank you. It meant the world to all of us for the two of you to take time from your busy schedules to visit this wounded warrior. Semper Fidelis!!!!!

CMC: Mr. Davis, it was my high honor and privilege. I understand that 3/7 is looking forward to seeing Lance Cpl. Allison soon after they return from deployment. I understand his unit received the photos from the ceremony and everyone is glad he is recovering well. 3/7 is doing a phenomenal job during this deployment as always.

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Kimberly Grani: Dear Commandant and Sgt. Maj. of the USMC: The USMC has the highest number of rapes than any other branch, though it’s the smallest branch. What do you envision for changing the culture of hatred and violence against women in the USMC?

CMC: Kimberly, we began our sexual assault campaign in July of 2012, well ahead of all of the other services. Indications since implementation show an encouraging, positive trend toward eradicating this crime within our ranks. What I can tell you is that we take the matter of sexual assault deathly seriously, and we will keep after this scourge relentlessly.

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Brian Andrew Barnes: Sir, I’m sure this will get buried, but I might as well try. How long is the transition to the AH-1Z realistically going to take, particularly for the East Coast?

CMC: Brian, we will finish it within the next three years.

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Shawn Hughes: Sir, Sgt. Maj. — I am afraid that with the economy and the political environment that our Corps will cease to exist in my lifetime. As the services compete for limited resources, they content for capability and for ever increasing interoperability. In your opinion, in reaching back to Lt. Gen. Krulak’s comments about America not needing a Marine Corps, but rather wanting it – will the Marine Corps survive and endure as our nation’s premier fighting force? None of us wants to face the possibilities of irrelevance, but we are headed in that direction with the cuts that are being forced on us. Very respectfully, Maj. Shawn Hughes, USMC (Ret.)

CMC: We are not going to continue to exist in today’s environment – we are going to thrive. We just finished the Quadrennial Defense Review and the budget process, quite frankly the Marine Corps came out on top.

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Shane Eckberg: Keep females out of the 03 fields.

CMC: Shane Eckberg, first off, we’ve been directed by law to examine female Marines entering all of our closed MOSs. So we are following the law and doing just that. There has been zero decision made with regard to women in infantry. Much work has to be done and much data has to be collected before I can go to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense with my recommendations. Keep the faith.

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Kayleen Anderson Weber: Why are recruiting families all but ignored by their Marine’s command? After 10 years, 5 duty stations, 3 kids, 4 deployments, and all my volunteer work with family readiness, I have yet to ever see families so disregarded as those of recruiters. We are dropped into the middle of civilian life with no help what so ever. Marine checks in for duty, and the spouse is completely on their own with zero briefing on what to expect or how to handle this stressful duty. In the fleet, we are loaded with information about our new station and given resources. How can we be expected to keep our family in a state of readiness for our Marine’s mission if we are not supported by command?

CMC: Thanks for coming up on the net. First off, my Marines and family members who are out doing the hard work of the Marine Corps in the recruiting field mean an awful lot to me. You and your husband are the lifeblood and the future of our Corps. Thank you for being willing to serve. I acknowledge that we often drop you in the middle parts of America and expect you to thrive. I understand the difficulty of being away from the Marine Corps family and away from our support network. Please direct message the page so we can follow up privately. I’d like to help out if I can.

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Jimmy Jones: Sir, you do agree that the airwing is the greatest part of the corps right?

CMC: The strength of the wolf is the pack and the strength of the pack is the wolf. We’re all in it together.

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Niccie McEneany: Now that there is a female SgtMaj leading a MEU how long do you think it will be until there is a female SgtMajoftheMC? Will there ever be one?

SMMC: We are never going to get to where we want to be by remaining where we are. We are an institution that values diversity. We believe in its potential. How do we achieve long-term, lasting success? Diversity of thought; the idea that America’s best and brightest leaders come together to serve their country and multiply its capabilities through their different experiences and strengths. We are committed to attracting, mentoring and retaining the most talented men and women who bring a diversity of background, culture and skill in service to our nation. Our female Marines continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their brothers. We have female Sgts. Major leading the oldest post in the Marine Corps (Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I), Officer Candidates School, CJTF-HOA, IGMC, and most recently, Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright has taken the mantle as the 24th MEU Sgt. Maj. The success of these Sgts. Major are leading the way.

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Jon Martell: Considering the current theatre of combat and the guerrilla tactics employed by the enemy, can you envision a smaller, threat oriented, rapid response version of the Corps? Ala SEAL teams? Thank you gentleman.

CMC: We have our version of the SEAL teams, it’s called MARSOC. That said, the skill sets that most Marines carry with them to combat more than equip them to handle guerilla tactics found in today’s enemies. Success in OIF and OEF certainly are evidence for that.

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Alex Salgado: General Amos- Will there be any opportunities in the future for NCO’s currently in the IRR to Re Enlist and return to Active Duty?

CMC: Go to your prior-service recruiter and apply. Truth is, the competition will be very high. You will need to bring your A-game.

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Craig Taylor: All i can say is….i spent 10 yrs in the Corps…finest ….. best….and greatest yrs of my life….im 56 yrs old….still run pft’s…and wish i was 18 so i could simply do it over…semper fi my bro’s and sis’s of the Corps.

CMC: Remember, once a Marine always a Marine. Thanks for serving. Ooh-rah.

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Lisa Cockrell: My son is heading to Yuma on Sunday for initial training for his MEU deployment later this year. He has chosen his path and I am VERY proud of him – Semper Fi! (but should I be worried?)

CMC: Thanks for loaning me your son. Stay proud of him.

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Terminal Lance: What are your favorite Terminal Lance comic strips?

CMC: My favorite is ‘Rolled Up.’ Thanks for putting some energy behind this decision. I smile every time I think about it. Enjoy.

SMMC: I read your comics every week … you are usually spot-on … but not always. :)

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Steve Jarach: Gen. Conway was a better Commandant.

CMC: Thanks. He’s a good friend. I like him, too.

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Kimmy Beckwith: My daughter is a Marine and currently at her first duty station in Okinawa! I am one very proud mom!

CMC: I appreciate your trust and confidence in the Marine Corps to train your daughter and allowing her to serve.

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Skylar Bristow: Sir/SgtMaj, Thank you for giving our illustrious Corps their rolled sleeves back!

CMC: Ooh-rah, Marine.

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Alan Reese: Bring Back Knife hands.

CMC: Knife hands were never banned. In fact, I use it all the time after I’m done addressing Marines. It shouldn’t be used to berate Marines. It’s a sign of camaraderie. Let’s not make it more than it is.

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Hoby Perala: Who would win in a pugil stick match sir, you or General Mattis?

CMC: We would join forces and go kick America’s enemy’s ass!

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Joe Baird: Reverse silly tattoo policy….Semper Fi!!!

CMC: The current tattoo policy will remain in place. There are no plans to change anything.

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Chaz Michael Hickman: Why don’t u prepare marines to go back into the real world

CMC: We do. Our transition readiness seminars are the best in all of DoD. The skills you learn in the Corps will make you successful in whatever endeavor you choose. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

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Bryce Bosack: I want to join in two years , any pointers on what exercises to start to make basic a little easier ?

SMMC: Pull-ups, crunches, pushups, run, swim, hike … your recruiter will assist you with everything else you need to do to be successful.

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Austin Williams: If the pay cuts that are being proposed g through, how would that affect the combat readiness and living conditions of our marines?

CMC: There will be absolutely no effect. Even under reduced budgets, the Marine Corps’ plan is to maintain a high state of readiness across all our deployable units.

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Jacob Shagbark Frailey: Wheres your CAR? As most Marines are asking.

CMC: I have a 1972 VW Convertible in my garage. I bought it as a lieutenant. I’m going to drive away from the Marine Corps in it when I retire.


You asked. The Top Marine Answered. (On Target)