Video: Commandant releases new sequestration update


Commandant Gen. Jim Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett released a new video update about sequestration on Thursday. (Marine Corps video screen grab)

Commandant Gen. Jim Amos said Thursday in a video released by the Marine Corps that the Marine Corps has enough money to continue training through the rest of the year, but is still working to prevent furloughs to its civilian employees.

The video was released one day after the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2014 was released amid a federal financial crisis. As laid out here, the new Marine Corps budget calls for $323 million less in military construction spending next fiscal year, affecting some planned modernization and maintenance not directly associated with operational readiness.

Amos said in the video that he is still deeply concerned about whether civilians working for the Corps will be furloughed.

“The very latest information that I have is that furloughs have been delayed until mid-May, with an effective date of mid- to late-June,” he said.

Watch the whole video here:



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  1. EASingMarine on

    If the Corps concern is saving money, then why would 2nd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment spend money sending and training Marines at Bridgeport during March and April of 2013 when they EAS in June and July of 2013? Not talking about one or two Marines, but around forty or fifty.

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