Behind the Cover: Jobs after the Marine Corps


The job market is struggling, just as the Marine Corps undergoes a drawdown of forces that will reduce the size of the service from 202,100 Marines in 2010 to 182,100 by fall 2016.

What’s a Marine to do, then? This week’s Marine Corps Times cover story explores the options that are on the table in a new transition assistance program the White House and Defense Department have planned for all troops leaving military service. It has similarities to a program the Corps rolled out earlier this year, but there are definitely differences, too.

Marine and Pentagon officials are now in discussing how to make the White House plan work best for Marines, said Brig. Gen. Robert Hedelund. In March, the Corps rolled out its new Transition Readiness Seminar, which replaced the creaky Transition Assistance Management Program that had been required for 19 years.

This week’s Marine Corps Times also includes a look at the new rules Commandant Gen. Jim Amos has called for to expedite the process for Marines receiving valor awards and a story highlighting the controversy that erupted after Marines at Afghanistan’s Kandahar Airfield made a viral music video featuring the hit pop song “Call Me Maybe.”


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.


  1. Seems like no matter how many embeds you do, you’ll never get the true flavor of the Corps huh? The controversy was beyond predictable if you were a Marine. A mom, booster, supporter or reporter not so much. But Marines get the “wrongness” of it…and political correctness can’t change a thing about that.

    Do us a favor Lamothe. Do a follow up on Ganjgal.

  2. Relax, Solomon. I’m well aware thousands of grunts rolled their eyes when they saw the video — it was to expected. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth a story, especially in a Marine-only publication.

  3. Karen Strecker on

    08/01/2012 — I am looking for relatives of Donald James “Jimmy” Colbert, Jr. (d.o.b. 7/16/56) His father was in the military, but I’m unsure of which branch. He lived in Okinawa in the 60’s. He has a brother, Tommy Arlen Colbert, who I may have found on Facebook (his father is listed as Col. Donald J. Colbert). This is the closest I’ve gotten so far and I truly hope it is a good lead. Does anyone know if Col. Colbert is the gentleman I am desperately searching for??? Please help me. Thank you SO much! Karen Strecker

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